264 pp Hardback
978 1 83910 990 4
05 September 2020
Gerrit De Geest, Washington University School
of Law, US
This concise primer offers an introduction to
U.S. law from a comparative perspective, explaining not only the main features
of American law and legal culture, but also how and why it differs from that of
other countries. Students beginning LLM programs in the U.S., in particular
international students, will find this primer invaluable reading.
136 pp Hardback
978 1 83910 144 1
136 pp Paperback
978 1 83910 146 5
Digital Assets and Blockchain Technology Digital Assets and Blockchain Technology. US Law and Regulations
Daniel T. Stabile, University of Miami School of Law and Shutts & Bowen LLP, Kimberly A. Prior, University of Miami School of Law and Shutts & Bowen LLP and Andrew M. Hinkes, New York University School of Law, New York University Stern School of Business and Of Counsel, Carlton Fields P.A., US
This key textbook examines the financial growth and success of digital assets in the contemporary economy. As digital assets and other blockchain applications mature, and regulatory authorities work hard to keep pace, three leading attorneys in the field invite students to consider the legal frameworks pertinent to regulating this new method of exchange. In this, the first textbook of its kind, the authors explore the growth of smart contracts, the application of securities laws to token sales, the regulation of virtual currency businesses, the taxation of digital assets and the intersection of digital assets and criminal law.
392 pp Hardback
978 1 78990 743 8
392 pp Paperback
978 1 78990 745 2
This interdisciplinary book examines Brexit from a political economy perspective, enriched by insights from scholars of political science, history and law. Shedding light on the key motivations for Brexit, this incisive book seeks to better understand what shapes the UK's political and economic preferences and the fundamental causes and issues that have moulded its stance on the EU.
240 pp Hardback
978 1 78897 796 8
Edited by Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano, Bocconi University, Italy
This comprehensive collection highlights the core debates on international trade and investment, covering main issues such as welfare gains and losses, trade patterns and international transaction interventions. Reflecting an unprecedented wave of studies on these topics in recent decades, this collection collates central and timely literature on these important topics. The insights contained in the selection of papers in this volume are the products of a unique period for academic research in international economics and so alongside an original introduction by the editor, this authoritative collection makes the perfect source of reference for scholars and students alike.
704 pp Hardback
978 1 78897 443 1
The Harmonization and Protection of TradeSecrets in the EU
An Appraisal of the EU
Edited by Jens Schovsbo, Timo Minssen and Thomas Riis, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
This book addresses the growing importance of trade secrets in today's society and business and the related increase in litigation, media and scholarly attention, using the new EU Trade Secrets Directive as a prism through which to discuss the complex legal issues involved. Written by a team of international experts, it discusses and analyses national implementation of the Directive and explores the effects of the new regime on contentious issues and crucial sectors such as big data and AI.
352 pp Hardback
978 1 78897 333 5
Research Handbooks in
Law and Politics
Paul J. Cardwell, Marie-Pierre Granger
Edited by Paul James Cardwell, University of
Strathclyde, UK and Marie-Pierre Granger, Central European University, Hungary
Offering a wealth of thought-provoking
insights, this topical Research Handbook analyses the interplay between the law
and politics of the EU and examines the role of law and legal actors in European
424 pp Hardback
978 1 78897 127 0
Edited by András Koltay, National University of Public Service and Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Hungary and Paul Wragg, University of Leeds and Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, UK
Providing comparative analysis that examines both Western and non-Western legal systems, this wide-ranging Handbook expands and enriches the existing privacy and defamation law literature and addresses the fundamental issues facing today's scholars and practitioners. Comparative Privacy and Defamation provides insightful commentary on issues of theory and doctrine, including the challenges of General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and the impact of new technologies on the law.
480 pp Hardback
978 1 78897 058 7
Elise Bant, Kit Barker, Simone Degeling
Edited by Elise Bant, The University of Western Australia and University of Melbourne, Kit Barker, University of Queensland and Simone Degeling, University of New South Wales, Australia
This comprehensive yet accessible Research Handbook offers an expert guide to the key concepts, principles and debates in the modern law of unjust enrichment and restitution.
Olivier Moréteau, Aniceto Masferrer, Kjell A. Modéer
Edited by Olivier Moréteau, Louisiana State University, US, Aniceto Masferrer, University of Valencia, Spain and Kjell A. Modéer, University of Lund, Sweden
The specially commissioned papers in this book lay a solid theoretical foundation for comparative legal history as a distinct academic discipline. While facilitating a much needed dialogue between comparatists and legal historians, this research handbook examines methodologies in this emerging field and reconsiders legal concepts and institutions like custom, civil procedure, and codification from a comparative legal history perspective.
23 April 2020
22 April 2020
Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the Executive Committee of Juris Diversitas met on Thursday, April 16 and resolved to postpone the General Conference to June 2021. Dates and location will be confirmed soon.
