22 March 2019

BOOK: Robert L. TSAI, Practical Equality : Forging Justice in a Divided Nation (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2019). ISBN 978-0-393-65202-4, $27.95

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W.W. Norton has published a book on challenges to equality in American history.


A path-breaking account of how Americans have used innovative legal measures to overcome injustice—and an indispensable guide to pursuing equality in our time.

Equality is easy to grasp in theory but often hard to achieve in reality. In this accessible and wide-ranging work, American University law professor Robert L. Tsai offers a stirring account of how legal ideas that aren’t necessarily about equality at all—ensuring fair play, behaving reasonably, avoiding cruelty, and protecting free speech—have often been used to overcome resistance to justice and remain vital today.

Practical Equality is an original and compelling book on the intersection of law and society. Tsai, a leading expert on constitutional law who has written widely in the popular press, traces challenges to equality throughout American history: from the oppression of emancipated slaves after the Civil War to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II to President Trump’s ban on Muslim travelers. He applies lessons from these and other past struggles to such pressing contemporary issues as the rights of sexual minorities and the homeless, racism in the criminal justice system, police brutality, voting restrictions, oppressive measures against migrants, and more.

Deeply researched and well argued, Practical Equality offers a sense of optimism and a guide to pursuing equality for activists, lawyers, public officials, and concerned citizens.


Robert L. Tsai is professor of law at American University. He is the author Practical Equality and America’s Forgotten Constitutions and his essays have appeared in Boston Globe, Washington Post, Los Angeles Review of Books, Politico, Boston Review, and Slate. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.

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BOOK: Julia LOVELL, Maoism. A Global History (London: Penguin, 2019), 624 p., ISBN 9781847922496, 30 GBP

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Book abstract:
For decades, the West has dismissed Maoism as an outdated historical and political phenomenon. Since the 1980s, China seems to have abandoned the utopian turmoil of Mao’s revolution in favour of authoritarian capitalism. But Mao and his ideas remain central to the People’s Republic and the legitimacy of its Communist government. With disagreements and conflicts between China and the West on the rise, the need to understand the political legacy of Mao is urgent and growing. The power and appeal of Maoism have extended far beyond China. Maoism was a crucial motor of the Cold War: it shaped the course of the Vietnam War (and the international youth rebellions that conflict triggered) and brought to power the murderous Khmer Rouge in Cambodia; it aided, and sometimes handed victory to, anti-colonial resistance movements in Africa; it inspired terrorism in Germany and Italy, and wars and insurgencies in Peru, India and Nepal, some of which are still with us today – more than forty years after the death of Mao. In this new history, Julia Lovell re-evaluates Maoism as both a Chinese and an international force, linking its evolution in China with its global legacy. It is a story that takes us from the tea plantations of north India to the sierras of the Andes, from Paris’s fifth arrondissement to the fields of Tanzania, from the rice paddies of Cambodia to the terraces of Brixton. Starting with the birth of Mao’s revolution in northwest China in the 1930s and concluding with its violent afterlives in South Asia and resurgence in the People’s Republic today, this is a landmark history of global Maoism.
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21 March 2019

ARTICLE: Delia LIN & Susan TREVASKES, "Creating a Virtuous Leviathan: The Party, Law, and Socialist Core Values" (Asian Journal of Law and Society 2019)

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In recent years, the Chinese Communist Party has declared that its governance must dominate over all aspects of law-making and enforcement, declaring that its leadership must be implemented across the entire process of governing the country in accordance with the law. Contemporaneous to this new way of thinking about the law-Party nexus is a propaganda push to integrate moral values into the law. This paper is about moralizing governance in the Xi Jinping era. It explores the ideology behind the promotion of this morals–law integration, focusing on the Socialist Core Values in the legal realm under the current Xi Jinping administration. We do so from two interrelated perspectives. The first examines the relationship between law and morality. Here, we argue that the Party’s calls for a law–morality amalgam can be understood as a form of “pan-moralism.” The second looks at the supremacy of Party rule, extending the theory of the “Leviathan” proposed by Thomas Hobbes to take into account the Party’s morality push. This two-pronged argument enables us to assert that the Xi Jinping administration is creating a “virtuous Leviathan.
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BOOK REVIEW: Martin HECKEL, Martin Luthers Reformation und das Recht (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017), 2016, XIV + 988 S., ISBN 978-3-16-154211-4, EUR 69,00 by Isabelle DEFLERS (Freibourg/Breisgau) Sehepunkte 18 (2018), 11

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First paragraph:
Das Reformationsjubiläum im Jahr 2017 wurde von einer unüberschaubaren Anzahl an Neuerscheinungen in den unterschiedlichsten Gattungen begleitet. Unter ihnen ragt die monumentale Studie Martin Heckels über das Verhältnis von Luthers reformatorischer Lehre zu seinem Verständnis vom Recht heraus. Das Buch enthält nicht nur eine gründliche und umfangreiche Untersuchung der Auswirkungen der lutherisch ausgeprägten Theologie auf die Art und Weise, wie Recht zu definieren sei, sondern darüber hinaus auch die persönliche Reflexion eines 89-jährigen Gelehrten über den Stellenwert des Kirchenrechts heutzutage. Somit zieht das 988 Seiten umfassende Buch ein Fazit über das eigene Œuvre und die eigene Disziplin, stellt aber kein Vermächtnis dar, denn Heckel erwähnt im Vorwort zwei geplante Fortsetzungen: zunächst einen Band über die Rechtsentwicklung im Reich und in den Territorien bis zum Westfälischen Frieden und einen dritten Band über die Wandlungen des evangelischen Kirchenrechts und Staatskirchenrechts bis in die Gegenwart.
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COLLOQUIUM: Regards croisés sur la justice fiscale (Xe-XXIe siècle) (Amiens, 4-5 April 2019)

Via Portail universitaire du droit, we learned of the programme for the colloquium “Regards croisés sur la justice fiscal”.

