30 September 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Paris Peace Conference and the Challenge of a New World Order (Paris, June 2019); DEADLINE 1 JUNE 2018

                                              (Source: H-Net)

A call for papers has been announced at H-Announce for a conference on "The Paris Peace Conference and the Challenge of a New World Order", to be held in Paris in June 2019.

Call for Papers

September 26, 2017 to June 1, 2018


Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations, Nationalism History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, World History / Studies

The Peace Conference held in Paris in the aftermath of the Great War remains among the most important yet also most controversial events in modern history. Although it is often considered to have made a second global war all but inevitable, it has also been praised for providing the basis for an enduring peace that was squandered recklessly by poor international leadership during the 1930s.
A major international conference will take place in Paris in June 2019 to commemorate the centenary of the 1919 Conference from a global perspective. The purpose of this event is to re-examine the history of the Peace Conference through a thematic focus on the different approaches to order in world politics in the aftermath of the First World War. A remarkably wide range of actors in Paris - from political leaders, soldiers and diplomats to colonial nationalist envoys and trade unionists, economists, women's associations and ordinary citizens - produced a wide array of proposals for a future international and, indeed, global order. These proposals were often based on vastly different understandings of world politics. They went beyond the articulation of specific national security interests to make claims about the construction and maintenance of peace and the need for new norms and new institutions to achieve this aim. To what extent the treaties and their subsequent implementation represented a coherent world order remains a question of debate. 

By 'order', we mean in the first instance, the articulation and development of systematic ideas, institutions and practices aimed at promoting a durable peace that would deliver security, economic recovery and social justice. This distinguishes thinking about 'order' from discussions of 'national interests' - though there was of course overlap between these two modes of thinking about future international relations. Second, we are interested in 'order' as an analytical concept in its own right. This encourages historians to identify, as Paul Schroeder has argued, the shared rules, assumptions and understandings about a particular set of political relations and to show how specific decisions reflect the norms of the order.

Emphasising the preoccupation of peace-makers with the problem of world order broadens the scope of the familiar questions and debates that have dominated the literature on the Peace Conference. It also opens the way for posing new questions and for thinking about more familiar questions in new ways. We therefore invite papers addressing the following questions:

  1. What were different conceptions of political, economic and social order advocated at the Paris Conference? What was the relationship between different ideas about the international order, such as a system based on national self-determination and one based on the rule of law? Were there broad over-arching conceptions of an international order, such as liberal and socialist internationalism, that could accommodate more narrowly focused ideas such as free trade or labour rights? How did people conceive of the relationships between self-interest and order? What role did power politics play in conceptions of international order? Were the absentees from Paris - notably the Germans and the Bolsheviks - able to shape the debate about the emerging international order?
  2. What were the origins of these different ideas about order? Why was there such an interest in the systematic development of particular orders both during and after the war? Who produced ideas about order, and why? What was in particular the role of NGOs and ordinary citizens? Can an approache based on different 'generations' of international actors illuminate this problem in new ways? Was the idea of 'order' a reaction to international politics before and during the war? Or did it represent a continuity with certain strands of thinking about international politics that pre-dated the outbreak of war in 1914? What was the relationship between the articulation of war aims and ideas about post-war order?
  3. To what extent did contending visions of an international order shape the peace treaties? Did the organization and proceedings of the Conference reflect tensions between the national, the regional and the global? What was the role of regional orders in shaping broader conceptions of a new world order? To what extent did discourses concerning new regional orders reflect fundamental changes in the conceptualization of world politics? To what extent were they a repackaging of the more familiar themes of empire or spheres of influence?
  4. How were the peace treaties legitimated to domestic and international audiences? Were subsequent negotiations on the implementation and revision of the peace treaties shaped by the profound debates about international politics that took place before and during the Peace Conference? Were conceptions of international order systematically subordinated to concerns about national security? Conversely, to what extent can it be argued that the Paris Peace Conference produced or contributed to a disorder in European politics that led ultimately to the Second World War?
  5. What was the impact of the Paris Peace Conference on views of world order based on gender, class and race? How did women, workers and colonial subjects respond to the peace conference and what was its impact on the emergence of alternative voices in international affairs? Whose voices were heard at Paris in 1919 and whose remained silent or were silenced?
  6. What political and diplomatic practices were implied in these various conceptions of international order? To what extent did these practices shape the course of international relations in 1919? Did the intellectual debate and political experience of the Paris Peace Conference play a role in shaping a future generation of leaders (such as Jean Monnet and John Foster Dulles)?
Paper proposals
The conference organisers aim to ensure the conference provides a global perspective on the Paris Peace Conference. We are therefore particularly keen to receive proposals from scholars working on topics pertaining to the non-western world.

The conference languages will be English and French
Regardless of language, all proposals will receive serious consideration.

