NOTICE: Seminar on Indigenous Peoples’ Languages and Cultures
I am delighted to let you know that Brunel Law School is hosting an Expert Seminar in in collaboration with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, in Uxbridge, London, on March 8-9, 2012.
The theme of the Expert Seminar will be “Indigenous Peoples’ Languages and Cultures”.
In resolution 18/8 of September 2011 the United Nations Human Rights Council requested the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to prepare a study on the role of languages and culture in the promotion and protection of the rights and identity of indigenous peoples. It is envisaged that the Expert Seminar will help the development of the Study that the Expert Mechanism will submit to the UN Human Rights Council.
&LAW, a new book series, aims to examine legal problems and issues across a diverse range of opinions. After providing a legal framework for a particular question, books in the series will call on experts in other fields like science, business, history, engineering, political science, and even art to broaden and enhance the discussion. &LAW will provides unique, and at times, unexpected, answers to challenging topics of contemporary importance.
DESCRIPTION: The series, sponsored by The University of Akron School of Law and published by The University of Akron Press, will be comprised of one or two publications annually. The series will be available in traditional print format and e-book formats.
SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Book proposals should be sent to:
Tracy A. Thomas Professor of Law The University of Akron School of Law Akron, OH 44325-2901 (330) 972-6617 email@example.com
[Here's a call for papers for what appears
to be a particularly well-crafted annual meeting of Antipodean legal historians,
to be held at the University of Technology,
Sydney (UTS). The organizers tell me that they are keen to have "many of
our North American colleagues" attend. Here
is the link to the conference website; here
a link to another conference at UTS, on the "historical connections" between the
legal profession and defense forces; here
a link to yet another, on feminism and the law that will include "revisiting the
The 31st Annual Conference of the Australia New Zealand Law and
History Society will be held at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS),
10-12 December 2012. UTS is the most centrally located law school in Sydney,
situated next to Central Station, on the edge of China Town, three minutes by
monorail from Sydney’s central shopping district and a short trip to the harbour
by direct train or bus.
The conference theme is “Receiving Laws/Giving
Laws”. It is orientated towards the movement, transmission and transformation of
laws and their histories – across Empire, through time, in and between genres
and disciplines. The receiving and giving of laws could be addressed in a broad
range of ways. How do laws and histories translocate? By what means (doctrinal,
processual, cultural) are laws transmitted and received in new places? What
transformations happen as a result of this movement? Whose histories, cultures
and laws appear and disappear through these transformations? What kinds of
interventions can bring about ways of transforming, perceiving and transmitting
the law and its histories/cultures?
The journal includes an interesting article by Juris Diversitas member Jaakko Husa on 'European Polynomia and Pluralist Methodology'. Its abstract reads:
Globalisation and Europeanisation do not only produce coherence and uniformity but are flanked by differentiation and fragmentation, producing diverse and polycentric outcomes. This article puts forth reflections on European legal pluralism and a proposition for pluralist methodology. The author claims that in today's Europe there is legal pluralism, which means that there are many overlapping normative orders in Europe. It is claimed that Europe is fundamentally pluralistic. Hence there are overlapping non-coherent hierarchies and competing claims for normative power. This is conceptualised as polynomia. The article seeks to demonstrate that legal pluralism in the strong sense has penetrated into European legal doctrine. This state of affairs is claimed to result in a situation in which pluralism is not something that would concern legal anthropologists, legal historians or sociologist of law only. According to this article, doctrinal methods forged in the moulds of legal centralism and monism are outdated and respond poorly to the present day European legal pluralism.
The journal includes:
Jaakko Husa - The Method Is Dead, Long Live the Methods! European Polynomia and Pluralist Methodology
Mirko Pečarič - A Dynamic Reflection on the Factual State of Affairs through an Experimental Norm
Demetrius Klitou - Privacy by Design and Privacy-Invading Technologies: Safeguarding Privacy, Liberty and Security in the 21st Century
Nicolle Zeegers - How to Theorise Collective Decision Making Concerning Legal Rules? The Need to Acknowledge the Rhetorical as Well as the Rational Variables
Conference and Call for Papers: Revelation and Interpretation
Legal Interpretation of Religious Texts
The International Conference will be held at NYU School of Law on September 11-12, 2012. The conference will focus on the legal interpretation of religious texts, in order to explore the characters and methodologies of such interpretation whether within a particular tradition or on a a comparative basis between different traditions.
Paper Submission: An abstract of 600 (max.) words should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 15, 2012. Please indicate academic affiliation and attach a short CV. The conference committee will consider all the abstracts and will notify applicants of papers acceptance by April 30, 2012. The participants will be required to submit their papers by August 15, 2012. For more information on the conference and paper submission procedures, go here.
The French Atlantic has not yet received the sustained attention given to the
British and Spanish Atlantic, particularly where the topic of law is concerned.
This conference will explore the legal dimension (broadly conceived) of the
French Atlantic empire in the early modern period. The variegated and rapidly
evolving juridical order of ancien régime France was deeply implicated in the
expansion of overseas commerce, the founding of colonies, and the creation of
Participants may explore topics such as: legal discourse and imperial
ideologies; the establishment of colonial jurisdictions in Canada, Louisiana,
and the French West Indies; the regulation of slavery; indigenous peoples and
the law; the emergence of colonial land tenures; and the legal framework for
trade and business enterprise. The organizers wish particularly to encourage
comparative approaches that consider more than one French colony and that
examine contrasts and convergences with the British, Spanish and Portuguese
empires. In according due attention to the distinctive features of French law
and the French New World empire, we hope to enrich understandings of Atlantic