21 May 2017

COLLOQUIUM: "Histoire de l'économie sans travail" (Florence, June 8-10 2017)

WHAT Histoire de l'économie sans travail, Colloquium

WHEN  June 8-10 2017

WHERE Florence, Villa Finaly

NOTICE: "Oxford University Press launches the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law"

Oxford University Press launches the
Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law

Your launchpad for global constitutional research

·         Developed for use by constitutional lawyers, academics, and students
·    Provides comprehensive analysis of constitutional law topics in a comparative context
·         Linked to the constitutional texts so users can verify accuracy of commentary
·         Built with accessibility in mind, with browsing by subject matter and simple search functionality

Oxford University Press is delighted to announce the launch of the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law (MPECCoL)a new addition to the Oxford Constitutional Law family.

The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law offers a global overview of constitutional law in a comparative context via painstakingly researched articles, and was developed with constitutional lawyers, academics, and students in mind. The online resource provides seamless navigation between encyclopedia articles, linking to English versions of the constitutional documents mentioned in articles and hosted on our Oxford Constitutions of the World and US Constitutional Lawproducts, as well as through references from the Oxford Law Citator.

Developed in partnership with the team of editors at the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law, the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law has launched with 70 articles from more than 60 different authors, providing analytical coverage of constitutional law topics in a comparative context. This will grow to include over 500 articles once fully established, linked by an intuitive subject and keyword search functionality.

The articles define and cover the underpinnings of state formation and constitutional law, as well as analysing and explaining from a global comparative perspective a number of foundational legal concepts, such as:

·         Human rights
·         Constitutional formation
·         Scope of state protections
·         The defining structures of governmental makeup
·         Types of legal structures and interactions within a constitutional law system; and
·         Legal constitutional concepts that make up constitutional law

The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law is available on annual subscription to libraries, organizations, and institutions worldwide. Pricing is based on the size and type of institution and the number of users.

If your readers/members are on the cutting edge of this field and would be interested in reading about Oxford’s new online resource, please consider announcing or reviewing it in your blog, newsletter, or journal. 

For further information, or to request free access for the purposes of writing and publishing a review please contact:
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BOOK: "Landmark Cases in Criminal Law" P. Handler, H. Mares and I. Williams eds (May, 2017)

Landmark Cases in Criminal Law, edited by Philip Handler, Henry Mares and Ian Williams 
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Criminal cases raise difficult normative and legal questions, and are often a consequence of compelling human drama. In this collection, expert authors place leading cases in criminal law in their historical and legal contexts, highlighting their significance both in the past and for the present.

The cases in this volume range from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century. Many of them are well known to modern criminal lawyers and students; others are overlooked landmarks that deserve reconsideration. The essays, often based on extensive and original archival research, range over a wide spectrum of criminal law, covering procedure and doctrine, statute and common law, individual offences and general principles. Together, the essays explore common themes, including the scope of criminal law and criminalisation, the role of the jury, and the causes of change in criminal law.

Table Of Contents

16 May 2017

BOOK: Dante FEDELE, Naissance de la diplomatie moderne (XIIIe-XVIIe siècles). L'ambassadeur au croisement du droit, de l'éthique et de la politique [Studien sur Geschichte des Völkerrechts; 36). Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag, 2017, 830 p. ISBN 9783848741274, € 198.

(image source: Nomos)

Dante Fedele (KULeuven) published his PhD dissertation (ENS Lyon) in the collection Studien zur Geschichte des Völkerrechts (Nomos).

The author investigates the birth of modern diplomacy. Drawing on a wide-ranging body of textual materials dealing with the ambassador from the 13th to the 17th century, he analyses how that figure was developed within a complex constantly renewed field of interaction between law, ethics and politics, where theory and practise are intertwined in an unresolved dialectical interaction. The first part examines how the legal status of the ambassador was shaped during the late Middle Ages and how this process influenced early-modern scholarship on diplomacy. The second part investigates how the emergence of the modern State both reinvigorated and reshaped the scholarly approaches to the different themes linked to the figure of the ambassador. The third part proposes an account of how the professional status of the ambassador developed within the examined body of literature. Through the prism of these approaches, diplomacy appears as a foundational matrix of modern political rationality.

More information on the publisher's website.

12 May 2017

SYMPOSIUM: Evaluating the Turn to History of International Law (ESIL Conference, Naples, 6 Sep 2017)

ESIL 2017 Annual Conference

Symposium of the 
Interest Group on the History of International Law

“Evaluating the Turn to History of International Law” 

Naples, Wednesday, 6 September 2017
13:00-17:00, Venue TBA

13:00: Welcome and Opening Remarks
Thomas Skouteris (The American University in Cairo)

13:00-14:30: Session 1
Martin Clark (London School of Economics): “Ambivalences, anxieties / Adaptations, advances”
Valentina Vadi (Lancaster University): “International Law and its Microhistories”
Amrita Mukherjee (University of Leeds): “Subaltern Studies & International Law”
DiscussantGerry Simpson (London School of Economics)
ModeratorThomas Skouteris (The American University in Cairo)

15:00-16:30: Session 2
Miriam Bak Mackenna (Lund University) & Matilda Arvidsson (Lund University): “The ‘turn to history’ and the sources doctrine in international law: disruption, democratization, and distress
Jan Martin Lemnitzer (University of Southern Denmark): “Writing a new history of international criminal law – where do we start?
Immi Tallgren (University of Helsinki)A turn to women? Histories of ‘international criminal lawyers
DiscussantIgnacio de la Rasilla del Moral (Brunel University)
ModeratorInge van Hulle (Tilburg University)

16:30: Closing remarks and discussion on future activities of the IGHIL

Symposium Conveners/ IGHIL Coordinating Committee Members
Frederik Dhondt, Inge van Hulle, Ignacio de lRasilladel Moral, and Thomas Skouteris

07 May 2017

BOOK: "L'eterno ritorno del Droit des gens di Emer de Vattel (secc. XVIII-XIX). L'impatto sulla cultura giuridica in prospettiva globale" by Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina (May, 2017)

Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina, L'eterno ritorno del Droit des gens di Emer de Vattel (secc. XVIII-XIX), May 2017

Global Perspectives on Legal History 8

With “L'eterno ritorno del Droit des gens di Emer de Vattel (secc. XVIII-XIX)” by Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina, the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History presents the newest publication in its book series "Global Perspectives on Legal History".

