11 May 2012

Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law Now Online

The Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law has released Volume 19, Number 1 (2012).  The journal can be found online at http://www.maastrichtjournal.eu
Table of Contents
With a Special Section:  A Common European Sales Law, edited by Gary Low and Jan Smits

  • Gary Low and Jan Smits:  The Proposed Common European Sales Law: Have the Right Choices Been Made? Introduction to a Special Issue
  • Andreas Føllesdal:  Europe’s Raison d’Être: Leadership, Democracy – or both? Reflections on G. de Búrca and J. Weiler, 18 MJ 4 (2011), p. 418
  • Alessandra Zanobetti:  Review of M. Wojewoda, ‘Mandatory Rules in Private International Law’, 7 MJ 2 (2000), p. 183
  • Mirjami Paso:  The Court of Justice of the European Union as a Rhetorical Actor
  • Esther van Schagen:  More Consistency and Legal Certainty in the Private Law Acquis: A Plea for Better Justification for the Harmonization of Private Law
  • Rufat Babayev:  Equal Treatment on the Grounds of Movement and Union Choice-of-Law Rules under Article 81 TFEU

Call for Papers: Transitions in/to Democracy

Conference Call for Papers
Transitions in/to Democracy: Contemporary Chances and Challenges. The 2nd Annual Minerva Jerusalem Conference on Transitional Justice
Jerusalem, 29-31 October 2012

INTRODUCTION: The Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is holding an international conference that seeks to examine the diverse and complex interactions between transitional justice and democracy. The conference is scheduled for 29-31 October 2012, and will take place in Jerusalem.

Recipients of this call for papers are invited to submit proposals to present a paper at the conference. Authors of selected proposals will be offered full or partial flight and accommodation expenses.

Deadline for submission of proposals: 31 May 2012

O'Brien Human Rights Fellows in Residence Program at the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism

The McGille Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism has recently issued notice for the O'Brien Fellowship: 

APPLICANT PROFILE: McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (CHRLP) will select the O'Brien Fellows from a diverse pool of applicants that includes journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners in the field of human rights. Applicants should possess a deep understanding of their chosen subject area and a track record of professional accomplishment. Fellows should be able to work in English with proficiency. Knowledge of French is desirable.

DURATION & LOCATION: 1 to 6 months in residence at the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill Faculty of Law.

FUNDING: The fellowship will cover costs associated with travel and provide a stipend based on the duration of the fellowship and the candidate's profile.

DEADLINE: Rolling basis

Religion, Marriage, and Pluralism

The Islamic Law & Law of the Muslim World eJournal recently released Volume 5, Issue 14, announcing publication of several articles.

Table of Contents
  • Beyond Literacy: A Response to an Economic Interpretation of the Pashtunwalli, by Lesley Wexler, University of Illinois College of Law, The University of Chicago Legal Forum, pp. 115-128 (2011)
  • Drafting Egypt's Constitution:  Can a New Legal Framework Revive a Flawed Transition?, by Tamir Moustafa, Simon Fraser University, available at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2007085
  • Religion, Marriage, and Pluralism, by Joel A. Nichols, University of St. Thomas School of Law (MN), 25 Emory Int'l L Rev 967 (2012)
The abstract to Professor Nichols' article reads:
In November 2010, Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly passed the first “anti-sharia statute” as an amendment to their state constitution. Although federal courts have held theOklahoma amendment unconstitutional, several other states continue to move toward various bans on sharia law. Such statutes would have the greatest impact in family law.

German Law Journal Now Online

The new issue of the German Law Journal, Review of Developments in German, European & International Jurisprudence is now available at www.germanlawjournal.com. 

The Editor in Chief writes:  

It is a richly packed issue, indeed. Its Articles section offers contributions on global rulemaking and multinational corporations, Canada's military engagement in Afghanistan and reflections on the USpresidency. 
In addition, we are happy to publish a thoughtful symposium on international legal theory, which includes contributions to the 4th Conference of the European Society of International Law (ESIL) inCambridge in 2011. The symposium, held under the auspices of the International Legal Theory Group within ESIL, brought together scholars who draw on legal theory, political philosophy and international law to map the current state of international legal theorizing. 

08 May 2012

NOTICE: PhD/Post-Doc Opportunities - Leiden University

PhD and POST-DOC opportunities

Leiden University is looking for 2 PhD's and 1 postdoc researcher.

The positions are part of the Crime and Gender 1600-1900: a comparative perspective Project. 

One PhD will examine the criminal records of Bologna (Italy); a
nother will examine the criminal records of Frankfurt am Main (Germany).

Additional information is available at http://vacatures.leidenuniv.nl/wetenschappelijk/


The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and the London Legal History Seminar, warmly invites you and your colleagues to attend an afternoon on:

Imperial Encounters: colonialism and the law from the eighteenth century to the twentieth century
Date: Friday 18 May 2012, 2.15pm to 5pm

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR


- DR. STACEY HYND (Exeter) on "The Extreme Penalty for the Extreme Crime"? Capital Punishment and Colonial Law in British Africa, c.1900-50;
- DR. CAROL TAN (SOAS) on Colonial Public Health Laws and the Making of a European Summer Resort in North China;
- DR. NANDINI CHATTERJEE (Plymouth) on Indian Christians and British subjects: religion, race and jurisdictional conflict in early colonial India.

This event is free but those wishing to attend are asked to register in advance by emailing: IALS.Events@sas.ac.uk



I received the following last week:

Fellow APLA Members,

The new issue of PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review is available online now. With it, I am happy to announce the launch of the new PoLAR website, which features the innovative content that readers have come to expect as well as new features, including expanded Spillover Conversations and open-access content, easy-to-use keywords to search archived articles, and reflections by PoLAR authors, such as Postscripts to articles in Virtual Issues.

Here is the new interface: http://www.polaronline.org/
Here is the link to the current issue: http://www.polaronline.org/current-issue/

Below my signature is the full table of contents. It includes links that go directly to the Wiley-Blackwell site.

All the best,


May 2012: Volume 35, Issue 1

Editors’ Introduction
John Conley and Justin Richland

NOTICE: (2012) 18 European Law Journal