28 March 2013

SEMINAR: Endangered Mixed Legal Systems

A Seminar on ‘Endangered Mixed Legal Systems’ will be held in Glasgow on 10-11 June 2013.

The Seminar is sponsored by the Regius Chair Tercentenary Fund of the University of Glasgow School of Law and the British Association of Comparative Law.

The provisional programme is as follows:

10 June

9-9:30 Registration, Coffee, and Tea

Welcome and opening address – Emerita Professor Esin Örücü

10-12 Session 1 - Chair: Dr Séan Patrick Donlan

Scotland: Professor Sue Farran
Quebec: Professor Sophie Morin
Cyprus: Dr Achilles Emilianides

12-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3 Session 2 - Chair: Séan Patrick Donlan

St Lucia: Professor Jane Mathew Glenn
Jersey: Sir Philp Bailhache

3-3:30 Afternoon Tea

3:30-5 Roundtable Discussion

‘Risks and Resistance’ 
(based on the presentations)

7:30 Symposium Dinner

For invited guests and conference speakers
The Bothy Restaurant, 11 Ruthven Lane, Glasgow

11 June

9:30-11 Session 3 - Chair: Professor Sue Farran

Seychelles: Justice Matti Twomey
Guyana: Professor Christine Toppin-Allahar

11-11:30 Coffee and Tea

11:30-1 Session 4 - Chair: Professor Sue Farran

Mauritius: Professor Tony Angelo
Guernsey: Michael McAuley

1-2 Lunch

2-3:30 Roundtable Discussion and Closing Session

‘Models of Mixing: is there an ideal?’

3:30 Afternoon Coffee and Tea

Those wishing to attend this two-day conference are requested to notify, by 31 May 2013, jennifer.crawford@glasgow.ac.uk. Please provide your name, institution, and the days you want to attend.

The cost of attendance is £10 per day, including buffet lunch and refreshments. Please note that there is limited capacity within the conference venue and early bookings would be appreciated. Cheques should be made out to the University of Glasgow. 

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Review of Law

Call for Papers
International Review of Law (ISSN: 2223-859X)

The International Review of Law is inviting submissions for its next editions to be published in July and January.

ABOUT THE JOURNAL: The International Review of Law is accepting quality submissions on general legal subjects on a rolling basis in English and Arabic. Selected authors will be invited to Qatar University College of Law in Doha to conduct a guest lecture on their area of research.

The International Review of Law is an open-access peer-reviewed bilingual journal of law publishedby Bloomsbury press and available to scholars and practitioners from around the world. It is adistinguished international review and a platform for legal scholarship on a range of contemporary subjects. It is open to doctrinal, context based, reformative or comparative work, in all fields of law.

From its base in the Middle East, the journal aims to bring perspectives from around the world to developments in the law. Authors who want to reach an audience beyond traditional fixed locations will welcome this new open access platform, which accepts submissions in both English and Arabic and provides abstract translations. Selected articles in each edition are fully translated.

The journal is published in both print and online formats. The open-access journal is published twice a year, and invites contributions from legal scholars with varied perspectives. An abstract of published articles will be provided in Arabic and English and selected submissions in each edition will be published in both languages in full. All manuscripts will be peer reviewed prior to publication or rejection.

The journal is indexed with WestLaw, Google Scholar, Microsoft Academic Search, EBSCO Discovery services, Primo (Ex Libris), Proquest, Summon (Serial Solutions), OCLC Worldcat Bielefield Academic Search Engine (BASE), Crossref and Scirus. Publishing and distributions agreements exist with Westlaw Gulf, LexisNexis MiddleEast, AdvocatKhaj and HeinOnline.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Submit your article at http://www.qscience.com/loi/irl

No word limit and all sizes welcome. Manuscripts are accepted on a rolling basis. For more complete information on submission guidelines, please see the journal website at: http://www.qscience.com/loi/irl

FURTHER INFORMATION: For further information or assistance, please visit: http://www.qscience.com/loi/irl or contact: lawjournal@qu.edu.qa

BOOKS: New Titles from Hart Publishing

Hart Publishing has released a number of new titles, including:

