14 December 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: Mixed Legal Systems, East and West

Our cousins in the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists have co-organised a Mediterranean conference to take place in Malta from 14-15 May 2012 on “Mixed Legal Systems, East and West: Newest Trends and Developments”.

The announcement reads:

The Protection Project at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), in cooperation with the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists, and the Tulane University Law School Eason Weinmann Center for Comparative Law, invite the submission of papers for an international conference on “Mixed Legal Systems, East and West: Newest Trends and Developments,” scheduled to take place in Malta, on the dates of May 14-15, 2012.

The conference aims to break new ground in the study of mixed jurisdictions, focusing on the intersections and interplay between Western and Eastern legal systems, including in particular the study of those countries where common and civil law interact and/or co-exist side-by-side with Islamic law; as well as an examination of the influence of religious law on statutory law. The conference will focus on such topics as “The Integration of Religious Law into the Fabric of Law,” “The Lingering Impact of Colonialism on Contemporary Legal Systems,” “Internal Patterns of Legal Mixing,” and similar. The conference organizers invite scholars especially from mixed jurisdiction countries to submit abstracts, so that experiences of civil-common law mixed jurisdictions may be compared with those legal systems where Islamic law is present.

We invite you to submit a 2-3 page abstract of your paper by email to the selection committee c/o Ms. Anna Koppel, Director of Research and Development, The Protection Project (akoppel1@jhu.edu) no later than January 15, 2012; authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by February 1, 2012, and invited to present their papers at the conference; all conference participation expenses will be covered by the organizers. Conference proceedings will be jointly published by The Protection Project, the World Society of Mixed Jurisdictions Jurists, and the Eason Weinmann Center for Comparative Law.

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