Jeudi 4 avril
9h00 – Accueil des participants
9h30 – Ouverture du colloque
Allocution de Monsieur le Président de l’Université de Picardie Jules Verne (sous réserve)
Mot d’ouverture du Président de la Société Française de Finances Publiques
Mot d’ouverture des organisateurs du colloque
I — Concevoir la justice fiscale
Session 1 – L’attente de justice fiscale
Sous la présidence de Jacques Chevallier, Professeur émérite de droit public à l’Université de Paris-II Panthéon-Assas
10h00 – L’idéal de la justice fiscale dans les mazarinades
Damien Salles– Professeur d’histoire du droit, Université de Poitiers
10h20 – Peut-on encore parler de « justice fiscale » ?
Céline Husson-Rochcongar, Maître de conférences en droit public, Université de Picardie Jules Verne
10h40 – Discussion
11h00 – Pause
Session 2 – Théories et représentations de la justice fiscale
Sous la présidence de Sébastien Kott, Professeur de droit public à l’Université de Poitiers
11h20 – Les physiocrates et la justice fiscale
Thérence Carvalho, Maître de conférences en histoire du droit, Université de Lyon
11h40 – La justice fiscale chez Proudhon : évolution d’un concept (1846-1861)
Anne-Sophie Chambost, Professeure d’histoire du droit, Université de Saint-Étienne
12h00 – À l’ombre du positivisme : quelle place pour une doctrine de la justice fiscale propre aux juristes fiscalistes (XIXe-XXesiècle) ?
Fabrice Bin, Maître de conférences en droit public, Université Toulouse 1-Capitole
12h20 – Discussion
12h40 – Déjeuner
Session 3 – L’émergence de la justice fiscale
Sous la présidence d’Albert Rigaudière, Professeur émérite d’histoire du droit à l’Université de Paris-II Panthéon-Assas, Membre de l’Institut
14h00 – Les privilèges fiscaux dans les chartes municipales du Midi au Moyen Âge
Nicolas Leroy, Professeur d’histoire du droit, Université de Nîmes
14h20 – L’État fiscal belge et la question de la justice dans l’impôt (1914-1921)
Simon Watteyne, Doctorant, Université Libre de Bruxelles
14h40 – L’introduction de la publicité des rôles et la justice fiscale dans la réforme de 1926
Katia Weidenfeld, Professeure d’histoire du droit, École des Chartes
15h00 – La stabilisation du système fiscal par le droit
Hugues Rabault, Professeur de droit public, Université d’Évry
15h20 – Discussion
15h40 – Pause
II — Mettre en œuvre la justice fiscale
Session 1 – La justice fiscale comme indifférenciation
Sous la présidence d’Olivier Gaspon, Président de la chambre fiscale au Tribunal administratif d’Amiens (sous réserve)
16h00 – Quelle justice fiscale dans la législation royale d’Ancien Régime ?
Cédric Glineur, Professeur d’histoire du droit, Université de Picardie Jules Verne
16h20 – Le contentieux des vingtièmes et les catastrophes naturelles. L’exemple du Poitou (XVIIIe siècle)
Clément Chevereau, Doctorant en histoire du droit, Université de Poitiers
16h40 – Competition, convergence, harmonisation – a comparative analyse of the taxation in Be-Ne-Lux States (1945-1992)
Elena Danescu, Docteure en histoire, Université du Luxembourg, Centre for contemporary and digital history
17h00 – Discussion
17h30 – Conclusion des travaux de la journée
20h00 – Dîner
Vendredi 5 avril
9h00 – Accueil des participants
Session 2 – Une justice fiscale ‘‘sur mesure’’
Sous la présidence de Michel Borgetto, Professeur de droit public à l’Université de Paris II Panthéon-Assas
9h30 – La justice fiscale en temps de guerre : l’exemple de l’impôt de Solidarité Nationale de 1945 en France
Isabelle Rabault-Mazières, Maître de Conférences en histoire, Université Paris-Panthéon-Sorbonne
9h50 – Justice fiscale et relation conjugale
Anaïs Vanel, Doctorante en droit privé, Université de Limoges
10h10 – Justice fiscale et surendettement
Valérie Varnerot, Maître de conférences HDR en droit privé, Université de Picardie Jules Verne
10h30 – Discussion
10h50 – Pause
Session 3 – Paradoxes et contradictions dans la justice fiscale
Sous la présidence de Frédérique Olivaux-Rigouta, Procureure de la République adjointe près le Tribunal de grande instance d’Amiens (sous réserve)
11h10 – Impôt unique contre impôt spécifique : quelques paradoxes autour de l’assiette de l’impôt et de la justice fiscale
Julie Bannier, Doctorante en droit public, Université de Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne
11h30 – De l’insoutenable légèreté de la justice fiscale après la Première Guerre mondiale. Contournement de l’impôt, compétition fiscale, centres offshore
Christophe Farquet, Chercheur au Fonds national suisse de la recherche scientifique
11h50 – Égalité fiscale et neutralité fiscale : les inégalités générées par la neutralisation des situations transfrontalières
Edoardo Traversa, Professeur de droit public, Université de Leuven
12h10 – Discussion
12h30 – Déjeuner
Session 4 – Quel avenir pour la justice fiscale ?
Sous la présidence de Marc Leroy, Professeur de sociologie à l’Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Vice-président de la Société Française de Finances Publiques
14h00 – Justice fiscale et Union européenne
Céline Viessant, Professeure de droit public, Université d’Aix-Marseille
14h20 – L’intérêt relatif des juristes pour la justice fiscale
Audrey Rosa, Maître de conférences en droit public, Université de Lille
14h40 – L’incivisme fiscal au prisme du développement local en Casamance : sociologie des représentations sociales d’une forme de déviance
Benoît Tine, Enseignant-chercheur en sociologie, Université Assane Seck du Sénégal
15h00 – De l’égalité des contribuables à la responsabilité du contribuable ?
Emmanuel de Crouy-Chanel, Professeur de droit public, Université de Picardie Jules Verne
15h20 – Discussion
Michel Bouvier, Professeur émérite de droit public à l’Université de Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, Président de FONDAFIP, Directeur de la Revue française de Finances Publiques
16h30 – Clôture du colloque
Colloque organisé sous la direction scientifique d'Emmanuel de Crouy-Chanel, Cédric Glineur et Céline Husson-Rochcongar

