18 September 2018

Food Law: A Comparative Perspective

 MAY 23-25, 2019

Parma – Teatro Farnese

The Italian Association of Comparative Law (AIDC) opens an international Call for Papers on the subject


I.                    CALL FOR PAPERS
The colloquium intends to put the focus, from a comparative perspective, on the following topics to which a specific session will be devoted:

1.      Models and institutions for agri-food law
2.      Food culture and its relationship with food regulation  
3.      Agri-food chain and markets
4.      Origins, denominations, IP Rights: Treaties and transplants
5.      Controls in international trade: sovereignty, diversity, uniformity, barriers
6.      Food education/Food disorders
7.      Animal rights
8.      Food and multiculturality (Religious constraints, vegetarian, new foods)
9.      Criminal law implications
10.  Food, water, environment and sustainable development

Candidates should indicate – in their submission – in which session they wish to present their paper.
It is suggested that submissions should take into account the tendency of circulation of legal models in agri-food law, which expresses a growing trend to share solutions and answers on the basis of common experiences, both by importing models and  external sources within the internal legal systems and by providing more general, or global, responses that can have effect well beyond the national or the regional boundaries.

AIDC organizes on a biennial basis a “younger comparatists colloquium” (the last one, this year, was held in Bergamo) open to PhD candidates and holders, lecturers, adjunct professors; and the ordinary biennial colloquium (the present is the 25th), generally open to full and associate professors.
Therefore, the selection committee will prefer papers presented by full and associate professors, although it may make a limited amount of exceptions.
Papers should be in Italian or English, and may be presented in either language.
Simultaneous translation will not be provided.

The proposal must be submitted by January 7, 2019 indicating in which session they wish to present their paper. Acceptance will be communicated by the end of January. Within 10 days from acceptance, the participation fee (€ 70) must be paid. If not, acceptance will be forfeited and the selection committee will move on to other candidates. This requirement is essential in order to avoid that no-show of some rapporteurs preclude the possibility to others to present their papers.
The Colloquium will be organized in plenary opening (Thursday, May 23) and closing (Saturday, May 25) sessions (with invited speakers). And parallel sessions (Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25) divided according to topics. It is expected that up to 40 papers will be presented in a time slot not exceeding 20 minutes per speaker, followed by a 10 minutes Q&A session.

IV.               OTHER ASPECTS
The origins of the University of Parma – as those of many other Italian academic institutions – date back to the middle-ages. Under the Farnese family – to whom several illustrious popes belonged – Parma and its university became one of the centres of cultural life in Italy and Europe. During the Enlightenment and the XIX Century it has listed among its faculty some of the most important names in sciences, humanities and law. Since 1988 annexed to the Law Department is the prestigious European College, aimed at preparing post-graduates for the many EU institutions. Parma is also the headquarters of the European Food Safety Agency, which plays a decisive role in many of the topics which will be examined in the XXVth AIDC Colloquium.

V.                 HOW TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL
Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail at aidc.parma2019@gmail.com in Word format, following this order:
a) author(s)
 b) affiliation
c) e-mail address
d) title of abstract
e) body of abstract (apx 250 words)
Abstract file should be entitled: Family Name_Last Name.doc

VI.               PROCEEDINGS
The proceedings of the Colloquium will be published on the “Studies in Law and Social Sciences” open-access Series, published by the Roma TrE-Press, under the auspices of the Law Department.
Authors may also publish their paper on other periodicals, in particular on the on-line periodical “Comparative Law Review”, sponsored by AIDC, will devote a special issue to the proceedings of the Colloquium. Papers in Italian may also be submitted for publication to “Diritto pubblico comparato ed europeo”, and to “Comparazione e diritto civile”, the other two leading Italian comparative law reviews.

