17-19 July 2014
Faculty of Law and Political Science –
Aix-Marseille University - Aix-en-Provence, France


Inherently interdisciplinary, the conference’s primary focus will be comparative law’s links to a wide variety of other disciplines and themes (e.g., anthropology, economics, feminism, history, the humanities, legal education, legal philosophy, literature, politics …). Proposals may be theoretical analyses or case studies on the past or present, North or South, East or West …

With keynote addresses by Jan Smits (opening), Duncan Fairgrieve & François Lichère, over sixty presentations, and two panels, this is a great opportunity to reflect and interact with scholars, from around the world, working at the edge of comparative law and other disciplines.

Registration fees are €200 (€125 for Juris Diversitas members paid up for 2014). Membership information and information on fee payment is available on the Juris Diversitas Blog (  Note that registration fees don’t cover travel, accommodation, or the conference dinner (€50).

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

17:00               Registration - Accueil
17:45               Welcoming Address
18:00               Plenary – Keynote
Chair: Seán Patrick Donlan
·         The Complexity and Size of Jurisdictions: an Experiment at the Intersection of Law and Linguistics, Jan M. Smits, University of Maastricht (Netherlands)
19:00 Reception

Friday, July 18, 2014

8:30-9:45         Parallel Sessions I
I.A       Legal Traditions, History & Culture
·         Comparative Law and Legal Traditions: How Far Can We Go?, Stathis Banakas, University of East Anglia (UK)
·         The Division of Legal Families: A Cultural Undertaking?, Serban S. Vacarelu, Maastricht University (Netherlands)
·         Legal History as a Companion and a Role Model to Comparative Law, Nir Kedar, Sapir Academic College (Israel)
I.B       Rule of Law, Due Process & Constitutionalism
·         Rule of Law: How it Relates to Liberty, and How it Differs from the Civilian Legal State, Nadia E. Nedzel, Southern University, Baton Rouge (USA)
·         Swiss and Ukrainian Civil Procedures: Due Process Europeanization and Approximation, Iuliia Zubrytska, University of Zurich (Switzerland)
·         Non-Statutory Executive Powers in Three Regimes: Assessing Global Constitutionalism in a Structural-Institutional Context, Margit Cohn, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)
I.C       A Patchwork of Laws, Harassment and Isolation
·         Mongrel Laws or Model Code? The Strange Antecedents of the Penal code of Seychelles, Mathilda Twomey, National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)
·         Stalking: Claim for Civil Damages in Italy and in England, Francesca Casarosa, Italian Association of Young Lawyer (Italy)
·         North Korea: the Recent Development of an Unconventional Legal System, Andrea Serafino, Università del Piemonte Orientale (Italy)
I.D      Droit comparé : enjeux, stratégies & identité
·         Droits étrangers : un nouvel enjeu pour le notariat, Marjorie Devisme, Centre notarial de droit européen, Lyon (France)
·         Le recours au droit comparé par le juge de l’Union européenne : une stratégie au service des intérêts de la Cour, Valérie Michel, Aix-Marseille Université (France)
·         Le « Law and » est-il symptomatique d’une véritable crise d’identité du droit ?, Vanessa Arviset, Université McGill (Canada)

9:45-10:15       Break

10:15-11:30     Parallel Sessions II
II.A     Of Nature, Natural Law & Moral Judgment
·         Why Are Courts Being Asked to Make Basic Moral and Policy Choices for Society? George C. Christie, Duke University (USA)
·         Roman Law, ius commune and Natural Law: Why Resurrection of ius commune is not Natural Law Revival?, Anna Taitslin, University of Canberra (Australia)
·         Law and Ethology, Alberto Gianola, University of Turin (Italy)
II.B     Judicial Treatment of Pluralism: Proportionality, Equity & Legal Interpreters
·         Proportionality and Constitutional Cultures in Europe, Afroditi Marketou, European University Institute, Florence (Italy)
·         Judicial Equity and the “Mild” Ethnicisation of Italian Law, Raffaele Aveta, University of Naples 2 (Italy)
·         The Legal Interpreter: Ghost or Intruder?, Stefanos Vlachopoulos, Epirus Institute of Technology (Greece)
II.C     Droit & économie
·         Le droit comparé et la flexisécurité en droit du travail, Alexis Bugada, Aix-Marseille Université (France)
·         Le droit comparé et l’économie : la justification économique de la responsabilité précontractuelle en droit français et anglais, Olivier Beddeleem, EDHEC Business School (France)
·         Droit comparé et mondialisation : la normalisation des technologies émergentes et l’encadrement des risques qui les accompagnent, Vanessa Barbaro, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (France)

11:30-12:30     PlenaryKeynote – Homage
Chair: Olivier Moréteau
·         Comparative law and the Forensic Process, Duncan Fairgrieve (British Institute of International and Comparative Law; Sciences Po Paris (UK & France) & François Lichère, Aix-Marseille Université (France)
·         Roderick A. Macdonald (1948-2014), A Unique Pluralist, Olivier Moréteau, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge (USA) & Jacques Vanderlinden, Université libre de Bruxelles et Université de Moncton (Belgique, Canada)

12:30-14:15     Lunch

14:15-15:45     Panel & Parallel Sessions III
III.A    Panel – Post-socialist Civil Law
·         Murray Raff & Anna Taitsin (dir.), University of Canberra (Australia)
·         With Fryderyk Zoll, University of Osnabrück (Germany), Xiang Gao & Chengwei Liu, China University of Political Science & Law, Beijing (China), Michael Liu, University of Canberra (Australia), Jasna Arsic-Dapo, formerly Office of the High Representative (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Tomislav Boric, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (Austria), Miloš Živković, University of Belgrade (Serbia)
III.B    Codification, Mix & Identity
·         Should Legal Uniqueness be Compared ? The Subsidiary Character of the Civil Code in Spain, Aniceto Masferrer & Juan B. Cañizares, University of Valencia (Spain)
·         The Memory of the Past and the Legal Culture Narratives in Québec and Louisiana: which Challenges for Comparative Law?, Biagio Andò, University of Catania (Italy)
·         Implementation of French Codes on the Polish Territories as an Instrument of Modernization, Anna Klimaszewska & Michał Gałędek, University of Gdańsk (Poland)
·         The Myth of Frankenstein: The Israeli Civil Code, Dream or Reality, Paola Aurucci, University of Bar Ilan, Ramat Gan (Israel)
III.C    Pluralisme & universalité
·         Comparer quoi et pourquoi comparer ? Réflexions ethnographiques sur le pluralisme juridique en Inde, Karine Bates, Université de Montréal (Canada)
·         Pluralisme juridique et droits indigènes : regards comparatifs sur l’articulation du droit de l’État et des droits indigènes, Éric Carpano, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (France)
·         Des épistémologies autres : culture, pouvoir et résistance dans les études juridiques comparatives, Gino Piero Carrion Nunez, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France)
·         L’application de la conception non-linguistique de la norme de loi à base du système « droit commun », Oskar Pogorzelski, Université Jagellonne, Cracovie (Pologne)

15:45-16:15     Break

16:15-17:30     Parallel Sessions IV
IV.A    Making Comparison? Issues in Methodology
·         Methodology of Comparative Legal Research, Mark Van Hoecke, Ghent University (Belgium)
·         Is There Anything Certain to Say about Law’s Relationship to National Values?, Wibo van Rossum, Utrecht University (Netherlands)
·         Making Comparison?, Ida Pedretta, University of Southampton (UK)
IV.B    State v. Market: Regulation, Publicity & Control
·         Freedom of Contract under State Supervision – Applicability of Freedom of Contract to Chinese State-Owned Enterprises, Hao Jiang, Tulane University (USA)
·         Regulatory Impact Assessment in the Developing World: A Comparative Analysis of Mexico and South Africa, Renny Reyes, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (Dominican Republic) & Angela Troisi, LUISS Guido Carli, Rome (Italy)
·         Registration Systems in Comparison, Lucia di Costanzo, University of Naples & University of Camerino (Italy)
IV.C    Legal Pluralism: Constitutional Perspectives
·         Constitutional Comparison and Religious Pluralism, Francois Venter, North-West University, Potchefstroom (South Africa)
·         Legal Pluralism as a Challenge to Constitutionalism: New Perspectives for Comparative Constitutional Law, Maria Chiara Locchi, University of Perugia (Italy)
·         Comparative Law and Political Science: Government of Judges, Governing with Judges? A Case-Study of Judicial Selection at the Court of Justice of the European Union, Sophie Turenne, University of Cambridge (UK)
IV.D   Deconstructing Criminal Justice: National & International Perspectives
·         Law, Change, and Organizational Theory, Shawn Boyne, Indiana University (USA)
·         Deconstructing the Presumption of Innocence, Michelle-Thérèse Stevenson, University of Limerick (Ireland)
·         The Principle of Legality in International and Comparative Criminal Law – ICC vs. ECHR?, Giulio Vanacore, University Carlo Bo, Urbino (Italy)

