02 May 2016

Juris Diversitas Annual Conference May 30-June 1, Baton Rouge



Annual Conference Registration




Links to Conference Hotels ($119 per night plus tax; book by May 8):
Complimentary bus service will be provided  morning and evening
Closest airport: Baton Rouge (BTR)

2016 Annual Conference: 
Unity and/or Diversity
Unité ou diversité


May 30 to June 1, 2016
Louisiana State University Law Center
Baton Rouge, USA



Theme: Comparative legal studies have long been perceived as an
 engine pulling legal traditions and systems towards 
convergence, harmonization, and unification. Today, legal pluralism 
pushes towards the recognition of human and social diversity. 
Does this mean that we have to choose between unity and 
diversity, Jus unum or juris diversitas?  To what extent do pluralistic 
societies embrace or reject harmonization and uniformity, 
or simply ignore them? Do we unify or add layers, increasing the 
complexity of legal orders? Does history reflect a move from 
diversity to unity or an ongoing conflict between the two? What 
makes unity successful or sustainable? This is an invitation to 
discuss, in an interdisciplinary way, the development of laws and 
social norms, in the dialectical tension between the ontological 
unity of human beings and mankind and the plurality of individual 
aspirations and social arrangements.

Registration fees: €200 or €125 for Juris Diversitas members paid up 
for 2016. Membership and fee payment information is available on 
the Juris Diversitas Blog (http://jurisdiversitas.blogspot.com/). 
Note that fees don’t cover travel, accommodation, or the 
conference dinner (€50).

Contact: Prof. Olivier Moréteau at moreteau@lsu.edu

Program:
[Subject to change] 

Monday, May 30

8:30—9:15           Registration & Coffee

9:15—9:30           PLENARY—OPENING & WELCOMING ADDRESS

9:30—10:30        PLENARY—KEYNOTE     

·         The Problematic of Invisibility for Law in a Transnationalized World
Vivian Grosswald CurranUniversity of Pittsburgh (United States)

10:30—11:00      Break
11:00—12:30      PARALLEL SESSIONS I    

I.A          Remixing Legal Traditions

·         Canada’s Legal Traditions:  
Sources of Unification, Diversification or Inspiration?
Rosalie Jukier, , McGill University (Canada)
·         Unity and Diversity in Legal History of the Commonwealth Caribbean
Asya Ostroukh, Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (Barbados)
·         Rebuilding the Somali Legal System: 
Towards a New Mixed Jurisdictions?
Salvatore Mancuso, University of Cape Town (South Africa)

I.B           Issues in Professional Liability: A Transnational Conversation
·         Unity and Diversity in European Product Liability Law
Ádám Fuglinszky, Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary)
·         Towards a New Paradigm of Medical Liability: A Cultural Perspective
Elena Grasso, University of Genoa (Italy)
·         Professional Liability in Civil Law and in Common Law
Domitilla Vanni Di San Vincenzo, University of Palermo (Italy)

12:30—14:00      Lunch
14:00—15:30      PARALLEL SESSIONS II   
II.A         The Struggle for Legal Identity
·         An Essay on Ideology and Legal Education in Tiny Jurisdictions: 
The Example of Jersey
David Marrani, Institute of Law (Jersey)
·         Albanian Civil Code — 
An Example of Unity and Diversity in the Civil Law Family
Juliana Latifi, University of Tirana (Albania)
·         Commerce, Commonality, and Contract Law: 
Legal Reform in a Mixed Jurisdiction
Christopher K. Odinet, Southern University (United States)

II.B         L’absence de modèle unique : l’uniformisation en question
·         Construction d’une démocratie multi-cultuelle au Bénin: 
Accommodements entre religion chrétienne et culte traditionnel vodou
Eric Ngango Youmbi, Université de Maroua (Cameroun)
·         Harmoniser la diversité en droit des successions : 
oui mais avec précaution
Francesco Paolo Traisci, Università degli studi del Molise (Italy)

·         Un droit au salaire minimum : l’impossible unité ?
Alexis Bugada, Aix-Marseille Université (France)

15:30—16:00      Break

16:00—17:30      PARALLEL SESSIONS III  
III.A        Diverse in Unity?
·         Anglophone and Civilian Convergence: 
The Question of Public Cultivation and Learning
Joseph P. Garske, (United States)
·         Global Legal Scholarship at Local Level
Bianca Gardella Tedeschi, University of Eastern Piedmont Amedeo Avogadro (Italy)

·         Good Faith, United in Diversity?
Olivier Beddeleem, EDHEC Business School (France)

III.B        Societal and Legal Tensions in Africa
·         Mapping Traditional Authority Structures in a Post-Apartheid South Africa: 
Exploring the Status and Role of Traditional Authorities 
in a Decentralised Governance Structure
Christa Rautenbach, North-West University (South Africa)
·         Developments in Child Custody under Customary Law 
in Nigeria and South Africa
Kagiso A. Maphalle, University of Cape Town (South Africa)

·         Judicial Protection of Women’s Matrimonial Property Rights in Nigeria
Anthony C. Diala, University of Cape Town (South Africa)

19:30                     Conference Dinner

Tuesday, May 31

9:15—10:30        PARALLEL SESSIONS IV 
IV.A        Competition Worldwide: Legal Strategies and Challenges

