01 December 2012


Put pen to paper and get your work published! 

Write for the forthcoming Third Edition of the ELSA Malta Law Review

Submissions are to adhere to the Editorial Policy found at http://www.elsamaltalawreview.com/policy while they are to be submitted via the Online Submission Form available at http://www.elsamaltalawreview.com/submissions

Deadline for Submissions is Sunday 16th December 2012.

30 November 2012

NOTICE: The History of Danish Law

The next big thing? 

Dan Ernst of the always excellent Legal History Blog just wrote:

'You heard it here first. The Next Big Thing will be Danish Legal History.  An inexpensively priced entree is The History of Danish Law: Selected Articles and Bibliography, edited by Ditlev Tamm, who is Professor of the History of Law at the University of Copenhagen.'

See The History of Danish Law

29 November 2012

BOOK DISCOUNT: Hart Publishing

HART PUBLISHING is delighted to offer readers of the Juris Diversitas Blog a 20% discount on their titles.

To receive the discount please quote reference 'JDB' when placing your order. If you are ordering online then please quote the reference in the special instructions field. Please note that the discount will not show up on your order confirmation but will be applied when your order is processed.

CALL FOR PAPERS: NATSA 19th Annual Conference

Submission deadline: January 4th, 2013
Notification of acceptance by:  February 15th, 2013
Full papers due: May 13th, 2013
Center for Taiwan Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara
Institute of Taiwan History at Academia Sinica (中央研究院臺灣史研究所)

Note that one of the main themes includes 'Legal Studies: Developing Taiwanese Jurisprudence – Transplantation, Adaption, and Creation': 

Following industrialization and democratization in the later decades of the 20th century, Taiwan has been recognized as a country supporting human rights and the rule of law in the international arena. Given its late adoption of these norms, however, how exactly has Taiwan developed (and how will it continue to develop) its own jurisprudence? Taiwan’s long tradition of adapting foreign law into domestic law speak to questions of how to localize foreign law, adjust them to local contexts, internalize their presumptively foreign values, and gain public support and democratic legitimacy. Why and how did Taiwanese legislators, judges, and other actors transplant foreign law? Did they create localized interpretations to adapt to Taiwanese social and cultural factors?  Are there gaps between transplanted laws and citizens’ consciousness of law? What is the value of comparative law for Taiwanese jurisprudence?

From an international and transnational perspective, how does the precarious international status of Taiwan offer distinctive views on the spread and propagation of international legal frameworks and practices? What are the implications for international treaty law given that Taiwan has often enacted into domestic laws those international treaties it has no means to sign onto? Moreover, how can Taiwan’s experience in the development of law become a significant case in the global context? We encourage submissions that speak to Taiwan’s role as a taker/inheritor of as well as a maker/creator of jurisprudence.

The conference theme is 'Taiwan in Theory':

CALL FOR PAPERS: Constitutional Politics in Southeast Asia


HomeConstitutional politics in Southeast Asia has undergone dramatic changes over the last quarter century. Underpinned by political and economic liberalization, as well as a growing integration in the world economy, states in Southeast Asia have begun to alter their constitutions, establish new courts (constitutional and administrative) while also more broadly strengthening existing rights and accountability regimes. The effects of these changes have been far reaching but quite uneven. Taking the existing diversity in the region as a starting point, we seek papers from authors for the themes of constitutional legacies, reforms and constitutional practices. 

Authors are encouraged to explore broad questions such as historical-ideational underpinnings of constitutional reforms, actors and interests in the reform process and evolving constitutional practices. More specifically, we are interested in submissions that would fit the following sub-panels:

28 November 2012

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2013 O'Brien Fellowships

McGill University, Faculty of Law, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism
2013 O'Brien Fellowships: Call for Applications

The O'Brien Fellowship program was established in 2005 with a very generous gift from David O'Brien for outstanding Masters or Doctoral students studying in the area of human rights and legal pluralism at the Faculty of Law, McGill University. O'Brien Fellowships are valued at $25,000 CAD per annum. Fellows pay fees at the level of Quebec residents and receive one travel grant per year to present their research results at an academic conference.

QUALIFICATIONS: Successful applicants will have an outstanding academic record and a strong research proposal in the field of human rights and legal pluralism.

