06 February 2014

AWARD: Roger Cotterrell - Awarded the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) 2013 Prize

05 February 2014

PROJECT: Poliversitas

PoliversitasKosmopolitica is launching an academic project for Europe. Poliversitas – Campus Europe. We are calling on all people with MAs and PhDs (and other graduate degrees) interested in research, teaching and collaboration to join.
We want to build an academic archipelago which is neither dependent nor limited to the university hall because we believe that higher education is a condition of social and political participation, therefore, if cannot be a luxury. Poliversitas seeks to bring academic work out of the university hall.
As many other institutions, the university is undergoing a profound crisis of values and, just as much, a crisis of identity. Academic institutions of higher learning, which once were thought to be the places where the intellectual character of democracy was built, have turned into organizations of a very different kind.
A form of intellectual clientelism has progressively grown and taken hold. The consequence has been the visible deterioration of the quality of work done in classrooms and the dispensation of unprofitable forms of thinking. At the very same time, the number and salaries of administrators has ballooned. As many academics recognize, the result has been that the university has become an increasingly hostile space for serious intellectual work.
At the same time, the form of intellectual skills that the university used to provide has been put out of reach for vast segments of society and this is especially so in times of crisis. For many, education is simply not an affordable option.
But while just about everyone is quick to point out the depth of the problem, few solutions are being offered.

PRIZE: Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

REVIEW: Book Review of Judging Europe's Judges

JOURNAL: Louisiana Law Review

JOURNAL: Law Teacher: The International Journal of Legal Education

CONFERENCE: Power, Capital, Chaos

WORKSHOP: Workshop for Young Public Law Scholars

 Workshop:  Workshop for Young Public Law Scholars

 The Law Department at the London School of Economics & Political Science will host a workshop for doctoral students working in the field of public law on Friday 30 May 2014. 

Doctoral students working in UK universities are invited to present a working paper on any public law topic. LSE faculty members including Conor Gearty, Carol Harlow, Martin Loughlin, Mara Malagodi, Linda Mulcahy, Jo Murkens, Thomas Poole, Grégoire Webber and Mike Wilkinson will be on hand to comment on the papers and give advice on publication and career strategies. 

The workshop will take place all day on 30 May and will conclude with a dinner to which all participants are invited. The Law Department will also provide overnight accommodation and cover reasonable travel costs for this event.

Abstracts should be submitted to t.m.poole@lse.ac.uk by 1 March. Inquiries can be made to the same address. Proposals will be considered on the basis of academic merit. Those invited to attend the workshop will be required to submit papers by 30 April.

SUMMER SCHOOL: Environmental Law in Como, Italy, May 25 - June 6

Enjoy two weeks studying comparative environmental law in the heart of Europe. International Comparative Environmental Law Seminar (Critical Topics in Environmental Law in a Comparative Perspective).

The International Comparative Environmental Law Seminar in Como Italy is jointly presented by the University of California, Davis School of Law and the University of Insubria School of Law.This intensive, two-week program provides a unique opportunity for U.S. and international law students and legal professionals to study environmental law by examining and comparing European Union and U.S. environmental law policies and regulatory regimes. Topics include pollution control laws (air and water), hazardous waste laws, protection and preservation of plant and animal species, climate change—the next generation of environmental law—and regulation and liability for environmental harm and more. Students will also have the opportunity to visit legal institutions and learn about the rich environmental and historical culture of Como and Milan. All sessions are taught in English.

Environmental law experts, including Professor Richard Frank and Professor Al Lin from the University of California, Davis School of Law, and Professor Barbara Pozzo, from the University of Insubria School of Law lead the nine thematic class sessions. Professor Frank is the director of the California Environmental Law and Policy Center. Professor Lin is a noted environmental law scholar at the UC Davis School of Law and formerly was a trial attorney for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Professor Pozzo is an international expert in the field of Comparative Environmental Law. She coordinated the International Research Group on Property and Environment as part of the Common Core of European Private Law Project.

The University of California (UC) is one of the premier public institutions of higher education in the United States. The University of California, Davis School of Law is a top tier U.S. law school with an excellent record of scholarship, teaching and service supporting a vibrant and diverse student community. At UC Davis our outstanding ranking, small size and unusually accessible and dedicated faculty of internationally-renowned scholars provide a truly exceptional learning environment.

Founded in 1998, the University of Insubria has the distinction of being one of the first Italian universities to feature a bi-polar network system involving the two main centers of Como and Varese, as well as other satellite centers under the single logo of the Universitas Studiorum Insubriae. The University of Insubria School of Law strives to create cultural homogeneity by givingvoice to strong identifying values and transforming them into vital cultural ventures.

The Location
Como, Italy, is centrally located in the heart of Europe. The stunning city of Como, situated in proximity to Milan and Lugano, Switzerland, provides a sophisticated intellectual and legal environment in which to study comparative environmental law. Classes will be held at the University of Insubria School of Law. 

This program has been approved by the American Bar Association. Students will receive two hours of academic J.D. credit. This program also may be used to fulfill continuing education credit requirements. 

Requirements, Tuition and Fees:
This program is intended for:
• Law students in good standing at or graduates of ABA-accredited U.S. law schools and foreign
law schools.
• Legal or other professionals interested in environmental law.

Please visit our website for more information.
April 1, 2014

For more information
Como Environmental Law Program
International Law Programs
UC Davis School of Law
1333 Research Park Drive
Davis, CA 95618 U.S.A.
Phone: (530) 757-8569

03 February 2014

ARTICLE: Grenon on Canadian Bijuralism

My PhotoThe following message appeared on the Legal Theory Blog:

Aline Grenon (University of Montreal - Faculty of Law) has posted Canadian Bijuralism at a Crossroad? Impact of Section 8.1 of the Interpretation Act (Osgoode Hall Law Journal 51:2, Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Section 8.1 of the Interpretation Act affirms the equal authority of the common law and civil law in the field of property and civil rights and states, subject to two exceptions, that federal enactments based on rules and concepts that are part of the law of property and civil rights are to be interpreted in accordance with these rules and concepts.

Prior to the enactment of this section in 2001, courts had a tendency to opt for a uniform application of federal legislation based on common law concepts, with often negative results for Quebec civil law. Since then, the Supreme Court of Canada has had a number of opportunities to interpret federal legislation in light of section 8.1.

Following an analysis of the court’s decisions, the author emphasizes that section 8.1 has the potential to promote exchanges between Quebec civil law and Canadian common law and submits proposals in this regard. This article will be published in the next issue of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal (51:2).

02 February 2014

PRIZE: Legal and Political Anthropology

PROGRAMME: International Master on Sociology of Law

SEMINAR: European Legal Studies and Sociological Approaches

ARTICLES: Kadens on Custom

JOURNAL: The American Indian Law Journal