13 April 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS - Journal of Civil Law Studies

The JCLS welcomes submissions of articles and notes related to civil law topics in Louisiana and worldwide. Unsolicited book reviews and review articles are also welcome.
The following are regarded as topics of particular interest:
  • Civil law institutions in the world (with an emphasis on comparative perspectives)
  • Law revision in Louisiana and other civil law jurisdictions, with a special focus on the revision of the law of obligations, sales, property, and land registration
  • Community of gains in Louisiana and in other US jurisdictions
  • French, Spanish, and other influences on the development of the Louisiana civil law
  • Comparative legal history
  • Slavery and civil law taxonomy (particularly regarding the Louisiana Digest of 1808 and the Louisiana Civil Code of 1825)
The JCLS is intended to promote a multidisciplinary and pluralistic approach, with a focus on the following themes:
  • The evolution of the law in mixed jurisdictions, mainly Louisiana
  • The evolution of the civil law in English speaking environments: linguistic challenges, translation, legal transplants, cross-fertilization, contamination, diffusion
  • The impact of globalization on the evolution of the civil law and the common law
  • The impact of the civil law and the common law outside the western world and their interrelation with other legal traditions
  • Bridging the divide between civil law and common law in the Americas and in Europe
  • The combination of the civil law and common law traditions in the harmonization and unification processes, including linguistic and taxonomic challenges.

11 April 2013

SUMMER SCHOOL: Migration Summer School - Theories, Methods and Policies

IX Migration Summer School:
“Theories, Methods and Policies”

17th June – 28th June 2013

Deadline for applications: 15th April 2013

International migration has become an all-important issue for the world as a whole, and for the European Union and its neighbourhood in particular. People crossing international borders bring with them a baggage of different cultural, social and political experiences, which then they negotiate with the host society. This dynamic, two-way process of integration has, however, impacts on societies of origin as well. This year we ask a crucial question: How is integration negotiated between the sending and receiving countries?

Participants of the IX Migration Summer School on “Theories, Methods and Policies” will explore the answers to this question. Through this lens they will analyse the interactions of the regions of origin and the regions of destination; migration policies and the regulation of migration; and processes of social cohesion.

Two days of the Summer School will coincide with the annual Migration Policy Centre Conference. Therefore the participants will attend the debates and discussions held at this occasion, as well as a roundtable especially organised for them with EU Commissionner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström.

The School will accept a maximum of 30 participants, each of whom grants the following requirements:
  • hold a relevant Masters degree;
  • have a strong professional and/or research background in international migration;
  • have an excellent working knowledge (speaking and writing) of English;
  • be able to attend the entire teaching aspect of the programme.

JOURNAL: (2013) 1 European Property Law Journal

The European Property Law Journal (EPLJ) focuses on both private and public law aspects of land, movables, claims and so-called new objects of property law, such as "virtual" property. Articles are based upon comparative legal analysis and examine property law from an European perspective. This includes not only the multidisciplinary study of property law and the effects of the EU internal market on the national property law systems, but also the philosophical and ideological aspects of property law. 


Current articles include:

CONFERENCE: Integration(s) in the Mediterranean

AccueilIntegration(s) in the Mediterranean/
Intégration(s) en Méditerranée

International Conference
Rennes-2 University
Campus Villejean – Rennes – France
24-25October 2013

[My apologies for the late notice on this. I just discovered it today. SPD]

An historical process of transformation is unfolding in many Arab Mediterranean partners of the European Union (Euro-Mediterranean Partnership - EMP) since 2011. The political revolutions and uprisings of the ‘Arab Spring’ are not only changing the societies of these countries, but they are reshaping the entire regional landscape. It would be fair to argue that the Arab Spring, as well as the deep transformations of the EU over the last two decades and particularly in the last two years of crisis necessitate new enquiries into this geopolitical context: the workings of integration, its limits and gaps, its diversity and its paradoxes are of central importance. It is the complex interplay between integration and fragmentation that we wish to address in this conference.

This interdisciplinary conference aims at offering an analysis of the state of the “Euromediterranean”, a region framed as political construct by numerous policies initiated by the European Union (EU) towards its “Mediterranean partners” since the 1990s. The conference will examine the normative effects of the Euromed policies and their institutional settings on the social and spatial practices of the actors of the Euromediterranean region.

This interdisciplinary conference aims at offering an analysis of the state of the Euromediterranean in a changing context, observing formal and informal processes, spaces, norms and forms of regional integration. Particular attention will be given to the integrations from below and the views from the south of the Mediterranean area.

Submit a paper

Please send a 400-word abstract and a 1-page CV by the 6th of April 2013 to
conference-med@univ-rennes2.fr. Final selection will be given by the 6th of May 2013.

Further information here.
The full call for papers can be downloaded here.

10 April 2013

CONFERENCE: Legal Tradition in a Diverse World

Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative LawThe Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law proudly presents:

18 - 19 May 2013
The 2013 conference will explore how legal tradition influences lawyers and the law, in both international and domestic contexts. Law does not develop in a vacuum; it is shaped by the intellectual, cultural and linguistic backgrounds of those who create and administer it. In a world where legal systems increasingly interact, the enduring power of legal tradition necessitates a constant recalibration of theoretical and practical tools to deal with diversity. 

Highlights of the conference include:
  • Keynote address by Judge Abdulqawi A. Yusuf of the International Court of Justice;
  • Keynote debate ‘Anglo-American and Continental Traditions in Advocacy at International Courts and Tribunals’ between Professor Alain Pellet (Paris Ouest, Nanterre-La Défense) and Professor James Crawford (Cambridge), moderated by Professor Catherine Redgwell (UCL);
  • Guest lecture ‘The State as a Legal Tradition’ by Professor H. Patrick Glenn (McGill), recipient of the Grand Prize of the International Academy of Comparative Law and President of the American Society of Comparative Law;
  • More than 50 presentations in over a dozen panels;
  • Conference dinner at Newnham College, Cambridge.
The 2013 CJICL Conference is made possible with the kind support of:

Whewell Trust, Cambridge
Hart Publishing
Oxford University Press
Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge
Cambridge University Press

CALL FOR PAPERS: Law in a Changing Transnational World

Call For Papers:
Law in a Changing Transnational World 
- A Workshop for Young Scholars
The Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies 
at the Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
30 - 31 October 2013

The modern world is changing at a rapid pace, and the law is in constant reactive mode to accommodate these changes. How should the law adapt to the changing reality? Which fields of law are most affected by globalization? What are the impacts of technological developments on different fields of law? What are the obligations of nations and corporations in an era of global interdependence?

The Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies at the Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv University, invites PhD candidates and junior scholars from universities and research institutions throughout the world to contribute and advance current thinking about the future of the law in a transnational world. We welcome contributions mainly on the following themes: Law, Science and Technology; Transnational Law and Regional Legal Arrangements; Obligations of Nations in an Era of Global Interdependence; Changing Reality and the Law; and Science, Ethics and Democracy.

Proposals should be submitted by e-mail, to lawtransnationalworld@gmail.com, by 1 May 2013 

For further information about the workshop, please see: http://www.law.tau.ac.il/Eng/?CategoryID=515

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Association of Legal Methodology

Call For Papers

13th Congress of the International Association of Legal Methodology - Conference 2014

Center for Legislative and Evaluation Studies of the University of Geneva

"Assessment of Research in Law: Stakes and Methods"

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - Friday, February 14, 2014 - Geneva (Switzerland)

GOAL: Traditionally, research in law has been assessed within different national jurisdictions, based on methods that were more qualitative than quantitative, and not subject to international competition. Following a process initiated by natural sciences' linear understanding of progress, legal scholars are now encouraged to engage in research assessment by measurement. Such a process is not self-evident. Although much more Internationalized and Europeanized over the past few years, legal research often focuses on questions within a specific national or regional legal framework, which sets basic principles that, to a large extent, exclude the international comparability of the findings.

Funding opportunities for research in law has been dwindling. But the questions at stake are not exclusively financial ones. Can we assert that methods and criteria commonly used to assess both qualitative and quantitative impact of research affect the genuine nature of research (i.e. by superseding local or less appealing research questions, by standardizing the language of publication, by favoring articles instead of books or textbooks, by privileging academic research instead of applied research, etc.)? Are these processes reconcilable with the academic freedom? Are legal scholars called to re-define the genuine notion of research in law or, at least, to better elucidate legal methodology to academia and politics? Does this trend affect legal education (law faculties vs law schools)? What is the impact of the academic university rankings? Do they promote research activities instead of teaching?

08 April 2013

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: Irish Society of Comparative Law

Registration for the fifth annual Irish Society of Comparative Law (ISCL) Conference is now open here.

The School of Law at NUI Galway, Ireland will host the conference on 24-25 May 2013.

For additional information, contact Charles O’Mahony (charles.omahony@nuigalway.ie). 


In order to further expand the types and amount of information we provide, Juris Diversitas seeks volunteers for its Blog and Facebook pages:

A Web Editor would have primary responsibility for the development of the Blog and related pages. The Editor would work closely with our Executive and additional bloggers. At most, only a few hours a week would be required and individuals needn’t have previous blogging experience.

Guest Bloggers would be permitted to create discursive, opinion-oriented posts, within the bounds of our aims, for an agreed period of time. The time commitment is likely to be minimal and individuals needn’t have previous blogging experience.

Numerous individual Bloggers would commit to making the occasional informative or discursive posts, largely by collating existing information on events, publications, etc. The time commitment for this will be minimal and individuals needn’t have previous blogging experience.

Note, too, that individuals can always submit information directly to us for posting, though we ask that you prepare a draft post in advance.

This is easier than you think--hell, I've been doing it--but essential to our future. Interested individuals should contact me at Seán Patrick Donlan.

07 April 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: New Ground Research Journal of Legal Studies Research and Essays

The New Ground Research Journal of Legal Studies Research and Essays (NGRJLSRE) is a peer-reviewed, international multi-disciplinary, open access journal that is dedicated  to provide an active forum to the global academic community for  rapid publication and disseminating high quality  (on monthly basis) of original research articles as well as review articles in all its coverage areas of the subject such as Administrative Law,  Criminal Law, Insurance Law, Admiralty, Cyberspace Law,  Intellectual Property, Agriculture Law, Dispute Resolution & Arbitration,  International Law, Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Education Law, Jurisprudence, Bankruptcy Law, Energy Law, Labor & Employment Law, Civil Procedure, Entertainment & Sports Law,  Law & Economics, Civil Rights,  Environmental Law, Legal History, Theory & Process, Commercial Law,  Ethics & Professional Responsibility,  Legal Writing & Research, Communications Law,  Evidence, Litigation, Conflicts of Law, Family Law, Probate, Trusts & Estates, Constitutional Law, Health Law,  Property Law & Real Estate, Construction Law, Immigration Law,          Remedies, Contracts, Indian and Native Peoples Law,  Securities Law, Corporation & Enterprise Law, Injury and Tort Law, Tax Law etc. NGRJLSRE is published by New Ground Research Journals and is currently accepting manuscripts for publication. It is dedicated to the proliferation of the depth of the subject across disciplines with the fundamental aim of expanding knowledge of the subject. Our goal is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscript shortly after submission. Upon acceptance, a paper will be published in the next available issue.

The journal welcomes and encouraged the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence, and will publish:
  • Original articles in basic and applied research.
  • Case Studies
  • Critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries and essays.
We request you to submit manuscripts as e-mail attachment to the Editorial Office at: ngrjlsre@newgroundresjournals.org or ngrjlsre.newgroundresjournals@gmail.com . Submitted manuscript should carry the following information:
  • Your name and institution with full address details;
  • Title or name of journal you wish to submit a manuscript to;
  • Title of your paper
See Guide for Authors  on our website.

NEWS AND REVIEWS: European Network on Law and Society (Réseau Européen Droit & Société)

The excellent 'Nouvelles du monde, 'Au fil des revue', and 'Repères'--both Anglophone and Francophone--of the European Network on Law and Society (Réseau Européen Droit and Société) are now available for this month. 


Have a look.

BOOKS: Ashgate Law and Legal Studies

The Ashgate Research Companion to Migration Law, Theory and Policy
Ashgate PublishingThe following titles have been published in the Ashgate Law and Legal Studies series:
Ashgate PublishingThe Ashgate Research Companion to Migration Law, Theory and Policy complements the already successful Ashgate series Law & Migration, established in 2006 which now has a number of well-regarded monographs to its credit. The purpose of this Companion is to augment that Series, by taking stock of the current state of literature on migration law, theory and policy, and to sketch out the contours of its future long-term development, in what is now a vastly expanded research agenda. The Companion provides readers with a definitive and dependable state-of-art review of current research in each of the chosen areas that is all-embracing and all-inclusive of its subject-matter. The chapters focus on the regional and the sub-regional, as well as the national and the global. In so doing, they aim to give a snap-shot that is contextual, coherent, and comprehensive. The contributors are both world-renowned scholars and newer voices and include scholars, practitioners, former judges and researchers and policy-makers who are currently working for international organisations.
With contributions from experts in the field of sociology of law, this book provides an overview of current perspectives on socio-legal studies. It focuses particularly on the relationship between law and society described in recent social systems theory as ‘structural coupling’. The first part of the book presents a reconstruction of theoretical tendencies in the field of socio-legal studies, characterised by the emergence of a transnational model of legal systems no longer connected to territorial borders and culturally specific aspects of single legal orders. In the following parts of the book, the contributions analyse some concrete cases of interrelation between law and society from an empirical and theoretical perspective.
Transitional justice is usually associated with international criminal courts and tribunals, but criminal justice is merely one way of dealing with the legacy of conflict and atrocity. Justice is not only a matter of law. It is a process of making sense of the past and accepting the possibility of a shared future together, although perpetrators, victims and bystanders may have very different memories and perceptions, experiences and expectations. 

This book goes further than providing a legal analysis of the effectiveness of transitional justice and presents a wider perspective. It is a critical appraisal of the different dimensions of the process of transitional justice that affects the imagery and constructions of past experiences and perceptions of conflict. Examining hidden histories of atrocities, public trials and memorialization, processes and rituals, artistic expressions and contradictory perceptions of past conflicts, the book constructs what transitional justice and the imagery involved can mean for a better understanding of the processes of justice, truth and reconciliation. 

In transcending the legal, although by no means denying the significance of law, the book also represents a multidisciplinary, holistic approach to justice and includes contributions from criminal and international lawyers, cultural anthropologists, criminologists, political scientists and historians

JOURNAL: Legisprudence

Legisprudence Volume 6 · Issue 3 2012

We are very pleased to let you know that the 3rd issue of the 2012 volume of Legisprudence has just been published. This is a special issue on the role of courts as regulatory watchdogs and the contents are shown below. To order or renew your subscription please click here and to access this issue online please click here.

Change of Title in 2013

We would like to inform you that in 2013 the title for Legisprudence has changed to Theory and Practice of Legislation. The new title will appear on the first volume of 2013 and it will commence with Volume 1. Issue 1.


Special Issue: Courts as Regulatory Watchdogs
Edited by P.Popelier, W. Vandenbruwaene and D. Keyaerts

ARTICLE: Shah on Reasonable Accommodation in the Context of Religious Universalism

Asking About Reasonable Accommodation in the Context of Religious Universalism

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law

April 2, 2013

International Journal of Discrimination and Law, forthcoming

Abstract:  Interviews conducted with leading actors in England asking a range of questions about religious diversity and the legal framework and, in particular, about reasonable accommodation, helped identify a number of areas of concern. There was some doubt about whether specific legal provision should be brought in to guarantee reasonable accommodation. However, there was broad support for having the principle adopted in the practice of employers, while some preferred the current informality rather than the principle being enforced through litigation. None of the respondents came up with illustrations outside of Judaism, Christianity or Islam. The results are consistent with recent critical studies showing that the assumption in social sciences that religion is a universal has been imported from theology. Religion-based questions only pick out certain phenomena specific to some cultures and an inevitable skew is created when asking such questions because they only make sense within an Abrahamic religious framework. While enabling the identification of some aspects of culture considered to merit reasonable accommodation on grounds of religion, the results also pose questions about the adequacy of current, standard research methodologies which assume that religion is a universal.

