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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

8:45—9:15          Registration & Coffee 

9:15—9:30           PLENARY—OPENING & WELCOMING ADDRESS
·         William R. Corbett, Interim Dean, Frank L. Maraist Professor of Law 
and Wex S. Malone Professor of Law, LSU Law Center
·         Olivier Moréteau, Russell B. Long Chair, LSU Law Center, 
President of Juris Diversitas
9:30—10:30        PLENARY—KEYNOTE  
·         The Problematic of Invisibility for Law in a Transnationalized World, 
Vivian Grosswald Curran, University 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)
·         Professional Liability in Civil Law and in Common Law
Domitilla Vanni Di San Vincenzo, University of Palermo (Italy)
·         Liability of Internet Service Providers for the Invasion of (Data) Privacy
Unity in Terminology, Diversity in Content
Lukas Heckendorn, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (Switzerland)

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

·         Entre unité et diversité : la construction d’un droit des biens transsystémique
Yaëll Emerich, Université McGill (Canada)
·         Harmoniser la diversité en droit des successions : oui mais avec précaution
Francesco Paolo Traisci, Università degli studi del Molise (Italy)

15:30—16:00      Break 

16:00—17:30      PARALLEL SESSIONS III

III.A        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)

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)
·         “United in One Body:” Can ‘Black Lives Matter’ be Rousseau’s ‘Best Friends,’ 
Fernin F. Eaton, Baton Rouge (United States)

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 le juriste français projette sa vision du droit dans 
le contexte de la mondialisation : une affaire d’influence ?
Olivier Moréteau, Louisiana State University (United States)

V.B         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)

12:30—14:30     Lunch

14:30—16:00      PARALLEL SESSION 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)

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, Northumbria University (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)
·         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)

11:00—11:30      Break

11:30—12:30     Plenary—Closing Panel

·         Empires as Engines of Mixed Legal Systems
Vernon V. Palmer, Tulane University (United States)
·         Discussion, Robert Sloan, Louisiana State University (United States)

·         Conclusion, Olivier Moréteau, President of Juris Diversitas


2015 Annual Conference: 
The State of/and Comparative Law
2 June (afternoon) to 4 June 2015
School of Law, University of Limerick, Ireland
Co-sponsored by
School of Law, University of Limerick and Juris Diversitas

Papers will focus on comparative law (broadly conceived), including the relationship between social and legal norms and social and legal institutions. In memory of Roderick A Macdonald (1948-2014) and H Patrick Glenn (1940-2014), both former members of our Advisory Council, particular attention will be given to the diverse themes of their scholarship: for example, ‘common laws’, ‘constitutive polyjurality’, ‘critical legal pluralism’, ‘everyday law’, and ‘legal cosmopolitanism’.


PROGRAMME

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

14:00                     Registration
14:30                     Welcoming Address
In memoriam Roderick A. Macdonald (1948-2014) and H. Patrick Glenn (1940-2014)]
14:45                     Plenary – Keynote
Chair: Seán Patrick Donlan
·         A Theoretical Basis for Comparative Legal Pluralism, Brian Z. Tamanaha, Washington University School of Law (United States)
16:00-16:30         Break
16:30-18:00         Parallel Sessions I
I.A          Legal Pluralism in Africa
·         The Dominance of Legal Pluralism in a Post-Colonial South Africa: Where do We Stand almost Three and a Half Centuries after Western Legal Transplantation?Christa Rautenbach, North-West University (South Africa)
·         The Relevance of Comparative Jurisprudence in the Namibian Legal SystemSamuel Amoo, University of Namibia (Namibia)
·         Mapping or Codifying? The Project on the Ascertainment of Customary Law in SomalilandSalvatore Mancuso, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
I.B           Structuring Mixed Legal Systems
·         The Political Purpose of a Mixed Legal System Conception: The Case of ScotlandAndreas Rahmatian, University of Glasgow (Scotland)
·         Quebec’s “droit commun” as its Basic General LawMatthieu JuneauUniversité Laval, Québec (Canada)
I.C           New Dimensions of Constitutionalism
·         Constitutions beyond the State: a Miracle or a Mirage?Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko, National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)
·         An Approach to Comparative Environmental ConstitutionalismFrancois Venter, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus (South Africa)
·         La démocratie moderne au miroir de la pensée chinoiseFrédérique Rueda-Despouey, University of Bordeaux (France)
18:00-19:00         Reception – Juris Diversitas Book Series Launch

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

9:00-10:30           Parallel Sessions II
II.A         Law, Religion and Tradition
·         The British Religious and Secular Courts in Historical and Comparative PerspectiveMartin Sychold, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (Switzerland)
·         Interaction between Common Law and Islamic Law in Nigeria: a study of the application of the doctrine of Stare-Decisis in some Islamic Law cases in Northern NigeriaAhmed S. Garba, Bauchi State University, Gadau (Nigeria)
·         Traditio Canonica and Legal Tradition: The Role of the Canon Law in Contemporary Legal DebateLorenzo Cavalaglio, University of Udine (Italy)
II.B         Interaction and Convergence: Mixed Approaches
·         Liability for Losses Caused by Administrative Action in South Africa and the NetherlandsRolien Roos, North-West University (South Africa)
·         The Convergence of Defamation in English Tort and French Criminal LawMathilde Groppo, King’s College London, Dickson Poon School of Law (United Kingdom)
·         Public or Private? Comparing the German and British Approaches to Enforcing Consumer ProtectionShane Patrick McNamee, University of Bayreuth (Germany)
10:30-11:00         Break
11:00-12:00         Parallel Sessions III
III.A        Legal Cosmopolitanism in Territorialized and De-Territorialized Law
·         Resorting to International Instruments for the Interpretation of European Private LawIsabelle Rueda, University of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
·         International Commercial Arbitration, lex mercatoria, UNIDROIT Principles and Models Laws: Legal Cosmopolitanism within the World of Affairs?Matteo Dragoni, University of Pavia (Italy)