20 March 2019

CONFERENCE: Verfassungsjubiläen 1818/1819 – 1919 – 2019 (Karlsruhe: Stadtmuseum, 11-12 APR 2019); DEADLINE 4 APR 2019

Baden und Württemberg gehörten zu den ersten Ländern in Deutschland, die 1818 bzw. 1819 Verfassungen erhielten. Hundert Jahre später wurden diese Verfassungen der konstitutionellen Monarchien durch demokratische ersetzt. Im Rückblick von weiteren hundert Jahren soll die Geschichte dieser Verfassungen auf der Tagung näher beleuchtet werden. Im Zentrum stehen dabei drei Fragekomplexe: Zum einen wie und wieweit die Verfassungen die Partizipation der Bevölkerung am staatlichen Leben ermöglichten, bzw. welche integrative Kraft sie gerade in den Anfang des 19. Jahrhunderts neu entstandenen Staaten entwickelten. Darüber hinaus, wie die Verfassungen rezipiert, aber auch wie sie im Bewusstsein der Zeitgenossen verankert wurden und schließlich drittens, welche politischen und rechtlichen Probleme sich in der Verfassungswirklichkeit, also im praktischen Verfassungsleben in den beiden südwestdeutschen Staaten ergaben. Eingerahmt werden die Beiträge durch zwei übergreifende Referate, die die Geschichte der südwestdeutschen Verfassungen in einen größeren historischen Zusammenhang stellen.
Donnerstag, 11. April 2019
14.00 Eröffnung der Veranstaltung
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Zimmermann (Kommission für geschichtliche
Landeskunde in Baden-Württemberg)
Dr. Nicole Bickhoff (Württembergischer Geschichts- und Altertumsverein),
Prof. Dr. Konrad Krimm (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für geschichtliche Landeskunde am Oberrhein)
14.15 Einführungsvortrag
Moderation: Dr. Ernst Otto Bräunche (Karlsruhe)
Prof. Dr. Michael Kißener (Mainz)
Verfassungen als politische Zäsur. Über die Bedeutung und Funktion der südwestdeutschen Verfassungen zu Beginn des 19. und des 20. Jahrhunderts
Sektion 1: Verfassung und Partizipation
Moderation: Dr. Nicole Bickhoff (Stuttgart)
15.00 Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Becht (Pforzheim)
Verfassungen als Integrationsmotoren? Der Fall Baden mit Seitenblicken auf Württemberg
15.45 Prof. Dr. Michael Wettengel (Ulm)
Verfassungen als Integrationsmotoren – Ulm und die württembergische Verfassung von 1819
16.30 Kaffeepause
17.00 Prof. Dr. Katja Patzel-Mattern (Heidelberg)
„Die Interessen unserer Partei, unseres Geschlechts, des Ganzen und unseres badischen Vaterlandes“. Frauen als Wählerinnen und Abgeordnete seit 1919
17.45 Prof. Dr. Sylvia Schraut (Mannheim/München)
Das Frauenwahlrecht in den Verfassungen: Gleichberechtigungskonzepte und Familienrecht in der Verschränkung
19.00 Abendvortrag
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Zimmermann (Kommission für geschichtliche Landeskunde in Baden-Württemberg)
Grußwort: Stadt Karlsruhe
Prof. Dr. Peter Steinbach (Mannheim/Berlin)
„Verfassungen – mehr als Machtfragen“: Verfassungsgeschichte, Verfassungsfeiern, Verfassungswandel 1818/19-2019
Empfang durch die Stadt Karlsruhe
Freitag, 12. April 2019
Sektion 2: Verfassungsrezeption und –vermittlung
Moderation: Dr. Ernst Otto Bräunche (Karlsruhe)
9.00 Prof. Dr. Ewald Grothe (Gummersbach)
Auf der Suche nach einer Tradition. Die südwestdeutschen Verfassungen in der verfassungsgeschichtlichen Literatur des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts
9.45 Dr. Martin Furtwängler (Stuttgart)
Verfassungsjubiläen und Verfassungsgedenken: 1843/44 – 1868/69 – 1918/19 – Glockengeläut, Festreden, Gedichte und Bankette
10.30 Kaffeepause
Sektion 3: Verfassungswirklichkeit und Verfassungsprobleme
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Konrad Krimm (Karlsruhe)
11.00 Dr. Detlev Fischer (Karlsruhe) Verfassungsrechtlicher Modernisierungsbedarf in Baden und Württemberg im 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert
12.00–14.00 Mittagspause
14.00 Dr. Dorothee Mußgnug (Heidelberg)
Der König von Württemberg und der Großherzog von Baden in ihren Verfassungen
14.45 Prof. Dr. Reinhold Weber (Stuttgart)
„Das Schlagwort vom Kampf gegen das ‚System‘ versagt in Württemberg, weil es das ‚System‘ gar nicht gibt“. Angriffe auf die Verfassung in Württemberg in den 1920er-Jahren
15.30 Kaffeepause
16.00 Dr. Christopher Dowe (Stuttgart)
Verfassungen und Unitarisierung in der frühen Weimarer Republik. Südwestdeutsche Sondierungen
16.45 Zusammenfassung und Abschlussdiskussion
17.15 Ende der Veranstaltung 
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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Cromwell Foundation Book Prize in American Legal History (DEADLINE: 31 May 2019)