04 September 2018

Juris Diversitas 6th General Conference



15- 17 April 2019
Potchefstroom, South Africa
Faculty of Law

In partnership with
Faculty of Law, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Law, Roots & Space
The Theme:
A couple of lawyers’ old friends: ‘Sources’ and ‘Jurisdictions’. In their parlance, these notions are often associated to modern, ‘positive’ law.
The idea of ‘legal formants’ has been introduced to complete the picture, flexibilising it, making it more accurate, nuanced, realistic; an idea associated to comparative, socio-legal, anthropologic studies.
With ‘Roots’ and ‘space’ geographers, historians, political scientists get involved. These are certainly less frequent notions in legal circles: we may still wish to make friends with them, to enrich our perception of legal phenomena.
Roots’ is often associated to history of law and related discourses – if legal formants may complete a picture, legal roots do complete the movie, so to speak.
Space’: an open notion, perhaps a non-notion in modern legal discourse, generic enough to include every spatial dimension of legal phenomena: dissemination of movie theatres and other forms of diffusion of the various show-biz products could be the appropriate metaphor here, including space law and virtual property.
A legal discourse that goes beyond the checkboards, or the series of juxtaposed swimming pools – Tetris-style – containing water from their respective individual sources, produced by modern, Westphalian conceptions of the law. It goes, instead, to normative forces producing their effects without a precise geographic boundary: like radio stations, magnetic or gravitational fields. Or like intricate sets of rivers, lakes, canals, ponds, infiltrated wetlands, oceans, weather, all contributing to a locally diversified but still unitary eco-system and bio-sphere of water, landscape, vegetation, fauna.
A discourse on normative forces and the fuzziness of their historic and geographic reach.
Panel proposals and interdisciplinary presentations are strongly encouraged, as is the participation of doctoral students and scholars from outside of the discipline of law. While parallel sessions featuring three presentations of twenty-minute each will be the pattern, we welcome creative arrangements.
Panel Proposals of circa 1000 words and a short biography (in English or in French) should be submitted electronically by 30 September 2018. You will be informed of the outcome by the end of October 2018. Click here https://goo.gl/forms/JnRqHQOHFnTuBz5w2 to submit panel proposal.
Individual Proposals of circa 500 words and a short biography (in English or in French) should be submitted electronically by 30 November 2018. You will be informed of the outcome by the end of December 2018. Click here https://goo.gl/forms/Wutow8SR4CqTDDhh2 to submit individual proposal.
Registration Fees:
€ 200 or € 125 for Juris Diversitas members paid up for 2018. 
Special rate for young scholars under the age of thirty coming the first time: € 150 or € 75 for Juris Diversitas members paid up for 2018.
Note that fees do not cover travel, accommodation, or the conference dinner (€ 30).
Scholars from Africa:
ZAR 1,800 or ZAR 1,500 for Juris Diversitas members paid up for 2018.
Note that fees do not cover travel, accommodation, or the conference dinner (ZAR 300).
Additional Information:
Information regarding accommodation options, travel, other conferences in South Africa, payment methods, etc. will be provided after participants have been notified of the outcome of their proposals.
For more information contact Christa Rautenbach at: Christa.Rautenbach@nwu.ac.za.
About Potchefstroom and the North-West University:
The town Potchefstroom or Potch (as most people call it) is a University town of about 128,253 people, about 120km or 75miles to the south-west of Johannesburg. The greater Potch (including all the suburbs) consists of 676,004 people. 70% of the population's first language is Afrikaans but almost everyone speaks English as a second language.
It is the oldest town in the old Transvaal Province and has a rich history dating back to 1838. The town was established in 1838 by a group of Voortrekkers led by Andries Hendrik Potgieter. The name was derived from POT (gieter), the Voortrekker leader, CHEF (the leader, referring to Potgieter), and STROOM (the Mooi River). Another version is that the POT comes from pieces of pots left behind by nomadic peoples which were later found by the first residents of Potch.
Until 1960 it was the capital of the old South African Republic of which the first president, Marthinus Wessel Pretorious, was sworn in at Potchefstroom.
Potchefstroom was the first town north of the Vaal River. The town was originally built on the position of the present "Oude Dorp". After the flood in 1840, it was decided that Potchefstroom would be developed one hour horse-ride south from "Oude Dorp" next to the Mooiriver.
The first Government Gazette was printed and published in Potchefstroom. The Dutch Reformed Church in the Transvaal (at that time) was founded in Potchefstroom in 1842 and since 1905 the town has been the theological seminary of the Gereformeerde Kerk.
People like Totius who translated the Bible from Dutch to Afrikaans, also worked here and made their irreplaceable contribution to the Afrikaans language and culture.
This city on the banks of the Mooiriver, with its 24 declared national monuments, has a rich history. A noteworthy fact is that the first shots of the First War of Independence were fired in Potchefstroom in 1880 and that the town also played a prominent role during the guerilla phase of the Anglo Boer War (1899 -1902).
Potchefstroom boasts many "firsts". It includes the following:
·         the "Vierkleur" was designed and hoisted here for the first time;
·         the first constitution of the "South African Republic" was drafted here;
·         the first coat of arms of the Republic was designed here;
·         the first church building in Transvaal was erected here;
·         Potchefstroom was the first town in the Transvaal to obtain municipal management; and
·         the first "Staats Courant" (Government Gazette) was printed here and the first public press in Transvaal was established here.
The North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) dominates the town which also boasts a permanent military base. Potch has for many years produced top sportsmen and women. Potch is also known as the "Home of Sport in the North West Province" with many provincial federations based locally. The town has already become "home-away-from-home" to many international athletes participating in many different sport codes.
Potch is popular for many reasons including being a university town with much to offer. It has very few industries and thus clean air and also a low crime rate. It has a good climate (especially during the cold northern hemisphere winters when it is our summer) and at 1400m altitude it offers a good balance between Altitude and Quality training.
The NWU officially came into being on 1 January 2004 as part of the South African government’s plan to transform higher education. In our case, this saw a historically white university and a historically black university merging to create a new university where South Africans from all walks of life have come together. The Potch campus' history dates back from 1869. For more information on the historical development of the Potch campus, see http://www.nwu.ac.za/content/history-potchefstroom-campus-potchefstroom-campus-nwu.
In 2018, almost 70 000 students are registered at the NWU, making it the second largest university in the country. Almost 3000 students are enrolled at the Faculty of Law.