III.B        Of Elites and their Influence
·         On Legal Elites and the Legal Profession in CyprusNikitas Hatzimihail, University of Cyprus (Cyprus)
·         Anglo-Phone Legality: Ciceronian, Socratic and DerridianJoseph P. Garske (United States)
III.C        Views of Law and the Cities
·         The Interaction between Non-Judicial Mechanisms of Conflict Resolution and the State: the Case Study of MaputoConcetta Tina Lorizzo, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
·         Plurality and the CityJulian Sidoli del Ceno, Birmingham City University (United Kingdom)
12:00-14:00         Lunch
14:00-15:30         Parallel Sessions IV
IV.A       Comparative law, Circulation and Transplants
·         Comparative Law in Russia and CISIrina Moutaye, Institute of Legislation & Comparative Law, Moscow (Russia)
·         Legal Transplants and European Private LawDomitilla Vanni di San Vincenzo, University of Palermo (Italy)
·         The Circulation of Legal Arguments among Courts : The Case of Brown v. Board of EducationMaria Chiara Locchi, University of Perugia (Italy)
IV.B        Intercultural Integration: Cosmopolitism and Pluralism
·         Errant Law: Spaces and SubjectsMario Ricca, University of Parma, (Italy)
·         Living Together in a Critical, Pluralist and Cosmopolitan State?Emma Patrignani, University of Lapland (Finland)
·         Comparing Hybrid Legal Systems in India: Similarities in DiversityAndrea Borroni and Marco Seghesio, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli (Italy)
IV.C        Justified and Unjustified Enrichment
·         Unjustified Enrichment: Should South Africa Venture into the Thick Forest of Passing on Defence?Aimite Jorge, University of Namibia (Namibia)
·         Unjust or Unjustified? A German-English Picture PuzzleNathalie Neumayer, University of Vienna (Austria)
·         Contract Formation in Context of Morality, Customs and PraxeologyJakub Szczerbowski, University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Poland)
15:30-16:00         Break
16:00-17:15         Plenary – Keynote
·         Forms of Combined Comparative Research: Synchronised or Restricted?Katharina Boele-Woelki, University of Utrecht (The Netherlands)
19:00                     Conference Dinner

Thursday, June 4, 2015

9:00-10:30           Parallel Sessions V
V.B         Indigenous Law and State Law
·         Explicit-Implicit Legal PluralismElina Moustaira, University of Athens (Greece)
·         Critical Legal Pluralism in AfghanistanNafay Choudhury, American University of Afghanistan (Afghanistan)
·         Implications of an Adaptation Theory of Indigenous Law on Legal Pluralism in AfricaAnthony C. Diala, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
V.C         Shifts in Transmitting Property and Nationality
·         Remodeling Values Protected by the Law of Succession in the European UnionElwira Macierzynska-Franaszczyk, Kozminski University (Poland)
·         Comparative Analyses of Testamentary CapacityLinda Schoeman, University of Pretoria (South Africa)
10:30-11:00         Break
11:00-12:00         Parallel Sessions VI
VI.A       Challenging Legal Traditions
·         Socio-Cultural Challenges to Comparative Legal Studies in Mixed Legal SystemsEsin Örücü, University of Glasgow (Scotland)
·         From Law as a Legal Tradition to Traditions Invented Through Law: a European PerspectiveLorenzo Bairati, University of Pollenzo (Italy)
VI.B        Pluralistic Views on Land Issues in Indonesia
·         Controversies on the Existences of Indigenous Lands in IndonesiaRina Shahriyani Shahrullah and Elza Syarief, Universitas Internasional Batam (Indonesia)
·         Legal Pluralism and Land Administration in West Sumatra: The Implementation of the Regulations of both Local and Nagari Governments on Communal Land TenureHilaire Tegnan, Andalas University, Padang (Indonesia)
VI.C        Clash or Balance? Cyber Security v. Privacy, DNA v. Presumption of Innocence
·         A Vague Balance between Cyber Security and Right of Privacy: Israeli, International and Italian Law in a Comparative PerspectivePaola Aurucci, University of Milan (Italy)
·         A Clash of Icons? Is DNA Evidence Posing Threats to Presumption of Innocence in Ireland and France?Michelle-Thérèse Stevenson, University of Limerick (Ireland)
12:00-14:00         Lunch

14:00-15:30         Parallel Sessions VII
VII.A      Panel – Buddhist Legal Traditions
·         Buddhist Tradition(s) on Law and GovernanceIgnazio Castellucci, University of Trento (Italy)
·         Tibetan Epiphanies of Buddhist LawAndrea Serafino, Università del Piemonte Orientale (Italy)
·         Tort Law in Buddhist Legal TraditionsLukas Heckendorn Urscheler, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (Switzerland)
VII.B      Everyday Life, Gender and Happiness
·         Cryptotypes and Implicits in Gender IssuesBarbara Pasa (paper prepared with Lucia Morra), University of Turin (Italy)
·         Ethnographic Study of the Everyday Legal Pluralism in IndiaKarine Bates, University of Montreal (Canada)
·         Love and Happiness in LawAngelo Parisi, University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy)
15:30-16:00         Break
16:00-17:00         Juris Diversitas General Meeting

17:00-17:30         Plenary – Closing Panel


2014 Annual Conference: COMPARATIVE LAW AND …
17-19 July 2014, Aix-en-Provence, France
Co-sponsored by the Faculty of Law and Political Science – Aix-Marseille University

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 and 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.

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

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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