The American Society for Legal History has opened a call for nominations for the Cromwell Book Prize. Here the call:

The William Nelson Cromwell Foundation Book Prize is awarded annually to the best book in the field of American legal history by an early career scholar. The prize is designed to recognize and promote new work in the field by graduate students, law students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty not yet tenured. The work may be in any area of American legal history, including constitutional and comparative studies, but scholarship in the colonial and early national periods will receive some preference. The prize is limited to a first book, wholly or primarily written while the author was untenured. Submission of a book by an author who has previously been awarded a Cromwell Foundation Prize for a dissertation or article must be accompanied by a showing that the book enhances, or differs in subject from, the previous work.

The author of the winning book receives a prize of $5,000. The Foundation awards the prize after a review of the recommendation of the Cromwell Prize Advisory Committee of the American Society for Legal History. The Committee shall consider a book in the year of its copyright date or of its actual publication. However, no book shall be considered for the prize more than once.

To nominate a book, please send copies of it and the curriculum vitae of its author to John D. Gordan, III, Chair of the Cromwell Prize Advisory Committee, and to each member of the Cromwell Book Prize Advisory Committee with a postmark no later than May 31, 2019.

All information can be found at the website of the ASLH

19 March 2019

BOOK: Ellen WIDDER, Iris HOLZWART-SCHAEFER & Christian HEINEMEYER (Hrsg.), Geboren, um zu herrschen? Gefährdete Dynastien in historisch-interdisziplinärer Perspektive [Bedrohte Ordnungen; 10] (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018), VIII + 307 p., ISBN 978-3-16-153609-0, € 59

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Book abstract:
Zu allen Zeiten und in ganz unterschiedlichen Regionen der Welt haben Menschen dazu tendiert, Besitz, Macht, Ämter und Status an die nächste Generation weiterzugeben, um sich selbst und ihr eigenes Wirken in eine Linie der Kontinuität zu stellen. Ob in deutscher oder internationaler Politik und Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft oder sogar im Sport ‒ dynastische Kontinuitäten bestimmen auch unsere Gegenwart mehr, als sich auf den ersten Blick vermuten lässt. Was Dynastien ausmacht, zeigt sich besonders in solchen Momenten, in denen sie in ihrem Fortbestand unmittelbar bedroht sind: Wenn Nachkommen fehlen, sterben oder aus anderen Gründen als Erben ausfallen, wenn die Nachfolge umstritten ist und diese Situation von Konkurrenten herausgefordert oder ausgenutzt wird. Dieser Band versammelt erstmals Vertreter verschiedener Disziplinen, die sich mit der Bedrohung dynastischer Ordnungen in verschiedenen zeitlichen, räumlichen und kulturellen Kontexten beschäftigen.

On the editors:
Christian Heinemeyer Geboren 1986; 2006–11 Studium der Geschichte und Rechtswissenschaften; 2014 Promotion; seit August 2011 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Tübinger Sonderforschungsbereich 923, Teilprojekt C02: Die Bedrohung politisch-sozialer Ordnungen im 14./15. Jahrhundert. Dynastische Brüche.
Iris Holzwart-Schäfer Geboren 1975; 1994–2000 Studium der Geschichte und Romanistik; 2011 Promotion; 2000–2011 freiberufliche Projektarbeit; 2011–2015 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Tübinger Sonderforschungsbereich 923, Teilprojekt C02: Die Bedrohung politisch-sozialer Ordnungen im 14./15. Jahrhundert. Dynastische Brüche.
Ellen Widder Geboren 1955; 1975–82 Studium der Geschichte, Geographie, Pädagogik und Kunstgeschichte; 1986 Promotion; 1996 Habilitation; seit 1997 Professorin für mittelalterliche Geschichte an der Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen.

VorwortChristian Heinemeyer: Von bedrohten Ordnungen und dynastischen Brüchen. Eine Einführung
Dynastisches Bewusstsein, Brüche und KontinuitätenKarl Ubl: Herrscherlisten in Rechtshandschriften. Dynastiebildung und genealogisches Wissen im karolingischen Frankenreich ‒ Gilles Lecuppre: Widersprüchliche Ausdrucksformen der Kapetinger-Nostalgie um die Mitte des 14. Jahrhunderts: Bruch oder Kontinuität der Dynastie? ‒ Martin Wrede: Gründen und Bleiben – zwei Probleme. Familiengründung und Bestandssicherung am Beispiel des »neuen« Hauses Arenberg
Strategien der NachfolgesicherungEllen Widder: Colette de Corbie. Wege zur Heiligkeit im Burgund des 15. Jahrhunderts ‒ Christina Antenhofer:Medikalisierung ante litteram? Die Bedeutung des medizinischen Wissens für die Dynastie am Beispiel der Korrespondenz der Gonzaga von Mantua mit den süddeutschen Fürstenhöfen ‒ Michael Zach: Dominante Mütter, schwache Söhne, mächtige Generäle – und nur eine Dynastie? Nachfolgestrategien im Reich von Meroe ‒ Susan Richter: Außereuropäische Erbfolgeregelungen im europäischen Aufklärungsdiskurs ‒ Bernd Kannowski:Dynastische und normative Rahmenbedingungen der Königswahl im Spätmittelalter ‒ Torsten Groth: Paradoxien der Nachfolgeentscheidung in Mehrgenerationen-Familienunternehmen
MöglichkeitsräumeJörg Rogge: Was tun, wenn ein (männlicher) Erbe fehlt? Das Ringen um den schottischen Thron nach dem Tod von König Alexander III. 1286 ‒ Iris Holzwart-Schäfer: Cecidit corona capitis me – Das Nachfolgeproblem König Roberts I. von Neapel und die politische Ordnung Italiens im 14. Jahrhundert ‒ Heidi Mehrkens: Ferdinand Philippe von Orléans: Ein Todesfall und ein fragiles Regime (1842–1848) ‒ Susanne Knaeble: Eine Frau soll herrschen? – Bedrohte Herrschaft und bedrohte ständische Ordnung im Hug Schapler (1500) ‒ Dominique Otten-Pappas: Die Rolle von Frauen im Familienunternehmen. Töchter in der Nachfolge ‒ Iris Holzwart-Schäfer: Gefährdete Dynastien in historisch-interdisziplinärem Kontext – Resümee
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18 March 2019

JOURNAL: Law and History Review XXXVII (2019), Issue 1 (Feb)

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“Most Hevynesse and Sorowe”: The Presence of Emotions in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Court of Chancery (Merridee L. Bailey)

Married Women's Wills: Probate, Property, and Piety in Later Medieval England (Cordelia Beattie)

A Contested Inheritance: The Family and the Law from the Enlightenment to the French Revolution (Hannah Callaway)

William Johnson's Hypothesis: A Free Black Man and the Problem of Legal Knowledge in the Antebellum United States South (Kimberly Welch)

Select “Back into the Days of Slavery”: Freedom, Citizenship, and the Black Family in the Reconstruction-Era Courtroom “Back into the Days of Slavery”: Freedom, Citizenship, and the Black Family in the Reconstruction-Era Courtroom (Giuliana Perrone)

Restricting the Juror Franchise in 1920s England and Wales (Kevin Crosby)

“The Great Humanitarian”: The Soviet Union, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Geneva Conventions of 1949 (Boyd van Dijk)

Select Innocent Children and Passive Pederasts: Sodomy, Age of Consent, and the Legal and Juridical Vulnerability of Boys in Buenos Aires, 1853–1912 Innocent Children and Passive Pederasts: Sodomy, Age of Consent, and the Legal and Juridical Vulnerability of Boys in Buenos Aires, 1853–1912 (Julia Ogden)

Review essay
The Problem of Periodization in the History of International Law (Ignacio de la Rasilla)

Book reviews
Daniel Lord Smail, Legal Plunder: Households and Debt Collection in Late Medieval Europe, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2016. Pp. xv + 326. $39.95 hardcover (ISBN 978-0-674-73728-0) (Steven Bednarski)
Stefan Jurasinski, The Old English Penitentials and Anglo-Saxon Law, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Pp. xiii, 238. $103.00 cloth (ISBN 978-1-107-08341-7). (Ingrid Ivarsen)
Paul Garfinkel, Criminal Law in Liberal and Fascist Italy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Pp. xviii + 536. $99.99 hardcover (ISBN 978-1-107-10891-2). (Mary Gibson)
Paul Finkelman, Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation's Highest Court, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018. Pp. 287. $35.00 hardcover (ISBN 9780674051218). (Mark A. Graber)
Andrew W. Kahrl, Free the Beaches: The Story of Ned Coll and the Battle for America's Most Exclusive Shoreline, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018. Pp. 376. $28.00 hardcover (ISBN: 9780300215144). (Deborah Dinner)
Tera Eva Agyepong, The Criminalization of Black Children: Race, Gender, and Delinquency in Chicago's Juvenile Justice System, 1899-1945, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018. Pp. 180. $90.00 hardcover (ISBN 9781469638652); $24.95 paperback (ISBN 9781469636443); $18.99 ebook (ISBN 9781469638669). (Kathryn Schumaker)
Select Hendrik Hartog, The Trouble with Minna: A Case of Slavery and Emancipation in the Antebellum North, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018. Pp. 208. $27.95 hardcover (ISBN 9781469640884); $19.99 ebook (ISBN 9781469640891). Hendrik Hartog, The Trouble with Minna: A Case of Slavery and Emancipation in the Antebellum North, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018. Pp. 208. $27.95 hardcover (ISBN 9781469640884); $19.99 ebook (ISBN 9781469640891). (Nathaniel Conley)
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Ordering the Anthropocene: Law & the Environment in the Indian Ocean World (Philadelphia, 4-5 October 2019) (DEADLINE: 15 May 2019)

(Source: H-Announce)

Via H-Announce, we learned of a workshop that aims to bring together senior and junior scholars of law and/or environment who are working in the field of Indian Ocean World history.

May 15, 2019
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Law and Legal History, Maritime History / Studies

Ordering the Anthropocene: Law & the Environment in the Indian Ocean World  A workshop convened by Debjani Bhattacharyya (Drexel University) and Laurie Wood (Florida State University)4-5th October 2019Hosted by the Department of History,  Drexel University, with the generous sponsorship of the American Society for Legal History & Drexel University

What can historians of law achieve from engaging with their colleagues studying environmental changes over time? How have emerging regulatory regimes (imperial, property-oriented, maritime, medical, etc.) joined the domains of science and law in new ways? And how can legal historians retool their methods to study deep histories of landscape transformations and climate? These questions are especially pertinent for the Indian Ocean region, where these concerns have both past and contemporary relevance: e.g. rising sea levels in the Maldives and Andaman Islands; coastal erosion and disputes over new-land formation along the littorals of Bay of Bengal; island-building in Singapore (with sand from Gulf states); disaster relief following the 2004 tsunami and earthquake, which especially affected Indonesia and Malaysia; food security around the Horn of Africa; and some of the world’s busiest shipping routes.

Time shapes the traffic in what constitutes truth in these two broad disciplinary arenas. Legal historians typically analyze cases, each with a specific lifespan of years or decades. Environmental phenomena, by contrast, often span centuries or even geological epochs. We propose a workshop to address the temporality of expertise and evidence which will bring legal historians whose disciplinary focus is bounded by the temporality of a case, together with environmental historians and historians of science who are increasingly doing histories of deep-time. For instance, when legal historians study regulatory regimes of intellectual property to material cultures. It works with an anthropogenic lifespan: copyrights, patents, objects, labor, commodities. Whereas environmental phenomenon, which are increasingly entering regulatory domains, work with long timescales spanning geological, seasonal and solar temporalities. As states are beginning to exert regulatory powers increasingly in legal and scientific regimes, the legal timescale of a case is getting entangled in deep historical timescales.

We invite abstracts for an exploratory workshop, where we will discuss articles/chapters in progress and which have not been submitted for publication. Articles which are in preliminary review stages are welcome, but not those in galley proofs. The purpose of the workshop is to receive comments and feedback on works in progress with the possibility for incorporating the discussions of the workshop. The presenters will be paired with senior discussants who will offer feedback on their articles/chapters and then open it up for discussion. Presenters will be required to submit their articles/chapters of 8000 words and no more than 12,000 words by 30 August 2019. All presenters and discussants will be required to read the articles beforehand which will be made available through a secure dropbox account. We will also conduct a half-day field-trip on October 5th. The purpose of the workshop is to:

  • Bring together senior and junior scholars of law and/or environment who are working in the newly-vibrant field of Indian Ocean World history.
  • Generate a methodological conversation between legal historians and historians of environment and science anchored on the category of time and how differing notions shape practices of evidence selection, gathering and testimony in the court and laboratory.
The workshop will consist of 4 panels, with 2 presenters in each panel. We will pair legal historians with historians of environment to explore how common terminology around evidence, witness, reason, expertise is affected by concepts of time that are distinct in each discipline. We welcome papers exploring the following questions broadly:

  • Where does law/do legal regimes collide with the material world?
  • Where/when/how/why do natural phenomena become entangled in ordering regimes?
  • How do these relationships (re)configure the human as social (e.g. relational, hierarchical, vocal) and material (e.g. embodied, constrained by lifespan, etc.)?
Application Instructions
Interested applicants should submit a 300-word abstract and short c.v. to the conveners by 15 May 2019: Debjani Bhattacharyya ( and Laurie Wood ( ). Article-length papers (8,000-10,000 words) will be due for circulation among participants and invited commentators by 30 August 2019. Domestic airfare, accommodation, and most meals will be provided thanks to support from the American Society for Legal History and Drexel University. 

Contact Info: 
Debjani Bhattacharyya ( and Laurie Wood ( )
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CALL FOR PAPERS: 8th Annual Conference of the Historical Dialogues, Justice & Memory Network – Prevention Activism: Advancing Historical Dialogue in Post-Conflict Settings (New York, 12-14 December 2019) (DEADLINE: 20 June 2019)

We learned of a call for papers for the 8th Annual Conference of the Historical Dialogues, Justice & Memory Network. Here the call:

8th Annual Conference of the Historical Dialogues, Justice & Memory Network
Columbia University
New York City
December 12-14, 2019
Call for Papers
Deadline for submissions: June 20, 2019

Prevention activism—that is, the effort to record, acknowledge, address and redress the violent past— seeks to counter nationalist myths and identities that are central ingredients of ethnic and political violence. Its goal is to deny the propensity for the future escalation of violence by acknowledging the role that the misuse of history has played in dividing societies. In other words, by enhancing public discussions about the past, prevention activism has become a central part of the efforts in post-conflict societies, as well as in democratic societies, to come to terms with their violent past.
This conference seeks to explore activities that can be defined as “prevention activism”, and their academic analysis. What forms do projects and initiatives take to address past violence, and what impact have they had? These projects often range from civil society initiatives, to government-instated commissions, to the work of international bodies. We are particularly interested in the study of how a specific body has worked to address past violence. Other topics include evaluating the success and failures of such initiatives; exploring the challenges faced by prevention activism; understanding the ways in which pressures, from funding resources to political developments, affect, suppress or inform activism.

