08 February 2012

NOTICE: Seminar on Indigenous Peoples’ Languages and Cultures

NOTICE: Seminar on Indigenous Peoples’ Languages and Cultures

Dear colleague,

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.


Call for Proposals
Announcing a New Series: &LAW

&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

CALL FOR PAPERS: Australia New Zealand Law & History Society

The following Call for Papers was lifted straight from the Legal History Blog:

CFP: Australia New Zealand Law & History Society 

Posted by Dan Ernst 

[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 past."]

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?

07 February 2012


The latest issue of Legisprudence: International Journal for the Study of Legislation has been published.

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

06 February 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: Revelation and Interpretation Conference

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 jlrs@biu.ac 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.


2012-13 Symposium on Comparative Early Modern Legal History  

Friday, October 5, 2012 

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Law and the French Atlantic 

 Organized by Allan Greer, McGill University, and Richard J. Ross, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

HomeThe 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 imperial administrations.

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 history generally.