Thank you for your patience, and be safe, so that we can also see the bright side of things!
For the Executive Committee,
15 February 2020
23rd International Roundtables for the Semiotics of Law
IRSL President: Anne Wagner
The relationship between legal rules and the spaces where they become effective is gradually morphing. This change is precipitated by semantic or cognitive—rather than exclusively political— circumstances. The meaning of legal rules is continually challenged by the transformation of their spatial projections and their cultural coordinates. Law can no longer assume that discrete spatial circuits and corresponding cultural backgrounds coincide. Conversely, each territorial frame, sometimes even those that are most distant from metropolitan areas, can function (at least potentially) as a hub of innumerous threads of actions and interests. All these connections impinge on the significance of legal rules and, especially, the prognosis for their effectiveness. The daily life of law is affected by this spatial-semantic turmoil.
The present law’s dynamic involves the conflation of different spatial and semantic frames merging reciprocal ‘elsewheres’ and giving social phenomena and the consequences of their legal regulation a kind of ubiquity—at least in potential terms. This means that the understanding of what is ‘here’ and ‘now’ is to be unmoored by any reification or thinghood attached to empirical events, objects, situations, etc. On the contrary, to grasp their ‘real’ phenomenality, namely what they are, and the consequences of the application of one legal rule rather than another, each of them is to be considered as a sign. A semiotic gaze allows the remolding of the meaningful connections underlying what we call ‘things’ and ‘events’ so as to readjust them in tune with the new scale of spatial implications between the multi-sited and worldwide determinants of what happens and is to be ruled in each ‘here.’ The inter-penetrations between multiple ‘elsewheres’ require a global semiotic understanding that makes the legal interpreter (and even the lawmakers) cognizant of the semantic and spatial web underlying any ‘fact’ to be ruled. The ability to grasp what the threads of meaning comprising what is perceived as a ‘fact’ is also a prerequisite to envisage the consequences of the application of each legal rule and thereby the legitimacy of the way to apply each rule with regard to its prerequisites of legitimation. All this implies an effort to translate the ‘other’ spaces of experience implied in the understanding of the ‘present facts’ to be ruled, and then the intercultural translation between different circuits of experience which this understanding involves. Furthermore, insofar as culture enshrines the anthropological and historical projections of the religious horizons of meaning, any attempt to give course to intercultural translations implies and intersects with the promotion of interreligious dialogue. The anthropological schemas rooted in religious imageries, on the other hand, mold even the secularized spaces of experiences and the related categorical schemas that people use to define them. Spatial and semantic Otherness, from this point of view, is therefore to be translated as an ingredient already entailed in the production of the present and daily experience of people. In this sense and beyond any identitarian reification of culture, the ability to realize the semantic and pragmatic closeness of what is physically remote can be consistently enhanced by assuming experiential elements as signs and their reconfiguration/aggregation in new categorical frames.
The aim of the conference is to put together semioticians, anthropologists, geographers, law theorists and legal practitioners (experts in civil law, business law, family law, international law, legal anthropology, etc.) to show how the semiotic approach can function as a powerful support to face the present challenges of legal experience and transform legal practices in an outpost of a bottom-up and emancipatory intercultural use of law.
In line with the above, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary proposals will be welcomed in the hope that they can help to trigger a transdisciplinary collaboration aimed to give legal practitioners new instruments to attune people’s experience with their renewed understanding of the real spatial/semantic coordinates shaping the environment they live by.
Contributions are requested on—but not limited to—the following topics:
- Local actions, global meanings: the space threads and the legal relevance of facts.
- Legal assistance and the ubiquitous omnipresent? connections of the legal subject
- Beyond the Anthropocene: the legal semiotics of ecological sustainability and human subjectivity
- Translating multi-dimensional/multi-sited ordinary life experiences and the intercultural semiotics of rights
- Intercultural use of law and legal practitioners (lawyers, notaries, accountants)
- Against exotic legality: cultural difference as cognitive diffraction in daily legal experience
- Is the secularization of law a limit to the understanding of the interpenetration between religion and cultures?
- Is it possible to envisage a legal intercultural secularization as a remedy to the cognitive/cultural defectiveness of the idea of political ‘neutrality’ of institutions?
- Interreligious dialogue and semiosic translation as anthropological means of molding an intercultural legal lexicon
- Intercultural use of law and semiosic translation/transaction beyond the multiculturalism/interculturalism debate
Respecting the tradition, the roundtable languages will be English and French.
Organizational Committee: Mario Ricca, Anne Wagner, Lluis Oviedo, Peter Petkoff, Paolo Heritier, Alessandro Saggioro, Giancarlo Anello, Silvia Zorzetto, Giuditta Bassani, Riccardo Bertolotti, Kay Lalor, Jenny Ponzo, Tommaso Sbriccoli, Melisa Vazquez.