The deadline for proposals is: 1 June 2018
Please send your proposal (abstract in English or French of no more than 500 words) and short CV to Axel Dröber:

Conference Steering Committee
Laurence Badel (Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Eckart Conze (Philipps-Universität Margurg)
Norman Ingram (Concordia University)
Peter Jackson (University of Glasgow)
Stefan Martens (Deutsches Historisches Institut, Paris)
Matthias Schulz (Université de Genève)
William Mulligan (University College Dublin)

Comité scientifique
Andrew Barros (Université de Québec à Montréal)
Carl Bouchard (Université de Montréal)
Eric Bussière (LABEX EHNE)
Michael Clinton (Gwynedd Mercy University)
Olivier Compagnon (Paris III - Sorbonne Nouvelle)
Beatrice de Graaf (Utrecht)
Vincent Dujardin (Université catholique de Louvain)
Olivier Forcade (Université de Paris - Sorbonne)
Erik Goldstein (Boston University)
Jean-Michel Guieu (Université de Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Talbot Imlay (Université Laval)
Stanislas Jeannesson (Université de Nantes)
John Keiger (Cambridge University)
William Keylor (Boston University)
Antoine Marès (Université de Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Holger Nehring (University of Stirling)
Jennifer Siegel (The Ohio State University)
Glenda Sluga (University of Sydney)
Georges-Henri Soutou (Collège de France)
Christian Tams (University of Glasgow)
Hugues Tertrais (Commission of History of International Relations - ICHS)
Martin Thomas (University of Exeter)
Antonio Varsori (University of Padua)
Hirotake Watanabe (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

Xu Guoqi (University of Hong Kong)

28 September 2017

E-JOURNAL: MPI for European Legal History, SSRN Research Paper Series, VI (2017), No.4

The MPI for European Legal History published the fourth issue of the sixth volume on its SSRN Research Paper Series.

Paper 1

"Authorized Interpreters of Islamic Law – The Shīʽa View", Max Planck Institute for European Legal History Research Paper Series No. 2017-04

KATARIINA SIMONEN, University of Helsinki - Faculty of Law


English Abstract:

The question of who is authorized to interpret Islamic law is a difficult one due to the plurality of different schools of Islamic jurisprudence, each of which allocates the authority very differently. Yet, any dialogue in matters of Islamic law requires the correct interlocutors to be identified. This topic is as under-researched in Western legal and security-policy studies as it is important.
This study attempts to identify the correct interlocutors in legal matters under Twelver Shīʽism, which is the state religion in Iran. In terms of its legal history, such authority has developed into a hierarchical, yet pluralistic system of legal authority since the end of the 18th century, with the victory of the so-called Ușūlī school of jurisprudence and the emergence of grand jurists (marājiʽ-i taqlīd). The process of designating absolute authority continues informally, but a key prerogative is superior knowledge of Islamic law and religion.
Such grand jurists have, at times, exercised great influence over the ruling Shāhs. Other times, they have preferred to remain teachers in religious schools. An important change took place with the 1979 Islamic Revolution, through which the guardianship of the jurist (vilāyat-i faqīh) was crystallized in the Iranian constitution. Since then, grand jurists have had to accommodate another religious and political authority, the guardian jurist or supreme leader (valī-yi faqīh). To date, the division of authority between the guardian jurist and grand jurists remains unresolved. The future will depend on the strength of the requirements developed by the Ușūlī school regarding superiority in learning for any attribution of authority.

Paper 2

"Sagrada Unción (DCH) (Holy Unction (DCH))", Max Planck Institute for European Legal History Research Paper Series No. 2017-05

OSVALDO RODOLFO MOUTIN, Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for European Legal History


English Abstract:

This article describes the general doctrine and liturgical practice regarding the sacraments, and concerning holy unction specifically, in the early modern Roman Catholic tradition and in the context of the Spanish Indies, according to canonical doctrine.
Paper 3

"Acusaciones e Inquisiciones (DCH) (Accusations and Inquisitions (DCH))", Max Planck Institute for European Legal History Research Paper Series No. 2017-06

ALEJANDRO AGUERO, CONICET-CIJS Universidad Nacional de Córdoba


English Abstract:
Conceived for the Historical Dictionary of Canon Law in Latin America and the Philippines (XVI-XVIII), this essay addresses the study of the terms "accusation" and "inquisition" within the framework of this legal tradition. The text analyzes the technical meaning of these terms in Canon Law as well as the semantic changes derived from the use and judicial practice, paying particular attention to the context of colonial canon law in the domains of the old Hispanic Monarchy.
 The papers can be downloaded at SSRN

26 September 2017

JOB: 2 100%-positions as Ph.D.-researcher (Tilburg); DEADLINE 20 OCT 2017

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Tilburg university has a vacancy for two fulltime PhD-researchers in legal history, sponsored by the European Research Council.

The Department of Public Law, Jurisprudence and Legal History at Tilburg University invites applications for the following position Two Positions of PhD Researcher in Legal History (2 x 1.0 FTE): Collateral rights and Bankruptcy in Early Modern Amsterdam and Frankfurt.  
The Department of Public Law, Jurisprudence and Legal History is seeking for two full-time PhD researchers (48 months) who will be working within the project ‘Analysing Coherence in Law Through Legal Scholarship’ (CLLS), which is funded by the European Research Council (ERC, ERC Starting Grant 2016, nr 714759). The project started in January 2017 and will be finalized in 2021.
The project focuses on analyzing local and regional legal scholarship of the early modern period (c 1500 – c 1800), concerning the theme of collateral rights (securities) and bankruptcy. The two doctoral researchers will analyze the municipal law and legal practices of two cities of commerce in the early modern period, as well as doctrinal texts commenting on the municipal law of these cities. The first position is concerned with Amsterdam, the second one with Frankfurt.

More information here.

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23 September 2017

CONFERENCE: The Legal and Political Thought of Francisco Suarez (Bruges, 24-25 November 2017)

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The Catholic University of Leuven is convening a conference on Francisco Suarez' legal and political thought in November 2017. 
Francisco Suárez (1548-1617) is today regarded as a very prominent figure in the intellectual landscape of the later sixteenth century and the beginnings of the seventeenth century. Thanks to the renewed attention to his work throughout the twentieth century, it has become increasingly clear that the magister Eximius holds an original, sometimes even revolutionary position in between many of the dualisms that seem to mark this complex era, between natural rights and the legislator for example, or between ethical objectivism and voluntarism.
Suárez work points in innovative ways towards future thought in fields as diverse as metaphysics and ontology, legal theory, constitutional thought, the law of nature and of nations and just war. In this framework, a number of contemporary debates crystallise around Suárez’ legal and political thought and centre on key notions, such as obligation, or focus on the broader interconnectedness of De legibus and Disputationes metaphysicae. These debates furthermore display a variety of diverging or opposing ideas and interpretations that concern a vast panoply of themes. The role of contract, the concept of natural law, the relation between contingency, history and law, or the subjective meaning of ‘ius’ are just a few examples in this respect. At the same time, research uncovers new fields and sources with respect to Suárez’ influence and intellectual impact, as for example the increasing interest in his legacy in protestant countries shows.
This conference aims to bring together contributions from different backgrounds in Suárez Studies that focus on the various aspects and subfields of Suárez’ multifaceted legal and political thought. Within this framework, papers are invited on any subject of Suarez’ political and legal thought, including his relation to contemporary scholars, his intellectual sources as well as his own later influence and reception.
Scientific Coordinator 
Randall Lesaffer
Contact details
Jo Alaerts 
Registration fee 
participation 1 day: 50 euros (lunch included) participation 2 days: 100 euros (both lunches included) Registration no later than 15th of November 
More information, as well as the registration link and the program of the conference, can be found at the conference website


21 September 2017

BOOK: Liviu DAMSU, The Transformation of Property Regimes and Transitional Justice in Central Eastern Europe – In Search of a Theory [Studies in the History of Law and Justice, eds. Georges MARTYN and Mortimer SELLARS] (Heidelberg/New York: Springer, 2017), 311 p. ISBN 978-3-319-48530-0, € 118,99

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Book abstract: 
This volume examines the property transformations in post-communist Central Eastern Europe (CEE) and focuses on the role of restitution and privatisation in such transformations. It argues that the theorisation of ‘restitution’ in post-communist CEE is incomplete in the transitional justice scholarship and in the literature on correction of historical wrongs.
The book also argues that, for a more complete theorisation of (post-communist) restitution, the transformations of property in post-communist societies ought to be studied in a more holistic way. The main legal vehicles used for such transformations, privatisation and restitution, should not be studied separately and in abstract, but in their reciprocal relationship, and in connection to the dimension of justice which each could achieve. Finally, the book integrates ‘privatisation’ in a theory of post-communist transformation of property.
Table of contents:
Introduction (1-19)Post-communist Property Transformations and Transitional Justice. Some Historical, Legal and Philosophical Issues (21-52)Justice, Property and Law in Post-communist Transformations of Property (53-98)Post-communist Privatisation: An Incomprehensible Neo-liberal Project? (99-143)Post-communist Restitution Concept and Its Challenges (145-183)Post-communist Restitution and Corrections for ‘Historical Injustice’ (185-213)‘Restitution in Action’ in Post-communist Central Eastern Europe. The Cases of Romania and Poland (215-267)Conclusions (269-289)
More information can be found on the publisher's website

JOURNAL: Law and History Review 35 (2017), Nr. 3

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The Law and History Review published the third issue of its 2017 volume.



Natural Rights Dissected and Rejected: John Lind's Counter to the Declaration of Independence, Neil L. York (563-593)

“The Law of the New Hebrides is the Protector of their Lawlessness”: Justice, Race and Colonial Rivalry in the Early Anglo-French Condominium, Kate Stevens (595-620)

The Hounds of Empire: Forensic Dog Tracking in Britain and its Colonies, 1888–1953, Binyamin Blum (621-665)

Select Enemy Women and the Laws of War in the American Civil War, Stephanie McCurry (667-710)

‘My land is worth a million dollars’: How Japanese Canadians contested their dispossession in the 1940s, Jordan Stanger-Ross, Nicholas Blomley, The Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective (711-751)

Select Spectral Legal Personality in Interwar International Law: On New Ways of Not Being a State, Natasha Wheatley (753-787)

Select Culture and the Courts in France: the Plaidoirie Sentimentale in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries, James M. Donovan (789-828)

Book Reviews

Jedidiah Joseph Kroncke , The Futility of Law and Development: China and the Dangers of Exporting American Law. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp 376. $74.00 cloth, Rande Kostal (829-831)

Andrew Porwancher , John Henry Wigmore and the Rules of Evidence: The Hidden Origins of Modern Law. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2016. Pp. 233. $40.00 cloth (ISBN 9780826220868), Michael Ariens (831-833)

Jeffrey Rosen , Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016. Pp. 256. $25.00 hardcover (ISBN 9780300158670), Joel K. Goldstein (833-835)

Brett Christophers , The Great Leveler: Capitalism and Competition in the Court of Law, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2016. Pp. 348. $45.00 (ISBN 978-0-674-50491-2), Judge Glock (835-837)

Katherine Turk , Equality on Trial: Gender and Rights in the Modern American Workplace. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016. Pp. 284. $45.00 cloth (ISBN 978-0-8122-4820-3), Catherine L. Fisk (837-839)

More information can be found on Cambridge University Press' website

16 September 2017

BOOK: José María BENEYTO & Justo CORTI VARELA (eds.), At the Origins of Modernity: Francisco de Vitoria and the Discovery of International Law [Studies in the History of Law and Justice, eds. Georges MARTYN and Mortimer SELLARS] (Heidelberg/New York: Springer, 2017), 217 p. ISBN 978-3-319-62997-1, € 119,59