06 July 2018

Comparative Counter-Terrorism Law

Comparative Counter-Terrorism Law

by Kent Roach (ed.) et al.


Terrorism law is as international as it is regionally distinct and as difficult to define as it is essential to address. Given recent pressures to harmonize terrorism laws from international organizations like the United Nations Security Council, the Financial Action Task Force, and the Council of Europe, this book presents readers with an up-to-date assessment of terrorism law across the globe. Covering twenty-two jurisdictions across six continents, the common framework used for each chapter facilitates national comparisons of a range of laws including relevant criminal, administrative, financial, secrecy, and military laws. ReComparative Counter-Terrorism Lawcognizing that similar laws may yield different outcomes when transplanted into new contexts, priority of place is given to examples of real world application. Including a thematic introduction and conclusion, this book will help establish comparative counter-terrorism law as an emerging discipline crossing the boundaries of domestic and international law.
  • Includes chapters on twenty-two different legal jurisdictions representing North and South America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Australia

  • Common framework for chapters allows for country-to-country comparison on specific legal issues

  • Includes an introduction to the emerging field of comparative counter-terrorism law and its methodology
(Subjects: comparative financial law, commercial law, comparative criminal law, administrative law, immigration law, constitutional law, military law; private international law)

23 May 2018

Secured Credit in Europe. From Conflicts to Compatibility

Secured Credit in Europe

From Conflicts to Compatibility

by Teemu Juutilainen

This monograph seeks the optimal way to promote compatibility between systems of proprietary security rights in Europe, focusing on security rights over tangible movables and receivables. Based on comparative research, it proposes how best to tackle cross-border problems impeding trade and finance, notably uncertainty of enforceability and unexpected loss of security rights. It offers an extensive analysis of the academic literature of more recent years that has appeared in English, German, the Scandinavian languages and Finnish. The author organises the concrete means of promoting compatibility into a centralised substantive approach, a centralised conflicts-approach, a local conflicts-approach and a local substantive approach. The centralised approaches develop EU law, and the local approaches Member State laws. The substantive approaches unify or harmonise substantive law, while the conflicts approaches rely on private international law. The author proposes determining the optimal way to promote compatibility by objective-based division of labour between the four approaches. The objectives developed for that purpose are derived from the economic functions of security rights, the conditions for legal evolution and a transnational conception of justice.

