25 August 2014

JOURNAL: Tulane European and Civil Law Forum (Special Issue - The Catania Papers)

Volume 29 of the Tulane European and Civil Law Forum is out.

The volume is a special issue that developed out the Filling the Gaps: the Study of Judicial Creativity and Equity in Mixed Jurisdictions and Beyond Conference held in Catania from 27-28 May 2013.

The original Call for Papers is here; the programme is here.

The conference was supported by the Protection Project at the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), in cooperation with the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists (WSMJJ), and the Tulane University Law School Eason Weinmann Center for Comparative Law. It was hosted by the Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e sociali of the University of Catania.

The contents of the volume, referred to as 'The Catania Papers' are available here and below:


22 August 2014

JURIS DIVERSITAS ANNOUNCEMENT: New Web Editor for the Juris Diversitas Blog

The Executive of Juris Diversitas is pleased to announce that Antonio Zuccaro has agreed to act as Web Editor for Juris Diversitas:

Antonio Zuccaro has a Masters Degree from the University of Catania (with a thesis in comparative private law) He is a PhD candidate in European Comparative Legal Studies at the University of Trento (Italy). His main fields of research include Comparative Constitutional law, BioLaw, Bioethics, and European Union Law and Citizenship Rights. He is on the Editorial Board of the BioLaw Journal, edited by the University of Trento, and Web Editor for the PRIN (Program of Research of Relevant National Interest) Jurisdictions and Pluralism and for Trento’s Laboratorio di Innovazione Istituzionale per l’Autonomia Integrale.

Antonio will serve as the primary contact person for the Juris Diversitas Blog and Facebook pages. He will also be working to make both more accessible and participatory. He can be contacted at Antonio.Zuccaro@unitn.it.



JURIS DIVERSITAS ANNOUNCEMENT: New Series Editor for the Juris Diversitas Book Series

The Executive of Juris Diversitas is pleased to announce that Julian Sidoli del Ceno has agreed to act with Seán Patrick Donlan as Series Editors of our Juris Diversitas Book Series with Ashgate Publishing:

Julian is a barrister and a Reader in Property Law and Dispute Resolution at Birmingham City University. Having originally studied Philosophy and Greek at University College London, Julian is particularly keen on theoretical and jurisprudential aspects of law and alternative forms of justice. His research interests include property law, particularly landlord and tenant and alternative dispute resolution. He has authored work on mediation, adjudication, social participation and housing rights among other topics. He is currently working on a monograph on the Jurisprudence of Mediation and papers based around bottom-up or horizontal forms of justice. Julian is Co-chair of the European Network of Housing Research Housing Law Working Party. Julian has won numerous awards including Best Paper at the 2013 RICS COBRA conference in New Delhi, Peer Reviewer of the Year 2013 for Emerald Publishing Group's International Journal of the Law of the Built Environment, and the "Extra Mile" Teaching Prize. He has twice been nominated for national mediation awards.


Julian will serve as the primary contact person for the series. He is keen to hear from potential authors and editors and would be happy to engage in a creative dialogue with them over the publication of future volumes. He can be contacted at Julian.Sidolidelceno@bcu.ac.uk

ARTICLE: Who shouldn't be in law school?

ABA  Journal just published an interesting article 'Who shouldn't be in law school?'

As ABA Journal noted, this week, George Mason University law professor Michael Krauss laid out plainly which students he thinks belong in law school—and which do not.

Students interested in "pursuing justice," in helping those who can't afford legal help, and "in soberly attempting to understand and solve the incredibly difficult, and incredibly interesting, intellectual problems that underlie so many of today’s legal disputes" are sorely needed, Krauss wrote.

And those in law school because they didn't know what else to do after finishing undergrad and only really have a goal of making a lot of money "chose the wrong generation to go to law school," Krauss wrote.

So this week, ABA asked: Who are the students that the legal profession needs, and can succeed with a law degree? And who should get the idea out of their heads as soon as possible?

Page of the article and comments here.

CONFERENCE: Settlement of International Trade Disputes in the Caucasus and Central Asia

Kiel Center of Eurasian Economic Law at the Institute of East European Law of the University of Kiel has announced an international conference 'Settlement of International Trade Disputes in the Region of the Caucasus and Central Asia: Public and Private Issues'.

Target group: legal researchers and practitioners, governmental officials, who deal with settlement of public and private disputes in the area of international trade in the region of the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Conference language: English and Russian with simultaneous translation.

