02 August 2014

JOURNAL: Global Jurist New Issue

A new issue of Global Jurist has just been published.
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31 July 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS: 10th International Workshop for Young Scholars

The European Law Journal, HEC Paris and the Center for Research on Transnational Law (CTL), Peking University School of Transnational Law (PKUSTL), Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School, are welcoming proposals for presentation at the 10th International Workshop for Young Scholars (WISH). This workshop builds on the success of the previous editions held annually since 2002 under the scientific direction of Prof. Francis Snyder. It offers outstanding young scholars an opportunity to present their best research work in a professional academic setting to an audience of other young scholars and more senior academics.

TOPICS: Contributions are invited on relevant topics identified by the applicant, including the following non exhaustive themes:

Global Risk Regulation and Domestic Institutions and Processes
- How to source expertise (closed vs open source models, conflict of interest, etc)
- How to integrate expertise (institutional design issues)
- Multi-level Governance

BOOK: Comparative Law and International Organisations

Comparative Law and International OrganisationsWe're pleased to note the publication of Colin Picker, Lukas Heckendorn Urscheler, and Daria Solenik (eds), Comparative Law and International Organisations: Cooperation, Competition and Connections (2014) by Schulthess.


The book was the fruit of a symposium held at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law in 2010, a spin-off of our Juris Diversitas Conference there in 2009 (resulting in Comparative Law and Hybrid Legal Traditions):

As international organizations consist of member states with different legal orders and are generally active in many different legal systems, it seems obvious that comparative law is of relevance. Furthermore, with the growing importance of international organizations, analyzing the interrelationship between the two is therefore of utmost importance....

The symposium brought together academic scholars, including international organization and comparative law experts, and participants from the European Court of Human Rights, European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice, Hague Conference on Private International Law, ICC Commission on Arbitration, International Criminal Court, and the UND. 

Recommended. SPD

30 July 2014

SEMINAR: Pluralism, Religious Diversity and Methodology


In the filed of the Research Projects JPs (Jurisdiction and pluralisms), the University of Trieste organizes an international seminar on "Pluralism, Religious  Diversity and Methodology". The seminar will be held in Trieste (Italy) on Friday, September, 12th, 2014.
Click here for the program of the seminar.
Click here for further information about JPs

29 July 2014

BOOK: Halpérin's Five Legal Revolutions Since the 17th Century: An Analysis of a Global Legal History

Jean-Louis Halpérin's Five Legal Revolutions Since the 17th Century: An Analysis of a Global Legal History (Springer) has been published:

This book presents an analysis of global legal history in Modern times, questioning the effect of political revolutions since the 17th century on the legal field. Readers will discover a non-linear approach to legal history as this work investigates the ways in which law is created. These chapters look at factors in legal revolution such as the role of agents, the policy of applying and publicising legal norms, codification and the orientations of legal writing, and there is a focus on the publicization of law.

The author uses Herbert Hart’s schemes to conceive law as a human artefact or convention, being the union between primary rules of obligations and secondary rules conferring powers. Here we learn about those secondary rules and the legal construction of the Modern state, and we question the extent to which codification and law reporting were likely to revolutionize the legal field.

These chapters examine the hypothesis of a legal revolution that could have concerned many countries in modern times. To begin with, the book considers the legal aspect of the construction of Modern States in the 17th and 18th centuries. It goes on to examine the consequences of the codification movement as a legal revolution before looking at the so-called “constitutional” revolution, linked with the extension of judicial review in many countries after World War II. Finally, the book enquires into the construction of an EU legal order and international law.

In each of these chapters, the author measures the scope of the change, how the secondary rules are concerned, the role of the professional lawyers and what are the characters of the new configuration of the legal field. This book provokes new debates in legal philosophy about the rule of change and will be of particular interest to researchers in the fields of law, theories of law, legal history, philosophy of law and historians more broadly.​

Recommended. - SPD

BOOK: Common Law Legal English and Grammar

Alison Riley and Patricia Sours, Common Law Legal English and Grammar: A Contextual Approach (Hart Publishing) has been published:

Lord Denning, an influential but controversial English judge, stated that 'Words are the lawyer's tools of trade'. This course book reflects that conviction as it focuses on words, the language of the law - legal terms, expressions, and grammar - introduced systematically with relevant aspects of the law, and examined in context through analytical reading activities based on original legal texts selected for their interest and importance in different branches of the common law system. This book explores constitutional law, criminal law, tort, and contract; yet includes international legal contexts, with a particular focus on human rights and European law.
The presentation of legal concepts and terminology in context in each chapter is graded so that the course progresses, building on the vocabulary and law encountered in earlier chapters. Each chapter, organized thematically, includes a series of activities - tasks - to complete, yet the book does not presuppose previous knowledge of legal English or of the common law: full answer keys and reflective commentary on both legal and linguistic aspects are given and sections marked 'Advanced' offer especially challenging materials. Consolidation sections are designed to test students' global comprehension of the legal texts analysed, including precise usage of legal vocabulary in context, with solutions.
Common Law Legal English and Grammar is addressed to the non-native speaker of English, and in particular, intermediate to advanced students who are studying law, or academics with a professional interest in Anglo-American law. Practising lawyers will also find that the book offers valuable analysis of the language of legal documents.

CONFERENCE: Diversity and the Courts: Judicial Pluralism in India

The conference will take place at The University of Turin, Italy on September 18th and 19th 2014.
Click here for the program.

JOURNAL: The Theory and Practice of Legislation

The latest issue of The Theory and Practice of Legislation (Hart Publishing) is out. 
It includes:

Introduction: The Legitimacy of EU Secondary Legislation
Wim Voermans and Josephine M.R. Hartmann

The Quest for Legitimacy in EU Secondary Legislation
Wim Voermans, Josephine M.R. Hartmann and Michael Kaeding

Abstract: According to classic democratic theory legislative decision-making presupposes some involvement of the people or their representatives. Their involvement is a prerequisite for the legitimacy of enacted legislation. At the same time, however, the lack of public involvement is a weak spot of EU legislative decision-making. This represents a growing problem because the European Union (EU) is built on and predominantly governed by EU law that is enacted in EU-legislation without direct input from the people. In fact more than 75% of EU legislation is currently enacted by the European Commission (EC). This lack of democratic pedigree of so-called ‘EU secondary legislation’ allegedly causes various legitimacy-related problems at the EU level. With the introduction of a new system on delegated and implementing acts by the Treaty of Lisbon, the EU however aims to address the apparent democratic deficit. This contribution takes up this call and against this backdrop answers the question whether the Lisbon ‘arrangements’ have, indeed, changed ‘things for the better’. It presents a legitimacy review of the post-Lisbon regime on delegated and implementing acts of the last four years. We first look into the concept of legitimacy of EU secondary legislation to assess the post-Lisbon developments. After focusing on the question of whether the legitimacy of secondary legislation has increased since the Lisbon Treaty and in what respect we then turn to the Lisbon institutional and procedural empowerment of the European Parliament in the legislative procedure to see whether it has, in reality, increased the Parliament’s influence and control of EU legislation vis à vis the Council and the Commission. Our findings suggest that the high expectations for improving the legitimacy of EU secondary legislation have not (yet) materialized. Furthermore, facts and figures give cause for doubt as to the feasibility of achieving this objective in the near future.

JOURNAL: Transnational Legal Theory

The latest issue of Transnational Legal Theory (Hart Publishing) is out.
It includes:

Transnational Human Rights Litigation and Territorialised Knowledge: Kiobel and the ‘Politics of Space’
Philip Liste

Abstract: In Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum, Dutch and British private corporations were accused of having aided and abetted the violation of the human rights of individuals in Nigeria. A lawsuit, however, was brought in the United States, relying on the Alien Tort Statute—part of a Judiciary Act from 1789. In its final decision on the case, the US Supreme Court focused strongly on ‘territory’. This use of a spatial category calls for closer scrutiny of how the making of legal arguments presupposes ‘spatial knowledge’, especially in the field of transnational human rights litigation. Space is hardly a neutral category. What is at stake is normativity on a global scale with the domestic courtroom turned into a site of spatial contestation. This paper explores the construction of ‘the transnational’ as space, which implicates a ‘politics of space’ at work underneath the exposed surface of legal argumentation. The ‘Kiobel situation’ is addressed as a case belonging to a broader picture, including the following contested elements of space: a particular spatial condition of modern nation-state territoriality; the production of ‘counter-space’, eventually undermining the spatial regime of inter-state society; and the state not accepting its withering away. How are normative boundaries between the involved jurisdictional spaces drawn? How does the ‘politics of space’ work underneath or beyond the plain moments of judicial decision-making? How territorialised is the legal knowledge at work and how does territoriality work in legal arguments?

ARTICLE: Mootz on Hermeneutics and Law

Francis J. Mootz IIIFrancis Joseph Mootz's 'Hermeneutics and Law', to be included in N Keane and C Lawn (eds), The Blackwell Companion to Hermeneutics is available on SSRN:
This chapter will appear in a forthcoming book on hermeneutics. After providing a hermeneutical phenomenology of legal practice that locates legal interpretation at the center of the rule of law, the chapter considers three important hermeneutical themes:

(1) the critical distinction between a legal historian writing aboout a law in the past and a judge deciding a case according to the law;

(2) the reinvigoration of the natural law tradition against the reductive characteristics of legal positivism by consturing human nature as hermeneutical; and

(3) the role of philosophical hermeneutics in grounding critical legal theory rather than serving as a quiescent acceptance of the status quo, as elaborated by reconsidering the famous exchanges between Gadamer, Ricoeur and Habermas.

I argue that these three important themes are sufficient to underwrite Gadamer's famous assertion that legal practice has exemplary status for hermeneutical theory. 

BOOK: Birks on The Roman Law of Obligations

The Roman Law of Obligations*** Exclusive 30% discount from Oxford University Press ***

Peter Birks
Edited by Eric Descheemaeker
Now: £35.00 (was £50.00)

The Roman Law of Obligations presents a series of lectures delivered by the late Peter Birks as an introductory course in Roman law. Discovered in complete manuscript form following his death, the lectures are published here for the first time.

Customers can claim the discount by visiting our website at www.oup.co.uk/law , adding a book to the shopping basket, and entering the code ALAUTH14 in the promotional code box.

JOURNAL: Jurisprudence: An International Journal of Legal and Political Thought (Hart Publishing)

The latest issue of Jurisprudence: An International Journal of Legal and Political Thought (Hart Publishing) is available. 

Its articles include:

The Jurisprudence Annual Lecture 2014—Law and the Normativity of Obligation
Thomas Pink

Abstract: The paper examines the natural law tradition in ethics and legal theory. This tradition is shown to address two questions. The first question is to do with the nature of law, and the kind of human capacity that is subject to legal direction. Is law directive of the voluntary—of what is subject to the will, or what can be done or refrained from on the basis of a decision so to do? Or is law directive of some other kind of capacity? The second question is about the nature of ethical normativity, and the relation within normativity of its directive and appraisive aspects. Is direction primary, and appraisal to be explained in terms of a theory of direction; or must a theory of ethical direction be based on a theory of ethical appraisal? Both issues are introduced by reference to Hume’s ethical theory, which raises them in a particularly sharp form. The natural law tradition, in the form it reached by the early modern period, is shown to combine giving a primacy to the appraisive in normative theory, with, in legal theory, a detachment of law from any exclusive tie to the direction of the voluntary. At the heart of the theory of natural law is the idea of law as a distinctive form of normativity directive of a capacity not for voluntariness, but for self-determination. Combined with a view of the state not just as a coordinative authority but as a coercive teacher, this led to a distinctive and highly controversial view of the scope of positive law. The paper ends with Hobbes’s sharp opposition to this view of positive law—an opposition that focused, in particular, on the coercive legal direction of belief.

Chewing Cud: Revisiting Hart and Jurisprudence
Allan C Hutchinson

Abstract: The recent publication of a lost essay by Herbert Hart is important for an historical appreciation of his work, but its likely celebration is a sad testament to the poverty and lethargy of contemporary legal thought. I use this occasion to review the state and condition of contemporary legal theorising. After positioning Hart’s essay in the prevailing jurisprudential milieu, I highlight the thrust and the failings of the three main traditional approaches to contemporary legal theorising (ie, positivism, naturalism and formalism) in regard to the nature and operation of ‘judicial discretion’. Then, I suggest an alternative approach to legal theorising that recommends a more satisfying way of proceeding.

