29 February 2024

Undecidabilities and Law

 UNDECIDABILITIES AND LAW 

The Coimbra Journal for Legal Studies 

CALL FOR PAPERS / SUBMISSIONS 

VOLUME V (2025) 

RHIZOMATIC LAW: UNDERSTANDING THE LINEARITY AND PENDULUM OF LEGAL EVOLUTION 

GUEST EDITORS: 

Anne Wagner 

Centre de Recherche Droits et Perspectives du droit (ULR 4487), équipe René Demogue Lille University 

France 

Sarah Marusek

Department of Political Science 

 University of Hawai’i Hilo 

USA 

Our Special Issue delves into the intricate and dynamic nature of legal systems, contrasting concepts of linear progression with those of the perpetual pendulum in law. This exploration integrates the rhizomatic theory of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, proposed in 1987, which suggests a non-linear, network-like framework for understanding legal changes. It challenges conventional views of law as a hierarchy, instead presenting it as a complex web of interconnections where various factors, including political, cultural, economic, and social energies, interact in unpredictable ways. This approach acknowledges the multifaceted nature of legal evolution, encompassing both steady, predictable developments and cyclical, reactionary shifts. 

This exploration extends to consider the non-hierarchical, network-like nature of legal evolution. This theory challenges traditional, tree-like conceptions of knowledge and organization by proposing a model where any point can connect to any other, without having a central or primary node. Applying this to legal evolution offers a more complex and interconnected view of how law changes and adapts, recognizing the multiplicity of influences and pathways of development. 

Topics for Submission:

1. Rhizomatic Perspectives in Legal Evolution: Exploration of Deleuze and Guattari’s rhizome theory in the context of legal systems, examining how law evolves in a non-linear, network-like fashion, creating multiple entry and exit points for legal changes and influences. 

2. Law-Making in a Networked Society: Analyzing how the concept of the rhizome influences the development of law-making tools and their societal impacts, emphasizing the interconnected and often unpredictable nature of legal evolution. 

3. Interplay of Linear and Rhizomatic Legal Interpretations: Investigating the balance between linear progression and rhizomatic complexity in legal interpretation, focusing on how these approaches impact the adaptability and responsiveness of legal systems to societal changes. 

4. Polarization and Connectivity in Legal Concepts: Analyzing the dual nature of law as both polarized (perpetual pendulum) and interconnected (rhizomatic), exploring how these contrasting dynamics influence legal theory and practice. 

5. Legal Systems Amidst Global Crises: Discussing the rhizomatic responses of legal systems to global crises, such as pandemics or climate change, and how these events disrupt linear progressions, necessitating a more networked, adaptable approach to legal reform. 

These themes aim to enrich our understanding of legal evolution by highlighting the interplay between linear and cyclical dynamics, and introducing the complexity and interconnectedness of the rhizomatic approach. This perspective acknowledges the multi-dimensional nature of legal change, influenced by a myriad of societal, cultural, and technological factors. 

Submission Guidelines: 

Contributors are invited to delve into the multifaceted dynamics of legal evolution as framed in “Rhizomatic Law: Understanding the Linearity and Pendulum of Legal Evolution”. Submissions should focus on the intricate interplay of factors influencing the oscillation between linear progression and the cyclical shifts of the perpetual pendulum in legal systems. We welcome theoretical and empirical contributions that shed light on these dynamics. Interdisciplinary approaches, integrating insights from legal studies, philosophy, sociology, and other relevant fields, are especially encouraged. This call for papers aims to create a comprehensive platform for discussing and understanding the complex, network-like nature of legal change and adaptation, guided by the rhizomatic perspective. 

Submission of Abstracts (of 300 words) should be addressed to Anne Wagner (valwagnerfr@yahoo.com) and Sahra Marusek (marusek@hawaii.edu) until 30 June 2024. After selection, final papers should be submitted directly to the platform (https://impactumjournals.uc.pt/undecidabilitiesandlaw) by 31 January 2025, always indicating the Journal’s volume to which they correspond. 

