06 September 2013

OPPORTUNITY: (Senior) Lecturer in Law, Governance and Development

I just received the following through the Commission on Legal Pluralism:
(SENIOR) LECTURER IN LAW, GOVERNANCE AND DEVELOPMENT (1,0 fte)
Vacancy number: 13-230
Dear colleagues,
This is to inform you that the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Development (VVI) is currently seeking applicants for the position of (Senior) Lecturer in Law, Governance and Development.
The VVI is part of the Leiden Law School, Leiden University. The Institute’s academic domain covers the formation and functioning of legal systems in the developing world and their effectiveness in contributing to good governance and development.
In its research and teaching, VVI uses a socio-legal approach. The institute carries out research projects in Asia (notably Indonesia), Africa and increasingly in the Middle East and the Muslim world at large. VVI staff teaches several thematic and regional courses to Dutch and foreign students. In addition, VVI provides advisory services and training courses to policy makers and practitioners.

05 September 2013

POLITICS: Seanad Errant?

It won’t interest many of you, but we’re having a debate here in Ireland about the abolition of our upper house or Senate (Seanad Éireann or the Seanad). 

Those of you interested in comparative politics and public law can find information from the generally independent government-funded commission here

In addition, a lot of the hand-to-hand combat is happening on Twitter. If you’re interested in getting good information, on why we need to scrap this undemocratic and useless relic of an imperial past, have a look at my account here.

JOURNAL: Crime, Law, and Social Change


Springer has recently published the latest addition of Crime, Law and Social Change (2013) 60: 2.

In this issue:

Varieties of corruption control: introduction to special issue
Hans Krause Hansen & Agata Stachowicz-Stanusch

Regulating transnational corporate bribery: Anti-bribery and corruption in the UK and Germany
Nicholas Lord

The limitations of neoliberal logic in the anti-corruption industry: Lessons from Papua New Guinea
Grant W. Walton

How has the private sector reacted to the international standard against transnational bribery? Evidence from corporate anticorruption compliance programs in Argentina
Guillermo Jorge and Fernando Felipe Basch

On the dark side of the code: organizational challenges to an effective anti-corruption strategy
Julian Klinkhammer

How damages recovery actions can improve the fight against corruption: the crisis of criminal law policies and the role of private enforcement in an Italian case of judicial corruption
Paola Mariani


Fostering management education to deter corruption: what do students know about corruption and its legal consequences?
Katharina Becker, Christian Hauser and Franz Kronthaler

BOOK: Baier et al on Social and Legal Norms

I just saw information on Pluri-Legal about a new book that might interest readers and members:

Social and Legal Norms: Towards a Socio-legal Understanding of Normativity
Edited by Matthias Baier, Lund University, Sweden


In an era where new areas of life and new problems call for normative solutions while the plurality of values in society challenge the very basis for normative solutions, this book looks at a growing field of research on the relations between social and legal norms. New technologies and social media offer new ways to communicate about normative issues and the centrality of formal law and how normativity comes about is a question for debate. This book offers empirical and theoretical research in the field of social and legal norms and will inspire future debate and research in terms of internationalization and cross-national comparative studies. It presents a consistent picture of empirical research in different social and organizational areas and will deepen the theoretical understanding regarding the interplay between social and legal norms. 

Including chapters written from four different aspects of normativity, the contributors argue that normativity is a result of combinations between law in books, law in action, social norms and social practice. The book uses a variety of different international examples, ranging from Sweden, Uzbekistan, Colombia and Mexico.

OPPORTUNITY: UNDP Vietnam - Expert Needed to Review Criminal Procedure

UNDPUNDP Vietnam seeks 01 qualified international consultant to develop a report on reviewing the  Criminal Procedure Law of Viet Nam in compliance with international laws and human rights treaties which Viet Nam has ratified.

The objective of the assignment is to support to develop a comprehensive report on possible amendments of the Criminal Procedure Code of Viet Nam to meet with the objectives of the Judicial Reform Strategy of Viet Nam and requirements of the international laws and standards.

The selection will be based on a competitive basis and will comply with UNDP procurement regulations.

Interested offerors are invited to submit CVs and financial proposals (following guidance in the Procurement Notice) to:

Procurement Unit
UNDP Viet Nam
72 Ly Thuong Kiet, Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Tel. (84-4) 3 9421495
Telefax number: (84-4) 3 9422267


Deadline for submission: 15 September 2013 (Hanoi time)

JOURNAL: Revue de droit comparé du travail et de la sécurité sociale 2013/1:

I recently received the following from the Revue de droit comparé du travail et de la sécurité sociale 2013/1:


Huit « Études » nationales couvrant diverses régions du globe : Europe (Allemagne, Russie, Bulgarie, Pologne, Hongrie et Turquie), Amériques (États-Unis, Canada et Chili), Asie (Thaïlande) et Afrique (Côte d’Ivoire) composent ce premier numéro de l'année 2013.

Les thématiques abordées par ces articles de Doctrine s’illustrent par leur variété et leur actualité. Les thématiques abordées par ces articles de Doctrine s’illustrent par leur variété et leur actualité (le droit international du travail, la discrimination, les réseaux transnationaux de construction de normes, les relations collectives de travail, la constitutionnalisation des droits sociaux, le droit à la retraite, la libre circulation des travailleurs et le travail temporaire). Lance Compa (Industrial Labour Relations School – Cornell University) ouvre ce numéro avec l’analyse de la violation des normes internationales du travail par des entreprises européennes (dont 2 entreprises françaises) implantées aux États-Unis, notamment en matière de liberté syndicale. Nanga Silue (Université Alassane Ouattara) évoque l’approche ivoirienne actuelle du principe de non-discrimination s’émancipant de la seule transposition des règles issues du droit français. Le potentiel d’amélioration en faveur d’un ordre mondial plus civilisé qu’apportent les réseaux transnationaux de construction de normes fait l’objet de l’étude proposée par Ulrich Mückenberger (Université de Hambourg et Université de Brême). Quelques observations précieuses sur l’évolution historique des relations collectives de travail en Turquie sont livrées par Melda Sur (Université Dokuz Eylül – Izmir) ; de même qu’un judicieux éclairage comparatif sur la constitutionnalisation des droits sociaux dans les pays d’Europe de l’Est et la Russie par Anna Alexandrova (Université d’État de Penza). Pablo Arellano Ortiz (Université Austral du Chili) nous expose l’exemple chilien de protection égalitaire en matière de retraite selon le sexe, depuis la réforme de 2008 en analysant les fondements invoqués à travers la notion de discrimination positive. La libre circulation des travailleurs au sein de la communauté économique de l’Association des Nations d’Asie du Sud-Est (ASEAN), rendue nécessaire face au défi de la mondialisation, rencontre encore quelque restriction à l’intégration régionale comme le souligne Suphasit Taweejamsup (Université Chulalongkorn de Bangkok). Enfin, une analyse comparative de deux régimes juridiques aux antipodes en matière de régulation du travail temporaire – celui de la France et celui du Québec – est offerte par Laurence Léa Fontaine (Université du Québec (Montréal)).

VACANCY: Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellowship at Indiana University-Bloomington

Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellowship at Indiana University-Bloomington


The Indiana University Center for Law, Society, and Culture will appoint two postdoctoral fellows for the 2014-15 academic year. They invite applications from scholars of law, the humanities, or social sciences working in the field of sociolegal studies.
 Pre-tenure scholars, recently awarded PhDs, and those with equivalent professional degrees are encouraged to apply. Advanced graduate students may also apply, but evidence of completion of the doctoral degree or its equivalent is required before beginning the fellowship.
Fellows will devote a full academic year to research and writing in furtherance of a major scholarly project, and will receive a stipend plus a research allowance, health insurance, other benefits, and workspace at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. They will conduct research at Indiana University and participate in the activities of the Center, which include an annual symposium, a colloquia series, and regular workshops and lectures. (The term of the appointment will be 10 to 12 months, beginning August 1, 2014. The amount of the stipend will be the same regardless of the duration of the appointment.)
Deadline: January 6, 2014
For more information about how to apply, please visit: http://www.law.indiana.edu/centers/lawsociety/postdoctoral-fellowship.shtml.

