21 February 2017

SUMMER ACADEMY: 2017 Max Planck Summer Academy for Legal History (Frankfurt am Main, July 25-August 4 2017)

WHAT 2017 Max Planck Summer Academy for Legal History 

WHEN July 25-August 4 2017

WHERE Max Planck Institut, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

deadline for submissions March 31, 2017

The Course

The Max-Planck Summer Academy for Legal History provides a selected group of highly motivated early-stage graduates, usually PhD candidates, an in-depth introduction to methods and principles of research in legal history.
The academy consists of two parts. The first part 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.
In the second part the participants discuss the special research theme and develop their own approach to the theme.
The course will take place at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Special Theme 2017: Conflict Regulation

Conflict is not just a constant challenge for the law, but also a key means of access to its history. Each society develops its own set of means of conflict regulation. The diversity ranges from different forms of dispute resolution and mediation to traditional juridical procedures at local and global level. The way conflicts are regulated reveals the normative options chosen by the parties involved in the conflict. Thus, conflicts and their regulation can provide an insight into local contingencies, traditions, as well as the pragmatic contexts and leading authorities of the law, the living law. Research projects to be presented at the Summer Academy should concentrate on historical mechanisms of conflict regulation and offer a critical reflection about the methods used for analyzing the conflicts and the way they are dealt with.
Eligibility Requirements
• Early-stage graduates, usually PhD candidates
• Working knowledge of English is required, German is not a prerequisite
Required documents for the application are a CV, a project summary (approx. 10 pages) and a letter of motivation.
There is no participation fee. Accommodation will be provided by the organizers. Participants, however, will be responsible for covering their travel expenses. There will be a limited number of scholarships available.
For further information please visit the Max Planck Summer Academy’s website.

Max Planck Institute for European Legal History
Dr. Stefanie Rüther, e-mail:

CONFERENCE: "Le pauper disertus et l’accusatio ingrati. Idéologie et droit dans une déclamation pseudo-quintilienne" (Paris, February 27, 2017)

WHAT Le pauper disertus et l’accusatio ingrati. Idéologie et droit dans une déclamation pseudo-quintilienne, Conference

WHEN February 27, 2017, 17:30

WHERE Université Paris Descartes, Faculté de droit, salle des Actes, 10 avenue Pierre Larousse 92240 Malakoff (Métro ligne 13 Malakoff-Plateau de Vanves)

speaker  Prof. Carla Masi Doria, University of Naples Federico II 

NOTICE: "VII International Interdisciplinary Conference of Port Studies and I International Days of Physical Internet": update on conference's title, key speaker and extended deadline for submissions (Cadiz, September 13-15, 2017)

VII International Interdisciplinary Conference of Port Studies and I International Days of Physical Internet, Cadiz, September 13-15 2017

all information here

We are pleased to inform you that the Principal Speaker for the opening of our scientific event will be

Dr. Benoit Montreuil

Within his long and prolific curriculum, we can highlight that he is Coca-Cola Material Handling & Distribution ChairProfessor in the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech where he is Director of the Physical Internet Center and a leader of the Supply Chain & Logistics Institute. Prof. Montreuil is leading the International Physical Internet Initiative, engaging academic, industry and government leaders worldwide into research and innovation projects on smart, hyperconnected and sustainable logistics, supply chains, transportation, businesses and regions.

Due to all this, the executive committee of our conference, on such a momentous occasion, has decided by majority and under the approval of Dr. Montreuil, that in addition to the seventh edition of RedEP, the first International Meeting of Hyperconnected Logistics will also be held. As a result, of our event has completed its name as follows:

VII International Interdisciplinary Conference of Port Studies and I International Days of Physical Internet

To facilitate the participation of researchers in the field, the deadline for the submission of abstracts will be extended until March 30, 2017.

19 February 2017

BOOK AND PROJECT WEBSITE: Global History of International Ideas - Histoire globale des idées internationales

Prof. dr. Emmanuelle Tourme-Jouannet (Sciences Po Law School), dr. Dominique Gaurier (Université de Nantes, emeritus) and Prof. dr. Alix Toublanc (Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) launched the website of the bilingual project Global History of Public International Ideas/Histoire globale des idées internationalistes.