·         International Fragmentation of Competition Law: 
The Actual and Expected Contribution of BRICS Countries
Alexandr Svetlicinii, University of Macau (Macau)

·         Legal Diversity or Unity as a Product of Economic Strategies of Lawmakers 
under Regulatory Competition
Hugues Bouthinon-Dumas & Frédéric Marty, ESSEC Business School (Paris-Singapore) 
& GREDEG – CNRS / University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (France)

IV.B        Singular Voices in a Pluralistic Universe

·         Legal Transfers and National Traditions: 
Patterns of Modernization of the Public Administration 
in Polish Lands at the Turn of 18th and 19th Century
Michał Gałędek, University of Gdańsk (Poland)
·         Remedies for Trial Delay in Malta and Italy: 
a Laboratory for European Integration?
David Edward Zammit & Caroline Savvidis, University of Malta (Malta)

10:30—11:00      Break
11:00—12:30      PARALLEL SESSIONS V   
V.A         La mondialisation et ses tensions
·         La fiducie québécoise : tensions et (r)évolution
Caroline Le Breton-Prévost, Université McGill (Canada)
·         Mondialisation et droit de la concurrence : 
vers une bipolarisation autant qu’une harmonisation des règles de droit ?
Anne M. Tercinet, EM Lyon Business School (France)
·         Comment la doctrine économique américaine a participé à 
l’harmonisation des règles de droit antitrust en Europe ?
Jean-Christophe Roda, Université de Toulon (France)

V.B         United in Diversity
·         Enantiosis and Comparative Law: 
The Case of Essentially Oxymoronic Concepts
Rostam J. Neuwirth, University of Macau (Macau)
·         Toxic Legal Thought Patterns: 
Cognitive Rhetoric Explains the Need for a Comparative Approach 
to Rhetoric in Law
Lucy Jewel, University of Tennessee (United States)
·         Dworkin on Legal Unity and Diversity
Christopher D. Boom, Tulane University (United States)

12:30—14:30      Lunch
14:30—16:00      PARALLEL SESSIONS VI 
VI.A       Fashion Law: Comparing Top Models

·         On Fashion: Introductory Remarks
Susy Inés Bello Knoll, Austral University (Argentina)
·         Intellectual Property in Argentina, Latin America and USA
Pamela Echeverria, Fashion Law Institute (Argentina)
·         Intellectual Property in France and the European Union
Alice Pezard, Conseiller honoraire à la Cour de cassation (France)

VI.B        Of Land, Blood and Race
·         Race and Nation. On Ius Sanguinis and the Origins of 
a Racist National Perspective
Carlos Amunátegui Perelló, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (Chile)
·         Land Reform and the Restructuring of Post-Apartheid Namibia 
with Specific Reference to Informal Settlements
Sam Kwesi Amoo, University of Namibia (Namibia)
·         “United in One Body:” 
Can ‘Black Lives Matter’ be Rousseau’s ‘Best Friends
Fernin F. Eaton, Baton Rouge (United States)

VI.C        Competition Worldwide: Legal Strategies and Challenges
·         International Fragmentation of Competition Law: 
The Actual and Expected Contribution of BRICS Countries
Alexandr Svetlicinii, University of Macau (Macau)
·         Legal Diversity or Unity as a Product of Economic Strategies 
of Lawmakers under Regulatory Competition
Hugues Bouthinon-Dumas & Frédéric Marty, ESSEC Business School (Paris-Singapore) 
& GREDEG – CNRS / University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (France)

16:00—16:30      Break
16:30—17:30      Juris Diversitas General Meeting             
17:30—18:00      Break
18:00—19:30      Tucker Lecture                 
·         The Proposed Organization of American States Model Law 
on Simplified Corporations: 
Perspectives and Challenges
Francisco Reyes, Chairman of UNCITRAL,
Superintendent of Companies (Colombia)

19:30                     Reception                           

Wednesday, June 1

9:30—11:00        PARALLEL SESSIONS VII
VII.A      Beyond Universalism: Giving a Voice to the Unheard

·         The Emergence of Alternative Antidiscrimination Frameworks 
between Universality and Diversity
Raphaële Xenidis, European University Institute of Florence (Italy)
·         Beyond the Boundaries of Consensus: 
Comparative Law, Social Theory, and Dissent
Denis de Castro Halis, University of Macau (Macau)
·         Periodic Review of Human Rights: Does One Size Fit All in the Pacific?
Sue Farran, University of Northumbria (United Kingdom)

VII.B      Revisiting Human Rights: What Room for Consensus and Dissent

·         Participation of Lay Citizens in the Criminal Trial 
in a Comparative Perspective: 
The Criminal Jury in France and Belgium
Claire M. Germain, University of Florida (United States)
·         The Ambiguous Role of Comparative Law 
in the European Court of Human Rights’ Case Law: 
Unity and Diversity in Succession Law
Filippo Viglione & Giovanni Cinà, University of Padua (Italy)
·         Human Rights in National versus International Criminal Justice: 
The Gravity of Crimes as a Legitimate Source of Legal Pluralism?
Christophe Deprez, University of Liège (Belgium)
11:10—11:30      Break

11:30—12:30      Plenary—Closing Panel  
·         Empires as Engines of Mixed Legal Systems
Vernon V. Palmer, Tulane University (United States)
·         [Other participants to be announced]

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