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Book Abstract: 
This book is based on an international project conducted by the Institute for European Studies of the University CEU San Pablo in Madrid and a seminar on Vitoria and International Law which took place on July 2nd 2015 in the convent of San Esteban, the place where Vitoria spent his most productive years as Chair of Theology at the University of Salamanca.  It argues that Vitoria not only lived at a time bridging the Middle Ages and Modernity, but also that his thoughts went beyond the times he lived in, giving us inspiration for meeting current challenges that could also be described as “modern” or even post-modern.
There has been renewed interest in Francisco de Vitoria in the last few years, and he is now at the centre of a debate on such central international topics as political modernity, colonialism, the discovery of the “Other” and the legitimation of military interventions. All these subjects include Vitoria’s contributions to the formation of the idea of modernity and modern international law.
The book explores two concepts of modernity: one referring to the post-medieval ages and the other to our times. It discusses the connections between the challenges that the New World posed for XVIth century thinkers and those that we are currently facing, for example those related to the cyberworld. It also addresses the idea of international law and the legitimation of the use of force, two concepts that are at the core of Vitoria’s texts, in the context of “modern” problems related to a multipolar world and the war against terrorism.
This is not a historical book on Vitoria, but a very current one that argues the value of Vitoria’s reflections for contemporary issues of international law.
Table of Contents:
Anthony Pagden, Introduction: Francisco de Vitoria and the Origins of the Modern Global Order (1-17)
Franco Todescan, From the “Imago Dei” to the “Bon Sauvage”: Francisco de Vitoria and the Natural Law School (21-43)
Simona Langella, The Sovereignty of Law in the Works of Francisco de Vitoria (45-61)
André Azevedo Alves, Vitoria, the Common Good and the Limits of Political Power (63-75)
Andrew Fitzmaurice, The Problem of Eurocentrism in the Thought of Francisco de Vitoria (77-93)
Yolanda Gamarra, On the Spanish Founding Father of Modern International Law: Camilo Barcia Trelles (1888–1977) (95-115)
Mauro Mantovani, Francisco de Vitoria on the “Just War”: Brief Notes and Remarks (119-139)
Francisco Castilla Urbano, Prevention and Intervention in Francisco de Vitoria’s Theory of the Just War (141-153)
Jörg Alejandro Tellkamp, Francisco de Vitoria on Self-defence, Killing Innocents and the Limits of “Double Effect” (155-173)
Pablo Zapatero Miguel, Francisco de Vitoria and the Postmodern Grand Critique of International Law (177-195)
Johannes Thumfart, Francisco de Vitoria and the Nomos of the Code: The Digital Commons and Natural Law, Digital Communication as a Human Right, Just Cyber-Warfare (197-217)

13 September 2017

BOOK: Paulo Emilio VAUTHIER BORGES DE MACEDO, Catholic and Reformed Traditions in International Law. A Comparison between the Suarezian and the Grotian Concept of Ius Gentium [Studies in the History of Law and Justice, eds. Georges MARTYN and Mortimer SELLARS] (Heidelberg/New York: Springer, 2017), 309 p. ISBN 978-3-319-59403-3, € 148,39

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Book abstract:
This book compares the respective concepts of the law of nations put forward by the Spanish theologian Francisco Suárez and by the Dutch jurist Hugo Grotius. This comparison is based on the fact that both thinkers developed quite similar notions and were the first to depart from the Roman conception, which persisted throughout the entire Middle Ages and the early Renaissance. In Rome, jus gentium was a law that applied to foreigners within the Empire, and one which was often mistaken for Natural Law itself. These two features can be found even in the works of writers such as Francisco de Vitória and Alberico Gentili.
In Suárez and Grotius, the law of nations is applicable to an extra-national domain and inarguably becomes positive law. Yet, it also contains an ethical element that prevents it from transforming into a mere reflection of state interests.
This work argues that this resemblance is hardly a coincidence: Grotius has read Suárez, and that influence has modified the foundations of his early thoughts on jus gentium. This should not be taken to imply that the Dutch jurist wasn’t original: in both authors, the definition of the law of nations pursues his own internal logic. Nevertheless, Suárez’s oeuvre allowed Grotius to solve a fundamental problem touched on in his early writings that had remained unanswered. Accordingly, his oeuvre promises to clarify one of the most significant moments in the History of International Law.
Table of contents:
Introduction (1-11)
The Law of Nations: Between Natural and Positive Law (13-63)
The Foundations of Law in Francisco Suárez (65-118)
The Foundations of Law in Hugo Grotius (119-182)
The Law of Nations in Francisco Suárez (183-243)
The Law of Nations in Hugo Grotius (245-303)
Conclusion (350-309)
On the author:
Paulo Emílio Vauthier Borges de Macedo is an associate professor of International Law at the University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Vice-Coordinator of the Master and Doctorate Programme; Visiting Professor of Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University; Visiting Researcher at Murdoch University; Legal Adviser at the Brazilian Navy War School (EGN); Editor-in-chief of the Rio de Janeiro University Law School Journal; President of the Brazilian section of Communio Journal (Catholic International Journal of Theology and Culture).

