02 November 2012

NOTICE: (2012) 5 Journal of Civil Law Studies

the (2012) 5 JOURNALOF CIVIL LAW STUDIES (JCLS), a publication of the CENTER for civil law studies (CCLS) of the Paul M Hebert Law Center of Louisiana State University, has been PubliShed!

The CCLS Newsletter can be downloaded here.

THE JCLS can be downloaded hereIts contents include:


01 November 2012

NOTICE: Justice Without the State

Somehow, I didn't know about the 'Justice without the State - Workshop on the LOEWE Research Focus “Extrajudicial and Judicial Conflict Resolution” from 1-3 November 2012 held at the Goethe-University Frankfurt a.M., Casino, Room 1801 (Thursday) and IG-Farben-Building, Eisenhower Hall (Friday, Saturday). It's described as:
Justice is the leitmotif of all law. The jurisdiction also claims this self-conception for itself. In the western tradition the emblem of justice is represented by the figure of “Justitia”. In our modern understanding of the rule of law, which is affected by the western tradition, jurisdiction equals state jurisdiction. State jurisdiction is considered as the appropriate authority of just conflict resolution. Simultaneously the postulated ability for solving conflicts in accordance with the requirements of justice legitimizes state jurisdiction. Conflict resolution by non-state institutions raises the question of legitimacy, especially in sensitive areas like criminal law, but also generally.

The central concern of the LOEWE Research Focus “Extrajudicial and Judicial Conflict Resolution” is the interdisciplinary and international analyses of conflict, conflict activities and conflict resolution from a comparative, intercultural and historical perspective. Justification narratives of all forms of conflict resolution refer to justice, independent of its different outlines in a concrete historic-cultural context. This historic-cultural imprint not only left its mark on historical variations of conflict resolution but can also provoke controversies when assessing present forms of conflict resolution, because the present is also characterized by a plurality of concepts of equitable conflict resolution, which for their part are characterized by different historical roots.

NOTICE: Legal History Blog Posts

The always excellent Legal History Blog has posted two messages that may be of interest to members:
First: 'The annual meeting of the Social Science History Association takes place this week, and the program (available for download here) includes some exciting legal history offerings.'

Second: 'Richard J. Ross, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) College of Law and History Department, has posted Distinguishing Eternal from Transient Law: Natural Law and the Judicial Laws of Moses, which appears in Past and Present 217 (2012): 79-115.'

31 October 2012


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

The Chief Blogger would have primary responsibility for providing members and other readers with information on events, publications, etc related to our themes.

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

The work isn't especially onerous. Posting is straightforward and no special computer skills are required. Both professionals and graduate students will be considered.

Those interested should contact me at sean.donlan@ul.ie. 

NOTICE: Law and Religion in Plural Societies

I received the following interesting information recently on a Session for the RETHINKINGCOMMUNITY: RELIGIOUS CONTINUITIES AND MUTATIONS IN LATE MODERNITY Conference of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion to be held in Turku-Åbo, Finland, 27-30 June, 2013:

Church Steeple, New England.  Photo by Jim SpickardDans le cadre du prochain congrès de la Société internationale de Sociologie des religions qui se tiendra du 27 au 30 juin 2013 à Turku (Finlande), Valérie Amiraux (U. de Montréal). David Koussens (U. de  Sherbrooke) et Lori Beaman (U.Ottawa) organisent un atelier intitulé :  « Droit et religion en contexte de pluralisme : alliance objective ou  mariage de raison ? » (Voir ci-dessous).

Vous êtes invités à présenter vos propositions de communication (david.koussens@usherbrooke.ca) pour le 31 octobre 2012 dernier délai. Les propositions de communications doivent inclure : le nom, le  prénom, l’adresse e-mail et l’affiliation institutionnelle de l’auteur; le titre de la communication en français et en anglais ; un résumé de la communication de 200 mots maximum en français et en anglais).

Les informations relatives au colloque peuvent être consultées sur le site : www.sisr.org. Il est à noter que la Société internationale de  Sociologie des religions ne couvre pas les frais engagés par les  conférenciers. Une publication collective pourra être envisagée à l’issu du congrès.

SISR 2013 – Atelier

Titre // Title : Droit et religion en contexte de pluralisme : alliance objective ou mariage de raison ? // Law and Religion in Plural Societies : Objective Alliance or Marriage of Convenience ?

