19 January 2013

JOURNAL: Global Jurist

Global Jurist has published its latest volume.

The journal:

[o]ffers a forum for scholarly cyber-debate on issues of comparative law, law and economics, international law, law and development, and legal anthropology. Mindful of globalization and respectful of cultural differences, linguistic and cultural barriers are overcome and legal issues are finally discussed outside of the narrow limits imposed by positivism, parochialism, ethnocentrism, imperialism and chauvinisim in the law.

JOURNAL: (2012) Law, Innovation and Technology

We are very pleased to let you know that the 2nd issue of the 2012 volume of Law, Innovation and Technology is now published.

The 2nd issue is a special issue titled Contextualising the Regulation of Health Technologies and it has its origins in a workshop funded by the Wellcome Trust on Regulating Health Technologies held in London in May 2011. The workshop was conducted under the auspices of the Wellcome Strategic Programme The Human Body: Its Scope, Limits and Future. For further information about this issue please click here to read the editorial. Please also see below for the table of contents, information about online access and details on how to subscribe.


Contextualising the Regulation of Health Technologies

Editorial: Contextualising the Regulation of Health Technologies
Anne-Maree Farrell, Sarah Devaney, Tamara Hervey and Thérèse Murphy

Free to view – please click here

The Legal and Relational Identity of the ‘Not-Yet’ Generation
Isabel Karpin

Home and Away: The Turkish Ban on Donor Conception
Ilke Turkmendag

Commensuration and Proliferation: Similarity and Divergence in Law’s Shaping of Medical Technology
Alex Faulkner

Pricing New Medicines in the UK: ‘Price is what you Pay, Value is what you Get’?
Keith Syrett

Insurance, Genetic Information and the Future of Industry Self-Regulation in the UK
Ruth Stirton


Julie Kent, Regenerating Bodies: Tissue and Cell Therapies in the Twenty-First Century

Sara Fovargue, Xenotransplantation and Risk: Regulating a Developing Biotechnology

18 January 2013

POSITION: Policy Advisor on Legal Reform, Civil Society, and Access to Justice


The ABA-UNDP International Legal Resource Center (ILRC) has received a request from UNDP/Viet Nam for an expert provide advice on policies and trends and relevant linkages to UNDP programs in the area of rule of law, legal reform, access to justice, and support for civil society engagement. Viet Nam made the commitment to be a “socialist rule-of-law based state” in 1991, which became part of the current Constitution (last amended in 2001). This policy change opened up the path to institutional and legal reform. The legal framework is now comprehensive, with some 13,000 laws and sub-laws enacted since 1986, and the challenge is now to promote coherence, implementation and access, and to strengthen the application of rights-based norms. The use of law as a strategic tool for civil society has been increasing. The space for debate and advocacy on rule of law and human rights issues has also been expanding

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BOOK: Legal Translation in Context

A Borja Albi and F Prieto Ramos (eds),
Legal Translation in Context (2013)
New Trends in Translation Studies, Vol. 4, Peter Lang

What does it take to be a legal translator? What is expected of legal translation professionals in the public and private sectors? Following recent developments in the field, there is a need to take stock of professional settings, skills and related training needs. This volume offers a systematic overview of the diverse professional profiles within legal translation and the wide range of communicative situations in which legal translators play their roles as mediators. Contexts of professional practice have been classified into three main categories, which give shape to the three parts of the book: (1) legal translation in the private sector; (2) legal translation for national public institutions; and (3) legal translation at international organizations. Practical concerns within each of these settings are analysed by experts of diverse backgrounds, including several heads of institutional translation teams. Commonalities and differences between contexts are identified as a means of gaining a comprehensive understanding of this multifaceted and dynamically changing profession.


CALL FOR PAPERS: The Prison and the Public conference

The Prison and the Public conference 
27 March 2013
Edge Hill University

Call for papers

The imposition of state punishment has historically kindled the public imagination and, as such, the ‘private’ world of the prison has become increasingly exposed through a range of modes. The aim of this conference is to explore the variety of means through which the prison becomes connected with the public and vice versa.

