14 October 2015

Professorship of Law at the University of Münster

The University of Münster invites applications for an open-ended appointment as professor of law in the Faculty of Law to commence as soon as possible. The Faculty of Law of the University of Münster is one of the leading law faculties in Germany. The appointment is part of an internationalization strategy that aims at preparing students for the challenges of an increasingly international legal profession and to attract a greater number of foreign students.
Applicants should be qualified primarily in a non-German speaking legal system and have an international focus on teaching and research. They must be able to give lectures in English. German language skills are not required. The successful applicant will be expected to undertake original research leading to influential international publications, contribute to the teaching of the faculty’s degree programs and take an active role in the administration of the faculty. The teaching load amounts to nine hours per week (approx. 126 hours per semester). The university will offer the successful applicant a competitive remuneration package (Although the offered position is a W2-professorship, the salary will be paid according to pay scale grade W3.) commensurate with the applicant’s qualification and experience and contributions to a retirement benefits scheme.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of female academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. We also welcome applications from candidates with severe disabilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered.

Queries about the post should be addressed to the head of the selection committee, Professor Petra Pohlmann (petra.pohlmann@uni-muenster.de). Applications should include a covering letter or statement explaining the motivation for the application as well as a full CV, a list of publications and a list of previously taught classes. They should be sent electronically until November 2nd, 2015 to dekan03@uni-muenster.de.

13 October 2015

European Society for Comparative Legal History Fourth Biennial Conference


Gdańsk (Poland) 28 June – 1 July 2016

Culture, Identity and Legal Instrumentalism

The Organising Committee of the 4th Biennial Conference and the Executive Council of the European Society for Comparative Legal History are pleased to call for papers for the upcoming conference to be held on 28 June – 1 July 2016 at the University of Gdańsk (Poland) on: “Culture, Identity and Legal Instrumentalism”. The main theme picks up threads of thought from the earlier ESCLH conferences in Valencia (2010), Amsterdam (2012) and Macerata (2014). The conference will focus on the issue of law as an instrument of transforming reality in the individual cultural circles and sub-circles of Europe and the world. Papers addressing this theme are welcome, to be submitted before 15 November 2015 as explained below.
The conference seeks to understand the instrumentality of law through two broad themes. Law may
be considered as an instrument either (1) through the prism of analysis of techniques (functional approach) or (2) of objectives (axiological approach).
Within the first approach, particularly welcome are those papers which address how legal
problems are identified and their solutions developed, whether autonomously or by transplantation and subsequent adaptation.
Within the second approach, we welcome papers exploring how law can transform reality,
especially as a tool of modernisation and/or as a means to shape and strengthen national identity or other goals defined through the prism of national interest.
Papers should be novel, properly researched and referenced. They should address the conference
theme, exploring doctrinal, theoretical, cultural or methodological aspects of comparative legal history. The organisers particularly welcome addressing multiple cultures. This includes where a similar legal system functions in two different cultural circles as a result of en masse transplantation of foreign legal solutions and where a given homogeneous cultural circle has been divided and various legal systems function in its
individual parts.
The conference organisers intend to publish a volume, drawing on the best papers presented at the
conference as developed in line for publication.

Dr Anna Klimaszewska
Dr Michał Gałędek
Katedra Historii Prawa
Wydział Prawa i Administracji
ul. Bażyńskiego 6, 80-952 Gdańsk
tel. +48 58 523 28 79, fax +48 58 523 29 41, email: anna.klimaszewska@prawo.ug.edu.pl; michal.galedek@prawo.ug.edu.pl