NOTICE: Pragmatic Issues in Legal Translation Conference

A Conference on Pragmatic Issues in Legal Translation: From the Different Language Versions of the DCFR to the CESL Proposal will be held in Torino on 30 November–1 December 2012.
Updated materials and more information are available at www.cdct.it. Registration information is available at conferencetorinolt@gmail.com. The registration deadline is 26 November 2012.

The Conference is organized by the CDCT (Centro di Diritto Comparato e Transnazionale, Centre for Comparative and Transnational Law, www.cdct.it) and the Department of Law of the University of Torino. It is part of a research project titled “The Making of a New European Legal Culture. Prevalence of a single model, or cross-fertilization of national legal traditions?” coordinated by Michele Graziadei.

Key Topics:

- Legal translation and Comparative Law
- Vagueness in legal texts
- Legal definitions and equivalence in translation
- The translation of the Draft Common Frame of Reference
- The proposed Regulation on the Common European Sales Law

NOTICE: New Edition of Legisprudence

The latest edition of Legisprudence: International Journal for the Study of Legislation (Hart Publishing) has been published. 

It includes:
Editorial: Burying the Hatchet Between Common and Civil Law Drafting Styles in Europe (Free to view – please click here) - Helen Xanthaki

Comparative Law: Perspectives of Legislation - Ulrich Karpen 

Operationalising Quality of Legislation Through the Effectiveness Test - Maria Mousmouti 

Stare Decisis: A Universally Misunderstood Idea - Frank Emmert 

European Court of Human Rights and the Quality of Legislation: Shifting to a Substantial Concept of ‘Law’? - Nicola Lupo and Giovanni Piccirilli 

The ‘Copy-Out’ Debate in the Implementation of European Union Law in the United Kingdom - Daniel Greenberg

30 October 2012

REMINDER: Comparative Legal History (the official journal of the European Society for Comparative Legal History)

The European Society for Comparative Legal History (ESCLH) and Hart Publishing (UK) now publish Comparative Legal History (CLH), an international and comparative review of law and history, the official journal of the ESCLH

I am the journal's Editor.

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.

Spread the word. 

CALL FOR PAPERS: [American] Law and Society Association Annual Conference

The following notice just appeared on the Legal History Blog:  

The Law and Society Association has released a Call for Papers for its upcoming annualconference (May 30-June 2, 2013, in Boston, Mass.). Here's the announcement: 

Power, Privilege and the Pursuit of Justice: Legal Challenges in Precarious Times 

bostonThe meeting’s theme aims to incite debate on the challenges that will define law and society over the next decade. The financial crisis that struck in 2008 still rends the economy, politics, law, and society. How will a polarized politics, rapid technological change, and global shifts in economic power affect law and society over the next years, domestically and transnationally?

To envision the future, we invite participants to extend and rethink law and society’s past insights to engage a new and changing context. The Program Committee has listed a series of sub-themes in featured sessions and other panels with the aim of spurring cross-cutting discussions.

This year’s Program Committee is Co-Chaired by Christine Harrington, NYU, Politics, and Greg Shaffer, University of Minnesota, Law. We invite the submission of Individual Papers and/or Session proposals. Papers and panels need not be centered on the conference theme. Proposals on any law and society topic are welcome. 

Follow the link for more information.

28 October 2012

LATE NOTICE: Kumm on The Cosmopolitan State and Humanity's Law

The Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values of the Faculty of Law of the University of Antwerp has announced the second Law and Cosmopolitan Values Lecture. 

The lectures will be delivered by Professor Mattias Kumm (WZB Berlin and NYU) on 29031 October 2012 (from 16.00 to 17.30 each day).

The topic is 'The Cosmopolitan State and Humanity's Law: An Integrative Conception of Global Public Law'.

Further details and Registration at

CALL FOR PAPERS: Law on the Edge Conference

A Law on the Edge Conference is being held at the University of British Columbia from 1-4 July 2013. 

Information on the conference is available at http://www.law.ubc.ca/events/law_on_the_edge/#

Proposals must be submitted by 10 December 2012.


As the Call suggests:

The concept of living on the edge is not simply geo-political. While it is a politics of the edge, perpetually responding to and writing back at the centre, it is also a recognition that law itself constitutes boundaries and edges, creating sameness, difference, Others and allies. The conference planning emphasizes the following themes:
  • Law in times of crisis, tragedy & uncertainty;
  • Indigeneity, pluralism, and difference;
  • Law on the geopolitical edge;
  • Connections, departures, mobilities; and
  • New legal spaces on the edge.

Note that the organisers ‘encourage socioloegal and interdisciplinary contributions that explore law on the edge in a variety of spatio-temporal contexts, as well as other law and society scholarship.’