In addition to criminological and historical analysis of the prison, the conference will focus on topics such as representations of prisons in film, TV and literature, the role of journalism in relation to the prison, visual images of and from the prison in art and photography, and the construction and purpose of prison museums and exhibitions.

Details at:
email Alana Barton: bartona@edgehill.ac.uk

CALL FOR PAPERS: European Social Science History Conference

10th European Social Science History Conference 
Vienna, Austria, 23-26 April 2014 

The ESSHC aims at bringing together scholars interested in explaining historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences. The conference is characterized by a lively exchange in many small groups, rather than by formal plenary sessions.

The Conference welcomes papers and sessions on any topic and any historical period. It is organized in a large number of networks:

Africa   Antiquity   Asia   Criminal Justice   Culture   Economics   Education and Childhood - Elites and Forerunners   Ethnicity and Migration   Family and Demography   Health - History and Computing   Labour   Latin America - Material and Consumer Culture - Middle Ages   Oral History - Politics, Citizenship and Nations - Religion   Rural   Sexuality - Social Inequality - Spatial and digital History Technology   Theory - Urban   Women and Gender - World History

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Summer Institute on Contested Landscapes

landscape2012-2015 ISS Theme Project
Contested Global Landscapes

Institute on Contested Landscapes 

May 13-17, 2013

Applications Due February 15, 2013 

We are accepting applications to attend the inaugural Summer Institute on Contested Landscapes. Focused on property, this week-long session seeks to develop and apply critical analyses to important questions: What is property, who and what is eligible for ownership, and who decides? What is the relationship between changing property forms and sustainability, development, and democracy? 

We anticipate selecting 10 applicants to engage in cross-disciplinary exchange. Housing, food, and up to $600 in transportation expenses will be provided. 

Application instructions and frequently asked questions can be found in the RFP. Applications are due to social sciences@cornell.edu by 11:59 (EST) on February 15, 2013. 

The Institute on Contested Landscapes is sponsored by Cornell's Institute for the Social Sciences, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, and the Social Science Research Council

For more information, contact socialsciences@cornell.edu.

NOTICE: Media Coverage of Islam and Islamic Law in 2012 (US)

'This has been a big year for Islam and Islamic law in American media. As politicians vied for local and national office, anti-sharia messages -- and sometimes overtly anti-Islam messages -- were broadcast across the media, at times functioning to normalize anti-Islam discourse. Turmoil in places like Egypt and Mali ensured that there were plenty of stories with "sharia" in the forefront, but little contextualization for the average reader to give a sense of what Islamic law means in those places. As we look back at media coverage in 2012, a number of trends emerge, ranging from regional and national hotspots like Tennessee and Egypt; in specific areas, such as gender and Islamophobia; and in wider issues of how Islamic law was covered and who was cited by the media as an authority....'

BOOKS: Hart Publishing

Hart Publishing--don't forget our discount--has announced the following titles:
The Constitution of France
A Contextual Analysis
Sophie Boyron

The centrepiece of this work is the French Constitution of 1958, portrayed by the author as an innovative hybrid construct whose arrival brought the constitutional stability that had eluded France for centuries. But the creation of the 1958 Constitution was not an isolated act; it represents part of an evolutionary process which continues to this day. Even though it is codified, the constitution of the Fifth Republic has evolved so markedly that some commentators have dubbed the present institutional balance the 'Sixth Republic'. It is this dynamic of the constitution which this book seeks to explain. At the same time the book shows how the French constitution has not developed in isolation, but reflects to some extent the global movement of ideas, ideas which sometimes challenge the very foundations of the 1958 Constitution.

December 2012 290pp Pbk 9781841137353

The Statute and Rules of Procedure of the Court of Justice of the European Union
A Commentary
Edited by Bertrand Waegenbaur

This Commentary provides for a comprehensive overview of the procedural rules of the EU Courts in Luxembourg. The substantive aspects of the legal remedies at the Court of Justice, the General Court and the Civil Service Tribunal are laid down in the primary legislation, as amended by the Lisbon Treaty, while the procedural aspects are detailed in the Statute of the Court of Justice as well as the Rules of Procedure of the Court of Justice and the General Court. This Commentary discusses European procedural rules, article by article, taking due account of the established case-law of the Court, thus enabling the reader to navigate quickly and easily through the complex rules of procedure and to orientate him or herself quickly in cases brought before the EU Courts. The Commentary also covers the important "Instructions" and "Practical Guidelines" of the Court

- Statute of the Court of Justice
- Rules of Procedure of the Court of Justice
- Rules of Procedure of the General Court

December 2012 922pp Hbk 9781841139951

Tort Law and the Legislature
Common Law, Statute and the Dynamics of Legal Change
Edited by TT Arvind and Jenny Steele

LECTURE: Jersey, the EU, and UK Sovereignty - Everything You Always Wanted to Know

logoIn this lecture Alastair Sutton will consider the relationship between Jersey and the EU, and the impact of UK sovereignty on it. He will focus particular attention on the increasingly isolated situation (politically and legally) of the UK and the implications which this may have for Jersey and other territories linked to the EU through the UK. – and the implications of the Channel Islands’ relationship with the EU if they were to make a move towards independence. 

He will also discuss the ongoing financial crisis in the EU: where things stand at the moment, where they might go and what impact it may have on the Channel Islands’ finance industry. The external dimension - of special interest to Jersey as a “third country” - will be covered, against the background of decisions being taken in the G20, IMF, OECD and other international organisations.

STUDY: Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law Master Handbook 2013-2014

BrochureInformation about the 2013-14 Programme of the International Masters in Sociology of Law at the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law is available here.

17 January 2013

BLOGS: Anthropology Blogs

Anthropology Blogs 2013
Anthropology Report recently compiled a list of Anthropology Blogs. 

They wrote the following:

Anthropology Blogs are a way to understand What is Anthropology. In 2013, anthropology unveils the This Is Anthropology–a big thanks to Jason Miller, Charlotte Noble, and Janelle Christensen for their work, and see their Neuroanthropology – This Is Anthropologycommentary.

As an attempt to catalog all current anthropology blogs, I first went to the 2012 Anthropology Blogs page. I clicked all the links and culled any that had not updated since June 2012. Then added some that have been sent to me. Antropologi.info continues to run a very nice collection of anthropology blog feeds, highlighting the most recent entries.

Please let me know about additions, or updated anthropology blogs that should be back on the list. I’ve also edited descriptions, mostly to try and make them shorter. Please let me know if you would prefer a different description or want to edit your entry.

Thinking of another reader survey like the December 2011 Favorite Anthropology Blogs. Please let me know any thoughts on possibly running that again.

Thank you and enjoy the anthropology blogs!

SSRN: A Selection of Recent Papers

Nicholas W Barber, "Legal Realism, Pluralism, and their Challengers"
EUROPEAN LEGAL METHOD - TOWARDS A NEW EUROPEAN LEGAL REALISM?, U. Neergaard, R. Nielsen, eds., Copenhagen: DJOEF Publishing, 2013
Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 76/2012

This paper looks at the intersection of three strands of legal scholarship. Legal realism and legal pluralism can each trace their origins back to the early years of the last century. After a comparative decline of interest, they are now back in fashion, with energetic debate raging over their implications for legal scholarship. Alongside this revival, a challenger has emerged. Inspired by the work of Ronald Dworkin, a number of scholars have argued for an understanding of law that, initially at least, appears to place both realism and pluralism beyond the reach of legal theory. This paper seeks to defend both realism and pluralism against this challenge. It contends, first, that the complementary analytical attractions of realism and pluralism provide reasons why the Dworkinian approach to law ought not to be embraced. Secondly, even if we were to adopt the Dworkinian account of law, this would still leave the core insights of realism and pluralism untouched: even a Dworkinian must accept the need for a complementary ‘sociological’ concept of law to supplement her ‘doctrinal’ account of law. Finally, under certain conditions even a Dworkinian account of law leaves space for legal pluralism, though not for legal realism. Perhaps Dworkinians can be pluralists, too.

Simon Butt and Luke R Nottage, "Book Review: Law and Legal Institutions of Asia: Traditions, Adaptations and Innovations, Anne Black and Gary Bell (Eds.)"
LAWASIA Journal, pp. 143-155, 2011
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 12/78

This is a book review of Law and Legal Institutions of Asia: Traditions, Adaptations and Innovations by Ann Black and Gary Bell (eds), Cambridge University Press, 2011. This book provides a comprehensive assessment of the legal systems of 11 significant Asian jurisdictions: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore and the Philippines. In systematically focusing on the way that law and legal institutions 'work' in Asia, or fail to work (as is often the case), this excellent book fills an important gap in the literature.

Mark Cammack and Michael Fenner, "The Islamic Legal System in Indonesia"
Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2012

This chapter describes the historical evolution and current structure of Indonesia’s Islamic legal structure. The current system of Islamic courts in Indonesia is traceable to a late nineteenth century Dutch decree establishing a system of Islamic tribunals on the islands of Java and Madura. The decree created collegial courts in which a district-level religious official called the penghulu acted as chair and was assisted by member judges chosen from the local religious elite. The courts were authorized to decide matrimonial and inheritance disputes, but execution of the courts’ decisions required an executory decree from the civil court. The system was expanded to south Kalimantan in the 1930s, but at the same time the jurisdiction over inheritance was transferred to the civil courts. At independence, the Islamic judiciary was placed under the authority of the Ministry of Religion, which used executive powers to expand the system to other parts of the country. It was not until 1989 with the passage of the Religious Judicature Act that the existence of the courts was guaranteed by statute. The 1989 Act also vested the courts with enforcement powers and mandated changes in the organization and staffing of the courts modeled after the parallel system of civil courts. The substantive jurisdiction of the courts has also been expanded to include inheritance cases as well as a so far little-used power to decide cases involving economic transactions based on Islamic law. In 2004, the administrative supervision of the Islamic judiciary was transferred from the Ministry of Religion to the Supreme Court. In 1999, the province of Aceh was granted special autonomy status that included the authority to enforce Islamic law in areas beyond the established jurisdictions of Shari‛a courts in the rest of the country. These developments add a new dimension to the institutional structures for the practice of Islamic law in the country.

Maksumilian T Del Mar, "Legal Fictions and Legal Change"
Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 128/2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: Critical Criminology in a Changing World - Tradition & Innovation

European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control
41st Annual Conference
Critical Criminology in a Changing World - Tradition & Innovation
29 August – 1 September 2013
University of Oslo, Norway

With the formation of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control in the early 1970s, the aim was to establish an alternative critical criminology forum. The group’s founders sought not just to cover topics marginalised or ignored by mainstream, administrative and official criminology but to establish a new network that could support, and provide solidarity with, emerging social movements. Recognising the dominant influence of Anglo-American criminology and other related disciplines such as sociology, this new forum was to be characterised by a distinct European focus. This sense of place was to be significant on a further level, linking the conference theme with the conference location and offering support to local political activists, for example through press releases and resolutions and sometimes even joining them on demonstrations. Shaped by an unequivocal commitment to social justice; inspired by the radical activism of the Norwegian prisoner rights movement, the French mental patients' union and the German radical lawyers' group; and building on the model of the York Deviancy Conferences in England in the early 1970s, the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control held its first conference in Italy in 1973.

The European Group last convened a conference in Norway in 1988, nearly twenty five years ago. The two decades that have passed since this time have witnessed great changes in modern society, for example relating to globalisation, migration and the development and use of communication technology and social media. Whilst these changes have had many positive effects, they have also generated many human casualties and wreaked havoc in the natural world. New technologies, for example, may be used to increase the surveillance of people under the pretext of protection, for example, against a narrowly (and often ethnically) defined notion of terrorism.  Recent developments have also engendered changes in the ways in which crimes are perceived and what role the concepts of harm should play in such analysis. Included in the broadening of criminology as a discipline is the recognition of the fact that not only humans are victims, but also the natural environment and the other species which inhabit the earth. For example, the fact that more people die from air pollution than those who are victims of traditional street crime, has generated new perspectives, in green criminology
. Green criminology is but one example of a new criminological perspective to which can be added cultural criminology, post-colonial criminology, queer criminology, gothic criminology and feminist criminology, alongside other important developments in related disciplines such as urban studies, anthropology and geography. As a consequence, there are also changes in terms of what the ‘criminological imagination’ entails and the role it should play in understanding and counteracting the multitude of harms people and non human species are subject to.

The conference organisers particularly welcome papers which empirically and theoretically discuss the ways in which those studying deviance and social control have traditionally responded to challenges in society and how and in which ways ‘criminology’ is challenged today.  For example, papers could engage with questions concerning how these challenges should be met in the development of new theoretical perspectives? what are the limits to critical criminology? and what, if anything, defines critical analysis in criminology? 

CALL FOR PAPERS/PANELS: The Historical Geography Network of the Social Science History Association

The Historical Geography Network of the Social Science History Association invites you to take part in the 38th annual meeting of the SSHA, November 21-24, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.

We are seeking complete panels as well as individual papers.

The Historical Geography Network has an active membership of scholars who utilize geographic information systems (GIS) and other spatial tools to tackle a wide range of historical problems. We encourage papers and panels that utilize spatial methods to ask new historical questions as well as to revisit old ones. A number of interesting panel themes were suggested during the annual general meeting in Vancouver. Examples include but are not limited to:

-- Literature and GIS
-- Spatial Organization of Power
-- Geographic Theory
-- Racial Spaces
-- Capital Flows
-- Spatial Censuses
-- Qualitative Applications of GIS
-- Political Networks and Diffusion
-- Built Environment
-- GIS for World History
-- Environmental Geographies
-- Urban Social Networks
-- Advanced Spatial Statistics and Modeling
-- Economic Diffusion and Westward Expansion

16 January 2013

CONFERENCE: On-LIne Pricing Issues

On-line Pricing Issues – can lowest price guarantees ever be a bad thing?

Monday 21 January 2013 17:30 to 19:00


British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP


Chair: Alastair Mordaunt, Clifford Chance LLP
Matthew Bennett
, Charles River Associates
Andrew Hockley, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
Nelson Jung, Office of Fair Trading

This event will discuss online platform pricing issues such as Most Favoured Nation clauses, the use of Resale Price Maintenance restrictions and the Principal / Agency relationship, and will aim to shed light on the following issues:
  • Is there anything special about the internet that makes it more susceptible to harm from MFNs and other price relationship agreements?
  • Are retail MFNs the same as RPM?
  • Is it harder to be a 'genuine agent' in the on-line sphere, can on-line platforms ever be 'retailers' and what is the economic rationale for the agency exemption?
  • How are these issues being tackled across different jurisdictions?

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JOURNAL: The ELSA Malta Law Review

The ELSA Malta Law Review was founded in August 2010 and launched a year later. It is a student-edited and peer reviewed law review published by the European Law Students' Association (ELSA) Malta, a student organisation at the University of Malta.

HMMM: The Many Emotions for Which English has No Words

[optional image description]This might be of interest to some members:

Tongue and Tech: The Many Emotions for Which English Has No Words

‘You know that sorry state of affairs that is actually looking worse after a haircut? Or the urge to squeeze something that is unbearably cute? Or the euphoria you feel when you're first falling in love?

These are common things -- so common that they're among the wonderfully delightful and excruciatingly banal experiences that bind us together as humans. And yet they are not so common, apparently, that the English language has found words to express them. The second-most-spoken language in the world, as a communications system, sometimes drops the ball when it comes to de-idiomizing experience -- a fact that we are reminded of anew in the image above….’