01 February 2018

Cross-border Transfer and Collateralisation of Receivables

A Comparative Analysis of Multiple Legal Systems
Legal systems around the world vary widely in terms of how they deal with the assignment of, and security interests in, receivables. The aim of this book is to help international financiers and practicing lawyers in relevant markets in their practice of international receivables financing. Substantively, this book analyzes three types of receivables financing transactions: outright assignment (transfer), security assignment, and security interests. This book covers comprehensive comparison and analysis of the laws on the assignment of, and security interests in, receivables of fifteen major jurisdictions, encompassing common law jurisdictions, Roman-Germanic jurisdictions, and French-Napoleonic jurisdictions, as well as relevant EU Directives. To be more specific, this book compares and analyzes the relevant legal systems of the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Korea, Japan, France, Belgium, England, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, and the EU Directive on financial collateral arrangements. Furthermore, in order to analyze those legal systems from the international perspective, this book compares relevant international conventions. In addition, this book proposes to establish an international registration system for the assignment of, and security interests in, receivables. Revised Dissertation. [Subject: Banking & Finance Law, Contract Law, Tort Law, Comparative Law, Asian Law]

Revolution and Evolution in Private Law

The development of private law across the common law world is typically portrayed as a series of incremental steps, each one delivered as a result of judges dealing with marginally different factual circumstances presented to them for determination. This is said to be the common law method. According to this process, change might be assumed to be gradual, almost imperceptible. If this were true, however, then even Darwinian-style evolution-death of the dinosaurs or development of flight-would seem unlikely in the law, and radical and revolutionary paradigms shifts perhaps impossible. And yet the history of the common law is to the contrary. The legal landscape is littered with quite remarkable revolutionary and evolutionary changes in the shape of the common law. The essays in this volume explore some of the highlights in this fascinating revolutionary and evolutionary development of the common law. The authors expose the nature of the changes undergone and their significance for the future direction of travel. They identify the circumstances and the contexts which might have provided an impetus for these significant changes. The essays range across all areas of private law, including contract, tort, unjust enrichment, and property. No area has been immune from development. That fact itself is unsurprising, but an extended examination of the particular circumstances and contexts which delivered some of private law's most important developments has its own special significance for what it might indicate about the shape, and the shaping, of private law regimes in the future. [Subject: Private Law, Contract Law, Tort Law, Equity & Trusts, Comparative Law, Property Law, Common Law]

The Constitution of Pakistan

A Contextual Analysis
This volume provides a contextual account of Pakistan's constitutional laws and history. It aims to describe the formal structure of government in reference to origins that are traced to the administrative centralization and legal innovations of colonial rule. It also situates the tide of Muslim nationalism that gave rise to the nation of Pakistan within a terrain of nascent constitutionalism and its associated promises of representation. The post-colonial history of the Pakistani state is charted by reference to succeeding constitutions and the distribution of powers between the major branches of government that they augured. Where conventional histories often suggest that constitutionalism in Pakistan is to be solely understood by reference to a cycle of abidance and rupture, and in the oscillation between military and civilian rule, this volume also accounts for the many points of continuity between regime types. The contours of a broader constitutionalism come to light in the ways in which state power is wielded at different periods and in the range of contests-economic, political and cultural-through which some of this power is sought to be dispersed. Chapters on Rights, Federalism, and Islam detail the contextual features of some of these contests and the normative, legal parameters through which they are provisionally settled. (Series: Constitutional Systems of the World) [Subject: Pakistani Law, Constitutional Law, Comparative Law, Human Rights Law]

The Constitution of India

A Contextual Analysis

This book provides an overview of the Indian Constitution by situating it within its broader socio-political context. It focuses on the overarching principles and the main institutions of constitutional governance that the world's longest written constitution inaugurated in 1950. The nine substantive chapters of the book deal with specific aspects of the Indian constitutional tradition as it has evolved across seven decades of its existence as an independent nation. Starting with a focus on the pre-history of the constitution and its making, the book moves onto an examination of the structural features and actual operation of principal governance institutions, including the executive and the parliament, the institutions of federalism and local government, and the judiciary. An unusual feature of Indian constitutionalism is the role played by technocratic institutions such as the Election Commission, the Comptroller and Auditor General, and a set of new regulatory institutions, most of which were created since the 1990s. A considerable focus of the book is on provisions relating to rights and issues of multiculturalism. The final chapter deals with the important issue of constitutional change in India. The book employs a narrative form to describe the twists, turns, and challenges confronted across nearly seven decades of the operation of the constitution. It departs from conventional Indian constitutional scholarship by placing less emphasis on constitutional doctrine (as evolved in judicial decisions delivered by the High Courts and the Supreme Court). The focus, instead, is on highlighting the political bargains and extra-legal developments that have influenced constitutional evolution. Written for a general audience that is interested in understanding the complex yet fascinating challenges posed by constitutionalism in India, the book's unconventional approach to some standard issues will stimulate the more seasoned student of constitutional law and politics. (Series: Constitutional Systems of the World) [Subject: Constitutional & Administrative Law, South Asian Law, Comparative Law]

29 January 2018

The Juris Diversitas Conference is Moved to April 2019

Though the Call for Papers for the Juris Diversitas 2018 Conference on Law, Roots and Space yields promising submissions, prospective participants regret that they face a dilemma, due to a number of worldwide comparative law events organized on several continents in a very active 2018 conference season. Limited resources force many of our members to choose participating in the World Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law (July 22-28, Fukuoka, Japan), in Juris Diversitas (June 25-27, Potchefstroom, South Africa), or in the World Congress of the International Association of Constitutional Law (June 18-22, Seoul, Korea).

The Executive Committee of Juris Diversitas therefore resolved to postpone the 2018 Conference, moving it to April 15-17, 2019, in Potchefstroom, South Africa. Existing submissions will be reviewed, there shall be an extended call for papers, and participants will be invited, though not compelled, to communicate papers ahead of time, which may allow for the organization of a more dynamic event.

The Executive Committee also decided to move forward with the plan to organize biennial rather than annual large-scale events. This means that forthcoming large-scale conferences will be organized in odd years, leaving room for smaller more thematic events during even years. This will free time and energy for a better diffusion of our work, thereby enhancing collective publications under the Juris Diversitas name.  Our members are encouraged to come up with proposals and ideas, whether event or publication related, or both. Smaller theme events will be regarded a success if truly transdisciplinary, with a significant proportion of participants from outside the legal community.

The Executive Committee hopes that the biennial pattern will keep attracting comparative law scholars thinking out of the box and further the dialogue with a growing number of scholars from other disciplines, whether in hard sciences or humanities. 

For the Executive Committee,
Olivier Moréteau
President of Juris Diversitas