Why Jurisprudence Is Not Legal Philosophy
Roger Cotterrell

Abstract: The aim of this article is to describe and defend jurisprudence as an enterprise of theorising about law that is distinct from what is now understood as legal philosophy in the Anglophone world. Jurisprudence must draw on legal philosophy but also from many other resources. It should be an open quest for juristically (rather than philosophically) significant insights about law. Its purpose is to inform and guide the juristic task of making organised social regulation a valuable practice, rooted and effective in the specific contexts and historical conditions in which it exists but also aimed at serving demands for justice and security through regulation, as these perennial values are understood in their time and place, and as they might be further clarified and reconciled as legal ideals.

Hobbesian Sovereigns and the Question of Supra-State Authority
Sylvie Loriaux

Abstract: Thomas Hobbes has often been portrayed as supporting a ‘realist’ view of international relations—a view in which everything is permitted among states, in which the insecurity of the international sphere justifies states in unrestrainedly pursuing the national interest. Yet, as this paper aims to show, this interpretation is not without difficulties. It overshadows both the advantages that Hobbes believes can be gained from interstate cooperation and the fundamental role he attributes to a superior common authority in making cooperative ventures stable and lasting. More specifically, this paper brings into relief the important limitations that Hobbes’s natural law theory places on sovereigns’ freedom of action. It also argues that the most frequently advanced disanalogies between the Hobbesian interpersonal and interstate states of nature fail to explain why it would be irrational for Hobbesian sovereigns to submit to a supra-state authority; the main obstacle is instead to be found in Hobbes’s (questionable) absolutist conception of sovereignty.

JOB: Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Criminology and Law Studies at Marquette University

Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Criminology and Law Studies at Marquette University

Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is searching for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Criminology and Law Studies. A doctorate in criminology, criminal justice, sociology or a related field is required. The position announcement is attached. Queries can be addressed to department chair, Jane Peterson by email at jane.peterson@marquette.edu.


Review of candidates will begin on October 1, 2014.

JOB: Tenure-track position in Public Law/Law & Society

Tenure-track position in Public Law/Law & Society at the Division of Politics, Administration and Justice at the California State University, Fullerton

The Division of Politics, Administration and Justice at the California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is seeking a tenure-track colleague in Public Law/Law & Society. We welcome applications from candidates from all areas of specialization within Public Law/Law & Society. Thematically, we are particularly interested in reviewing application materials from individuals whose teaching and research speak to: gender, race, law, inequality, and subordinated identities; culture, ancestry & political status; and international perspectives (e.g. global human rights); religion, sexual and gender identity. We welcome applications from all methodological traditions but prefer candidates who are experienced and open to a mix of quantitative, qualitative, and interdisciplinary methodologies.


Deadline for applications is October 1, 2014.

ARTICLE: De-Gioia Carabellese on Diachronic and Comparative Reflections in the Matter of the Concept of the Arrha

The curiously titled 'Diachronic and Comparative Reflections in the Matter of the Concept of the Arrha: A Roman Law Notion Lost in the Modern Scottish System and the Renowned (But Probably Not Totally Demonstrated) 'Binding' Nature of the Missives', by Pierre De-Gioia Carabellese, is on SSRN.


The abstract reads:

A jurisdiction such as the Scottish one, reputedly with solid Roman roots, is practically bereft of the fundamental concept of a deposit in the concluding passage of the missives. Alternatively, the relevant "ancestor" (Roman law) has been profoundly permeated, throughout the course of its history, by the notion of an arrha (the earnest) in the conclusion of a contract annexed to the transfer of heritable properties. Moreover, in contemporary times and outwith Scotland, a Continental jurisdiction (the Italian one) is resolutely lingering on the Roman caparra penitenziale while, ironically, the English system (comprehensively "un-Roman" in its formation) has expressly adopted the "deposit" as part of the closing particulars. 