Over recent decades corporate governance has developed an increasingly high profile in legal scholarship and practice, especially in the US and UK. But despite widespread interest, there remains considerable uncertainty about how exactly corporate governance should be defined and understood. In this important work, Marc Moore critically analyses the core dimensions of corporate governance law in these two countries, seeking to determine the fundamental nature of corporate governance as a subject of legal enquiry. In particular, Moore examines whether Anglo-American corporate governance is most appropriately understood as an aspect of 'private' (facilitative) law, or as a part of 'public' (regulatory) law. In contrast to the dominant contractarian understanding of the subject, which sees corporate governance as an institutional response to investors' market-driven private preferences, this book defines corporate governance as the manifestly public problem of securing the legitimacy – and, in turn, sustainability – of discretionary administrative power within large economic organisations. It emphasises the central importance of formal accountability norms in legitimating corporate managers' continuing possession and exercise of such power, and demonstrates the structural necessity of mandatory public regulation in this regard. In doing so it highlights the significant and conceptually irreducible role of the regulatory state in determining the key contours of the Anglo-American corporate governance framework. The normative effect is to extend the state's acceptable policy-making role in corporate governance, as an essential supplement to private ordering dynamics.

Antoine Vauchez and Bruno de Witte (eds), Lawyering Europe: European Law as a Transnational Social Field

While scholarly writing has dealt with the role of law in the process of European integration, so far it has shed little light on the lawyers and communities of lawyers involved in that process. Law has been one of the most thoroughly investigated aspects of the European integration process, and EU law has become a well-established academic discipline, with the emergence more recently of an impressive body of legal and political science literature on 'European law in context'. Yet this field has been dominated by an essentially judicial narrative, focused on the role of the European courts, underestimating in the process the multifaceted roles lawyers and law play in the EU polity, notably the roles they play beyond the litigation arena. This volume seeks to promote a deeper understanding of European law as a social and political phenomenon, presenting a more complete view of the European legal field by looking beyond the courts, and at the same time broadening the scholarly horizon by exploring the ways in which European law is actually made. To do this it describes the roles of the great variety of actors who stand behind legal norms and decisions, bringing together perspectives from various disciplines (law, political science, political sociology and history), to offer a global multi-disciplinary reassessment of the role of 'law' and 'lawyers' in the European integration process.

JOURNAL: Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal

The (2013) 15 Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal has been made available on SSRN.

One of our ‘Friends’, this volume of the journal includes:

Dennis M. Davis, High Court, Cape Town

David Hulme, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Stephen Allister Pete, University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Law

David Hulme, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Stephen Allister Pete, University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Law

Abraham J. Hamman, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Raymond Koen, University of the Western Cape

Stephanie Luiz, University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Law

Jeanette Weideman, North-West University - Law Faculty, Potchefstroom Campus
Leonie Stander, North-West University - Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, North-West University - Law Faculty, Potchefstroom Campus

Anél Terblanche, North-West University
Gerrit Pienaar, North-West University

Jeannie van Wyk, University of South Africa - School of Law

OPPORTUNITY: Assistant Professor in Global Economic and Comparative Law, specializing in the Arabian Gulf Region

Position available in global economic and comparative law, specialized in the Arabian Gulf region

Sciences Po Law School and the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) are seeking to recruit an assistant professor in global economic and comparative law, specialized in the Arabian Gulf region for a private position and a two year contract.

The successful applicant must demonstrate significant research and teaching experience recognized on an international level in the field of global, comparative, economic law and theories of globalization. He/she must demonstrate good knowledge of development issues in the Middle East, and more specifically in the region of the Arabian Gulf. He/she must be open to multidisciplinary and have the capacity to coordinate research with academics in fields other than law. The originality and productivity of the research project and the methods will be essential in the assessment of the application.

The successful candidate will be required to teach 3 courses per year, both in the Law School and in PSIA. One of them will be on the Arab world or the Arabian Gulf. For example, a course-load might include one course on Global and Comparative Economic Law, one course on Law and Economics and one course on Economic Law in the Arabian World and/or the Gulf region. The successful applicant must therefore demonstrate experience in innovative teaching. He/She must be able to teach in English to students that are pursuing various professional goals.

OPPORTUNITY: Kuwait Program at Sciences Po Visiting Faculty

KSP Visiting Faculty 2013-2014
Teaching on the Arab World and the Gulf Region

The Kuwait Program at Sciences Po (KSP) is a partnership between the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and Sciences Po. Working together, the two institutions are supporting teaching and research of excellence in the social sciences and the humanities with special emphasis on the study of the Arab World and the Gulf Region.
The KSP Visiting Faculty program creates one-semester teaching opportunities at the Paris School in International Affairs of Sciences Po for leading specialists of the Arab World and the Gulf Region.

