27 July 2013

CONFERENCE: Law and Justice in Globalised Era

Auro University (India, Gujarat) announced the Conference 'Law and Justice in Globalised Era'.

The Conference aims to promote exchange of knowledge and views of educationalists, jurists, practicing professionals, social activists, and individuals in their areas of interest, relating to social justice and social change.
 AURO University's, School of Law, Surat extends an invitation to judges, lawyers, academicians, social activists, individuals and students to present papers on any one of the following areas of interest. 
Suggested areas of interest for the Conference:
  • Globalisation and Legal Education
  • Corruption: Ways and Means of Curbing it
  • Challenges of National and International Trade and Commercial Laws
  • Intellectual Property RightsLabour and Industrial Dispute Resolution
  • Women Protection and Law
  • Personal Laws in Changing Times
  • Juvenile in Conflict with Law and Protection of Child from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution Mechanism: Need of An Hour
  • Financial Regulations and Its Impact on Trade and Business
  • Industrialization and Environment Issues
  • Human Rights
  • Justice Delivery System
  • Cyber Crime
Deadline of registration is 20th August 2013
Details: http://nclj2013.aurouniversity.ac.in/Default.aspx

26 July 2013

JURIS DIVERSITAS - OPPORTUNITY: Web Editor and Bloggers Needed

Juris Diversitas seeks volunteers for its BlogFacebook, and Twitter pages:

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.

Interested individuals should contact me at sean.donlan@ul.ie. 

It's easier than you think ...

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. 


Have a look.

ARTICLE: Palombella on Global Legislation and its Discontents

Gianluigi Palombella’s ‘Global legislation and its discontents’ is available online at Cadmus:

‘Legislation’ is flourishing in the global sphere from a large number of sources, in the lack of a unified system. Current redefinitions of legality/validity, or attempts at a global constitution deserve some scrutiny and should cope with a global sphere legislation bearing unprecedented features: issued from deracinated sources, bearing new scope and functions, developing ‘managerial’/regulatory modes, cancelling the distinction vis-à-vis 'administration', electing functional rationalities with 'limited responsibility', loosing connection to the comprehensive well being of social communities. Despite the search for devices of accountability ‘global’ legislation remains a source of discontents. The promises of legal form are at stake in keeping alive the distinction between global decision making and universalizability. The future of global legislation (and its legitimacy) shall depend not only on shared criteria of legality, but also on how it shall interfere against the autonomy of less-than-global orders: that is, on the justice-related, legal quality of the relationships between the plurality of orders.

CONFERENCE: The Dynamics of Legal Development - Family and Succession Law

The Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative and International Private Law is pleased to host the conference:  “The Dynamics of Legal Development - Family and Succession Law”  from 17 to 19 October 2013 in Hamburg, Germany.

This conference deals with the development of family and succession law in Islamic countries and is now open for registration.

[The programme is now available here]


The conference looks at the different means of developing family and succession law. The dynamics of this development will be traced through lectures on the national laws of selected Islamic countries and three simultaneously held workshops, in which the main actors of legal development, i.e. the legislator, the parties through party autonomy and the judges will be examined in detail.

BOOK: Benton and Ross on Legal Pluralism and Empires, 1500-1850

Lauren Benton and Richard J Ross (eds), Legal Pluralism and Empires, 1500-1850 has just been published by NYU Press. 

The book, a comparative and historical study of legal complexity:

advances our understanding of law and empire in the early modern world. Distinguished contributors expose new dimensions of legal pluralism in the British, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Ottoman empires. In-depth analyses probe such topics as the shifting legal privileges of corporations, the intertwining of religious and legal thought, and the effects of clashing legal authorities on sovereignty and subjecthood. Case studies show how a variety of individuals engage with the law and shape the contours of imperial rule.

The volume reaches from Peru to New Zealand to Europe to capture the varieties and continuities of legal pluralism and to probe the analytic power of the concept of legal pluralism in the comparative study of empires. For legal scholars, social scientists, and historians, Legal Pluralism and Empires, 1500-1850 maps new approaches to the study of empires and the global history of law.

The introduction is available here and the table of contents here.


24 July 2013

JOURNAL: (2013) Mexican Law Review

Mexican Law Review. Nueva Serie
I just discovered the Mexican Law Reviewpublished in English, is available online. 