08 September 2017

BOOK: Joe SAMPSON, The Historical Foundations of Grotius’ Analysis of Delict [Legal History Library; Studies in the History of Private Law, ed. by C.H. VAN RHEE, Matthew MIROW and DIRK HEIRBAUT; 24,13] (Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff/Brill, 2018), ISBN 9789004344365, € 110

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Brill announces the forthcoming publication of the following work:
The Historical Foundations of Grotius’ Analysis of Delict explores the origins of a generalised model of liability for wrongdoing in the history of European private law. Using Grotius as its focal point, it analyses the extent to which earlier civilian and theological doctrine shaped his views. It divides Grotius’ approach into three elements – the infringement of a right, fault, and remediation – and traces the development of parallel concepts in earlier traditions. It argues that Grotius was influenced by the writings of Thomists to a far greater extent than has previously been acknowledged, virtually eclipsing any sign of civilian influence except where Romanist learning had already been incorporated into theological doctrine.
On the author:
Joe Sampson, Ph.D. (2016) is the David Li Fellow in Law at Selwyn College in the University of Cambridge. The present work was his doctoral thesis, supervised by Professor David Ibbetson. 

BOOK: Mauricio NOVOA, The Protectors of Indians in the Royal Audience of Lima: History, Careers and Legal Culture, 1575-1775 [Legal History Library; Studies in the History of Private Law, eds. C.H. VAN RHEE, Matthew MIROW and Dirk HEIRBAUT; 19,10] (Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff/Brill, 2016), X + 325 p. ISBN 9789004305168

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Book abstract:
In The Protectors of Indians in the Royal Audience of Lima: History, Careers and Legal Culture, 1575-1775 Mauricio Novoa offers an account of the institution that developed in the vice-royalty of Peru for the protection of Indians before the high courts of justice. Making use of historical materials, Novoa provides a comprehensive view on the formation of the legal elite in Lima during the colonial period; reviews the litigation undertaken by indigenous plaintiffs, and explains the legal culture that allowed the development of juristic doctrine around the Indian personal status.
Table of contents:
Table of contents
List of Illustrations, Charts and Tables
List of Abbreviations
Bishop Protectors
Protectors of Indians in the Audience of Lima
Social Characteristics
Advancement and Careers
Economic Position
Legal Culture
Litigation at the Royal Audience of Lima
Appendix 1: Biographical Notes
Appendix 2: The Library of Cipriano de Medina (1635)
Appendix 3: The Library of García José Lasso de Vega (1775)
Appendix 4: Procurators of Indians in the Real Audiencia of Lima, 1552–1789
On the author:
Mauricio Novoa was educated in Lima and Cambridge, and has published on various aspects of Latin American legal and intellectual history. 

JOURNAL: American Journal of Legal History LVII (2017), Nr. 2

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The American Journal of Legal History published the second issue of its 2017 volume.

"Law, Religion, and Debt Relief: Balancing above the ‘Abyss of Despair’ in Early Modern Canon Law and Theology" (Wim Decock)

"A Miscellaneous Network: The History of FIDE 1961-94" (Rebekka Byberg)

"The Poll Tax before Jim Crow" (Brian Sawers)

"Principle and Politics in the New History of Originalism" (Logan E. Sawyer, III)

Book symposium
"Introduction: The People’s Welfare, Law, and the Modern American State" (Roman J. Hoyos)

"William J. Novak’s The People’s Welfare and the New Historiography of the Early Federal State" (Gautham Rao)

"The Consequential State: Public Law and the Release of Energy in Nineteenth-Century America" (Kyle G. Volk)

"The People's Welfare, Police Powers, and the Rights of Free People of African Descent" (Kate Masur)

"From the Well-Regulated Society to the Modern American State" (Karen M. Tani)

"Response: The People’s Welfare Redux" (William J. Novak)

Book reviews

07 September 2017

JOURNAL: Rechtsgeschichte - Legal History 25 (2017): Multinormativity, Criminal Law and Emotions

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The journal Rechtsgeschichte-Legal History, published in open access by the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt, released its 2017 issue.


Focus 1: Multinormativity
Was ist ›Multinormativität‹? – Einführende Bemerkungen (Thomas Duve)
Collaborative Legal Pluralism. Confessors as Law Enforcers in Mercado’s Advice on Economic Governance (1571) (Wim Decock)
Formen und Konkurrenzen juristischer Normativitäten im »Ius Commune« und in der Differentienliteratur (17./18. Jh.) (Heinz Mohnhaupt)
Multinormativität in der Gelehrtenkultur? Versuche der Normierung »guter gelehrter Praxis« im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert (Marian Füssel)
Ehrengerichtliche Rechtsprechung im Kaiserreich und der Weimarer Republik. Multinormativität in einer mononormativen Rechtsordnung? (Peter Collin)
Normpluralismus als Ausdruck der Funktionsrationalität des Rechts (Oliver Lepsius)
Synästhetische Normativität (Daniel Daumler)
Translating Institutional Templates: A Historical Account of the Consequences of Importing Policing Models into Argentina (Matías Dewey, Daniel Pedro Míguez)
The History of National Contact Points and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (Sander van 't Foort)
Rechtspluralismus in der Rechtsgeschichte (Ralph Seinecke)
The Languages of Multinormativity (Gunnar Folke Schuppert)

Focus 2: Criminal Law and Emotions
Introduction: Criminal Law and Emotions in Modern Europe. With an Introductory Note on Images of Legal Feeling (Daphne Rozenblatt)
Negotiating Justice and Passion in European Legal Cultures, ca. 1500–1800 (Stephen Cummins)
Legal Insanity: Towards an Understanding of Free Will Through Feeling in Modern Europe (Daphne Rozenblatt)
Beyond Dispassion: Emotions and Judicial Decision-Making in Modern Europe (Pavel Vasilyev)
Rhetorical Engineering of Emotions in the Courtroom: the Case of Lawyers in Modern France (Gian Marco Vidor)

