29 January 2015

SUMMER ACADEMY: Max-Planck Summer Academy for Legal History

Max-Planck Summer Academy for Legal History

The Max-Planck Summer Academy for Legal History, offered by the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (MPIeR), provides an in-depth introduction to methods and principles of research in legal history. Although its main focus is on European legal history, there is special emphasis on global perspectives on legal history. It addresses a selected group of highly motivated early-stage researchers, usually PhD candidates, working on a research project with an interest in the basic research of historical formation and transformations of law and other normative orders.
The academy consists of two modules and lasts two weeks; the first week provides an introduction to the study of sources, methodological principles, as well as theoretical models and controversial research debates on basic research fields of legal history (module 1). During the second week the participants discuss a special research theme and develop their own approach to the theme (module 2).


The next Summer Academy will take place from July 27 until August 7, 2015.

Course aim

The overall aim of the Max Planck Summer Academy for Legal History is to provide PhD candidates with an expertise on the methods and principles of legal history and to equip them with the ability to apply this knowledge to their research projects and other research in legal history or related disciplines.


Lectures and workshops in history of legal history, methodological principles of legal history, antiquity, legal history in antiquity, Ius Commune, legal bibliography, history of private law in the modern era, constitutional history, history of criminal law, and history of international law form the core of the academy.
  • History of Legal History
  • Antiquity
  • An introduction into the secular Ius Commune I (12th-16th century)
  • Ius Commune II – Classical and Post-Classical Canon Law (12th-16th century)
  • History of Private Law in the Modern Period
  • Constitutional History
  • History of Criminal Law
  • Contemporary Legal History Introduction to Legal Theory
  • History of International Law
In addition to the lectures and workshops the participants have the opportunity to work on their individual research projects which should reflect the special theme (see below) and present and discuss them in plenum. Furthermore, the academy offers additional courses in complementary skills. As a summer academy should not consist of academic activities only, a variety of extra-curricular activities, such as visits to nearby historical sites and several get-togethers in the evenings are offered.

CALLS FOR PAPERS - BACK-TO-BACK CONFERENCES: Juris Diversitas (2-4 June 2015) and Irish Society of Comparative Law (5-6 June 2015)


The Juris Diversitas and Irish Society of Comparative Law (ISCL) annual conferences will be hosted back-to-back at the School of Law of the University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland.

Please feel free to submit the same proposal for both conferences.

The theme of the Juris Diversitas conference is ‘The State and/of Comparative Law’ and the deadline for proposals is 28 February 2015.

The theme of the ISCL conference is ‘Comparative Law: From Antiquity to Modernity’ and the deadline for proposals is 30 January 2015.

See the links here and here.

28 January 2015

eJOURNAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal

The 2014 vol 17 no 5 issue of the Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal (PER) is now freely available on our website at http://www.nwu.ac.za/p-per/2014%2817%295
You can access and download the following manuscripts in pdf format from the website:
1.     Transboundary Movements of Genetically Modified Organisms and the Cartagena Protocol: Key Issues and Concerns
OJ Lim Tung
2.     Defending the Absurd: The Iconoclast's Guide to Section 47(1) of the Superior Courts Act 10 of 2013
H McCreath and R Koen
3.     The Legal Status of the Spanish Imperial Eagle in Spain and Thoughts on Environmental Law and Policy as Contributing Factors in the Conservation of Species
JC Knobel
4.     Barriers to Advocacy and Litigation in the Equality Courts for Persons with Disabilities
W Holness and S Rule
5.     Reassessing Judicial Independence and Impartiality against the Backdrop of Judicial Appointments in South Africa
K Malan
6.     The Different Worlds of Labour and Company Law: Truth or Myth?
MM Botha
7.     The Regulation of Acid Mine Drainage in South Africa: Law and Governance Perspectives
L Feris and LJ Kotzé
8.     Spatial Practices in Lowliebenhof: The Case of Maphango v Aengus Lifestyle Properties (Pty) Ltd
I de Villiers
9.     Rectification and Party Misdescription: To what extent is Rectification Competent or Useful?
R Sharrock

10.   Limiting Organisational Rights of Minority Unions: POPCRU v Ledwaba 2013 11 BLLR 1137 (LC)
T Cohen

EJOURNAL ANNOUNEMENT: Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal

The 2014 vol 17 no 4 issue of the Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal (PER) is now freely available by clicking here.
You can access and download the following manuscripts in pdf format from the website:
1.     Unlawful Occupation of Inner-City Buildings: A Constitutional Analysis of the Rights and Obligations involved
J Strydom and S Viljoen
2.     Managing the Trade-Public Health Linkage in Defence of Trade Liberalisation and National Sovereignty: An Appraisal of United States-Measures affecting the Production and Sale of Clove Cigarettes
TV Warikandwa and PC Osode
3.     Shaken Baby Syndrome: A South African Medico-Legal Perspective
A le Roux-Kemp and E Burger
4.     Legislative Prohibitions on wearing a Headscarf: Are they justified?
F Osman
5.     The Potential of Capstone Learning Experiences in addressing perceived Shortcomings in LLB Training in South Africa
G Quinot and SP van Tonder
7.     Regulating Traditional Justice in South Africa: A Comparative Analysis of Selected Aspects of the Traditional Courts Bill
CB Soyapi
8.     The Incorporation of Public International Law into Municipal Law and Regional Law against the Background of the Dichotomy between Monism and Dualism
G Ferreira and A Ferreira-Snyman
9.     Reformation from Criminal to Lawyer: Is such Redemption Possible?
M Slabbert and DJ Boome
10.   "Contributory Intent" as a Defence Limiting Delictual Liability
R Ahmed
11.   A Panoramic View of the Social Security and Social Protection Provisioning in Lesotho
KE Mosito
12.   Public Servants' Right to Strike in Lesotho, Botswana and South Africa – A Comparative Study
T Cohen and L Matee
14.   Peel v Hamon J & C Engineering (Pty) Ltd: Ignoring the Result-Requirement of Section 163(1)(A) of the Companies Act and Extending the Oppression Remedy Beyond its Statutorily Intended Reach
HGJ Beukes and WJC Swart

15.   Sailing between Scylla and Charybdis: Mayelane v Ngwenyama
H Kruuse and J Sloth-Nielsen

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Post-doc position on "Reinventing the Foundations of European Legal Culture 1934-1964"

The research project “Reinventing the Foundations of European Legal Culture 1934-1964” in the University of Helsinki (FoundLaw.org) is looking for a scholar to engage in a study of narratives arising from different strands of European thought on law, tradition and history. 

The closing date for applications is the 2nd of March 2015. The starting date is flexible. 

26 January 2015

JOURNAL ANNOUNCEMENT: European Journal of Legal Studies

A new issue (vol. 7, issue 2) of the European Journal of Legal Studies has just been published.
Click here to download this issue.

BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: Modern Perspectives On Islamic Law

Ann Black, Associate Professor, TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland, Hossein Esmaeili, Associate Professor of Law, Flinders Law School, Flinders University and Nadirsyah Hosen, Senior Lecturer, University of Wollongong, Australia
This well-informed book explains, reflects on and analyses Islamic law, not only in the classical legal tradition of Sharia, but also its modern, contemporary context.

The book explores the role of Islamic law in secular Western nations and reflects on the legal system of Islam in its classical context as applied in its traditional homeland of the Middle East and also in South East Asia. Written by three leading scholars from three different backgrounds: a Muslim in the Sunni tradition, a Muslim in the Shia tradition, and a non-Muslim woman – the book is not only unique, but also enriched by differing insights into Islamic law.

Sir William Blair provides the foreword to a book which acknowledges that Islam continues to play a vital role not just in the Middle East but across the wider world, the discussion on which the authors embark is a crucial one.

The book starts with an analysis of the nature of Islamic law, its concepts, meaning and sources, as well as its development in different stages of Islamic history. This is followed by accounts of how Islamic law is being practised today. Key modern institutions are discussed, such as the parliament, judiciary, dar al-ifta, political parties, and other important organizations. It continues by analysing some key concepts in our modern times: nation-state, citizenship, ummah, dhimmah (recognition of the status of certain non-Muslims in Islamic states), and the rule of law. The book investigates how in recent times, more and more fatwas are issued collectively rather than emanating from an individual scholar. The authors then evaluate how Islamic law deals with family matters, economics, crime, property and alternative dispute resolution. Lastly, the book revisits certain contemporary issues of debate in Islamic law such as the burqa, halal food, riba (interest) and apostasy.

Modern Perspectives on Islamic Law will become a standard scholarly text on Islamic law. Its wide-ranging coverage will appeal to researchers and students of Islamic law, or Islamic studies in general. Legal practitioners will also be interested in the comparative aspects of Islamic law presented in this book.

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