07 August 2014

OPPORTUNITY: Doctoral Research Position at the Max-Planck Institute for European Legal History

Call for Doctoral Research Position at the Max-Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt, within the International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment  (REMEP) (deadline  October, 1st)

The Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt/Main offers one doctoral research position within the area of Legal History as of 1st November 2014 or later.

This doctoral position is granted in the context of the interdisciplinary program of the International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation, Punishment (IMPRS REMEP). The research school aims to attract young researchers educated in law (in this case in particular legal history) or historical sciences.

ARTICLE: Duve on German Legal History: National Traditions and Transnational Perspectives

Thomas Duve's 'German Legal History: National Traditions and Transnational Perspectives' is available on SSRN. Duve is the Director of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal HistoryThe article will be published in the upcoming issue of our journal Rechtsgeschichte-Legal History. The abstract reads:


In this article, I review select institutional and analytical traditions of Legal History in 20th century Germany, in order to put forth some recommendations for the future development of our discipline. A careful examination of the evolution of Legal History in Germany in the last twenty-five years, in particular, reveals radical transformations in the research framework: within the study of law, there has been a shift in the internal reference points for Legal History. While the discipline is opening up to new understandings of law and to its neighboring disciplines, its institutional position at the law departments has become precarious. Research funding is being allocated in new ways and the German academic system is witnessing ever more internal differentiation. Internationally, German contributions and analytic traditions are receiving less attention and are being marginalized as new regions enter into a global dialogue on law and its history. The German tradition of research in Legal History had for long been setting benchmarks internationally; now it has to reflect upon and react to new global knowledge systems that have emerged in light of the digital revolution and the transnationalization of legal and academic systems. If legal historians in Germany accept the challenge these changing conditions pose, thrilling new intellectual and also institutional opportunities emerge. Especially the transnationalization of law and the need for a transnational legal scholarship offers fascinating perspectives for Legal History.

06 August 2014

SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION: Donlan and Heirbaut on European Legal Hybridity and Jurisdictional Complexity

Seán Patrick Donlan and Dirk Heirbaut's '“A patchwork of accommodations”: Reflections on European legal hybridity and jurisdictional complexity' is available here

The text is a draft introduction to a collection edited by Donlan and Heirbaut. The book is currently entitled The Laws' Many Bodies, c1600-1900.

05 August 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS - REMINDER (English/French): The Fourth Worldwide Congress of The World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists

The Fourth Worldwide Congress
McGill University Faculty of Law,
Montreal, Canada June 24-26, 2015

“The Scholar, Teacher, Judge, and Jurist in a Mixed Jurisdiction”
«Le chercheur, le professeur, le juge et le juriste dans une juridiction mixte»

The World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists is pleased to announce a Fourth Worldwide Congress to be held at McGill University’s Faculty of Law (Montreal, Canada) from an opening evening reception and lecture on 24 June through 26 June 2015. The theme of the Congress will be “The Scholar, Teacher, Judge and Jurist in a Mixed Jurisdiction.”

La World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists est heureuse d’annoncer son Quatrième Congrès International, qui se tiendra à la Faculté de droit de l’Université McGill (Montréal, Canada). Le Congrès débutera avec une réception suivie d’une conférence le 24 Juin en soirée et se poursuivra jusqu’au 26 juin 2015. Le thème de ce congrès sera « Le chercheur, le professeur, le juge et le juriste dans une juridiction mixte ».

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