Research articles
Time, Law, and Legal History – Some Observations and Considerations (Andreas Thier)
Appetitus Socialis Berolinensis. Unternehmensrecht in der Berliner Republik (Jan Thiessen)

Book reviews
Rechtliche Gelegenheitsgedichte (Thilo Kunz)
Rechtspluralismen (Ralph Seinecke)
Eine Theorie mittlerer Reichweite (Peter Collin)
Von Gerichtslandschaften, Zentren und Peripherien (Caspar Ehlers)
Neue Forschungen zu alten Forschern. Über biographische Ansätze einer Historisierung der Mediävistik (Simon Groth)
Sobre los retos de pensar al Estado históricamente (Karla Escobar)
The Invention of the Printing Press: Changing Legal Culture in England (Niels Pepers)
El concepto de ley en los escolásticos salmantinos. Intereses y perspectivas cruzadas entre la historia de la filosofía y la historia del derecho (José Luis Egío)
Und grün des Lebens goldner Baum (Peter Oestmann)
»Zwei Seelen wohnen, ach! in meiner Brust …« – die zwei personae des Gesandten (Jessika Nowak)
Mit ›verbalen‹ und ›realen‹ Waffen kämpfen – italienische Diplomatie im langen Quattrocento (Jessika Nowak)
... el valore de’ prìncipi si cognosce dalla qualità degli uomini mandano fuora – gli incaricati di missioni diplomatiche di Massimiliano I (Jessika Nowak)
L’artista della negoziazione tra gli Stati: l’ambasciatore (Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina)
Zuviel der Ehre! (Milos Vec)
Mannigfaltig und veränderlich: Recht in der Geschichte der Diplomatie (Karl-Heinz Lingens)
Der Gemischtwarenladen des Europäischen Gesellschaftsrechts in den Niederlanden und Flandern (Jasper Kunstreich)
Seeleute in der frühen Neuzeit (Phillip Hellwege)
Columbus’s Inheritance. A New Edition of the (Misnamed) Pleitos Colombinos (José Luis Egío)
Multinormatividad cotidiana (Pilar Mejía)
Raza y nación en la longue durée del imperio español (siglos XVI–XIX) (Angela Ballone)
Koloniales Dreiecksverhältnis zwischen Religion, Sprache und Recht (Lorena Ossio Bustillos)
Normatividades religiosas en la conformación de un sistema jurídico colonial en México (David Rex Galindo)
Navegando hacia el Este. Nuevas investigaciones sobre la esclavitud en el Imperio Español (Max Deardorff)
Taking Legal Proceedings Seriously (Mariana Armond Dias Paes)
The Complexity of Settler Colonialism in Jamaica (Helen McKee)
»Protokonstitutionalismus« als eine neue Phase in der Geschichte der Verfassung des Alten Reiches? (Heinz Mohnhaupt)
Von den Schwierigkeiten, ein Imperium zu ordnen (Heinhard Steiger)
Recht und Arbeit in der französischen Geschichte (Michèle Dupré)
From Justice of the Peace to Women’s Rights: A Glimpse of Jean-Pierre Nandrin’s Contributions to Legal History (Quentin Jouan)
Gemeineigentum als Katalysator (Pamela Alejandra Cacciavillani)
In flagranti – Tötungsdelikte in der Ehe (Gerhard Fritz)
Fugitives and the Borderland in North America, 1819–1914 (Emily Whewell)
Escribir la historia global del derecho penal moderno (Alfons Aragoneses)
China als Spiegel der amerikanischen Rechtsidentität (Stefan Kroll)
Alter Kontinent neu (Ulrich Jan Schröder)
Quid novus on Schmitt and Space? (Caspar Ehlers)
The Epoch of Westintegration (Felix Lange)
Unity Through Law: Revisiting the Constitutionalisation of Europe (Karin Van Leeuwen)
Everyday Strategizing in Africa: Local Actors Negotiating State Norms, Histories and Local Custom (Katayoun Alidadi)

JOURNAL: Journal of the History of International Law/Revue d'histoire du droit international XIX (2017), No. 3

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The Journal of the History of International Law/Revue d'histoire du droit international published its third issue.

Table of contents:
Emily Crawford, "Tracing the Historical and Legal Development of the Levée en Masse in the Law of Armed Conflict" (329-361)

Steven Harris, "Taming Arbitration: States’ Men, Lawyers, and Peace Advocates from the Hague to the War" (362-396)

Leonardo Valladares Pecheco de Oliveira, "Overcoming the Challenges in Establishing Arbitration in Brazil: A Historical Perspective" (397-421)

Book reviews:
"The Right to Wage War (jus ad bellum). The German Reception of Grotius 50 Years after De iure belli ac pacis , written by Harald H. Aure" (Frederik Dhondt) (423-428)

JOURNAL: Giornale di Storia costituzionale n° 33 (2017/1): On Russia and around: visions and ideologies between past and present

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The Giornale di Storia costituzionale published its 33th issue (2017, first Semester), featuring a theme issue "On Russia and around: visions and ideologies between past and present".

