14 June 2013

VIDEO: Shah on Law and the Comparative Science of Cultures

13 June 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: Eighth Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies

CELS 2013 - Eighth Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies

Friday Oct. 25 & Saturday Oct. 26, 2013, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Paper Submission Deadline: Wednesday, July 3, 2013, midnight (EST)

The Eighth Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS 2013), sponsored by the Society for Empirical Legal Studies (SELS) will be held at The University of Pennsylvania Law School, in Philadelphia, PA, on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, 2013. The conference features original empirical legal scholarship by leading scholars from a diverse range of fields.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: To submit a paper for consideration, please go to the CELS 2013 Conference Maker page at: https://editorialexpress.com/conference/CELS2013. There is no charge for submissions. All submissions will be peer-reviewed.

FURTHER INFORMATION: For more information about CELS 2013, please visit: https://www.law.upenn.edu/academics/conferences/cels2013

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.

ARTICLE: Andenas and Fairgrieve on Comparing Judicial Decisions

Mads Andenas and Duncan Fairgrieve's 'Simply a Matter of Style? Comparing Judicial Decisions' is on SSRN. The abstract reads:

Traditionally overlooked in academic discourse, the style or form of judgments is nonetheless subject to worldwide development. Courts are responding to the increasingly important international and European courts, exchanges and cross-citation over national boundaries, and the further opening up of legal systems, traditionally perceived as closed with well-defined hierarchies. Within this process, it is important for judges, practitioners and scholars to understand the different formats of judgments from other jurisdictions. The advent of the new United Kingdom Supreme Court has prompted a development of the form of judgment with emphasis on clarity and accessibility. The paper argues that delivering a judgment of the court, instead of individual judgments, while not suppressing dissenting judgments, would take this development to the next stage. 

CONFERENCE: Law and the Muslim World

Law and the Muslim World
International Conference
30 October 2013

This conference is set out to be a forum of international scholars who can offer contributions in so far as the concept and practice of law are concerned within the Islamic world and as they are seen by Muslim nations within international frameworks. The topics are but not restricted to the following:

-Constitutional Law
Law profession and lawyers i.e. attorneys, solicitors, barristers...
- The courts of law and their competence
- Judges: their qualities and qualifications
- Judicial Systems
- Judiciary and Governments
- The modern law Scholars and Shariah lawyers (fuqaha) and their interaction
- Islamic Law
- Its role in making mundane law historically 
-  Its role in making mundane law in modern times
- Ideal legal form of government from as envisaged by Islamic scholars

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society

Indigenous Art, Aesthetics, and Decolonial Struggle
[June 13, 2013] Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society invites submissions from scholars, artists, and activists for a new issue of the journal exploring Indigenous art, aesthetics, and decolonizing struggle, guest edited by Jarrett Martineau (University of Victoria, Cree/Dene), in conjunction with the Editors of Decolonization.
This issue invites us to consider the role of cultural production in decolonization, and to rethink Indigenous and decolonial art and aesthetics as creative action nurtured by community and closely connected to the decolonization of self, society, and land. The issue will explore and challenge colonial conceptions of art and power, and ‘ground’ decolonial aesthetics and creative praxis in both the physical lands and imaginative spaces of continued Indigenous presence.
As always, we are interested in papers that connect theoretical discussions with active decolonization work by engaging the intersections of theory, art and practice. We encourage submissions that draw from personal, experiential, and subjective locations, as well as submissions that focus on contemporary forms of creative expression including, but not limited to: visual art, performance, literature, new media/internet art, music, film, and design.
This issue invites contributors to consider the following questions:
- What are the connections and relationships between art, activism, resurgence, and resistance?
- What is the role of cultural production in decolonization? (**and/or How might art contribute to the revitalization of Indigenous nationhood?)
- How can art be used to disrupt normative orders and political status quo?
- How is Indigenous artistic creation connected to history, land, and community? How might art be seen as decolonization, particularly in light of the challenges brought forth by Tuck & Yang (2012) around decolonization and its incommensurable meaning/goals?
- How might art and aesthetics, born out of particular locations, Indigenous communities and nations, enable practices of solidarity and alliance to be forged in creative ways?
- What are the intersections between gender and decolonial or Indigenous art and aesthetics?

INFORMATION: Socio-Legal Studies Association

SPEECHES: The Keynote Speeches of the 5th Annual Conference of the Irish Society of Comparative Law

The Keynote Speeches of the 5th Annual Conference of the Irish Society of Comparative Law, held on 24-25 May 2013 at the National University of Ireland - Galway, are now available online. 
 These include: 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Legalization of Culture and the Enculturation of Law

ARTICLE: (Tribal) Criminal Jurisdiction and the Nation-State

TWITTER: The Institute of Law - Jersey

ROUNDTABLE: Towards a Critical Theory of Transnational Justice

12 June 2013

BLOG: I-CONnect, a New Scholarly Blog on Comparative Public Law

The Current IssueI-CONnect, a new scholarly blog on comparative public law. 

I-CONnect (http://www.iconnectblog.com) is the online companion to I-CON, the International Journal of Constitutional Law (http://icon.oxfordjournals.org), which is published jointly by Oxford and NYU.

I-CONnect welcomes submissions on any subject of comparative public law. Posts can range from 600 to 3000 words, though most submissions have been roughly 700-1000 words. I-CONnect is not associated with the YCC or the American Society of Comparative Law but I-CONnect has received submissions from several members of the YCC, including Donald Childress, Claudia Haupt, David Landau, Sudha Setty and Ozan Varol. 

Submissions, preferably in Microsoft Word format, will be accepted at any time via email to richard.albert@bc.edu.

11 June 2013

SPD: Endangered Mixed Legal Systems Workshop, too

Day Two of the Endangered Mixed Legal Systems Workshop has just ended.

Today's presentations included discussions of Seychelles, Guyana, the Philippines, Mauritius, and Guernsey.

We also had a roundtable discussion of different 'Models of Mixing' in both large and small jurisdictions. This included consideration of why a mixed system, or indeed any system, is to be preserved, as well as the tools necessary for the work of preservation (eg, doctrine, dedicated individuals, a 'mixed' education, etc).

A book will follow ...

10 June 2013

SPD: Endangered Mixed Legal Systems?

Day One of the Endangered Mixed Legal Systems Workshop
 has just ended.

I had the pleasure of chairing while colleagues spoke about Scotland, Quebec, Cyprus, St Lucia, and Jersey, as well as on a general discussion on 'Risks and Resistance' in such systems (though my own sense is that the lessons of these systems are important for all traditions).

More tomorrow.