 Rules for submission: 

 https://impactum-journals.uc.pt/index.php/undecidabilitiesandlaw/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

07 February 2024

Connecting Legislators and Researchers, Leads to Policies Based on Scientific Evidence

 

Connecting Legislators and Researchers, Leads to Policies Based on Scientific Evidence


Scott, T.


"... Researchers want the results of their studies to have an impact in the real world. Policymakers want to make effective policies that serve the people. The public wants to benefit from tax-funded research.

But there’s a disconnect between the world of science and the world of policy decision-making that keeps information from flowing freely between them. There are hundreds of evidence-based programs that receive minimal public investment despite their promise to curb social ills and save taxpayer dollars."

Technologies quantiques et transformations du droit – Premières pistes de réflexion

'Technologies quantiques et transformations du droit – Premières pistes de réflexion'

Maurel, R


"... Les technologies quantiques ont véritablement fait leur apparition en 2023 dans la loi française, en matière militaire (A). Pourtant, l’Union européenne s’intéresse depuis 2016 au moins à ce thème, de sorte que la France aurait certainement pu légiférer plus en amont voire être un moteur des initiatives européennes, ce qu’elle n’a pas été. Surtout, l’Union est porteuse d’une démarche davantage axée sur la création d’infrastructures de communications quantiques à usage non militaire (B).".

La vie du pluralisme juridique

 


La vie du pluralisme juridique

Otis, G.; Leclair, J., Thériault, S.

Ce livre propose une étude comparative de la gestion du pluralisme juridique. Les auteurs décrivent et analysent la manière dont les acteurs des systèmes juridiques étatiques et non étatiques appréhendent le pluralisme juridique  – défini comme la coexistence de systèmes juridiques étatiques et non étatiques sur un même territoire, pour une même matière et une même population. L’ouvrage met en lumière les procédés de gestion déployés par les systèmes juridiques étatiques et non étatiques en Afrique, au Canada, en Europe centrale et dans le Pacifique Sud, ainsi que les multiples facteurs paramétrant l’action des opérateurs des systèmes et des individus dans un environnement juridique plural. Il s’intéresse également aux effets des stratégies et des processus de gestion sur les systèmes, sur leurs opérateurs, et sur les individus.

L’ouvrage jette un nouvel éclairage – pratique et analytique – sur le pluralisme juridique appliqué, un domaine de recherche et de pratique professionnelle en plein essor. S’appuyant sur des données empiriques originales recueillies dans plusieurs pays par une équipe multilingue et pluridisciplinaire, il brosse un tableau méticuleux du faisceau complexe d’enchevêtrements normatifs engendrés par les pratiques étatiques et non étatiques dans un contexte marqué par la coexistence de plusieurs ordres juridiques. L’approche non prescriptive des auteurs leur a également permis de révéler et de re-mettre en question les postulats de certains décideurs politiques, universitaires et experts du développe-ment concernant la nature et les con-séquences du pluralisme juridique.

Cet ouvrage intéressera les universitaires et les praticiens dans les disciplines du droit, des études de développement, des sciences politiques et des sciences sociales.

Les auteurs

Ghislain OTIS : membre du Barreau du Québec, PhD (Université de Cambridge), membre de l’Académie des sciences sociales de la Société royale du Canada. Professeur à la section de droit civil de l’Université d’Ottawa, titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada sur la diversité juridique et les peuples autochtones (niveau 1).

Jean LECLAIR : LL. B. Montréal 1985 ; LL. M. Montréal 1990 (récipiendaire de la bourse Duff-Rinfret). Membre du Barreau du Québec depuis 1987. Auxiliaire juridique auprès d’un juge de la Cour fédérale, division d’appel, 1986-1988. Professeur depuis 1991 à la faculté de droit de l’Université de Montréal ; professeur titulaire depuis 2002.

Sophie THÉRIAULT : professeure titulaire et vice-doyenne aux études à la Faculté de droit (Section droit civil) de l’Université d’Ottawa. Elle est aussi membre du Barreau du Québec et de la Global Young Academy.