17:30-18:30     Juris Diversitas General Meeting

20:00               Conference Dinner

Saturday, July 19, 2014

9:30-10:45       Parallel Sessions V
V.A     Human Rights, Historical & Comparative Perspectives
·         Human Rights and Antiquity, Carlos Felipe Amunátegui Perelló, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile)
·         Conceptualising  International Human Rights as Institutional Constitutional Guarantees: Promises and Perils of Comparativism, Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko, National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)
·         Human Rights as Property Rights in Postcolonial Malta, David E. Zammit & Kurt Xerri, University of Malta (Malta)
V.B     Powers, Conflicts of Interests & Usages in Global Trade
·         A Transnational Law of Trade Usages, Fabien Gelinas, McGill University (Canada)
·         Stare Decisis in the WTO: Myth, Dream or a Siren’s Song?, Alessandro Romano, Erasmus University, Rotterdam (Netherlands)
·         WTO and ICSID Compared: an Economic Analysis of Procedural Rules, Chiara Sotis, LUISS Guido Carli, Rome (Italy)
V.C     Land & Ownership: Indigenous & Outside Perspectives
·         Comparative Law and … Customs, Law and Traditions: Bright Lines or Grey Areas?, Sue Farran, Northumbria University (UK) & University of the South Pacific (Vanuatu)
·         The Right of Property in Albania, the Past and Present, Juliana Latifi, University of Tirana (Albania)
·         The Land Struggle between the State of Israel and the Negev Bedouins in Comparative Perspectives, Alexandre (Sandy) Kedar, University of Haifa (Israel)
V.D     Fraternité, responsabilité, propriété : essais de mediation
·         Des pièces de musées aux principes de propriété, une exposition comparée du régime juridique des collections muséales, Anne-Sophie Hulin, McGill University (Canada)
·         La fraternité entre responsabilité civile et contrat, le cas des dommages de masse, Angelo Parisi, University Tor Vegata, Rome (Italy)
·         Intervention sur le thème « le droit comparé et la médiation », Catherine Poli, Université Montesquieu Bordeaux 4 (France)

10:45-11:15     Break

11:15-12:30     Parallel Sessions VI
VI.A    Comparative Law, Legal Education & Research
·         Comparative Law and Legal Education, Mission Impossible?, Irina Moutaye, Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law, Moscow (Russia)
·         Comparative Law and … Legal Education, the Teaching of Comparative law in Italy before World War I, Annamaria Monti, Università Bocconi, Milan (Italy)
·         Digital Humanities Methods in Comparative Law: Quantitative Analysis on a Plain Text Corpus of Books to Trace the Diffusion of Legal Concepts in Public Spheres, Thomas Favre-Bulle, École Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
VI.B    Homosexuality: Where is Human Dignity?
·         The Concept of Human Dignity in Gay Rights Adjudication and Legislation in the EU and the US, Michèle Finck, University of Oxford (UK)
·         Equality and Singapore’s First Constitutional Challenges to the Criminalization of Male Homosexual Conduct, Jack Tsen-Ta Lee, Singapore Management University (Singapore)
·         An Unnatural Aberration: the Indian Supreme Court’s Regression from the Comparative Method in Suresh Kumar Koushal v. Naz Foundation, Radhika Chitkara & Manish, National Law University, Delhi (India)
VI.C    Alterity, Legal & Social Norms: Alternative Views?
·         Thinking about Norms in Pluralistic Societies: “Blurred Lines” between the “Legal” and the “Social” of Normative Orders, Christa Rautenbach, Northwest University, Potchefstroom (South Africa)
·         Alterity in Emmanuel Levinas’ Philosophy and Comparison of Laws, Emma Patrignani, University of Lapland (Finland)
·         Comparative Fiction and Posthuman Law: The Case for an Alternative View, Joseph P. Garske (USA)
VI.D   Property, Housing, Taxation & Expropriation
·         Expropriation: A Comparative Study of the Jurisprudence of Ghana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, Samuel Amoo, University of Namibia (Namibia)
·         Comparative Law and Development Studies: Towards a Better Understanding of Contemporary “Land Grabbing” Processes, Margherita Baldarelli, University of Trento (Italy)
·         The Legal System in Saudi Arabia and Tax: A Friend or Foe in Levying Tax on Lands, Abdulaziz Aleid, University of Leeds (UK)