CONFERENCE: Negotiating Religion

UCL Home

Negotiating Religion: Inquiries into the History and Present of Religious Accommodation

Date: Wednesday 1st May 2013
Venue: UCL Laws, Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens, London, WC1H 0EG

This conference is the closing event of a four-worshop series which took place at UCL in 2010-12. It offers a cross-disciplinary assessment of these different forms in which religious identity, commitment and community are negotiated in the contemporary world. Without claiming to exhaust the topic, it proposes to look at the agents, procedures and outcomes of these negotiations, and hopefully will evaluate the potentials and limits of negotiation of religion.

BOOK: Takenaka on Intellectual Property in Common Law and Civil Law:

Edward Elgar Publishing has just published Toshiko Takenaka's Intellectual Property in Common Law and Civil Law:

Despite increasing worldwide harmonization of intellectual property, driven by US patent reform and numerous EU Directives, the common law and civil law traditions still exert powerful and divergent influences on certain features of national IP systems.
Drawing together the views and experiences of scholars and lawyers from the United States, Europe and Asia, this book examines how different characteristics embedded in national IP systems stem from differences in the fundamental legal principles of the two traditions. It questions whether these elements are destined to remain diverged, and tries to identify common ground that might facilitate a form of harmonization.

Containing the most current and up-to-date IP issues from a global perspective, this book will be a valuable resource for IP and comparative law academics, law students, policy makers, as well as lawyers and in-house counsels.

BLOG: Open Anthropology Cooperative

Members might be interested in the Open Anthropology Cooperative:
The OAC was launched on 28 May 2009 by a group of friends who met on Twitter before joining Ning.
The most important word in our title is the first. By this we mean open access, open membership, open to sharing new ideas, open to whatever the organization might do or become; open to everyone, as in ‘open source’. The word ‘open’ is highly contested, including within anthropology. In identifying this network with ‘open anthropology’ we do not imply any specific association with the Open Anthropology ProjectOpen Anthropology JournalOpen Access Anthropology, or Shared and Open Anthropology.
Anthropology has a distinguished past, but it has an even greater future. We hope that professionals and students who are already committed to the discipline will find here like-minded anthropologists, as well as new tools, resources and opportunities for collaboration. But we also welcome anyone for whom our conversations are interesting. An engaged anthropology for the 21st century should be open to interdisciplinary collaboration. This depends on making full use of the emerging social and technical synthesis entailed in the digital revolution.
We do not have anything specific in mind by calling our network a ‘cooperative’; but we hope that some members will eventually find fruitful ways of working together, as well as enjoying the site as a rich source for individual consumption. We have already started many discussion groups, blogs, a forum and places to share a variety of ideas and materials, including a wiki for more permanent deposits. This is just the beginning: we expect to hold virtual conferences and seminars, to add podcasts, publish longer pieces online and incorporate a variety of social networking devices into our exchanges. We encourage initiatives using languages other than English.
The OAC is for all of us to explore and elaborate. Let the people take over! There is a Forum where you can participate in shaping the Cooperative’s development. A small team of administrators takes responsibility for collective tasks and is available to help you make the most of what is here.

OPPORTUNITY: Visiting Assistant Professor in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, Amherst College

Amherst College's Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought invites applications for a one-year visiting appointment for the 2013-14 academic year with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Teaching responsibilities include two courses per semester and supervision of senior honors projects. We welcome applications from persons trained in the social sciences, the humanities, and/or law. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research and teaching is in one or more of the following areas: jurisprudence and modern legal theory; the social organization of law; constitutionalism and democratic practice; law and literature; law, popular culture and the arts; and law and science. The position requires a Ph.D.

Applicants should submit electronically to https://jobs.amherst.edu/view/opportunity/id/538 a cover letter addressed to Professor Lawrence Douglas, curriculum vitae, sample of their scholarship, and the names and email addresses of three individuals to whom we may write to solicit recommendations. Review of applications will begin May 15, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled.

Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college for men and women, with 1,800 students and more than 200 faculty members. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five-College Consortium.

Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.