17 January 2014

JOURNAL: Potchestroom Electronic Law Journal

WORKSHOP: Islam, Law, and the State in Myanmar

16 January 2014

WORKSHOP: Postnational constitutionalism and global governance

ARTICLE: Palombella on The Law's Two Sides and Their Benefits

OPPORTUNITY: Research Assistants - Law Commission (UK)

BLOG: Using Foreign Law in Interpreting the U.S. Constitution

SEMINAR: European Legal Studies & Sociological Approaches

SEMINAR: Comparative issues involving financial remedy proceedings on divorce in France and England

15 January 2014

ARTICLE: Belavusau on Historical Revisionism in Comparative Law

ARTICLE: Belavusau on Historical Revisionism in Comparative Law

Uladzislau Belavusau's "Historical Revisionism in Comparative Perspective: Law, Politics, and Surrogate Mourning" in Social and Political Philosophy eJournal,Vol. 7, No. 6: Jan 13, 2014, is now available on SSRN.

Recently the law on the Armenian genocide denial in France with a subsequent decision of the Conseil Constitutionnel (February 2012) shed fresh light on the controversial issue of historical revisionism. It disposed the issue in a wider perspective than a recurrent legal discussion on Holocaust denial. Furthermore, in drawing their bill, the authors of the French law invoked the EU Council Framework Decision 2008/913. This article demonstrates the chilling effects of that EU instrument for the freedom of speech in Europe. To these ends, it first explores the “European” model of legal engagement with historiography that is radically different from its counterpart in the USA. It further places this model in a fertile yet under-theorized comparative realm of three Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries: the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland. The CEE is a primary arena of the Holocaust, a region particularly sensitive to interpretations of World War II, and a battlefield of two totalitarian regimes. In normative terms, this comparative study of semantic and pragmatic differences between historical revisionism and hate speech, of victimhood and mens rea in the crime of Holocaust denial, as well as of the appropriation of selected episodes of World War II, concludes that the criminalization of historical revisionism constitutes a substantial impairment to the freedom of (academic) expression for the sake of politics of memory (Geschichtspolitik).

14 January 2014


17 July (evening) to 19 July 2014
Faculty of Law and Political Science –
Aix-Marseille University - Aix-en-Provence, France


Inherently interdisciplinary, the conference’s primary focus will be comparative law’s links to a wide variety of other disciplines and themes (e.g., anthropology, economics, feminism, history, the humanities, legal education, legal philosophy, literature, politics …). Proposals may be theoretical analyses or case studies on the past or present, North or South, East or West …

Proposals may be in either English or in FrenchAny proposal on comparative law will be considered. Panel proposals are strongly encouraged, as is the participation of doctoral students and scholars from outside of the discipline of law. 

Proposals of circa 250 words (or 1000 words for panel proposals) should be submitted to Olivier Moréteau at moreteau@lsu.edu by 28 February 2014. Please attach a short biography or resume.

Registration fees are €200 (€125 for Juris Diversitas members paid up for 2014). Membership information and information on fee payment is available on the Juris Diversitas Blog (http://jurisdiversitas.blogspot.ie/).  

Note that registration fees don’t cover travel, accommodation, or the conference dinner (€50).

If want to see who's coming or let others know that you're attending, a Facebook Event Page has also been created at https://www.facebook.com/events/1393753610880875/. 

JUDGMENT: Italian Constitutional Court

ARTICLE: Ginsburg et al on The Global Origins of Constitutional Preambles

BLOG: Le blog Droit et cinéma

A-Touch-of-SinOne of our members has brought Le blog Droit et cinéma to my attention. Francophones should have a look. - SPD

BOOK: Mastor, Miniato, et al on Les figures du procès au-delà des frontières

I'm happy to note the publication of W Mastor and L Miniato (eds), Les figures du procès au-delà des frontières (2014).

The abstract reads:

Les symboles du procès nous paraissent indissociables du rituel judiciaire. Une justice sans decorum est inconcevable car l'acte de juger n'est pas anodin, les symboles du procès exprimant la gravité du moment judiciaire. Pourtant, ces symboles sont parfois vus comme l'héritage d'une époque révolue, où juger était conçu comme une prérogative d'essence divine. D'ailleurs, la justice managériale et le process judiciaire ont tendance à les reléguer au second plan. L'étude du procès à travers ses symboles s'enrichit de celle de leurs représentations, notamment littéraires ou cinématographiques

A travers les figures du procès - symboles et leurs représentations -, cet ouvrage vous invite à voyager au-delà des frontières disciplinaires pour mieux rendre compte de la justice passée, présente et à venir.

EDUCATION: Diploma in Law - Institute of Studies (Jersey)

JOURNAL: International and Comparative Law Quarterly

CONFERENCE: Africans and Hague Justice: Realities and Perceptions of the International Criminal Court in Africa

JOURNAL: Asian Journal of Law and Society

12 January 2014

HUMO(U)R: LOL My Thesis

CONFERENCE: Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States

The United Nations has declared 2014 the International Year of Small Island Developing States.

Linked to this is the 'Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States'. The conference

'will be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa, to be preceded by activities related to the conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia, Samoa. It will focus the world's attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.'