08 October 2014

CALL FOR TEXTS (Italian, English, French or Spanish): Rivista delle Successioni e della Famiglia

The Board of Editors of RIVISTA DELLE SUCCESSIONI E DELLA FAMIGLIA (Succession and family law review) is pleased to invite original, unpublished manuscripts on succession and family law for publication in the Review, in the form of Article, Notes and Comments.

The manuscripts have to discuss issues of succession and family law on foreign legal system or offering a comparative perspective or overview.

Contributions may be written in Italian, English, French or Spanish (with an abstract in English) and ideally should not exceed 10,000 words in length, footnotes included.

The manuscripts should include a 100 word informative abstract in Italian or in English. The abstract must appear at the end of the contribution, and will be published together with it.

After a pre-selection by Editor-in-Chief, articles are peer-reviewed anonymously by two member of our Board of Editors.

Submissions should be made electronically to pasqualelaghi1@virgilio.it or pasquale.laghi@unical.it Postal submission are not accepted.

The deadline is December 31st of 2014.

BOOK: Jewish Law and its Interaction with Other Legal Systems.

The Jewish Law Association has published Christine Hayes and Amos Israel-Vleeschhouwer (eds), Jewish Law and its Interaction with Other Legal Systems.

It includes:

1:  Amos ISRAEL-VLEESCHHOUWER, Systemic, Dynamic and Complex analyses of the Interaction of Jewish and Other Legal Systems (1-29)
2:  Leah BORNSTEIN-MAKOVETSKY, Adultery and Punishment among Jews in the Ottoman Empire (30-50)
3:  Lea JACOBSEN, A Mother's Legal Authority over her Offspring's Marriage in the Ancient Near East and the Bible (51-104)
4:  Ruth LAMDAN, Jewish Encounters in Muslim Courts: The Ottoman Empire, 16th-17th Centuries (105-119)
5:  Donna LITMAN, Rules of Statutory Construction for Biblical and American Laws – A Comparative Analysis (120-175)
6:  Avinoam ROSENAK, Jewish law as Staging Directions (176-224)
7:  Chaim SAIMAN, Talmudic Analytics and Ethical Thought: A study of the Jewish law of the Worker's Wages as an argument for Neo-Lamdanut (225-261)
8:  Shana Strauch SCHICK, Reading Aristotle in Mahoza?: Actions and Intentions in Rava's Jurisprudence (262-291)
9:  Yaakov SHAPIRA, Couples' Place of Residence and the dispute of Rabbenu Tam and the Maharam: Society, Religion and Halakhah (292-327)
10:  Daniel SINCLAIR, Kiddush Hashem (Sanctification of the Divine Name) and Some Aspects of the Halakhic Turn to Non-Jewish Standards in Ritual Law and Morality in the Modern Period (328-359)

The abstracts are available here. 

06 October 2014

BOOKS ANNOUNCEMENT: New Title on Comparative law by Edward Elgar Publishing

Contract Law
A Comparative Introduction
Jan M. Smits, Professor of European Private Law, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
‘Contract law is more international in substance and character than most other legal subjects. Thus, in particular, modern contract law in Europe rests on the same historical and philosophical foundations, and the hypothetical will of reasonable parties to a contract has usually been the focal point in the evolution of its doctrines. Today, in the age of the European Union, the internal market is the most powerful motivation, and driving force, for legal harmonization. Contract law is thus predestined for the development of common reference texts, such as the Principles of European Contract Law, and common teaching materials, such as Jan Smits’ Contract Law. Jan Smits’ book provides a splendid introduction to the key questions, themes, and features of contract law. It is not aimed at one specific national audience but can, and should, be read by students across Europe.’
– Professor Reinhard Zimmermann, Max Planck Institute, Hamburg, Germany

2014 288 pp Hardback 978 1 78347 850 7 Regular Price £110.00  Web Price £99.00 ebook 978 1 78347 851 4
2014 Paperback 978 1 78347 852 1  Regular Price £29.95  Web Price £23.96

Ebooks from £13.00 for monographs and £36.90 for handbooks are available on Google and Ebooks.com. Prices vary due to retailer discount and local tax.
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Research Handbook On Transparency
Edited by Padideh Ala’i, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law, US and Robert G. Vaughn, Professor of Law and A. Allen King Scholar, American University Washington College of Law, US
‘For me this book could have been titled, “Everything I Ever Wanted To Know About Transparency Policy And Law—But Didn’t Know Enough To Ask.” It is masterful and unmatched in depth, scope, and acuity. It convincingly analyzes the complexities of transparency on a comparative basis in terms of goals, culture and government, legal approaches, and global governance. What is transparency? What can it be? What are its consequences? How can it be promoted and regulated? Henceforth no one should seriously attempt to address such questions without first reading this outstanding book.’
– David H. Rosenbloom, American University, US

In the last two decades transparency has become a ubiquitous and stubbornly ambiguous term. Typically understood to promote rule of law, democratic participation, anti-corruption initiatives, human rights, and economic efficiency, transparency can also legitimate bureaucratic power, advance undemocratic forms of governance, and aid in global centralization of power. This path-breaking volume, comprising original contributions on a range of countries and environments, exposes the many faces of transparency by allowing readers to see the uncertainties, inconsistencies and surprises contained within the current conceptions and applications of the term. 

2014 432 pp Hardback 978 1 78100 793 8 Regular Price £140.00  Web Price £126.00 ebook 978 1 78100 794 5
Elgar original reference
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The Internationalisation Of Legal Education
The Future Practice of Law
Edited by William van Caenegem, Professor of Law and Mary Hiscock, Emeritus Professor of Law, Bond University, Australia 
‘This is a fascinating collection of essays on how the world of legal education is responding to the globalisation challenge. It deserves a place on the shelf of every legal academic and practitioner with a serious interest in legal education. The utility of the book is enhanced by the fact that it is written from a variety of different and critical perspectives. It comes highly recommended.’
– Gerard McCormack, School of Law, University of Leeds, UK

The legal academy is responding in many varied ways to the challenge of producing lawyers adequately prepared to operate in a global environment. There is a renewed focus on lawyering skills, on core principles, on cultural context and on comparative research and study. This work advances the discussion of these issues while developing solid solutions and approaches to teaching law students destined for the future practice of law.

2014 336 pp Hardback 978 1 78347 453 0 Regular Price £85.00  Web Price £76.50 ebook 978 1 78347 454 7

Ebooks from £13.00 for monographs and £36.90 for handbooks are available on Google and Ebooks.com. Prices vary due to retailer discount and local tax.

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ARTICLE COLLECTION: Law around the world

Are you looking for research on Law around the world?Routledge have created a special free article collection that looks at Law and legal practices across the globe, with dedicated sections on Africathe AmericasAsia,Europe and Oceania.
This collection is aimed at making your research into this topic as easy as possible, giving you the most relevant and recent papers to aid you in your study.
As well as Routledge journals' offering, Routledge have selected key eBooks which are also free to read.
So to start taking advantage of free research on Law around the world, click here to visit our exclusive page.

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. 


CALL FOR PAPERS: Geographies of Law, Colonialism and Capitalism Chicago, IL April 21-25, 2015

Geographies of Law, Colonialism and Capitalism
Chicago, IL  April 21-25, 2015

The relation between capitalism and colonialism has long been of interest to critical and radical geographers.  Although classic texts often presented the relationship between colonialism and capitalism in terms of a transition from the former to the later, today, radical scholarship emphasizes both the capitalist nature of formal colonialism, as well as the ways in which contemporary dynamics of capitalist accumulation are often predicated upon and/or intertwined with relations of coloniality. Critical legal scholars have demonstrated that law plays a significant role in justifying and creating the conditions and parameters for both colonial and post-colonial forms of accumulation; this panel asks how thinking about geography can expand this work.

