24 July 2012

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: Violence of Pluralism: Urban Transformations and New Political Subjectivities in the Rebellious Mediterranean

Those involved in or following our Mediterranean Project might find the following interesting:

 MRM 2013

As part of the annual Mediterranean Meeting to be held in Mersin, Turkey (March 20-23, 2013) Daniel Monterescu and I are coordinating a workshop on the links between violence, pluralism, urbanism and the 2011 uprisings in the Middle East, North Africa and Southern Europe.

Violence of Pluralism: Urban Transformations and New Political Subjectivities in the Rebellious Mediterranean

We seek empirical and theoretical papers addressing these processes from young and established scholars in the social sciences and humanities. Contemporary and historical perspectives are both welcome.

The organizers will provide partial funding for travel expenses of select participants.

The deadline for abstract submission is September 15. Decisions will be made my early October. Final papers are due by February 15.

To send your abstract, fill in the online form at: http://www.rscas.org/application/?p=apply&appl=mrm2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Journal of History and Cultures

The Journal of History and Cultures (JHAC) is issuing a Call for Papers for our next issue and welcomes articles on subjects in the fields of history and cultures within a broad geographic and chronological range. We are also accepting book reviews.


JHAC is a peer-reviewed journal and an excellent new publishing opportunity both for postgraduates and established academics. Articles should be 5,000-7,000 words in length. We encourage articles that consider and engage with historical, cultural, political, social, and theoretical research in new and original ways. Reviews should be 750-1,000 words in length. Review essays should be in-depth engagements with recent books which develop an argument to complement the reading of the text. A list of books available for review will be appearing on our website; alternatively, you can contact our reviews editor directly to request a specific book to review at jhac@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

The deadline for submissions is 1st October 2012.

Full submission and formatting guidelines can be found at: http://historyandcultures.com/submissions/

Finally, we invite you to join the JHAC community on both Facebook and Twitter @UOBJHAC for regular updates.

We are offering a £50 prize for the best article.

Please email all submissions and address any enquiries to jhac@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

NOTICE: Stateless Law? The Future of the Discipline Conference

Stateless Law? The Future of the Discipline
Faculty of Law and Paul-Andre Crepeau

Centre for Private and Comparative Law,
McGill University, Montreal Conference

28 29 September 2012, Faculty of Law, McGill University

The Paul-Andre Crepeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law and the Faculty of Law of McGill University will host Stateless Law? The Future of the Discipline, an international conference that will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the McGill BCL/LLB Program. This event will aim to foster a debate that critically assesses the latest developments in legal thought and innovative approaches to law, in the light of the challenge of globalization and the move away from a national paradigm for understanding law. It will also ask the question of how to integrate the insights so gained into the teaching of law. The concern is with law in all its dimensions: public and private, local and transnational, formal and informal. By being forced to abandon, at least in part, the posited law of the nation state as their lode star, legal education and legal scholarship have been presented with an opportunity to break the mould of centuries of legal nationalism: an opportunity that encourages new, transdisciplinary and transnational ways of thinking about law. In short, the goal is to re-assess and to re-imagine the discipline of law, its place in the university, and its role in society.

THEMES: Some of the themes which will be covered are: (view online programme): How do globalization and legal pluralism affect our understanding of law and legal education? In its interaction with other disciplines, how does law preserve its disciplinary identity? Can a renewed understanding of particular fields of law shed light on our evolving understanding of the discipline? How is the teaching and research of basic private law-contracts, civil wrongs, property, the law of persons-affected by the increasingly transnational and transdisciplinary focus of legal scholarship?

The working languages of the conference will be English and French.

SPEAKERS: Confirmed speakers include:
- Professor Louis Assier-Andrieu (Sciences Po Paris)
- Professor George Bermann (Columbia University)
- Professor Hanoch Dagan (Tel Aviv University)
- Professor John Gardner (University of Oxford)
- Hon. Nicholas Kasirer (Quebec Court of Appeal)
- Professor Ralf Michaels (Duke University)
- Professor Annelise Riles (Cornell University)
- Professor Stephen Toope (University of British Columbia)
- Professor Ernest Weinrib (University of Toronto)
- Professor Frederic Zenati-Castaing (Lyon III University)

REGISTRATION/FURTHER INFORMATION: More information, detailed program and registration online: http://www.mcgill.ca/stateless

Take advantage of our early bird price (save 50$) until August 1, 2012. A request for Continuing Legal Education accreditation has been made to the Barreau du Quebec.

