28 February 2015

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Trade law and development winter 2015

The Board of Editors of Trade, Law and Development [TL&D] is pleased to invite original, unpublished manuscripts for publication in the Winter ‘15 Issue of the Journal (Vol. 7, No. 2). The manuscripts may be in the form of Articles, Notes, Comments, and Book Reviews.
All manuscripts received by September 15, 2015, pertaining to any area within the purview of international economic law, will be reviewed by the editorial board for publication in the Winter ‘15 issue.
TL&D aims to generate and sustain a democratic debate on emerging issues in international economic law, with a special focus on the developing world. Towards these ends, we have published works by noted scholars such as Prof. Petros Mavroidis, Prof. Mitsuo Matsuhita, Prof. Raj Bhala, Prof. Joel Trachtman, Gabrielle Marceau, Simon Lester, Prof. Bryan Mercurio, Prof. E.U. Petersmann and Prof. M. Sornarajah among others. TL&D also has the distinction of being ranked the best journal in India across all fields of law for three consecutive years and the 10th best trade journal worldwide by Washington and Lee University, School of Law [The Washington & Lee Rankings are considered to be the most comprehensive in this regard].

For more information, please go through the submission guidelines available at www.tradelawdevelopment.com or write to us at editors[at]tradelawdevelopment.com.

27 February 2015

Dictionary of the Civil Code

CALL FOR PAPERS: ENHR Conference (Lisboa 2015)


The Housing Law Research Network and the Housing Law Working Group, European Network of Housing Research (ENHR) invite submissions on any field of housing law broadly conceived (including housing rights, nuisance, neighbour law, tenure, dispute resolution and litigation, anti-social behaviour etc) for the annual conference to be held in Lisbon, Portugal 30th June - 3rd July. 

Full details can be found at www.enhr2015.com

Informal enquiries are welcome and can be made to Fanny Cornette (F.Cornette@tudelft.nl), Padraic Kenna (padraic.kenna@nuigalway.ie), Michel Vols (m.vols@rug.nl) or Julian Sidoli del Ceno (julian.sidolidelceno@bcu.ac.uk)

ARTICLE ANNOUNCEMENT: Rule of Law Reforms and Institutional Change Processes in Eastern DR Congo: Neo-institutional Economics vs Multijuralism

By Évelyne Jean-Bouchard
From Global Jurist, Volume 15, issue 1

In development approaches, the link between rule of law institutional reforms and economic development is theorized by neo-institutional economics (NIE). From an economic analysis of law, NIE interprets the institutional variable through its ability to reduce uncertainty. The analysis of the relationship between institutions and development then leads to the study of institutional and normative changes. In this context, authors are referring to path dependence theory in order to explain the recurrent failure of rule of law reforms. However, I will argue that while NIE, by referring to path dependence theory, acknowledges that reforms take place within a complex set of particularities, I suggest that the notion of multijuralism, elaborated by the French legal anthropologist Étienne Le Roy, is more appropriated to describe this set of particularities in an African context. Using empirical data collected during an anthropological study regarding women’s rights in Democratic Republic of Congo, we will see that normative changes usually occur on the margins of State institutions. In addition, the embedded norms considered by NIE immobile through time are actually much more fluid than it seems.
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26 February 2015

BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: EU Law in Judicial Review

Richard Gordon QC and Rowena Moffatt

This work provides comprehensive guidance to practitioners on EU issues in the context of judicial review, taking into account the latest developments. Discussing procedure, principle, and practice in three separate parts, it explores the interaction between EU and public law and discusses the most effective approaches for managing claims.


978-0-19-967533-3 | HARDBACK | £125

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JURIS DIVERSITAS Annual Conference 2015
2-4 June 2015
School of Law, University of Limerick
Limerick, Ireland
While any proposal on comparative law (broadly conceived) will be considered, the conference’s primary theme is the relationship between social and legal norms and social and legal institutions. In memory of Roderick A Macdonald (1948-2014) and H Patrick Glenn (1940-2014), both former members of our Advisory Council, particular attention will be given to the diverse themes of their scholarship: for example, ‘common laws’, ‘constitutive polyjurality’, ‘critical legal pluralism’, ‘everyday law’, 'implicit comparative law', and ‘legal cosmopolitanism’.
See http://jurisdiversitas.blogspot.ie/p/blog-page.html 

24 February 2015

BOOK: Moustaira on Art Collections, Private and Public

Art Collections, Private and Public: A Comparative Legal StudySpringer is publishing Elina Moustaira, Art Collections, Private and Public: A Comparative Legal Study (2015).

According to the announcement of the book's publication, it:

  • Presents legal analysis of private and public art collections from a comparative perspective
  • Describes the connection between art and law
  • Analyses the particularity of persons, objects and laws
  • Clarifies whether the capacities of collector and merchant are mutually exclusive
This book is a comparative legal study of the private and public art collections in various states of the world, covering the most important issues that usually arise and focusing on the differences and the similarities of the national laws in the treatment of those issues.
Have a look! - SPD

23 February 2015

ARTICLE ANNOUNCEMENT: Legal Reasoning and Stereotypes in the Case Law from a Comparative Family Law Perspective

By elena Faletti
The aim of this paper is the analysis of gender stereotypes in comparative family law, focusing on English and Italian case law, especially to the traditional gender roles: male-female, husband-wife, father-mother. Indeed, analyzing the grounds of the judgments in an area with a strong influence of political, philosophical, religious and social issues as family law, we find that stereotypes, especially gender stereotypes, could hide themselves behind apparently neutral concepts. But what is a “stereotype”? Especially a “gender stereotype”? It concerns the sex of a person, especially his or her failure to conform with socially accepted sexual behaviour about what “real” men or women do or don't do.

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20 February 2015

BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: Contingencies, Resilience and Legal Constitutionalism

Edited by Clive Walker
Contingency planning and resilience are of prime importance to the late modern risk society, with implications for law and for governance arrangements. Our risk society continues to seek ever more complex and detailed risk mitigation responses by law, including the UK’s Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and the US Homeland Security Act 2002, which respond to counter-terrorism, natural catastrophes, and other risks.
This book seeks to analyse and criticise the legal developments in contingencies and resilience on a comparative basis, which engages with not only law and constitutionalism but also political theory and policy, including relations between public and private, national and local, and civil and military. Two transcending themes are of interest. One is institutional or structural – what bodies and power relations should we establish in a late modern world where Critical National Infrastructure is mainly held in private hands? The second is dynamic and concerns the grant of powers and arrangements for live responses. Both aspects are subjected to a strong critical stance based in 'constitutionalism', which demands state legitimacy even in extreme situations by the observance of legality, effectiveness, accountability, and individual rights. This book was originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of Human Rights.
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BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: Comparative Law - Engaging Translation

Edited by Simone Glanert
In an era marked by processes of economic, political and legal integration that are arguably unprecedented in their range and impact, the translation of law has assumed a significance which it would be hard to overstate. The following situations are typical. A French law school is teaching French law in the English language to foreign exchange students. Some US legal scholars are exploring the possibility of developing a generic or transnational constitutional law. German judges are referring to foreign law in a criminal case involving an honour killing committed in Germany with a view to ascertaining the relevance of religious prescriptions. European lawyers are actively working on the creation of a common private law to be translated into the 24 official languages of the European Union. Since 2004, the World Bank has been issuing reports ranking the attractiveness of different legal cultures for doing business. All these examples raise in one way or the other the matter of translation from a comparative legal perspective. However, in today’s globalised world where the need to communicate beyond borders arises constantly in different guises, many comparatists continue not to address the issue of translation. This edited collection of essays brings together leading scholars from various cultural and disciplinary backgrounds who draw on fields such as translation studies, linguistics, literary theory, history, philosophy or sociology with a view to promoting a heightened understanding of the complex translational implications pertaining to comparative law, understood both in its literal and metaphorical senses.

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