12:30-14:00     Lunch

14:00-15:15     Parallel Sessions VII
VII.A  Freedom, Physical & Moral Integrity
·         The Different Treatment of Freedom of Expression in France and in the United States, Arnaud Raynouard, Université Paris Dauphine (France) & Russell L. Weaver, University of Louisville (USA)
·         Comparative Law and Human Integrity: Recognizing a Gender in National Law, Elwira Macierzyńska-Franaszczyk, Kozminski University, Warsaw (Poland)
·         Law and Social Change: Right to a Name, Personal Identity and Private Life in Context, Alessandra Pera, University of Palermo (Italy)
VII.B  Intellectual Property Worldwide
·         A Comparative Analysis of Trade Mark laws in Selected African Countries, Yeukai Mupangavanhu, University of the Western Cape (South Africa)
·         Comparative Law and Intellectual Property: Some Comments Starting from the Software Case, Matteo Dragoni, University of Pavia (Italy)
·         Franchising Business Practices in South Korea: Confucianism vs. Free Trade, Giovanni Tamburrini, SolBridge International School of Business (South Korea)
VII.C  EU Law in Member States Courts
·         European Economic Interest Grouping’s National Implementation Rules: A Comparison for a Better Competition, Alessio Bartolacelli, University of Trento (Italy)
·         Enhanced Cooperation as a Legislative Instrument – Current Status, Michael Randall, University of Leeds (UK)
·         Judge’s Liability in Europe, Domitilla Vanni di San Vincenzo, University of Palermo (Italy)
VII.D  Traduction, communication, uniformisation?
·         Droit comparé et traduction, Isabelle Richard, Aix-Marseille Université (France)
·         Le processus d’uniformisation du droit des affaires dans un contexte de pluralisme juridique : le bijuridisme camerounais et l’OHADA, Ibrahim Abdouraoufi, Lyon (France)
·         Droit comparé et … droit musulman, Harith Al-Dabbagh, Université de Montréal (Canada)

15:15-15:45     Break               

15:45-17:15     Plenary Session with Panel Discussion
Chair: Seán Patrick Donlan

(detail to be announced / organisation en cours)


2013 Annual Conference

 an international, interdisciplinary
conference on comparative law (and more)

3-4 June 2013, Lausanne, Switzerland 
Co-Sponsored with the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law

[The programme is now available here.]

The conference's primary theme is the diffusion (transplantationreceptionmigrationcontaminationetc) of both laws and law-like norms, past and present and around the globe. A critical element in the creation of all legal and normative traditions, diffusion takes many forms. It may be overt or covert, voluntary or involuntary, concentrated or diffuse, colonial or neo-colonial, etc.  

Presentations may be case studies or theoretical analyses of diffusion; they may be general (at the level of legal traditions) or specific (trusts, family law, etc.). Participants might analyse, among other topics, entangled legal histories, the diffusion of Western legal models outside of the West, the dominance and rationale for the present diffusion of Anglo-American legal forms, the relevance of legal origins and traditions on contemporary structures, practices, the place of ‘mixed’ and ‘micro’ legal systems, etc. 

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