CONFERENCE: The Third International Conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism - Mumbai, India, December 14-17, 2015.


The next international conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism will be hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai, India, on December 14-17, 2015. 




Professor D. Parthasarathy heads the local organizing committee.
In line with the tradition, this conference will be preceded by a course on legal pluralism for young scholars and practitioners (December 9-13, 2015).
This will be the third International Conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism in Asia, and their first in India.

About the Commission on Legal Pluralism:
The Commission on Legal Pluralism was established in 1978 by the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), and affiliated with the International Association of Legal Science (IALS), on the initiative of professor G. van den Steenhoven, of the Institute of Folk Law, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
Currently, more than 350 lawyers, anthropologists and other social scientists, representing all regions of the world and concerned with legal pluralism in both theory and practice, are participants in the activities of the Commission. The growth of the Commission reflects a growing awareness of the contemporary existence of legal plurality, not only in countries with indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities, but also in the industrialised societies as such. The Commission's primary purpose is to further knowledge and understanding of legal pluralism, with a focus upon theoretical and practical problems resulting from the interaction of non-state law and state law.
Membership is open to anyone with a serious and substantial scholarly or practical commitment to or involvement in the field of legal pluralism. Those interested in joining are invited to communicate with the Executive Secretary Dr. Giselle Corradi at giselle.corradi@ugent.be.

04 September 2013

ARTICLE: Jara on German and Italian Systems of Negotiated Justice

Gabriela Jara's ''Comparative Perspectives: German and Italian Systems of Negotiated Justice'' in the  Philosophy of Law e Journal (2013) is now available online at SSRN :
In light of the growing importance of negotiated justice or alternatives to trial across jurisdictions, this comment on the papers of Carduck and of Iovene in this collection, addresses the nuances of continental European developments but also critically re-examines the American tradition of plea-bargaining.

The two papers draw on salient themes related to the process of understanding and reworking the legal transplant of plea bargaining within a larger body of a criminal law. Italy and Germany are both characterized by a deliberate approach to plea bargaining where public authorities have grappled with the objectives and dangers of negotiated justice.

03 September 2013

CONFERENCE: Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPARATIVE LAW
YOUNGER COMPARATIVISTS COMMITTEE
CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT

The Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law is pleased to invite submissions for its third annual conference, to be held on April 4-5, 2014, at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.  The purpose of the conference is to highlight, develop, and promote the scholarship of new and younger comparativists.

Conference Subject-Matter and Eligibility

Submissions will be accepted on any subject in public or private comparative law from scholars who have been engaged as law teachers, lecturers, fellows, or in another academic capacity for no more than ten years as of June 30, 2014.  We will also accept submissions from graduate students enrolled in master’s or doctoral programs.

Submission Instructions

To submit an entry, scholars should email an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing an abstract of no more than 750 words no later than November 1, 2013, to the following address: ycc.conference.2014@gmail.com.  Abstracts should reflect original research that will not yet have been published, though may have been accepted for publication, by the time of the conference. Abstracts should also include the author’s name, title of the paper, institutional affiliation, contact information, as well as the author’s certification that she/he qualifies as a younger scholar. Graduate students should identify themselves as such.

Scholars may make only one submission.  Both individual and co-authored submissions will be accepted.  For co-authored submissions, both authors must qualify as eligible younger comparativists.  The conference’s Program Committee will assign individual and co-authored submissions to thematic panels according to subject area.  Proposals for fully formed panels will also be accepted.

Notification

Authors of the submissions selected for the conference will be notified no later than December 20, 2013.   There is no cost to register for the conference but participants are responsible for securing their own funding for travel, lodging and other incidental expenses.  A limited number of travel stipends may be awarded to those who demonstrate financial need.  If you would like to be considered for a travel stipend, please make that request in your submission.

Graduate Student Prize

ARTICLE: Marylin Johnson Raisch on Religious Legal Systems in Comparative Law

Hauser Global Law School ProgramAn update of Marylin Johnson Raisch's 'Religious Legal Systems in Comparative Law: A Guide to Introductory Research' has appeared in the very useful GlobaLex materials published by the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU School of Law.

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