KSP Visiting Faculty

Two teaching positions are open for the academic year 2013-2014:
·         One-semester teaching position in the Fall 2013 (Sept.-Dec. 2013)
·         One-semester teaching position in the Spring 2014 (Jan.-May 2014)


This opportunity is open to both professors and practioners, specialists of the Arab World and the Gulf Region. Individuals from all nationalities may apply.

25 March 2013

SECOND CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, PAPERS, AND ROUNDTABLES: International Symposium on Comparative Sciences

International Symposium on Comparative Sciences

SECOND Call for abstracts, full papers, and roundtables

Dear Colleague,

It is my pleasure to inform you that an International Symposium on Comparative Sciences will be organized by the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society and held in Sofia, Bulgaria, 8 - 11 October 2013. This will be a forum where different comparative sciences can meet and discuss problems of common interest.

Scholars from the following sciences are invited: Comparative Education, Comparative Psychology, Comparative Sociology, Comparative Religion, Comparative Linguistics, Comparative Literature, Comparative Civilization Studies, Comparative Mythology, Comparative Anthropology, Comparative Law, Comparative History, Comparative Labour Studies.

The aims of the Symposium are to:
- achieve and foster common understanding in methodologies across comparative sciences;
- develop linkages with comparative educationists, sociologists, psychologists, historians, linguists and representatives of other comparative sciences;
- encourage the use of comparative approaches in academic teaching and research.

BOOK: Ladeur and Augsberg on Talmudic Tradition and Modern Legal Theory

Talmudische Tradition und moderne RechtstheorieTalmudische Tradition und moderne Rechtstheorie

Kontexte und Perspektiven einer Begegnung
Hrsg. v. Karl-Heinz-Ladeur u. Ino Augsberg

[Talmudic Tradition and Modern Legal Theory. Contexts and Perspectives of an Encounter.]

Published in German.

The Jewish legal tradition has seldom been a subject of research in German jurisprudence up to now. This tradition is however a fascinating field of study not only for comparative law but also for a modern legal theory which is interested in processes of pluralization and transnationalization of the law. Drawing on the debate in the USA and in a dialog with the views taken by other disciplines such as literary studies, political philosophy and Jewish studies, this volume undertakes to explore the conditions and perspectives of a dialog between the legal cultures.

OPPORTUNITY: American Bar Association-United Nations Development Programme International Legal Resource Center

The American Bar Association-United Nations Development Programme International Legal Resource Center (ILRC) has received the following requests: 
  • from UNDP/Iraq for an expert to assess the capacity of the Human Rights Commission (HRC) and their staff to conduct outreach activities with the citizens of Iraq. The UNDP/Iraq program aims to promote human rights and strengthen the prevention and protection human rights mechanisms in Iraq. The program focuses on strengthening human rights and transparency through participatory governance mechanisms. UNDP/Iraq supports the mandate and organizational structure of the (HRC), including the establishment of sub-national commissions, and strengthening the capacity of the Council of Representatives (COR) Human Rights Committee to perform its constitutional function.
  • from UNDP/Sierra Leone for an expert with experience in constitutional making processes.  The expert will work alongside UNDP and the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA).  A number of meetings and interviews will be conducted to assess the general environment in Sierra Leone on constitutional review. The assessment will determine whether the UN will support minor amendments to certain Articles in the constitution through the parliament or grand constitution reform which leads to referenda. The main output of the mission will be the development of a roadmap. UNDP will benefit from the analysis and the roadmap to formulate a program that covers constitutional review process, political dialogue, and conflict prevention. 
For additional information, contact Jacqueline.Gichinga@americanbar.org.

JOURNAL: Law Crime and History

(2013) 3:1 Law Crime and History, Solon's online journal, is now available. It includes:

Debate Forum
Ann Lyon, A History Lesson for David Cameron, 1-15


Kiron Reid
, Letting Down the Drawbridge: Restoration of the Right to Protest At Parliament, 16-51

Paul Jennings, Policing Public Houses in Victorian England, 52-75
Samantha Pegg, Sweet Fanny Adams and Sarah’s Law: The Creation of Rhetorical Shorthand in the Print Press, 76-96