This panel hopes to bring together scholars interested in the relationship between law, colonialism, and capitalism, broadly conceived.  We seek to create a venue for discussion and debate between scholars coming from different disciplines and subdisciplines and with varied political commitments.  We are especially interested in papers that consider the relations between law and processes of conquest, occupation, and racialization, as well as resistance, insurgence, and decolonization.  We encourage papers exploring sovereignty in capitalist and colonial legal orders, the legal status of indigenous and other peoples excluded from or adversely incorporated within statist legal regimes, and the status of non-state legal orders. We are also interested in the ways that capitalist and colonial relations have shaped legal concepts and geographies associated with property, contract, tort, labor law, family law, criminal law, human rights, the conflict of laws, public international law, administrative law, transitional justice, trade law, immigration, and corporate or business law, among others.  

In addition, we invite papers on the following topics: 

-       Law and primitive accumulation/accumulation by dispossession/accumulation by extra-economic means
-       Liberal law as an accumulation strategy
-       Law’s materiality and its status as an ‘active’—effect producing—discourse (Bourdieu)
-       Colonization and the rule of law
-       The role of law in the transition to capitalism
-       Property and property law as means of sanctifying colonial thefts
-       Theorizations of the role of law in the transition out of capitalism
-       International Law and colonialism
-       The role of law in colonialism as period vs. colonialism as relation
-       Migrant labour and new racialized regimes of accumulation
-       The relation between strategies of accumulation and the legislation of spaces of exception
-       Land restitution processes for historically marginalized communities as new sites for financial investment
-       Indigenous and non-state legal orders as challenges to colonial and/or capitalist forms of law
-       Indigenous rights within domestic and international legal systems
-       Legal pluralism and capital accumulation
-       Legal constructions and crossings of borders and boundaries in accumulation processes
-       The role of law in regulating resistance to contemporary dynamics of accumulation

Interested participants should send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Joshua Barkan, Tyler McCreary or Reecia Orzeck no later than October 20, 2014.

CALL FOR PAPERS (English/French) - DEADLINE APPROACHING: The Fourth Worldwide Congress of The World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists

The Fourth Worldwide Congress
McGill University Faculty of Law,
Montreal, Canada June 24-26, 2015

“The Scholar, Teacher, Judge, and Jurist in a Mixed Jurisdiction”
«Le chercheur, le professeur, le juge et le juriste dans une juridiction mixte»

The World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists is pleased to announce a Fourth Worldwide Congress to be held at McGill University’s Faculty of Law (Montreal, Canada) from an opening evening reception and lecture on 24 June through 26 June 2015. The theme of the Congress will be “The Scholar, Teacher, Judge and Jurist in a Mixed Jurisdiction.”

La World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists est heureuse d’annoncer son Quatrième Congrès International, qui se tiendra à la Faculté de droit de l’Université McGill (Montréal, Canada). Le Congrès débutera avec une réception suivie d’une conférence le 24 Juin en soirée et se poursuivra jusqu’au 26 juin 2015. Le thème de ce congrès sera « Le chercheur, le professeur, le juge et le juriste dans une juridiction mixte ».

Mixed Jurisdictions, as they are traditionally understood, stand at the crossroads of the Common law and Civil law. They also frequently encompass other ethnic and religious laws. Rich in legal history and complex pluralism, they are often seen as natural laboratories of comparative law. 

Les juridictions mixtes, comme elles sont traditionnellement perçues, se situent à l’intersection de la tradition de la Common law et de la tradition civiliste. Elles comprennent souvent d’autres droits, comme le droit ethnique  ou le droit religieux. Riches du point de vue de l’histoire du droit et du pluralisme juridique, elles sont souvent vues comme des laboratoires naturels de droit comparé.

The laws, methods, and institutions of mixed jurisdictions are inevitably affected by the influence and presence of different traditions vying for supremacy or requiring reconciliation. Their added complexity places special demands upon the training of judges and jurists, the staffing of courts, the teaching of private law, the research of scholars, and the task of law reform. To what extent have these challenges been met by the actors and institutions of mixed jurisdictions?

Les lois, les méthodes et les institutions des juridictions mixtes reflètent inévitablement la présence de différentes traditions rivalisant pour la suprématie ou demandant la réconciliation. La complexité accrue des juridictions mixtes donne lieu à des exigences particulières pour la formation des juges, des juristes et du personnel des tribunaux, l’enseignement du droit privé, la recherche scientifique et la réforme du droit. Dans quelle mesure ces défis ont-ils été relevés par les parties prenantes des juridictions mixtes?

We propose to investigate these issues.

Nous proposons d’explorer ces questions.

Proposals for papers on any topic related to mixed legal systems are welcome. They may be submitted by jurists from any jurisdiction, and by members and non-members of the Society alike. Proposals should be submitted to WSMJJ General Secretary Seán Patrick Donlan (sean.donlan@ul.ie) by 15 October 2014. They should not exceed 500 words and should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae of one page only. The time allocated for delivery of papers will be no longer than 20 minutes. Papers delivered at the conference will be considered for publication.

Nous accepterons les propositions de textes sur tout sujet apparenté au droit des juridictions mixtes. Elles pourront être soumises par des juristes de toute juridiction, qu’ils soient membres de l’Association ou non. Les propositions devront être envoyées au secrétaire général du WSMJJ, Seán Patrick Donlan (sean.donlan@ul.ie) d’ici le 15 octobre 2014. Les soumissions ne doivent pas dépasser 500 mots et doivent être accompagnées d’un curriculum vitae d’une page. Le temps alloué pour la présentation des textes ne dépassera pas 20 minutes. La publication des textes présentés à la conférence sera envisagée.

The Society regrets that it cannot cover travel expenses of participants in the Congress.

L’Association regrette de ne pas pouvoir couvrir les frais de déplacement des participants au Congrès.

Please reserve the date.

Veuillez prendre la date en note.

DEATH: H Patrick Glenn (1940-2014)

Friends and admirers of Patrick Glenn may be interested in Daniel Jutras (Dean and Wainwright Professor of Civil Law (McGill))'s 'Saying goodbye to Professor H. Patrick Glenn (1940-2014)'. 

In addition, the International Academy of Comparative Law has circulated the following:

It is with incredible sorrow that we have heard that H. Patrick Glenn passed away. We vividly remember him. This summer he attended the 19th Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law in Vienna. He chaired the commission which proposed the members of the Executive Committee of the International Academy of Comparative Law which were newly to be elected.

We have lost a wonderful person, one of the most experienced comparatists. Students and scholars from all continents were extremely impressed by his lectures and his publications. His unique book Legal Traditions of the World (Canada Prize 1998), as well as the quite original General Course he taught at The Hague Academy of International Law, will continue to be used all around the world.

Patrick’s early passing away is a great loss for our Academy to which he has always been genuinely committed. Discussions with him were highly illuminating and challenging.

On behalf of all Academy’s members, we would like to express our deepest condolences to Patrick's family, to the Faculty of Law of McGill University, and to the American Society of Comparative Law.

We will miss him.
Diego P. Fernández Arroyo                                                    Katharina Boele-Woelki
Secretary General                                                                   President
C’est avec un terrible chagrin que nous venons d’apprendre le décès de H. Patrick Glenn. Il demeure vivant dans nos pensées. Cet été encore, il participait au 19e congrès de l’Académie internationale de droit comparé à Vienne. Il avait d’ailleurs présidé la commission qui a proposé les membres du comité exécutif de l’Académie qui viennent d’être élus.

Le monde académique a perdu une personne merveilleuse, l’un des comparatistes les plus érudits. Les étudiants et enseignants de tous les continents ont été profondément marqués par ses cours et ses publications. Son extraordinaire livre Legal Traditions of the World (Prix Canada 1998) ainsi que son Cours général très original professé à l’Académie de droit international de La Haye seront lus et utilisés dans le monde entier pendant longtemps.

Le décès venu trop tôt de Patrick est une grande perte pour notre Académie, envers laquelle il a toujours été extrêmement dévoué. Les discussions que l’on pouvait entretenir avec lui étaient éclairantes et stimulantes.
Au nom de tous les membres de l’Académie, nous souhaitons exprimer nos plus sincères condoléances à la famille de Patrick, à la Faculté de droit de l’Université McGill et à l’American Society of Comparative Law.

Il va nous manquer.
Diego P. Fernández Arroyo                                                    Katharina Boele-Woelki

Secrétaire Général                                                                  Président