As part of a
project on ‘jurisdictional
complexity’ in Western
legal history (c1600-1900), led by Dr Seán Patrick Donlan (Limerick) and Dirk Heirbaut (Ghent), a
workshop will be held in Ghent from 6-7 July 2012.
the workshop need not be part of the project and are free to discuss other periods and places.
The workshop will focus
onthe historiographical methods necessary for
the study of jurisdictional
complexity, the attempt to capture a sense of
the legal-normative whole in context studied.
As described in the project statement, to do this:
[t]hose working on the project
will be encouraged
to utilise a number of interdisciplinary methods—comparative, contemporary theories of
interpretation, as well as historical anthropology, geography, and sociology …. [The project] is, in
effect, an analysis of the both the
‘law in action’ (per Roscoe Pound) and the ‘living law’ (per Eugen Ehrlich) of the past. Concentrating on
limited geographical areas, its case studies
will investigate, in a form akin to modern comparative ‘country reports’, both the legal
and normative complexity of the past. It will do so, however, in
light of the realities
of the past, avoiding
the imposition of modern national and juridical boundaries [and will] serve as
instantiations of wider
intellectual and institutional developments….
To celebrate the 10th
of the first graduating class of the McGill Program, the
Faculty of Law and the Quebec Research Centre of
Private and Comparative Law will host an international
conference on the
future of the
discipline of law. This event
will aim to foster a debate
that critically assesses the
in legal thought and innovative approaches
to law, in the light of the challenge of globalization and the
move away from a national paradigm for understanding law. It will also ask the question
of how to integrate the
insights so gained into the teaching
of law. The concern is with law in all its dimensions:
public and private, local and
transnational, formal and informal. By being
forced to abandon, at least in part, the
posited law of the nation state
as their lode
star, legal education
and legal scholarship have been presented
with an opportunity to break the mould of centuries of legal
nationalism: an opportunity that encourages new,
transdisciplinary and transnational ways of thinking about law. In short, the goal is to re-assess and to re-imagine the
discipline of law, its place in the university, and its role
in society. The
working languages of the conference will
be English and French.
Biennial Conference of the ESCLH will take place on 9 and 10 July 2012 in
Amsterdam. The venue is the campus of the VU University.
The Conference theme is
“Comparative Legal History - Definitions and Challenges”: how do we delineate the
landmarks which fruitful legal historical comparison requires and which are the
specific problems that a comparative-historical approach of the various branches
of law may encounter?
Subthemes are Fascist Criminal Law (coordinator Stephen
Skinner) and Corporate Law (coordinator Dave De
fee (including coffee/tea during the breaks, drinks on Monday afternoon, the
lunch and canal round trip on Tuesday) is €100 for non-members and €50 for
students and PhD-students. ESCLH-members enroll free of charge. For
the Buffet-Diner on Monday night an additional fee of €40 per head will be
required for all participants (members, non-members and companions).
The BACL Postgraduate
Workshop on Comparative Law is designed
for doctoral students working on
dissertations in the field
of comparative legal studies
subjects. In a round-table setting,
the 2-day workshop will address both the
and methodological problems of postgraduate
in comparative law.
Comparative Law Call for Papers for SLS Conference, from David Marrani
SLS Conference 2012 Bristol - Call for Papers: Comparative Law Section
The 2012 SLS Annual Conference will take place at Bristol University from 11-14 September. The theme of the conference this year is “Pressing Problems in the Law and Legal Education” and papers on that topic are particularly welcome.