Private Law Theory - New entries February 6th and 7th 2024

 

Private Law Theory - New entries February 6th and 7th 2024:


James Chang, ‘The Psychologists are Coming! On Neuroscience and Psychology’s Role in Affecting Our View on Moral and Legal Culpability’

Camilla Alexandra Hrdy, ‘Keeping ChatGPT Secret While Selling It Too


Safira De La Salac and Rachelle Alterman, ‘Land, Property and Urban Rights


Alexis Alvarez-Nakagawa, ‘A Critical Introduction to Non-Human Rights


Risky Speech Systems: Tort Liability For AI-Generated Illegal Speech

  • Jane Bambauer, ‘Negligent AI Speech: Some Thoughts about Duty’, 3 Journal of Free Speech Law 344 (2023); 
  • Nina Brown, ‘Bots Behaving Badly: A Products Liability Approach to Chatbot-Generated Defamation’, 3 Journal of Free Speech Law 389 (2023).

Growing AI litigation risk requires business response


Julien Jacob and Caroline Orset, ‘Innovation, information, lobby and tort law under uncertainty


Dicey + 100

David Hemous and others, ‘Trade, Innovation and Optimal Patent Protection


Genevieve Heng, Martin Husovec and Jorge Contreras, ‘Patentomania: The Cost of Embedding Patents in Social Policies





"AI in the Courtroom: Navigating the Maze of Ethics and Law in the Age of Artificial Intelligence"

 



On February 13, there will be a webinar about "AI in the Courtroom: Navigating the Maze of Ethics and Law in the Age of Artificial Intelligence".

The speakers will be Dota Szymborska (Poland) and Leopoldo Cruz Balbuena (Mexico). They have both studied in Oñati, both hold a PhD in Philosophy and Law, and both have a scientific interest in artificial intelligence. Professor Karina Ansolabehere has invited them to share some thoughts with the current students in Oñati.

More information: https://www.iisj.net/en/ai-courtroom-navigating-maze-ethics-and-law-age-artificial-intelligence

If you want to attend this talk, please  complete this form: https://www.iisj.net/en/octalkai-courtroom-navigating-maze-ethics-and-law-age-artificial-intelligence

11 January 2024

Civil Disobedience and its Limits - 2024/01/15

 Civil Disobedience and its Limits

2024/01/15

Lecture by Tatjana Hörnle 

(Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung von Kriminalität, Sicherheit und Recht, Freiburg i. Br.)

Also via Zoom. Please register in advance: office@normativeorders.net

A standard assumption of research is that trust and conflict stand in opposition and exclude one another. The ConTrust Speaker Series questions that assumption and inquires into the dynamics of trust and conflict in various contexts of social life. Can trust arise in, manifest itself and be stabilized in conflicts rather than apart from them? What are the conditions for that?

For further information: Click here…

Unveiling Equality: The Transformative Role of the Parliament in Recognising Same-Sex Marriages in India

 

Svrivastava, H., Chaturvedi, S.

Marriage as a social institution is significant in recognising the rights of the people who enter into a lawful civil union. The institution must adapt itself to changing times to ensure the growth of society is not stagnant due to age-old constructs. 

The Supreme Court by a majority verdict in Supriyo v. Union of India ruled against the constitutional validity of same-sex marriages. The judgement comes as a major blow to the expectations of the queer community, from one of the most anticipated judgements of the year. They will now have to wait for the Parliament to decide on the conferment of marital rights to the queer community. 

In this piece, the authors emphasise the transformative role of the Parliament and argue that the Government of India has a constitutional obligation to grant legal status to same-sex marriages with significant changes in the socio-legal fabric of the nation.  

Max Planck Institute - Commission on Legal Pluralism - Reimagining Anthropological Knowledge: Perspectives, Practices, and Power

 Max Planck Institute - Commission on Legal Pluralism 

Reimagining Anthropological Knowledge:

Perspectives, Practices, and Power

  • "Anthropology Southern Africa warmly invites you to join us in Mzansi/South Africa for the inaugural World Anthropological Union (WAU) Congress from November 11 to 15, 2024. Organized by Anthropology Southern Africa and hosted by the University of Johannesburg, this groundbreaking event promises a rich exploration of anthropological knowledge under the theme:

  • Reimagining Anthropological Knowledge: Perspectives, Practices, and Power "

     


05 January 2024