Topics: The Conference will deal with the mechanisms of settlement of public and private disputes in the area of international trade in the region of the Caucasus and Central Asia. Efficient and reliable dispute settlement mechanisms are substantial for international trade, which is an important vehicle of every modern economy. During the last decades, the countries of the region under consideration have adopted a lot of national rules (e.g. laws on international commercial arbitration) and joined a number of treaties (i.e. some of the countries are the members of the WTO; there are specific treaties within the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States and Eurasian Economic Community; a new Treaty on Eurasian Economic Union has been signed recently) which are related to dispute settlement in trade matters. This Conference will focus on settlement of trade disputes under public international law and private trade disputes with an international link.

Speakers: The Conference will offer an opportunity for discussions with high-level representatives from the countries of the region, EU Member States and institutions, international organizations as well as academics and practitioners with extensive experience in the field of international dispute settlement. The list of the speakers will be available soon.

Details here.

CONFERENCE: Legal Research Methods and Methodologies

University of Bristol hosts the Conference 2014 Legal Research Methods and Methodologies “Celebrating Diversity, Sharing Insights” 16 Sept, Bristol.

Program of the Conference includes:

· a detailed description of the primary method (or combination of methods) used to address a particular project;

· the journey embarked on in reaching the project’s research design and why certain methods and methodologies were chosen to be used in that particular project;

· the practical experience of using that method or methods, to include how any problems or limitations were addressed; and

· comment more generally on the rationale of using specific methods and their place in advancing our understanding of particular issues in the legal environment.

Detailed program here.

Please email rm2014bristol@gmail.com to register to attend the conference.

20 August 2014

eJOURNAL:New Journal of European Criminal Law

New Journal of European Criminal Law
Volume 5  / 2014 / 02

EDITORIAL
Gary Becker and the Economics of Traffi cking in Human Beings
PAUL DE HERT AND JULIA MURASZKIEWICZ

ARTICLES

Suicide in Detention in the Light of the Human Rights Convention
EVELINE THOONEN AND WILMA DUIJST

Inquisitorial and Adversarial Expert Examinations in the Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights
TOM DECAIGNY

The Principle of Proportionality under the European Arrest Warrant – with an Excursus on Poland
TOMASZ OSTROPOLSKI

Enforcing the Market Abuse Regime: Towards an Integrated Model of Criminal and Administrative Law Enforcement in the European Union?
MICHIEL LUCHTMAN AND JOHN VERVAELE

Civil Asset Forfeiture and the Presumption of Innocence under Article 6(2) ECHR
JOHAN BOUCHT

A Short Note on the Development of the Criminal Justice System after the Accession of Crimea and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation
ELENA A. KREMYANSKAYA

ARTICLE: Privileging (Some Forms of) Interdisciplinarity and Interpretation: Methods in Comparative Law

A new articlefrom SSRN:

Privileging (Some Forms of) Interdisciplinarity and Interpretation: Methods in Comparative Law
By Suryapratim Roy 
University of Groningen - Faculty of Law
Abstract:      

How should comparative law scholars engage with other disciplines? Which social sciences are relevant for the purpose of comparison? Such questions are important for the process of comparison, as disciplinary self-regulation (and interaction between disciplines) is not a neutral and objective process, and is always informed by embedded political, ideological, ethical preferences. Or, the act of selecting ways of reading, thinking and writing in the service of any task requires the explicit or implicit endorsement of epistemic and hermeneutic authority.

In this essay, I review three recent volumes on comparative law – a companion volume, a book of practice-oriented reflections by scholars who engage in comparative legal scholarship, and a region-specific contribution on Comparative Constitutionalism in South Asia. The approaches adopted in the volumes – concentrating on the science of comparative law, finding a middle way between too much complexity and too little, concentrating on region-specific complexities – do not address the issue of negotiating epistemic and hermeneutic authority posed above. Such negotiation may be facilitated by concentrating on what I suggest is the organising principle of the discipline of comparative law: identifying the construction, perpetuation and functionality of the internal authority of law.

Click here to download the article.

18 August 2014

eJOURNAL: German Law Journal - Special Issue on: EU Citizenship: Twenty Years On



Patricia Mindus of Uppsala University has assembled a special issue on European Citizenship - marking the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the concept in the Maastricht Treaty - that treats the question in all its complexity.  Prof. Mindus explains that "Much has happened in and across the EU since Union citizenship was first introduced. Though many question its value, few advocate its irrelevance. This special issue takes stock of how EU citizenship has evolved over the last two decades and what ideas it conveys into the future."

Click here to view this issue.

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