NOTICE: Indigenous Nations & Peoples Law eJournal

The always interesting Indigenous Nations & Peoples Law eJournal on SSRN has announced the following work:
    Center for Indigenous Law, Governance & Citizenship at Syracuse University College of Law
  • Alleviating the Tension between Species Preservation and Religious Freedom - Kathryn E. Kovacs, Rutgers School of Law – Camden
  • Tribes, Land, and the Environment (Introduction) - Sarah Krakoff, University of Colorado Law School, and Ezra Rosser, American University - Washington College of Law
  • Legal Pluralism and the Continuing Quest for Legal Certainty in Ecuador: A Case Study from the Andean Highlands -Marc Simon Thomas, affiliation not provided to SSRN
  • Bringing Balance to Mid-North America: Re-Structuring the Sovereign Relationships between Tribal Nations and the United States - Angelique Townsend EagleWoman, University of Idaho - College of Law
  • Ipeelee and the Pursuit of Proportionality in a World of Mandatory Minimum Sentences - Debra L. Parkes, University of Manitoba - Faculty of Law

NOTICE: Legal History e-Journal

SSRN’s Legal History e-Journal has noted the following articles:
  • Twenty-First Century Outlawry: Historical Principles for Conducting Targeted Killings in Accordance with Due Process - Jane Y. Chong, Yale University - Law School
  • Baltimore after the War of 1812: Where Robert Mills Met His Waterloo and When James A. Buchanan Broke the Bank - Garrett Power, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • The Generality of Law - Timothy A.O. Endicott, University of Oxford - Faculty of Law
  • Authoring an Invention: Patent Production in the Nineteenth-Century United States - Kara W. Swanson, Northeastern University - School of Law
  • The Old Regime and the Haitian Revolution - Malick W. Ghachem, University of Maine School of Law
  • Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland: An Inventory - Bill Rolston, University of Ulster - Transitional Justice Institute
  • The Critical Promise of the New History of European Law - Peter L. Lindseth, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • The Judge and the Historian: Transnational Holocaust Litigation as a New Model - Leora Bilsky, Tel Aviv University Buchmann Faculty of Law
  • Legal Systems and Informal Authorities - Nils Jansen, University of Muenster
The abstract of the last article reads:

The article considers the nature of authorities in the law, and, specifically, the often undervalued yet important role played by informal auctoritas, by contrast with formally binding enactments. It explores the terminological difficulties within modern discourse which make discussion and understanding of such informal authorities difficult. Exemplarily, the status of Roman sources in the ius commune is considered in detail, establishing the informal criteria which determine their authoritative quality - belief in the extraordinary quality of the texts and the jurists’ mutual expectations of applying them. The analysis then proceeds to modern German practice and the enormously significant role played by learned Commentaries in the work of practising lawyers and courts – a phenomenon difficult to explain without recourse to a concept of informal authority. Finally, this understanding is demonstrated in the context of transnational private law by reference to the modern phenomenon of non-legislative codifications, such as the American Restatements, the Principles of European Contract Law and the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts; all those codifications have gained a substantial informal authority as reference texts for international legal discourse.

NOTICE: Latest Issue of Jurisprudence

The last issue of Jurisprudence is now published:

The Articles include:
The Jurisprudence Annual Lecture 2012: Making Laws Better or Making Better Laws?
Onora O’Neill

What Conscience Can Do for Equity
Irit Samet

Three Versions of Liberal Tolerance: Dworkin, Rawls, Raz
Denise Meyerson

There is also an interesting ‘Discussion’ on ‘Custom and Living Law’:

Donal Coffey

On Law and Justice in Community
Paul Brady

The Legitimate Authority of the Living Law
Oran Doyle

Rescuing Living Law from Jurisprudence
Marc Hertogh

On the Spontaneous Sources of Law
Garrett Barden

Living Law, Normative Pluralism, and Analytic Jurisprudence
Tim Murphy