APPLICATIONS/FURTHER INFORMATION: Applications are due on January 18, 2013. Further information and application instructions are available at http://www.mcgill.ca/law-admissions/graduates/financial/obrien

NOTICE: New Titles from Hart Publishing

Hart Publishing has announced a number of new titles. The following two are of special interest to me:

Edited by Amalia Amaya and Ho Hock Lai

NOTE: Forthcoming December 2012

This book explores the relevance of virtue theory to law from a variety of perspectives. The concept of virtue is central in both contemporary ethics and epistemology. In contrast, in law, there has not been a comparable trend toward explaining normativity on the model of virtue theory. In the last few years, however, there has been an increasing interest in virtue theory among legal scholars. 'Virtue jurisprudence' has emerged as a serious candidate for a theory of law and adjudication. Advocates of virtue jurisprudence put primary emphasis on aretaic concepts rather than on duties or consequences. Aretaic concepts are, on this view, crucial for explaining law and adjudication. This book is a collection of essays examining the role of virtue in general jurisprudence as well as in specific areas of the law. Part I puts together a number of papers discussing various philosophical aspects of an approach to law and adjudication based on the virtues. Part II discusses the relationship between law, virtue and character development, with some of the essays selected analysing this relationship by combining both eastern perspectives on virtue and character with western approaches. Parts III and IV examine problems of substantive areas of law, more specifically, criminal law and evidence law, from within a virtue-based framework. Last, Part V discusses the relevance of empathy to our understanding of justice and legal morality.

Law, Morality and Autonomous Reasoning
Jan-R Sieckmann

NOTICE/CALL FOR PAPERS: PoLAR & 'Internationalizing Custom and Localizing Law'

The editor of PoLAR, the Political and Legal Anthropology Review, has circulated an email noting, of the latest issue:
In addition to the scholarly pieces and book reviews that you’ve come to expect from PoLAR, this issue features a special symposium on Transparency. The introduction, Transparency in Triads, by Andrea Ballestero S. nicely frames the collection of articles, explaining that they render “the dyad transparency/opacity into a triad by incorporating a series of third elements that reveal expected and unexpected bureaucratic, epistemological, and affective connections.”

Also, if you go to PoLAR's website, http://www.polaronline.org/, you'll see with this issue, we've featured a new postscript by Chelsey L. Kivland, author of Unmaking the State in "Occupied" Haiti.

In addition, the journal's issued a call for papers for a special issue on 'Internationalizing Custom and Localizing Law': 

27 November 2012

"Legal Culture vs. Legal Tradition – Different Epistemologies?" by Jaakko Husa

NOTICE: Opinio Juris in Comparatione

The following message from Opinio Juris in Comparatione might be of interest to members:
Cover of the latest issueFollowing the success of Opinio Juris in Comparatione for three years now, we are pleased to announce a change in our image. It will change from being a general electronic open platform to a proper electronic open access Law Journal devoted to “Studies in Comparative and National Law”.
Since the beginning of this cultural initiative in 2009, we have adhered to the main features of open access journals:
  • completely free access to all published contributions (via the Lider-Lab website and the SSRN e-Library);
  • free submissions for authors who retain copyright;
  • a quality control system structured in two stages: an initial examination by our Editorial Staff followed by an anonymous peer review process carried out by selected international reviewers.
The success of our venture has prompted us to strengthen these features and commit to developing a proper Open Access project with a view to supporting a more extensive global exchange of knowledge. The aim is to be part of that new generation of peer-reviewed journal literature as it has been conceived in the Budapest Open Access Initiative Declaration ten years ago.
To this end, we have launched this new website entirely dedicated to the management of the journal.

26 November 2012


International Planning History Society (IPHS) &
Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning,
University of Lisbon, Portugal

Lison, 5-6 September 2013

For additional information, visit here.

NOTICE: Farran on England, Vanuatu, and more

Thanks to our friend at the Irish Society of Comparative Law (ISCL), I discovered the following article by Sue Farran, another friend and Juris Diversitas member, on SSRN:
  • Legal Culture and Legal Transplants: England and Wales

When I looked this up on SSRN, I discovered that a number of other articles had also recently been posted:

  • Pacific Punch: Tropical Flavours of Mixedness in the Island Republic of Vanuatu
  • The Role of Scholars in the Convergence and Divergence of Scots and English Law in the Decade Since Devolution
  • Aid, Trade and Taboo- The Place of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge in Development Strategies: A Pacific Perspective
  • Knowledge and the Promotion of Innovations: Challenges for Pacific Island States
  • Changing Currents: Laws and Development in South Pacific Island States