03 December 2010

NOTICE: O’Brien Fellowships for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism

The McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism has announced O’Brien Fellowships for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism

The O’Brien Fellowship was established in 2005 through a very generous gift from David O’Brien (BCL ’65) for outstanding graduate students studying in the area of human rights and legal pluralism in the Faculty of Law.

The Fellowship is Awarded annually by the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office upon recommendation of the Faculty of Law. Fellows become members of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism.

Application deadline: January 15.


Maximum $25,000 per annum, renewable once for LL.M., twice for D.C.L. (if eligibility is maintained). Renewal for a second and, if applicable, third year is subject to maintaining good standing in the program and providing a satisfactory progress report.

To find out more

To find out more about the conditions of eligibility, selection criteria, and application procedure, and to download the application forms, see McGill Graduate Law Admissions: Financial help: O'Brien Fellowships.

Hat tip to the Legal History Blog.

02 December 2010

NOTICE: A Quick Recap of our Catania Roundtables

Juris Diversitas recently co-organised two successful roundtables in Catania:

  • The first focused on the Mediterranean Hybridity Project (MHP), launched in Malta in June 2010 and co-organised with Juris Diversitas. The MHP involves the creation of a collaborative interdisciplinary network to study both state laws and other non-state norms in the region. The aim is to create, at a minimum, jurisdictional reports resulting in a published collection. Discussion at the roundtable centred on the selection of participants and the discussion of the questionnaire to be used. It was also decided that both English and French would be the working languages of the project and that additional participants would be sought. Especially important is the inclusion of individuals with social science backgrounds and scholars from the Levant and North Africa.
  • The second roundtable focused on what is now called the Legal Philosophy in Context Project (LPCP). The LPCP will investigate legal theory in historical, comparative, and social contexts. Similar to the MHP, this will be accomplished through jurisdictional reports prepared on the basis of a questionnaire prepared by the project leaders and will result in a published collection. Now a Juris Diversitas project, additional participants specialising in legal philosophy are being sought.

Individuals or institutions seeking additional information or interested in participating or sponsoring our work should contact Dr Seán Patrick Donlan (sean.donlan@ul.ie).

Please feel free to circulate this message to other individuals, institutions, blogs, etc.

01 December 2010

REMINDER: Pluri-Legal Discussion Group

Members are reminded that the Pluri-Legal Group might be of interest.

Pluri-Legal is an e-mail discussion group on JISCmail devoted to issues regarding the legal accommodation of cultural, ethnic and religions minorities in Europe.

You can join by going to www.jiscmail.ac.uk/PLURI-LEGAL.

NOTICE: Comparative Studies in Society and History

A recent issue of (2010) 52:3 Comparative Studies in Society and History had a number of law-related articles that might be of interest to members. It contained the following:
  • Editorial ForewordComparative Studies in Society and History
  • Hussein Ali Agrama, Secularism, Sovereignty, Indeterminacy: Is Egypt a Secular or a Religious State?
  • Nandini Chatterjee, English Law, Brahmo Marriage, and the Problem of Religious Difference: Civil Marriage Laws in Britain and India
  • James McDougall, The Secular State's Islamic Empire: Muslim Spaces and Subjects of Jurisdiction in Paris and Algiers, 1905-1957
  • Joyce Dalsheim, On Demonized Muslims and Vilified Jews: Between Theory and Politics
  • Jhaled Furani, Said and the Religious Other
  • Gregory Starrett, The Varieties of Secular Experience
  • Kabir Tambar, The Aesthetics of Public Visibility: Alevi Semah and the Paradoxes of Pluralism in Turkey
  • John R Bowen, Secularism: Conceptual Genealogy or Political Dilemma?
There are also a number of interesting book reviews in the issue as well. The latest issue is also available online (for a fee).