11 October 2012

NOTICE: Julien Mezey Dissertation Prize of Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities

The Legal History Blog recently posted the following notice (from the Julien Mezey Dissertation Prize of Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities):
Law, Culture and the HumanitiesThe Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities invites submissions for its 2013 Julien Mezey Dissertation Award. This annual prize is awarded to the dissertation that most promises to enrich and advance interdisciplinary scholarship at the intersection of law, culture and the humanities. The award will be presented at the Association's 2013 annual meeting, which will be hosted by Birkbeck, University of London, March 22-23, 2013.

The Association seeks the submission of outstanding work from a wide variety of perspectives, including but not limited to law and cultural studies, legal hermeneutics and rhetoric, law and literature, law and psychoanalysis, law and visual studies, legal history, legal theory and jurisprudence. Scholars completing humanities-oriented dissertations in SJD and related programs, as well as those earning PhDs, are encouraged to submit their work. Applicants eligible for the 2013 award must have defended their dissertations successfully between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012.

The deadline for nominations for the 2013 award is November 1, 2012.

On or before that date, each nominee must submit the following:

1) a letter by the nominee detailing the genesis, goal, and contribution of the dissertation;
2) a letter of support from a faculty member familiar with the work;
3) an abstract, outline, and selected chapter of the dissertation;
4) contact information for the nominee.

All materials should be sent to: Cheryl Suzack, cheryl.suzack@utoronto.ca

Award finalists will be notified by December 1, 2012. Finalists must then submit an electronic version of the entire dissertation. The winner will be determined by early February and invited to the 2013 ASLCH annual meeting in London. ASLCH will pay travel and lodging costs.

Questions should be addressed to Cheryl Suzack, cheryl.suzack@utoronto.ca

09 October 2012

NOTICE: New Elgar titles

Edward Elgar Publishing has announced new publications.

These include:
Jan M. Smits (ed.), Elgar Encyclopedia Of Comparative Law, Second Edition

With updated contributions and several new entries, the second edition of this unique Encyclopedia cements its reputation as the authoritative reference work and an indispensable resource in the field. Wide-ranging and comprehensive in scope, with entries written by noted specialists, the book's range takes in articles on the nature and methodology of comparative law, as well as on specific areas of law (such as administrative law and criminal law) and substantive topics (from accident compensation to unjustified enrichment). In addition, the Encyclopedia contains articles on a selected set of countries’ legal systems and as a whole presents overviews of the current state of affairs.

Jan M. Smits, The Mind And Method Of The Legal Academic

‘Jan Smits has long been one of the most interesting and original authors on European private law theory. Now he offers his views on legal scholarship, and they are as original as they are thought-provoking. His plea for a legal scholarship that maintains its identity vis-à-vis neighboring disciplines without collapsing into doctrinairism is bound to yield lively discussions – and hopefully will help re-establish a proper place for legal scholarship, in Europe and beyond.’
– Ralf Michaels, Duke University, US

Additional titles on Asian law include:

Stanley B Lubman (ed.), The Evolution Of Law Reform In China: An Uncertain Path

‘Stanley Lubman has been an extraordinarily astute observer of Chinese society for half a century. The Evolution of Law Reform in China: An Uncertain Path is his latest gift to the field. In it, he both provides his own masterful overview of Chinese legal development and a rich sampling of views from leading commentators, Chinese and foreign, in law and other social sciences, regarding Chinese law and legal institutions today. Whatever uncertainty there may be regarding the path of law reform, one certainty is that this volume will be a valuable resource for scholars across a range of disciplines, as well as practitioners in law, business and public policy.’
– William P. Alford, Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, US

Jan Wouters, Tanguy de Wilde, Pierre Defraigne, and Jean-Christophe Defraigne (eds), China, The European Union And Global Governance

China, the European Union and Global Governance examines the key determinants of European and Chinese approaches to the restructuring of global governance systems. With a multidisciplinary method, this collection of papers analyses four distinct fields that are key for both China and the EU and for the development of their relations and future cooperation: the global trading system, the international monetary system, climate and energy and international security. In the context of China’s growing role in global governance and of EU–China cooperation, contributions emphasize strategies, prospects and objectives of both actors. They outline possible avenues for an enhanced partnership in light of the changing global order which implies a rethinking of the existent multilateral structures.