26 June 2012


Juris Diversitas is looking for a Chief Blogger and Occasional Bloggers.


Juris Diversitas was founded in 2007. We're an international, interdisciplinary community of individuals interested in the mixtures and movements of law and norms. 

Originally comparatists, we've opened up dialogues with anthropologists, geographers, historians, philosophers, and sociologists, both within the law and beyond.

We host an annual conference, have already published a number of volumes, and recently agreed a Book Series with Ashgate Publishing.

The Chief Blogger would be responsible for providing members and other blog readers with information on events, publications, etc related to our theme. In addition, they would have primary responsibility for guiding the blog into the future. 

Occasional Bloggers would be asked to provide, well, occasional blog posts.

It is not expected that the work will not be especially onerous. The posting process is quite straightforward and no special computer skills are required.

Both professionals and graduate students will be considered.

Those interested should contact the Juris Diversitas President, Seán Patrick Donlan, at sean.donlan@ul.ie. 


JurisDiversitas is very pleased to announce that it has recently agreed a contract with Ashgate Publishing (UK) for a Juris Diversitas Book Series. 

More information will be available in the months ahead, but the series is described as follows:
Rooted in comparative law, the Juris Diversitas Series focuses on the interdisciplinary study of legal and normative mixtures and movements. Our interest is in comparison broadly conceived, extending beyond law narrowly understood to related fields. Titles might be geographical or temporal comparisons. They could focus on theory and methodology, substantive law, or legal cultures. They could investigate official or unofficial ‘legalities’, past and present and around the world. And, to effectively cross spatial, temporal, and normative boundaries, inter- and multi-disciplinary research is particularly welcome.

The first volume in the series will be edited by Seán Patrick Donlan and Lukas Heckerdorn-Urscheler. It comes out of the 2012 Juris Diversitas conference co-organised with the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law. The volume, currently entitled Concepts of law: Comparative, Jurisprudential, and Social Science Perspectives, includes the following contributors: Marc Amstutz, Gerhard Anders, Roger Cotterrell, Mariano Croce, Maximillian del Mar, Baudouin Dupret, Julia Eckert, Andrew Halpin, Jaakko Husa, Alessio Lo Giudice, Salvatore Mancuso, Emmanuel Melissaris, Werner Menski, David Nelken, William Twining, Catherine Valcke, and Mark van Hoecke.

While we anticipate publishing future collections (original, conference-based, Festschriften, etc), we’re also very interested in publishing monographs and student texts. Anyone interested in publishing in the Series should contact the General Editor, Seán Patrick Donlan (sean.donlan@ul.ie).

Note that special arrangements are also being made to provide the members of Juris Diversitas with discounts on publications in the Series.

NOTICE: Comparative Articles (thanks to the Irish Society of Comparative Law)

Additional articles from SSRN have been noted by our friend in the Irish Society of Comparative Law:

 French academics reacted to announcements about a possible future European civil code ten years ago in the way in which Americans reacted to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 1940: first with shock, then with rearmament, finally with attempted counterattacks. Military metaphors abound. Yet the defense of the French Code Civil against a European civil code is tricky: they must defend one Code against another. The images drawn of codes are therefor of particular interest for our understanding both of civil codes and of legal nationalism. Often, two mutually exclusive images are presented at the same time. In cultural terms, the code civil is both traditional and revolutionary, both linguistically determined and independent of its language, both an expression of values and merely formal and neutral. Politically, the code civil is legitimated both in democracy and technocracy, it expresses both self-determination and imperialism, it is about both pluralism and universalism. Necessarily, in such juxtapositions, the same characteristics must be assigned to a European Code, making the arguments ultimately self-refuting. Nonetheless, the point is not to dismiss these defenses. Rather, they should be understood as expressions of faith — and the discussion over a European Code resembles, in part, a religious war.

Leon Trakman, ‘A Plural Account of the Transnational Law Merchant’ (2012) 2 Transnational Legal Theory 309: