09 March 2013


Juris Diversitas invites individuals and institutions to work with us. Check out our Blog and Facebook page, read about our publications and projects and our new Book Series with Ashgate (UK), and perhaps attend our inaugural annual conference this summer. You might even consider membership.

AUTHORS SOUGHT: Juris Diversitas Book Series (Ashgate)

REMINDER: Book proposals are being sought for the Juris Diversitas Book Series with Ashgate Publishing:

Rooted in comparative law, the ... Series focuses on the interdisciplinary study of legal and normative mixtures and movements. Our interest is in comparison broadly conceived, extending beyond law narrowly understood to related fields. Titles might be geographical or temporal comparisons. They could focus on theory and methodology, substantive law, or legal cultures. They could investigate official or unofficial ‘legalities’, past and present and around the world. And, to effectively cross spatial, temporal, and normative boundaries, inter- and multi-disciplinary research is particularly welcome. 

Our first volume will be Seán Patrick Donlan and Lukas Heckerdon-Ursheler (eds), Concepts of law: comparative, jurisprudential, and social science perspectives. 

While we anticipate publishing future collections (original, conference-based, Festschriften, etc), we're also very interested in publishing monographs and student texts. 

For additional information, contact Seán Patrick Donlan at sean.donlan@ul.ie.

08 March 2013

CALL FOR ARTICLES: Comparative Legal History

Articles are being sought for publication in Comparative Legal History (CLH)an international and comparative review of law and history. 

CLH is the official journal of the European Society for Comparative Legal History (ESCLH) and is published by Hart Publishing (UK)

The journal is 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 ESCLH membership fees 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. 

NOTICE: SLS News, Jobs and more Events: 07/03/2013

SLS LogoSociety of Legal Scholars (SLS) News, Jobs and more Events


1) Peter Birks Prizes for Outstanding Legal Scholarship 2013

Each year the Society offers two prizes for outstanding published books by scholars in their early careers. The prizes will be presented at the annual dinner of the Society at the Annual Conference.  The value of the prizes will be £1,000 for the first prize and £300 for the second prize.  The judges may decide to award one prize or not to award a prize, or may decide to divide the whole sum or either prize between two winners. The judges will be the President of the Society, the Vice-President and the Immediate Past President.  They will be entitled to take advice from such professorial members of the Society as they see fit.

The following notice concerns the arrangements for the award of the Peter Birks Prizes for 2013.

 It is expected that the publishers of the nominated books will provide three copies, one for each of the three judges, and these will not be returned. It is also the intention that after the full list of nominated books has been submitted to the Executive Committee, it will be placed on the Society’s website. The shortlist will also be placed on the website once determined by the judges, which should be one month before the Annual Conference.

The rules are strictly adhered to and are attached.  Particularly note the rules regarding membership of the Society, nomination and the need for the author’s consent.

Nominations, including the nominated books, should be sent to the Administrative Secretary, Sally Thomson, by 31 May 2013.

2) LETR research report update

LECTURE: Wolff on Data Protection and European Developments

Irish Society of Comparative Law 
public lecture on Data Protection Law, 20 March 2013
The Irish Society of Comparative Law in conjunction with Trinity College Law School and the IIIS is hosting a public lecture entitled:
“Data Protection and European Developments: a German View”
by Professor Heinrich Wolff, Professor for Public Law at the Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) and Visiting Fellow at the Institute for International Integration Studies in Trinity College Dublin
and chaired by Mr Paul Lambert, of Merrion Legal Solicitors and NUIG, author of “Data Protection Law in Ireland”, at 7pm on Wednesday 20 March in the IIIS Seminar Room, 6th Floor Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin.

This event is free and all are very welcome to attend.

07 March 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Rule of Law with Chinese Characteristics in Transition

International Conference on 
“The Rule of Law with Chinese Characteristics in Transition”
Call for Papers

Date: 5-7 June 2013
Venue: Connie-Fan Multi-media Conference Room, 4/F Cheng Yick-chi Building, CityU
Language: The Conference will be conducted in English and Putonghua. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided during the conference.
Organizer: The Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law (RCCL), School of Law, City University of Hong Kong

Conference Objectives

The objectives of the conference include three facets generally. The first objective is to provide a platform for scholars from different areas, and make the dialogue much more diverse and fruitful. Accompanied with much more openness of Greater China, more and more dialogues are needed for understandings and agreements among one another. The theme on the rule of law with Chinese characteristics is such a one needed to be explored and discussed for the future of China.

The second is to focus on this theme from comparative perspectives, get consensus on the pros and cons of the features of the rule of law with the so-called Chinese characteristics in transition so as to keep these characteristics, follow the track of the rule of law and arrive at Chinese rule of law eventually.

The third is to bridge the communications between China (including Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macau and Taiwan), North America, Europe, Australia and other countries and regions, so as to make Hong Kong academia know much more about the recent intellectual developments in these relevant areas. This would make the Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong more open and leading in these areas potentially.

Issues to be explored during the conference:

(1) The rule of law with Chinese characteristics from comparative perspectives
(2) The rule of law in transition from historical and comparative perspectives
(3) Particular legal systems with Chinese characteristics in the practice
(4) Confucian constitutionalism, authoritarianism and the global constitutionalism
(5) Religious freedom and the moral foundations of the rule of law with Chinese characteristics from comparative perspectives
(6) Human rights protection and democracy with Chinese characteristics in comparison

Submission Procedure

If you are interested in participating in the conference, please submit the following in English to Ms Emily Chow, School of Law, CityU at wschow@cityu.edu.hk on or before 15 April 2013.