These asymmetries and crossovers, brim-full with inviting legal ingredients, seem, in the present work, to conjure up an intriguing and captivating plot worthy of an Indiana Jones' film, where the lost treasure can be deemed replaceable, for the distracted reader, by the ancient Roman notion of an arrha, so evidently not inherited by the contemporary Scottish jurisprudence. Ultimately, the contribution engenders the usual unsettling query: in the light of the phenomenology of the arrha so neglected in Scotland in contemporary times, is Scottish law still a mixed legal system or, conversely, a jurisdiction progressively getting closer to the English common law counterpart?!!! 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Trade, Law and Development

The Board of Editors of Trade, Law and Development [TL&D] is pleased to invite original, unpublished manuscripts for publication in the Winter ‘14 Issue of the Journal (Vol. 6, No. 2) in the form of Articles, Notes, Comments, and Book Reviews.
Manuscripts received by September 17, 2014 pertaining to any area within the purview of international economic law will be reviewed for publication in the Winter ‘14 issue.
TL&D aims to generate and sustain a democratic debate on emerging issues in international economic law, with a special focus on the developing world. Towards these ends, we have published works by noted scholars such as Prof. Petros Mavroidis, Prof. Mitsuo Matsuhita, Prof. Raj Bhala, Prof. Joel Trachtman, Gabrielle Marceau, Simon Lester, Prof. Bryan Mercurio, Prof. E.U. Petersmann and Prof. M. Sornarajah among others. TL&D also has the distinction of being ranked the best journal in India across all fields of law for three consecutive years and the 10th best trade journal worldwide by Washington and Lee University, School of Law [The Washington & Lee Rankings are considered to be the most comprehensive in this regard]]
For more information, please go through the submission guidelines available at www.tradelawdevelopment.com or write to us at editors[at]tradelawdevelopment.com

BOOK: Vanoverbeke, Maesschalck, Nelken, and Parmentier on The Changing Role Of Law In Japan

Elgar has published The Changing Role Of Law In Japan: Empirical Studies in Culture, Society and Policy Making:

Edited by Dimitri Vanoverbeke, Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium, Jeroen Maesschalck, Professor of Criminology, Faculty of Law, University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium, David Nelken, Distinguished Professor of Legal Institutions and Social Change, University of Macerata, Italy and Professor of Comparative and Transnational Law, King’s College London, UK and Stephan Parmentier, Professor of Sociology of Crime, Law, and Human Rights, University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium

‘The role of culture in the operation of Japanese law is one of the great questions of sociolegal studies. Discussions tend to polarize, between a simplistic view of cultural determinism and a more universalist approach that emphasizes institutions. This superb collection, with a diverse and accomplished set of contributors, takes culture seriously. It shows how legal institutions have both shaped and been shaped by Japanese legal culture. A state-of-the art assessment of Japanese law after more than a decade of reforms, this book is a must for anyone interested in understanding legal culture more broadly.’
–Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago Law School, US

JOURNAL: The German Law Journal

The following was recently sent by the Editor-in-Chief of the German Law Journal:

Dear Readers,

We are pleased to announce the publication of the July issue of the German Law Journal:


“Pas d’ Europe sans d’Allemagne.”

In an essay published in Le Monde in September, 1947—amid the still smoldering embers of the war—the French jurist and sociologist Maurice Duverger raised the challenging prospect that there could be no Europe without Germany. That may be truer today than ever before. One of the pistons firing in the German engine at the heart of today’s Europe is the country’s influential jurisprudence. As long as this is true, the German Law Journal’s coverage will account for the intersection of German and European law. We have done that in remarkable fashion in this, the fourth issue of volume fifteen. Peter Lindseth, in his provocative and insightful article, responds in part to the claims former German Constitutional Court Justice Udo Di Fabio has made about the limits on the democratic possibilities of a united Europe. Lindseth is referring to a German debate and by doing so he is helping frame the broader discussion about European democracy. Roderic O’Gorman can point, in part, to German policy in the Eurozone crisis as a basis for the difficult austerity program Ireland is pursuing. And with some well-placed academic irony, O’Gorman resorts to the German constitutional jurisprudence recognizing a right to a subsistence minimum of social welfare support as the basis for criticizing the German insistence on austerity as part of the Eurozone recovery. Stefan Thiel surveys European constitutional courts’ Lisbon Treaty judgments, including the decisions of the Czech Constitutional Court, the French Conseil constitutionnel, and the Polish Constitutional Tribunal. But the German Constitutional Court’s seminal 2009 decision helped set the tone and framework for these dramatic domestic constitutional engagements with Europe. That decision is given thorough treatment in Thiel’s article. Even Gábor Spuller’s article on developments in Hungarian constitutional law recognizes that this is both a European story as well as a story about the influence of German law and legal institutions, if only as models, in Hungary.

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