28 March 2014

SEMINAR: Islamic Law and the French and European Legal Order

Islamic Law and the French
and European Legal Order

The Protection Project at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC, in cooperation with the Eason Weinmann Center for International and Comparative Law at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, the World Society for Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists, and the Société de Législation Comparée, Paris, France, are organizing an international seminar on the topic of “Islamic Law and the French and European Legal Order: The Public Law and Private Law Issues,” scheduled to take place in Paris, France, on the dates of April 28-29, 2014, at the Westin Paris - Vendome.

The international seminar will serve as a forum for a discussion of Islamic law as evidenced in the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the European Court of Justice (ECJ), in the Conseil d’Etat and Constitutional Council decisions in France, and such questions as Islamic finance, marriage and divorce, successions under the Civil code, and so forth. 

The seminar will also examine various topics of comparative law in both public law and private law in the Islamic legal system and the French and European legal order. 

Finally, the seminar will serve to foster academic exchange and dialogue in these areas of law between European and Middle Eastern legal scholars, as well as scholars from the United States. 

Participants will include scholars from countries including Egypt, Iran, Kuwait, France, and the United States, among others.

ANOTHER CRY FOR HELP: Juris Diversitas Needs a Web Editor


I’ve managed the Blog since its creation in 2010 and our Facebook and Twitter pages since they followed in 2012 and 2013. My other obligations mean that I can’t continue to do this. 

A new Web Editor is essential if the Blog, etc is to continue.

The Editor will have primary responsibility for the development of the Blog and related pages. But the Editor doesn't need to merely continue as I’ve done, ie to providing information on events and publications related to our very broad themes. 

The new Editor might instead make the site a more active place for discussion. This was always our hope. The new Editor might forge more active links with other associations and websites. There's so much more that can be done.

But the Blog is essential to our overall aims. The new Editor would work closely with our Executive and additional bloggers. They'd play an active part in determining the shape of our Society into the future.

And, in truth, while we're especially interested in people with blogging experience, the job isn't really all that difficult. At most, only a few hours a week would be required.

In addition, we could also use additional Bloggers:

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.

27 March 2014

COMPETITION: 2014 SIEL Essay Prize

The Society of International Economic Law welcomes submissions to its 2014 Essay Prize Competition.
Submissions may be on any area of international economic law, except for international commercial arbitration and EU law, and the deadline is 30 September 2014.

The Prize consists of £200, plus £300 worth of books from Cambridge University Press and a 3 year print subscription to the World Trade Review, and an invitation to present at the next SIEL Biennial Conference.

The winning essay will be considered for publication by the World Trade Review. The Essay Prize Competition is open to students, practitioners and academics whose last degree was after before 30 September 2009. Further details are available at http://www.sielnet.org/essayprize.

SUMMER SCHOOL: German Law in Russian

Russian-German Law Institute has announced Summer School of German Business Law 21 July 2014 – 02 August 2014 in Germany. Language of the course is Russian.
Target group of the School is young scholar and practicing lawyers interested in comparative law.
The Course contains information on main institutes and tracks of German law development with comparative law attitude to development of law of post-socialist countries, and consist of lectures and seminars.
Professors of the Course are faculty members of Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Freie Universität Berlin, Hochschule RheinMain in Wiesbaden, Hochschule Wismar, Institut für Ostrecht e.V. (München), Universität Bremen, Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht, Universität Passau, and practicing lawyers.
Fee: 1800 Euro (covers the cost of the course, accommodation,  cultural program, travels in Germany).
On-line registration is available here: http://www.shkolaprava.de/index.php/menuregistrierung-2

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 3rd Anti-Corruption Forum in Moscow

The Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation with the support of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation has announced The Third Eurasian Anti-Corruption Forum «Modern Standards and Technologies of Combating Corruption» on April 24-25, 2014.
The Forum is focused on consolidation of scientific capacity of Eurasian countries in counteraction of corruption, conceptualizing of current counteraction of corruption, on searching for new ideas and effective anti-corruption mechanisms.
The format of the Forum provides the discussion of the questions posed by reporters at plenary session and section meetings (problem seminars, round tables, trainings).
Main topics of the Forum are:
• role of international organizations in seeking of optimal means of combating corruption;
• problems of implementation of international anti-corruption documents into national legislation;
• scholar methods of corruption rating;
modern means of combating corruption;

• standards of combating corruption in contracts.

The Third Eurasian Anti-Corruption Forum will take place in the premises of the Accounting Chamber of the Russian Federation at the address: Russia, Moscow, Zubovskaya st., 2.
Time 12:00, registration of the participants – 11:00.
Deatils here http://www.izak.ru/node/1591 (in Russian).

For potential participants: please, contact Olga Makarenko by tel. +7 499 724 22 51 or e-mail: mc@izak.ru


25 March 2014

JURIS DIVERSITAS: Membership Information, with a New Special Discount from Ashgate Publishing

Juris Diversitas is an international, interdisciplinary community for the study of legal and normative mixtures and movements.

We want to hear from you. 

Why not join the conversation?

Ordinary Membership is €50 ($66) for the calendar year. A Discounted Membership, for young scholars under the age of thirty or for scholars in developing nations, is €25 ($33).
In addition to being able to vote in elections, both memberships include discounts on conference fees.

Ordinary members will also receive a free selected volume from our Juris Diversitas Series.

Now, for the first time, thanks to Ashgate Publishing, all members will receive a 20% discount on all of its titles.

For more information membership, see here.

JOURNAL (Special Issue): Erasmus Law Review (Law as a Plural Phenomenon)

Erasmus logoI somehow neglected to mention the publication of the (2013) 6:3/4 Erasmus Law Review, a special issue on 'Law as a Plural Phenomenon: Confrontations of Legal Pluralism', edited by Wibo van Rossum and Sanne Taekema.

The volume includes:

This is required reading. 

24 March 2014

LECTURE: Licari on 'François Gény: A Louisiana Judge’s Best Friend'

The Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society and
the Law Library of Louisiana present a Free CLE

Co-sponsored by the Louisiana State Bar’s Francophone Section
and the French American Chamber of Commerce Gulf Coast Chapter

François Gény: A Louisiana Judge’s Best Friend

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
5:30 p.m. Lecture,  6:30 p.m. Reception
Courtroom, Louisiana Supreme Court, 400 Royal Street

One hour credit
On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, the Law Library of Louisiana will sponsor a free CLE entitled “François Gény: A Louisiana Judge’s Best Friend” presented by Dr. François-Xavier Licari.  Dr. Licari will identify sociological, historical and cultural factors that contributed to Louisiana’s unique reception of the “free objective search for a rule” as set forth in François Gény’s manifesto, Méthode d’interprétation et sources en droit privé positif, and he will study expressions of such successful reception, analyzing some leading cases of the Louisiana Supreme Court. 

Dr. François-Xavier Licari is Associate Professor of Private Law at the University of Lorraine, France.  He holds a Ph.D. in law from the University of Strasbourg (France) and the University of Saarland (Germany).  Professor Licari’s scholarship appears in French, German and American law reviews (The American Journal of Comparative Law, The Louisiana Law Review, Tulane Law Review).
For more information or to reserve a seat, please contact Georgia Chadwick via

email (gchadwick@lasc.org) or phone (504-310-2402).

EVENTS: Tomlins on Legal History

Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Professor Christopher Tomlins

In May 2014, the School of History and the Department of Law at Queen Mary University of London will be hosting Professor Christopher Tomlins as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow. Professor Tomlins is Chancellor’s Professor of Law at University of California, Irvine, Affiliated Research Professor with The American Bar Foundation, Chicago, and from July 2014, Professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

Professor Tomlins will be involved in the following three events during his Fellowship:

Seminar on the Methodology of Legal History
3pm to 5pm, 13 May 2014
L103/L104 Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Russell Square, London

Chaired by Professor Michael Lobban (LSE)
Commentators: Professor Eric Heinze (Queen Mary), Professor Axel Korner (UCL), Professor Gareth Stedman-Jones (Queen Mary) and Professor David Sugarman (Lancaster)

To register, please visit www.methodologyoflegalhistory.eventbrite.co.uk

There is a pre-circulated paper for this session. Please email m.delmar@qmul.ac.uk to receive the paper.