1.     CV (about 200 words)
2.     Abstract (200-300 words) with paper title
3.     Digital photo of presenter with good resolution

All speakers / paper presenters are expected to submit a final draft of their papers on or before 20 May 2013.

06 March 2013

ARTICLE: Breda on Sharia Law in Catholic Italy

The Italian Constitution and its interpretation by the Constitutional Court have led to the development of a model of accommodation of religious practices that seeks to balance a commitment to promoting religious pluralism whilst, at the same time, maintaining the neutrality of state institutions. What is distinctive about this quasi-neutral constitutional stance is the commitment to reducing the discrepancies between the legal and religious effects of key life decisions (e.g. the decision to get married). I call this stance positive secularism. In this essay, I would like to show that, thus far, positive secularism has been particularly effective in accommodating the demands of Muslim immigrants (Pacini 2001). For instance, some aspects of the Sharia law, such as marriage (including some effects of polygamous marriage) and divorce (including some effects of unilateral divorce), are already recognized by Italian international private law. The second stage for the accommodation of Sharia law in Italy is likely to be the recognition of Islam as one of Italy’s official religions. Recognition will increase the level of the Islamic communities’ autonomy and will allow for the automatic recognition of some aspects of Sharia law. In February 2010, the Italian government established the Committee for Islam, composed of representatives of Italian Islamic communities, within the Ministry of Interior Affairs. In the recent past, these types of dialogues between institutions and religious representatives have been the proxy for the official recognition of nine faiths in Italy. Waldensian Evangelical Church, the World Assemblies of God Fellowship, the Evangelical Baptist Church, the Lutheran Baptist Church, the Apostolic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, the Adventist Church, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Italy, Hebrew Communities of Italy. The chapter is divided into two sections, which is preceded by an introduction, and followed by a conclusion. The first section will discuss the judicial introduction of Sharia law via the procedure of Italian international law. The second section will explain the advantages of the recognition process and the reasons that have prevented Islamic communities from benefiting from it.

CONFERENCE: Commonwealth Law Conference

The 18th Commonwealth Law Conference (CLC 2013) will take place in Cape Town, South Africa from 14-18 April, 2013:
The Commonwealth Law Conference is one of the most prestigious events on the international legal calendar providing an opportunity for judges, legal academics and practising lawyers from across the Commonwealth to meet and discuss current and topical issues which affect the legal and broader community today. This year the Commonwealth Lawyers Association in association with the Law Society of South Africa, invite you to join the 18th Commonwealth Law Conference in Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest and most beautiful city.

The Conference will highlight the legal, socio-economic and commercial challenges faced by the legal profession in Commonwealth jurisdictions and provide an opportunity to exchange information and learn from this. Delegates from all Commonwealth countries will have an opportunity to network, exchange views, experiences and possible solutions in the breathtaking shadow of Cape Town’s Table Mountain – one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

Four International keynote speakers will open each day, supported by a full day educational programme. The four main streams for this year’s programme will be: Corporate and Commercial Law; Legal and Judicial Profession; Constitutionalism Human Rights and the Rule of Law; and Contemporary Legal Topics. Choose the subject which suit your needs and meet other practitioners during the morning and afternoon breaks or over lunch (included in your registration) or join our Gala Dinner at the unique Moyo restaurant in the Cape winelands.

03 March 2013

NOTICE: Professor Vernon Palmer to Receive an Honorary Doctorate

I received word earlier today that Professor Vernon Palmer, President of the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists and a member of our star-studded Advisory Board is to receive an honorary doctorate in Paris:

Professor Vernon Valentine Palmer of the Tulane Law School will be awarded an honorary doctorate by the President of the Université Paris-Dauphine on March 27th in Paris.

The title Doctor Honoris Causa is one of the most prestigious distinctions conferred by French universities upon foreign scholars with the approval of the French Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Professor Palmer will receive the doctorate “in consideration of his very important contribution to Comparative Law and for a better understanding between common law and civil law, not only in Louisiana and the USA, but also beyond the borders, in Asia and Europe.”

We add our sincere congratulations for a well-deserved honor.

BOOKS: New Titles from Hart Publishing

The following are a few of the new titles recently published by Hart:
  • Managing Family Justice in Diverse Societies - Edited by Mavis Maclean and John Eekelaar
  • Comparative Company Law: A Case-Based Approach - Edited by Mathias Siems and David Cabrelli
  • Organised Crime and the Law: A Comparative Analysis - Liz Campbell
  • European Competition Law Annual 2010: Merger Control in European and Global Perspective - Edited by Philip Lowe and Mel Marquis

See below for additional information.

JOURNAL: Transnational Legal Theory

The latest Transnational Legal Theory (Hart Publishing) has been published.

It includes:

Constitutional Adjudication and the ‘Dimensions’ of Judicial Activism: Comparative Legal and Institutional Heuristics - Leonardo Pierdominici

The Emergence of Global Administrative Law and Transnational Regulation - Karl-Heinz Ladeur

Theorising Global Governance Inside Out: A Response to Professor Ladeur - Sujith Xavie