Additional information on the journal is available here.

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Society of Family Law Regional Conference

Hart Publishing is pleased inform you about the International Society of Family Law regional conference that is taking place on the 2nd – 3rd January 2014 in Israel.

The conference marks the 30th anniversary of the entry into force of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (in December 1983) and the publication of Dr. Rhona Schuz's book, The Hague Child Abduction Convention – A Critical Analysis which is due for publication by Hart Publishing in October 2013 (details below).

Information about submitting a paper for the conference is shown below and it is also available by clicking on the following link: http://www.hartpub.co.uk/ISFL_REGIONAL_CONFERENCE_ISRAEL.pdf

Location: Sha'arei Mishpat Law School, Hod Hasharon, Israel

BOOK: Schuz on The Hague Child Abduction Convention

Hart Publishing just announced the publication of Rhona Schuz's The Hague Child Abduction Convention: Critical Analysis:

The continuing steady flow of case law from the various Member States of The Hague Child Abduction Convention has resulted in the emergence of different approaches to the interpretation of key concepts in the Convention. In addition, over the years other global and regional legal instruments and the recommendations of the Special Commissions have had an impact on the implementation of the Convention.

This book brings together all these strands and provides an up-to-date, clear and highly readable discussion of the international operation of the Abduction Convention, together with in-depth critical academic analysis.

Particular emphasis is placed on analysing the interpretation of the Convention in light of the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Throughout the book, examples are brought from case law in many jurisdictions and reference is made to relevant legal and social science literature and empirical research.

This book will be essential reading for judges, practitioners, researchers, students, policy-makers and others who are seeking a critical and informed analysis of the latest developments in international abduction law and practice.

Publication Date: Oct 2013

23 July 2013

JOURNAL: Comparative Law Review

Italian Association of Comparative LawThe following notice appeared a week or so ago on the Blog of our friends at the Italian Association of Comparative Law (AIDC):

Comparative Law Review - Spring Special Issue vol. 4, no. 1 (2013)



1.0 Constitutions as Commodities. Notes on a Theory of Transfer
Günter Frankenberg
1.1 Formalism and Realism in Ruins (Mapping the Logics of Collapse)
Pierre Schlag
1.2 “Property is (still) theft!” From the Marx-Proudhon Debate to the Global Plunder of the Commons
Lorenzo Coccoli
1.3 The Nature and Sources of the Maltese Mixed Legal System: A Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?
Kevin Aquilina
1.4 E-consumer protection in the US - The same jungle as in Europe
Tamas Dezso Czigler
1-5 The proposal for a regulation on a common European sales law (CESL) and its gradual evolution
Giacomo Pongelli

OPPORTUNITY: Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology - Doctoral Positions

New doctoral positions are being offered by the 
Department of Law and Anthropology at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. The positions start in January 2014:

the Department was set up in the summer of 2012 and the first cohort of postdoctoral researchers joined it in January 2013. [Its] focus ... is empirical research that falls within the scope of legal anthropology, with a particular interest in issues related to law and legal practice in the context of contemporary plural societies. 

ARTICLE: Palmer on Civilian Methodology in Louisiana

I've only just been reminded--thanks to F-XL--that, earlier this year, Vernon Palmer published 'The Quest to Implant the Civilian Method in Louisiana: Tracing the Origins of Judicial Methodology' in the (2012-2013) 73 Louisiana Law Review 793. 
Palmer is the Founder and President of the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists and a member of the Juris Diversitas Advisory Board. 
The article is the text of his 2011 'Tucker Lecture' at Louisiana State University Paul M Hebert Law Center.

ARTICLE: Postema on Custom

Gerald J Postema has published 'Custom, Normative Practice, and the Law' on SSRN:
Legally binding custom is conventionally analyzed in terms of two independent elements: regularities of behavior (usus) and convictions of actors engaging in the behavior that it is legally required (opinio juris). This additive conception of custom is deeply flawed. This essay argues that we must abandon the additive conception and replace it with an account of custom that understands legally relevant customs as norms that arise from discursive normative practices embedded in rich contexts of social interaction characterized by intermeshing anticipations and interconnected conduct. The hallmark of legally binding customs, it is argued, is not the addition of belief or conviction to behavioral regularities, but rather the integration of meaningful conduct into a web of legally recognized reasons and arguments.