Table of contents:
Sommario / Contents:
Luigi Lacchè, Sulla Russia e dintorni / On Russia and aroundFONDAMENTI
Roberto Valle, Genealogie del costituzionalismo in Russia dal XVIII al XX secolo / The Genealogies of Russian constitutionalism from the 18th to the 20th centuriesRenata Gravina, Teorie e prassi delle costituzioni sovietiche e della costituzione post-sovietica del 1993: dall’URSS alla Federazione Russa / Theories and Practices of Soviet Constitutions and of the 1993’s Post-Soviet Constitution: from the USSR to the Russian FederationEvgeniy M. Kozhokin, Olga N. Zherelina, The nation at the change of epochs. Russian state and society at the turn of the XX century / La nazione nel mutamento di epoche. Lo Stato russo e la società al volgere del XX secoloTatyana Yu. Ampleeva, Julia A. Karaulova, Constitutional Control in Russia: issues of evolvement, theory and practice / Controllo costituzionale in Russia: elementi di evoluzione, teoria e prassiInna Vladimirovna Logvinova, Constitutional bases of the Russian Federation subjects’ international activity: historical context / Basi costituzionali dell’attività internazionale degli Stati federali della Federazione russa: il contesto storicoOlga Grigorieva, Constitutional basis for international cooperation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics / Basi costituzionali per la cooperazione internazionale dell’Unione delle Repubbliche Socialiste SovieticheElena V. Voevoda, Anatoliy Yu. Belogurov, Lidiya P. Kostikova, Nadezhda M. Romanenko, Margarita V. Silantyeva, Language policy in the Russian Empire: legal and constitutional aspect / Politica della lingua nell’Impero russo: aspetti legali e costituzionaliStanislav Surovtcev, Historical aspects and the meaning of lobbying from a legal perspective / Aspetti storici e significato del lobbismo da una prospettiva giuridicaITINERARI
Genri T. Sardaryan, Dzerassa Eleeva , Post-revolutionary catholic social teaching: Risorgimento, Syllabus and the failed liberalization / L’insegnamento sociale cattolico post-rivoluzionario: Risorgimento, Sillabo e la liberalizzazione fallitaIgor Okunev, Capitals and capitalness: institutional and symbolic dimensions (comparative analysis of Russian and Italian cases) / Capitali e “capitalità”: dimensioni istituzionali e simboliche (analisi comparativa di casi russi e italiani)Igor Levakin, Juridification of freedom in Europe: legal history / Giuridicizzazione della libertà in Europa: storia legaleRobert Yengibaryan, The Institution of Presidency in the USA / L’istituzione della Presidenza negli USASergey G. Kamolov, Digital public governance: trends and risks / Governo pubblico digitale: tendenze e rischiMarina M. Lebedeva, Maxim V. Kharkevich, Elena S. Zinovieva, Ekaterina N. Koposova, The impact of information technologies on development of archaic state structures / L'impatto delle tecnologie dell’informazione sullo sviluppo di strutture statali arcaicheRICERCHE
Cristina BonImmaginare una nazione. Origini e contraddizioni del nation-building americano/ Imagining a nation. Origins and contradictions of the American nation-buildingMatteo Frau, L’equilibrio originario dei poteri di guerra nella Costituzione americana / The original balance of war powers in the US ConstitutionAlessandra Petrone, Carré de Malberg e l’eredità della Rivoluzione: sovranità nazionale versus sovranità del popolo / Carré de Malberg and the heritage of the Revolution: national sovereignty versus sovereignty of the people
Primo piano / In the foregroundGiuseppe Mecca legge / reads Romano Ferrari Zumbini, Tra norma e vita. Il mosaico costituzionale a Torino 1846-1849Venti proposte di lettura / Twenty reading proposals
More information on the journal's website, where certain articles are available in open access (cf. green links above).

ESCLH POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCE: Call for Papers, Augsburg University (22-24 Feb 2018); DEADLINE 31 OCT 2017

Postgraduate Conference in Comparative Legal History
22–24 February 2018, Augsburg University, Germany
Call for Papers
The European Society for Comparative Legal History (ESCLH) is pleased to announce its first Postgraduate Conference. The ESCLH invites PhD-students (beyond their first year) and post-doctoral-researchers who work in the field of comparative legal history to participate in the conference. The conference will be held from 22 to 24 February 2018 at Augsburg University, Germany.
The ESCLH wants to overcome the narrow nationalism and geographical segregation of legal history in contemporary European scholarship and professional organisations. The society, thus, aims to promote comparative legal history, the explicit comparison of legal ideas and institutions in two or more legal traditions.
The first Graduate Conference of the ESCLH will give advanced PhD-students and post-doctoral-researchers the opportunity to present their research in the field of comparative legal history to a panel of six leading experts. Furthermore, the conference will give all participants the opportunity to build academic networks. The experts on the panel cover a broad range of subjects: Ulrike Babusiaux (Zürich), Mia Korpiola (Turku), Wim Decock (Leuven), Jan Hallebeek (Amsterdam), Aniceto Masferrer (Valencia), Stephen Skinner (Exeter).
The ESCLH invites advanced doctoral candidates and post-doctoral researchers to submit abstracts for presentation. The abstract should be of no more than 300 words and give the title of your research project, your field of research, and your personal data (full name, email address, affiliated university, CV) to:

The conference language is English and abstracts must be submitted in English. The closing date for receipt of abstracts is 31 October 2017. 12 applicants will be selected and invited to participate in the conference. Successful applicants will be informed by 15 December 2017. Participants are expected to cover their own travel expenses. Accommodation and catering will be provided without charge.

06 September 2017

BOOK: Jean-Louis HALPÉRIN, Introduction au droit en 10 thèmes [Séquences] (Paris: Dalloz, 2017), 300 p. ISBN 9782247169474, € 14,9

Jean-Louis Halpérin (ENS) published a new Introduction au droit.