(Subjects: Banking and Financial Law, Commercial Law, Private International Law)

16 April 2018

THE LAW OF THE SOMALIS: A Stable Foundation for Economic Development in the Horn of Africa

THE LAW OF THE SOMALIS: A Stable Foundation for Economic Development in the Horn of Africa

by Michael van Notten, Edited by Spencer Heath MacCallum

Written by a trained and sympathetic observer, this book shows how Somali customary law differs fundamentally from most statutory law. Lawbreakers, instead of being punished, are simply required to compensate their victim. Because every Somali is insured by near kin against his or her liabilities under the law, a victim seldom fails to receive compensation. Somali law, being based on custom, has no need of legislation or legislators. It is therefore happily free of political influences. The author notes some specific areas that stand in need of change, but finds such change already implicit in further economic development.

Somali politics is based on consensus. The author explains how it works and shows why any attempt to establish democracy, which would divide the population into two classes-those who rule and those who are ruled-must inevitably produce chaos.

Viewed in global perspective, Somali law stands with the Latin and Medieval laws and the English common law against the statutory law that became prominent in Europe with the modern nation-state. This book explains many seeming anomalies about present-day Somalia and describes its prospects as well as the dangers facing it.

(Subjects: Somalia; customary law; legislation; criminal law; torts; delicts)

10 March 2018

Race, Criminal Justice, and Migration Control

Race, Criminal Justice, and Migration Control

Enforcing the Boundaries of Belonging

Edited by Mary Bosworth, Alpa Parmar, and Yolanda Vazquez

  • A collection of essays that considers how societal practices, laws, and criminal justice institutions delineate who belongs and who does not, and how these factors affect racial minorities across the world, in strikingly uneven ways
  • Brings race to the centre of its analysis in order to reveal how migration and its control is inherently racialized
  • Demonstrates how the architecture of legislation, the process of criminal justice, and the institutions of criminal justice and border control conspire and coalesce to grant some people citizenship, while denying it to others
  • Essential reading for lawyers, criminologists, criminal justice practitioners, migration scholars, and sociologists, as well as general readers approaching the topic for the first time
(Subjects: criminal law; minorities; borders; criminology; sociology; migrations; immigration)

Comparative International Law

Comparative International Law

Edited by Anthea Roberts, Paul B. Stephan, Pierre-Hugues Verdier, and Mila Versteeg

  • Explains that international law is not a monolith but can encompass on-going contestation, in which states set forth competing interpretations
  • Maps and explains the cross-country differences in international legal norms in various fields of international law and their application and interpretation in different geographic regions
    Organized into three broad thematic sections of conceptual matters, domestic institutions and comparative international law, and comparing approaches across issue-areas
    Chapters authored by contributors who include top international law and comparative law scholars all from diverse backgrounds, experience, and perspectives
    (Subjects: international law; comparative law)

Formation and Third Party Beneficiaries

Edited by Mindy Chen-Wishart, Alexander Loke, and Stefan Vogenauer

Studies in the Contract Laws of Asia provides an authoritative account of the contract law regimes of selected Asian jurisdictions, including the major centres of commerce where limited critical commentaries have been published in the English language. Volume II of this series deals with contract formation and contracts for the benefit of third parties in the laws of China, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Myanmar. Typically, each jurisdiction is covered in two chapters; the first deals with contract formation, while the second deals with contracts for the benefit of third parties.
(Subjects: Comparative Law; contract law)

Legalism: Property and Ownership

Legalism: Property and Ownership

Edited by Georgy Kantor, Tom Lambert, and Hannah Skoda


  • Brings together anthropologists and historians to examine how property and ownership operate and are understood across broad historical and geographical contexts
  • Offers a truly cross-cultural perspective, and makes specialist case studies visible and accessible to non-specialists
  • Partakes in a larger intellectual debate developed across disciplines - from anthropology to history to legal theory
  • (Subjects: comparative law; anthropology; history; property; ownership)