Global Perspectives on Legal History is a book series edited and published by the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
As its title suggests, the series is designed to advance the scholarly research of legal historians worldwide who seek to transcend the established boundaries of national legal scholarship that typically sets the focus on a single, dominant modus of normativity and law. The series aims to privilege studies dedicated to reconstructing the historical evolution of normativity from a global perspective.
It includes monographs, editions of sources, and collaborative works. All titles in the series are available both as premium print-on-demand and in the open-access format.
More information on the series and forthcoming volumes:

Prof. Dr. iur. Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina is Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich

L'eterno ritorno del Droit des gens di Emer de Vattel (secc. XVIII-XIX)
L'impatto sulla cultura giuridica in prospettiva globale
Global Perspectives on Legal History 8
Frankfurt am Main: Max Planck Institute for European Legal History 2017. 364 p., € 17,69 D
ISBN: 978-3-944773-07-0
Open Access Online Edition:

The numerous editions and early translations produced throughout the eighteenth century enabled the broad dissemination of Emer de Vattel’s juridical-political work Droit des gens. This book investigates the global impact of the Droit des gens with regard to the different political realities, the historical and legal contexts as well as the attempts, mechanisms and strategies used to put these ideas into practice and establish new doctrine between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The Droit des gens had an extremely diverse impact, owing to its varied reception in different political situations, historical and legal contexts, and attempts at practical and theoretical implementation. The fact that Vattel’s book was a point of reference for a considerable number of jurists and politicians further demonstrates its authority in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
The question naturally arises whether the continuous references to the work may be regarded as «typical citations of style», simply confined to referencing Vattel’s thought, or whether they are a clear sign of a deeper significance; one springing directly from the characteristics of the Droit des gens, with its capacity to organise and regulate the State in its domestic and international relations.
The dissemination of the Droit des gens is reconstructed via a broad overview of the dynamics that actually underpinned the use of the treatise, ranging from its influence on political power in domestic and foreign affairs to its use as a guidebook for diplomats and consuls, and even its use as a teaching manual.
Co-existing in Vattel’s work are several topics—the legislative, the political and the social—which are developed independently of one another, yet are part of one unified framework. The book aims to bring together a study of the first publication in 1758 of Vattel’s Droit des gens, its constant interaction with subsequent editions, translations and annotated versions carried out by jurists in the 19th century its critical reception (both positive and negative) in relation to the more complex legislative contexts.
The publishing history of the Droit des gens will be accompanied by the methodological aspect—closely bound to the need to write a global legal history—in which translation, in the broader sense of the term, plays a key role. Concepts of fashion and modernity are examined within the context of the practical and theoretical legal entanglements of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, thanks to the voices of distinguished jurists and politicians who made use of the Droit des gens and who translated and annotated it, thereby encouraging the assimilation—not always unadulterated—of Vattel’s thinking.

CONFERENCE & CFP: "Justice and judicial process. Evolution and development in the History of the law" (Murcia, November 29-30-December 1, 2017)

WHAT Justice and judicial process. Evolution and development in the History of the law, Conference & Call for papers

WHEN November 29-30-December 1, 2017

WHERE Murcia, Spain

Deadline for proposal is  September 15th, 2017, by e-mail to
Each participant will have 20 minutes to give his communication. Presentations can be given in Spanish, English, French, Italian, German or Portuguese.
The following publication of the works presented to the Congress will be subject to a blind refereeing process and to the editorial norms of the Vergentis (

BOOK: "The History of Law in Europe" by Bart Wauters and Marco de Benito (April, 2017)

Bart Wauters, Marco de Benito, The History of Law in Europe

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Comprehensive and accessible, this book offers a concise synthesis of the evolution of the law in Western Europe, from ancient Rome to the beginning of the twentieth century. It situates law in the wider framework of Europe’s political, economic, social and cultural developments.

05 May 2017


(image source: Collège de France)

Prof. dr. dr. Alain A. Wijffels (KUL/UCL/Leiden/Lille II-CNRS) obtained the prestigious European Chair of the Collège de France for the academic year 2016-2017.

His inaugural lecture "Le droit européen a-t-il une histoire ? En a-t-il besoin ?" can be watched here.

A special section of the Collège de France's website is dedicated to the series of free public courses prof. Wijffels delivers. The first course (27 April; Métamorphoses du pouvoir : des droits savants médiévaux aux droits communs des Temps Modernes, la privatisation d'un système de gouvernance publique) can already be watched and listened to.

On 12 May, Prof. Wijffels organizes a colloquium on the comparative history of law, featuring several distinguished legal historians.

The final lecture (Pour une culture juridique européenne) will be held on 29 June.

Prof. Wijffels' appointment was echoed in mainstream media as well. A 30 minute-broadcast on France Inter ("La Marche de l'histoire") can be found here.