Prevention activism and the ways in which it has been implemented on the ground inspired the Mapping Historical Dialogue Project (, and papers that take up this resource, or a discussion of the projects mapped therein are also welcome.

The Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network (, which is coordinated by an international Steering Committee, the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA) at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, will hold its annual conference on December 12-14, 2019 at the Columbia University in New York City, USA.

In addition to papers that specifically address prevention activism, priority will be given to papers that explore the relationship between memory (individual, societal or international) and historical dialogue, and empirical approaches to historical dialogue, with a particular focus on the issue of the efficacy of justice, accountability and reconciliation mechanisms.

If you are interested in participating, please e-mail a 300-500 word abstract, a 2-3 sentence bio, and contact information to email: ahda.conference.2019@gmail.comno later than June 20th, 2019. The documents should be sent in a single e-mail attachment. The conference is open to the scholars and activists from around the world. The conference language is English, no translation available. There is no conference registration fee, and no funding for participation is provided. Applications for panels or roundtables are also welcome.

Panel Submissions

Panels consist of a chair and 3-4 panelists. Panelists should plan to speak for 15 minutes each; the chair is expected to start the panel in a timely manner, to introduce each panelist, to ensure that speakers keep to their allotted time, and to moderate the Q and A. Panelists are not asked to circulate their papers in advance. If you are interested in submitting a panel, please provide a title for the panel and a brief overview of the theme or question that the panel will explore. Participants should also provide a title and abstract for their presentation. They should also include a brief, 2-3 sentence bio and their contact information. These materials should be submitted as a single document to email:


Roundtable sessions consist of 4-5 discussants and a moderator, who participates more fully in the session than a panel chair would in a traditional panel. Participants in roundtables do not present or read formal papers, but rather engage in a discussion or exchange about a specific question, text, or issue. The focus of discussion must be clearly articulated in the abstract, and participants are expected to prepare their remarks in advance, even if the nature of a roundtable is less formal than a traditional panel. If you are interested in submitting a roundtable abstract, please include the title of the roundtable, a description (300-500 words) of the issue or question to be discussed, and a list of participants with a brief bio for each person listed, including contact information for each participant. These materials should be submitted as a single document to email

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SEMINAR SERIES: Seminari di Storia e Cultura giuridica 2019 - Napoli Università Federico II


The Universita degli Studi di Napoli Federico II has just started its “Seminari di Storia e Cultura giuridica 2019”, holding seminars in March, April, May and October 2019. 

The seminars, organized by Prof. Cristina Vano and directed to first degree and doctoral students, are held at the Law Department and are part of the courses of Storia del diritto medievale e moderno II and Storia della giustizia II (Prof. Cristina Vano), Storia della giustizia III (Prof. Dolores Freda) and of the other legal-historical courses (Proff. Francesca De Rosa, Francesco Rotondo, Stefania Torre).

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15 March 2019

WORKSHOP: "Les professeurs allemands en Belgique. Circulation des savoirs juridiques et enseignement du droit (1817-1914)" (Brussels: ULB/VUB, 4 APR 2019)

Les professeurs allemands en Belgique.
Circulation des savoirs juridiques et enseignement du droit

09h30 – 09h55 : Accueil
Introduction : Raphaël Cahen (Vrije Universiteit Brussel - FWO/Marie Sklodowska Curie).
10h15 – 11h00 Pieter Dhondt (University of Eastern Finland), The appointment of foreigners as a bonus or a pure necessity? Belgian discussions in a European perspective.
11h00 – 11h45 : Christoph-Eric Mecke (Leibniz Universität Hannover), Leopold August Warnkönig – ein europäischer Vermittler auf dem Gebiet von Rechtswissenschaft und Wissenschaftspolitik im 19. Jahrhundert.
11h45-12h30 : Vincent Génin (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - FWO), Un socialisme de la chaire avant l’heure. George Wagemann à Liège (1819-1825).
13h45 – 14h30 : Jean-Louis Halpérin (École Normale Supérieure), Les circulations transnationales en matière d'enseignement du droit : une perspective globale.
14h30 – 15h15 : Wolfgang Forster (Universität Tübingen), Belgian origins of Krausism – Heinrich Ahrens in Brussels.
15h15 – 16h00 : Maxime Jottrand (Université libre de Bruxelles - Boursier FRESH, FNRS), La mobilité étudiante et les bourses de voyage de l’État (1836-1914). Un instrument de circulation des savoirs juridiques.
Conclusions :  Jérôme de Brouwer (Université libre de Bruxelles)

Jeudi 4 avril 2019

Université Libre de Bruxelles
Centre d’histoire du droit et d’anthropologie juridique
av. Jeanne 58-60 – 1050 Bruxelles.
Renseignements : / 02.650.36.13

Comité organisateur
Jérôme de Brouwer (ULB)
Raphael Cahen (VUB-FWO)
Frederik Dhondt (VUB/Anvers)
Maxime Jottrand (ULB-FNRS)

