25 September 2012

REMINDER: Comparative Legal History

Contributors interested in being in the early issues of Comparative Legal History (CLH) should contact the editors as soon as possible!


The European Society for Comparative Legal History (ESCLH) has agreed with Hart Publishing (UK) to produce a new journal. Comparative Legal History (CLH), an international and comparative review of law and history, will be the official journal of the ESCLH

The journal will be published, both online and in print, twice a year, appearing in the spring and the autumn. The first issue will appear in Spring 2013:

Articles will explore both 'internal' legal history (doctrinal and disciplinary developments in the law) and 'external' legal history (legal ideas and institutions in wider contexts). Rooted in the complexity of the various Western legal traditions worldwide, the journal will also investigate other laws and customs from around the globe. Comparisons may be either temporal or geographical and both legal and other law-like normative traditions will be considered. Scholarship on comparative and trans-national historiography, including trans-disciplinary approaches, is particularly welcome.

The Editors welcome scholarly submissions in the English language:

To submit an article please contact Articles Editor Heikki Pihlajamäki (heikki.pihlajamaki@helsinki.fi). The optimal length for articles is between 7500 to 15000 words, including footnotes. All articles are submitted to double blind peer review.

To propose a review, please contact Reviews Editor Agustin Parise (agustin.parise@maastrichtuniversity.nl). Book reviews will generally range from 1500 to 2500 words. Review articles will also be considered.

The Hart website also has information on the Editors (both the Editorial Staff and International Editorial Board), an Email alert service of the 'Table of Contents', and subscription information. 

Note that a special arrangement between the ESCLH and Hart has been made to ensure that, beginning next year, ESCLH membership fees will include a subscription to CLH.

Potential contributors should pay special attention to the ‘Notes for Contributors on the website. In particular, contributors whose first language is not English are strongly advised to have their papers edited by native Anglophone scholars in advance of their submission to ensure a clear presentation of their ideas and an accurate appraisal of their work.

Finally, note that CLH isn't likely to include short articles in its first few issues.  

Spread the word. 

24 September 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: New Voices in Comparative Law

New Voices in Comparative Law

The Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law is pleased to invite submissions for its second annual conference, to be held on April 18-19, 2013, at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, Indiana. The purpose of the conference is to highlight, develop, and promote the scholarship of new and younger comparativists.

Submissions will be accepted on any subject in public or private comparative law from scholars who have been engaged as law teachers, lecturers, fellows, or another academic capacity for no more than ten years as of June 30, 2013. We will also accept submissions from graduate students enrolled in master’s or doctoral programs.

Scholars may make individual or co-authored submissions. The conference’s Program Committee will assign individual and co-authored submissions to thematic panels according to subject area. Proposals for fully formed panels will also be accepted.

To submit an entry, scholars should email an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing an abstract of no more than 750 words no later than November 4, 2012, to the following address: yccsubmissions@gmail.com. Abstracts should reflect original research that will not yet have been published, though may have been accepted for publication, by the time of the conference. Abstracts should also include the author’s name, title of the paper, institutional affiliation, contact information, as well as the author’s certification that she/he qualifies as a younger scholar. Graduate students should identify themselves as such.

Panels will be announced no later than December 16, 2012. There is no cost to register for the conference but participants are responsible for securing their own funding for travel, lodging and other incidental expenses.

NOTICE: New German Law Journal

Dear Readers:

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the new issue of the German Law Journal, Review of Developments in German, European and International Jurisprudence is now available at www.germanlawjournal.com.

We are proud to publish papers presented at the October 2011 International Forum on Crime and Criminal Law in Beijing, which placed the laws and policies governing "Terrorism" at the centre of their investigation. We are grateful for this opportunity to publish these thoughtful and thought-provoking essays and thank the authors, the reviewers and the student editors for the wonderful collaboration to make this issue a reality.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Law and Corruption in Turbulent Times

'Law and Corruption in Turbulent Times:
Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives from the Mediterranean and South-Eastern Europe'
14th Mediterranean Research Meeting
Mersin (Turkey)
20-23 March 2013
logo-euiThis workshop will address interactions between law and corruption in the Middle East and North Africa, and southern and south-eastern Europe. The basic issue we wish to explore is: How is legislation, policy and law-in-practice influenced by corruption, and what regulation and control of corruption is there by law, in a region experiencing the aftermath of the ‘Arab Spring’ and the European sovereign debt and banking crisis? 
Consideration of the relationship between law and corruption is particularly timely given seismic political, economic and social transformations in these regions. Corruption has been highlighted during both the sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone, and during mass protests broadly identified with the ‘Arab Spring’. This will be an opportunity to develop scholarship that responds to these unprecedented events in both looking at the enactment, use and failure of law to prevent or punish corruption, and exploring the influence of corruption on the legal process, including the passing of legislation, individual courts cases and the enforcement of law-in-daily life. 
Our definition of corruption is the ‘abuse of public office for private gain’ (World Bank, 1997) and of law as the principles and regulations established by some authority, whether in the form of some legislation or custom. Participants from the fields of legal studies, political science, economics, anthropology, socio-legal studies and history (amongst others) will present their research findings on interactions between law and corruption and consider methodological problems associated with researching it from perspectives including governance, legal realism and social anthropology. 
Deadline for submission of paper proposals has been extended to 6 October 2012.  For more information please visit the MRM website: