08 May 2015

JURIS DIVERSITAS BOOK SERIES: Update and Call for Proposals

Juris Diversitas is proud to have a book series with Ashgate Publishing (we're also a Publishing Partner): 

Rooted in comparative law, the Juris Diversitas Series focuses on the interdisciplinary study of legal and normative mixtures and movements. Our interest is in comparison broadly conceived, extending beyond law narrowly understood to related fields. Titles might be geographical or temporal comparisons. They could focus on theory and methodology, substantive law, or legal cultures. They could investigate official or unofficial ‘legalities’, past and present and around the world. And, to effectively cross spatial, temporal, and normative boundaries, inter- and multi-disciplinary research is particularly welcome. 

Since October 2014, the following titles have been published:
  1. Seán Patrick Donlan and Lukas Heckerdon-Ursheler (eds), Concepts of Law: Comparative, Jurisprudential, and Social Science Perspectives 
  2. Sue Farran, Esin Örücü, and Seán Patrick Donlan (eds), A Study of Mixed Legal Systems: Endangered, Entrenched, or Blend
  3. Vernon Palmer, Mohamed Y Mattar, and Anna Koppel (eds), Mixed Legal Systems, East and West
  4. Daniela Berti, Anthony Good, and Gilles Tarabout (eds), Of Doubt and Proof: Ritual and Legal Practices of Judgment
  5. Shauna van Praagh and Helge Deldek (eds), Stateless Law: Evolving Boundaries of a Discipline
Among other titles, the following are due in 2015:
While we anticipate publishing future collections (original, conference-based, Festschriften, etc), we're also very interested in publishing monographs and student texts. 

Note that selected volumes are also provided free with membership.

In addition, Ashgate Publishing is delighted to offer members of Juris Diversitas a special discount of 20% on all Ashgate’s titles. 

BOOK (Juris Diversitas): Dedek and van Praagh (eds), Stateless Law: Evolving Boundaries of a Discipline

Stateless LawJuris Diversitas is delighted to announce the publication, with Ashgate Publishing, of our latest volume:

Helge Dedek and Shauna van Praagh (eds), Stateless Law: Evolving Boundaries of a Discipline.

As the book's blurb explains:

This volume offers a critical analysis and illustration of the challenges and promises of ‘stateless’ law thought, pedagogy and approaches to governance - that is, understanding and conceptualizing law in a post-national condition. From common, civil and international law perspectives, the collection focuses on the definition and role of law as an academic discipline, and hybridity in the practice and production of law. With contributions by a diverse and international group of scholars, the collection includes fourteen chapters written in English and three in French.

Confronting the ‘transnational challenge’ posed to the traditional theoretical and institutional structures that underlie the teaching and study of law in the university, the seventeen authors of Stateless Law: Evolving Boundaries of a Discipline bring new insight to the ongoing and crucial conversation about the future shape of legal scholarship, education and practice that is emblematic of the early twenty-first century.

This collection is essential reading for academics, institutions and others involved in determining the future roles, responsibilities and education of jurists, as well as for academics interested in Law, Sociology, Political Science and Education.

Reviewers have said:

BOOK (Recommended): Jaakko Husa's New Introduction to Comparative Law


Jaakko Husa,
A New Introduction to Comparative Law

This thought provoking introduction to the study of comparative law provides in-depth analyses of all major comparative methodologies and theories and serves as a common sense guide to the study of foreign legal systems. It is written in a lively and accessible style and will prove indispensable reading to advanced students of the subject. It also contains much that will be of interest to comparative law scholars, offering novel insights into commonplace methodological and theoretical questions and making a significant contribution to the field.

"Professor Jaakko Husa is one of the very few people who is able to act as a reliable guide in the vigorous debates in comparative legal scholarship. In this volume he provides the legal scholar with a sensible and sensitive overview of the schools, themes, problems and challenges when 'doing' comparative law. He objectively examines the themes and problems in comparative law in a way that both elevates the scholarly debate and provides an illuminating introduction for beginners. We should be very grateful to him for that!"
Maurice Adams, Full Professor of Law at Tilburg University.

"Jaakko Husa's new book presents a major contribution to modern comparative law. It benefits from the author's profound knowledge in matters of comparative law, both in terms of the method of comparison and examples from many parts of the world. The book also has a strong didactic element: it is the best one on the market that explains core discussions to aspiring comparative lawyers. An important innovation is that it firmly puts the concept of legal culture to the centre of a comparative law textbook. It is to be applauded that this is done in a diplomatic way, not trying to impose a particular position but rather to convince the readers that the author's approach is a beneficial way forward. This book will certainly be well received by both students and scholars."
Mathias Siems, Professor of Commercial Law at Durham University.

"Jaakko Husa’s new book provides a delightful and fresh approach to the comparative study of law. Written by one of the world’s leading comparatists, Husa shows the way to how to do meaningful and stimulating comparative legal work. A must-read for any legal academic."
Jan Smits, Chair of European Private Law, Maastricht University

05 May 2015

WORKSHOP: Mapping Law Globally

Half Day Workshop: 
'Mapping Law Globally'
13 May 2015 - 3:00 - 6:30pm
Room 313, Law Building, School of Law,
Queen Mary University of London,
Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

This seminar considers the spatial dimensions of legal processes and the (dis)orderly aspects of geographical processes as we discuss land title registration systems, the world’s first factory and public billboards.  By participating in this conversation between geography and law, we hope for further critical consideration of the racist effects of liquefying land, the different legal mechanisms of industrial place-making, and the role of judicial ‘space-talk’ in constituting public spheres.   


Dr Ruth Fletcher, Queen Mary University of London


3-4pm: Making Land Liquid: Race, Time and Title Registration

Author: Sarah Keenan, Birkbeck University of London
Commentator: Simon Reid-Henry, Queen Mary University of London

4-5pm: How does law make place? Localisation, translocalisation and thing-law at the world’s first factory

Author: Luke Bennett, Sheffield Hallam University
Commentator: Miles Ogborn, Queen Mary University of London

5-6pm: Freedom of Expression and Spatial (Imaginations of) Justice

Author: Antonia Layard, University of Bristol
Commentator: TBC

6-6.30pm: General Discussion



From 18 to 22 May 2015, the Perelman Centre will run the first edition of the Brussels Global Law Week. After the New York Global Law Week (2011) and the London Global Law Summit held in February 2015, the capital of Europe is ready to launch its own forum on the globalization of law. Reuniting theory and practice, the Brussels Global Law Week will be an annual forum open to academics, researchers, students, NGOs, legal practitioners, regulators and decision-makers to discuss issues of law & globalization. Each year, special attention will be drawn to both research in global and transnational legal theory and practical issues in specific sectors. In 2015, special focus will be given to the regulation of global finance.
  Here you can find the program.