Le présent ouvrage réinvente au travers de 10 séquences les grands thèmes abordés dans l'enseignement de l'introduction au droit. Liant histoire et sources du droit, hiérarchie des normes et droit européen, ces 10 séquences permettent d'aborder différemment la matière juridique en revenant sur les grandes notions qui la constituent mais également en proposant des situations qui montrent leur mise en application.
Table of contents:
 1 Le droit créé par les lois
2 Le droit créé par les jugements
3 L'État créé par le droit
4 La constitution au sommet de chaque ordre juridique national
5 Le droit international et européen en surplomb
6 La défense des intérêts juridiquement protégés
7 Doctrines et sciences du droit
8 Unité et diversité du droit
9 Le travail des juristes et les cultures juridiques
10 Les pratiques des non-juristes et les représentations du droit
More information here.

JOURNAL: Revue historique de droit français et étranger 2017/1

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The Institut d'histoire du droit (Paris II Panthéon-Assas) announced the new issue of the Revue historique de droit français et étranger:

- Anne Lefebvre-Teillard, 'Un précieux témoin de l'École de droit canonique parisienne à l'aube du XIIIe siècle: le manuscrit 649 de la bibliothèque municipale de Douai' (1-58)
- Julien Broch, 'L'intérêt général avant 1789. Regard historique sur une notion capitale du droit public français' (59-86)
- Mathilde Lemée, 'La "doctrine gouvernementale" de la justice administrative: l'exemple des projets de loi d'organisation du Conseil d'État (1833-1845) (87-104)

Comptes rendus (pp. 105-124)
Full list here.

BOOK: Dave DE RUYSSCHER, Albrecht CORDES, Serge DAUCHY & Heikki PIHLAJAMÄKKI (eds.), The Company in Law and Practice: Did Size Matter? (Middle Ages-Nineteenth Century) [Legal History Library; Studies in the History of Private Law, ed. C.H. van RHEE, Dirk HEIRBAUT & Matthew C. MIROW; 23/12] (Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff/Brill, 2017); ISBN 9789004348493, € 110

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Book abstract:
This volume brings together nine chapters by specialist legal historians that address the topic of the scale and size of companies, in both legal and economic history. The bundled texts cover different periods, from the Middle Ages, the Early Modern Period, to the nineteenth century. They analyse the historical development of basic features of present-day corporations and of other company types, among them the general and limited partnership. These features include limited liability and legal personality. A detailed overview is offered of how legal concepts and mercantile practice interacted, leading up to the corporate characteristics that are so important today.
Contributors are: Anja Amend-Traut, Luisa Brunori, Dave De ruysscher, Stefania Gialdroni, Ulla Kypta, Bart Lambert, Annamaria Monti, Carlos Petit, and Bram Van Hofstraeten.
Table of contents:
AcknowledgmentsList of Figures and Tables
IntroductionDave De ruysscher, Albrecht Cordes, Serge Dauchy and Heikki Pihlajamäki
1 What is a Small Firm? Some Indications from the Business Organization of Late Medieval German MerchantsUlla Kypta
2 Making Size Matter Less: Italian Firms and Merchant Guilds in Late Medieval BrugesBart Lambert
3 Late Scholasticism and Commercial Partnership: Persons and Capitals in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth CenturiesLuisa Brunori
4 Legal Structure of Early Enterprises—from Commenda-like Arrangements to Chartered Joint-Stock Companies (Early Modern Period)Anja Amend-Traut
5 Delving for Diversity in Early Modern Company Law: Mining Companies in Seventeenth-Century LiègeBram Van Hofstraeten
6 Incorporation and Limited Liability in Seventeenth-Century England: The Case of the East India CompanyStefania Gialdroni
7 From Commercial Guilds to Commercial Law: Spanish Company Regulations (1737–1848)Carlos Petit
8 Partnerships as Flexible and Open-Purpose Entities: Legal and Commercial Practice in Nineteenth-Century Antwerp (c. 1830–c. 1850)Dave De ruysscher
9 Form, Size, “Governance”: Remarks on Italian Late Nineteenth-Century CompaniesAnnamaria Monti

On the editors:
Dave De ruysscher, Ph.D. (2009), is Associate Professor at Tilburg University and at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Being legal historian and lawyer, he specializes in the history of commercial and private law of the early modern period and the nineteenth century.

Albrecht Cordes is Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Legal History and Civil Law at the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main. His research is especially focused on the history of commercial law, Hanseatic legal history and the history of conflict resolution.
Serge Dauchy is Research Director at the CNRS (Lille-France) and Professor of Legal History at the University Saint-Louis of Brussels. His main research topics are the history of civil procedure, comparative history of central courts and the history of Québec.
Heikki Pihlajamäki is Professor of Comparative Legal History at the University of Helsinki. He has published extensively on the legal history of Scandinavia, Europe and America, including Conquest and the Law in Swedish Livonia (ca. 1630 – 1710): A Case of Legal Pluralism in Early Modern Europe (Brill, 2017).

BOOK: Ignacio DE LA RASILLA Y DEL MORAL, In the Shadow of Vitoria: A History of International Law in Spain (1770-1953) [Legal History Library; Studies in the History of International Law, 22/9] (Leiden/Boston: Martinus Njihoff/Brill, Nov 2017), ISBN 978900434221, € 132

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Brill announced the forthcoming publication of In the Shadow of Vitoria: A History of International Law in Spain (1770-1953), written by Prof. dr. Ignacio de la Rasilla y del Moral (Brunel University, London).