Comité scientifique

Pierre Bonin (Paris 1-Panthéon-sorbonne)
Jacques Bouineau (La Rochelle Université)
Jean-François Gerkens (ULg)
Dirk Heirbaut (UGent)
Michael Stolleis (Max Planck Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte)

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BOOK: Oscar FERREIRA, Le constitutionalisme octroyé [Droit public et sciences politiques] (Paris: Eska, 2019), 428 p. ISBN 978-2-7472-2868-8, € 35

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Book abstract:
Ce livre aurait pu être une simple histoire du pouvoir constituant au XIXe s., dans des pays ayant connu une phase de regain du pouvoir royal survenant après de tumultueux épisodes révolutionnaires. Il l’est, en partie ; le lecteur y trouvera les débats juridiques et politiques sur cette question lors des périodes de contestation de la souveraineté nationale dans trois contrées sélectionnées à dessein : la Restauration pour la France ; la monarchie tumultueuse du Portugal, de l’octroi de la Charte en 1826 à sa chute en 1910 ; l’Empire du Brésil, depuis l’indépendance. Toutefois, nous avons cru bon de proposer autre chose, en portant un nouvel éclairage sur le phénomène peu étudié de l’octroi. Limiter son étude à l’offre autoritaire d’une constitution ne peut rendre justice aux tentatives doctrinales et institutionnelles présentées ici : l’octroi a rarement été conçu comme une fin, venant consacrer et garantir un ordre constitutionnel immuable. La nature étant dynamique, il s’agissait au contraire de proposer une étape venant terminer la Révolution, en permettant de profiter des bienfaits supposés du constitutionnalisme moderne. Ce programme ne saurait se contenter d’acclimater les pays visés au « siècle des constitutions » : il convenait aussi de réfléchir sur l’échec de textes qui, bien qu’émaillant l’Europe depuis le XVIIIe s., n’ont su donner satisfaction, engendrant ces tristes constitutions nominales dont fait déjà mention Malouet sous la Constituante ; il importait enfin de prévenir un usage immodéré et permanent du pouvoir constituant, propre au monde d’aujourd’hui. Nous proposons donc, sous la forme d’un itinéraire, l’histoire d’un pouvoir constituant et d’un constitutionnalisme conservateurs, faisant la part belle aux garanties morales et divines d’antan, tout en veillant à acclimater les valeurs modernes du droit public aux moeurs de peuples peu réceptifs du fait d’une éducation politique jugée insuffisante. 
On the author:
Oscar Ferreira (CREDESPO – Université de Bourgogne) est spécialiste des dernières périodes monarchiques en France et dans le monde lusophone. Ses travaux portent notamment sur le pouvoir royal, le pouvoir constituant, la notion de quatrième pouvoir (conservateur, régulateur, neutre…) ou encore le krausisme juridique. Il est l’auteur d’une thèse, à paraître, sur Le pouvoir royal (1814-1848). A la recherche du quatrième pouvoir ? Ses travaux actuels portent sur le krausisme juridique et la cathédocratie.

(source: univ-droit)

14 March 2019

BOOK: Malcolm EBRIGHT and Rick HENDRICKS, Pueblo Sovereignty (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2019). ISBN 978-0-8061-6199-0, $45.00

The University of Oklahoma Press is publishing a new book on how Pueblo Indian communities have defended their sovereignty, and land and water rights.  


Over five centuries of foreign rule—by Spain, Mexico, and the United States—Native American pueblos have confronted attacks on their sovereignty and encroachments on their land and water rights. How five New Mexico and Texas pueblos did this, in some cases multiple times, forms the history of cultural resilience and tenacity chronicled in Pueblo Sovereignty by two of New Mexico’s most distinguished legal historians, Malcolm Ebright and Rick Hendricks.

Extending their award-winning work Four Square Leagues, Ebright and Hendricks focus here on four New Mexico Pueblo Indian communities—Pojoaque, Nambe, Tesuque, and Isleta—and one now in Texas, Ysleta del Sur. The authors trace the complex tangle of conflicting jurisdictions and laws these pueblos faced when defending their extremely limited land and water resources. The communities often met such challenges in court and, sometimes, as in the case of Tesuque Pueblo in 1922, took matters into their own hands. Ebright and Hendricks describe how—at times aided by appointed Spanish officials, private lawyers, priests, and Indian agents—each pueblo resisted various non-Indian, institutional, and legal pressures; and how each suffered defeat in the Court of Private Land Claims and the Pueblo Lands Board, only to assert its sovereignty again and again.

Although some of these defenses led to stunning victories, all five pueblos experienced serious population declines. Some were even temporarily abandoned. That all have subsequently seen a return to their traditions and ceremonies, and ultimately have survived and thrived, is a testimony to their resilience. Their stories, documented here in extraordinary detail, are critical to a complete understanding of the history of the Pueblos and of the American Southwest.


Malcolm Ebright is a historian, an attorney, and the director of the Center for Land Grant Studies. He is a coauthor with Rick Hendricks of the award-wining Four Square Leagues: Pueblo Indian Land in New Mexico.

Rick Hendricks is the New Mexico State Historian. He holds a Ph.D. in Ibero American Studies from the University of New Mexico. He has written or collaborated on numerous books and articles on the Spanish colonial period in the American Southwest and Mexico. He is coauthor of The Witches of Abiquiu: The Governor, the Priest, the Genízaro Indians, and the Devil.

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