Project description (in English):
We have long been convinced that it is both necessary and useful to assemble a new collection of texts relating to the field of public international law. Such a collection would go further than previous compilations, such as the one assembled in 1927 by Louis Le Fur and Georges Chklaver, or Pierre-Marie Dupuy and Yann Kerbrat’s more recent collection which essentially focusses on post-World War II positive international law.
Our text collection will be different. It will look at international law from a global perspective, leaving behind the Eurocentric perspective that Western internationalists have imposed upon the rest of the world, as part of what Jack Goody famouly coined as The Theft of History (CUP, 2006). Our goal will be to provide our readers with the tools to develop a global history of international law. Being more global and more open to influences from all over the world, this history of international law will draw non-European ideas, both ancient and new. Thus, it will allow for the kind of comparisons, connexions, and oppositions which have always played a central part in the global history of international ideas – a history which cannot be written any longer by resorting only to Western categories and concepts.
Together, the selected texts will form a global panorama of internationalist ideas. They will be part of an evolving project which will rely upon a global network of co-ordinators. These co-ordinators will gradually assemble the texts that will complement our first, then our second, collection.
Rather than aiming at being exhaustive – a thing of the impossible in our field – the panorama we have in mind will be a simple one. Inevitably, some of the basic choices we made at the outset might appear arbitrary, such as using a lineary time-frame typical of Western cultures – although we might eventually be able to integrate other approaches. We proceeded by collecting texts that seemed particularly relevant to us. Other texts, which we were not able to include, are just as relevant. However, all three of us being French, we necessarily only have limited access to non-European sources. This is why we intend to rely heavily on all members of our network to enrich our collection in the future.We prefer using the term ‘internationalist ideas’, rather than ‘great authors in the field of international law’, for two reasons. Firstly, because the history of internationalist thought goes back to internationalist ideas that were not produced by European ‘internationalists’ in the current sense of the word, but by politicians, philosophers, theologians, thinkers discussing war and peace, commerce and currency, and many other things common to different peoples.
We feel that acknowledging these early histories and presenting them to the reader is indispensable in order to understand which kind of concerns led to the birth of international law. Secondly, the very idea of ‘great authors’ is problematic and over-simplifying, as it would have led us to make arbitrary choices which, from a scientific perspective, would have been rather questionable. It leaves out the intricacies, nuances, and subtle distinctions made by other texts which, despite being less well-known, are just as relevant than those written by more prominent authors.
At this point, two volumes have already been conceived in this fashion. The first volume, which will be presented hereafter, will present texts ranging from Antiquity to the beginning of the modern period (in the European sense of the word), i.e. the end of the 18th century. This period saw a decisive change in the evolution of internationalist ideas. As a matter of fact, it was at the end of the 18th century that the European inter-state law of nations began spreading to the rest of the world. However, this European law of nations, once imitated, translated, and taught in regions colonized or dominated by European powers, also started opening up to the influences other cultures.
We hope that this first volume of our series will provide large readership with direct access to internationalist ideas. We organized the relevant sources thematically and presented them in their original forms, without any accompanying interpretation. Nothing will ever beat direct access to original texts, although presenting these texts in a translated form (i.e. in French and, eventually, at least also in English and Spanish) might already be considered a form of betrayal. 
Translated by Michel Erpelding
Max Planck Institute Luxembourg
The open access e-book Une histoire globale des idées internationalistes, associated with the project, can be downloaded here.

Full information and the text of the two first online contributions, as well as maps and documents drawn from recent scholarship can be found on the website.

16 February 2017

JOURNAL: Jus Gentium. Journal of International Legal History II (2017), No. 1

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Jus Gentium: Journal of International Legal History published its first issue for 2017.

Table of Contents:
The International-Legal Ideology Pre-Slavic Chiefdoms of the Ukrainian Ethnos (Part Two)VG.Butkevych  
The Limits of International Agreement: Belligerent Rights vs. Submarine Cable Security in the Nineteenth CenturyDouglas Howland  
The Means to the End and the End of the Means:  Self-Determination, Decolonization, and International LawMiriam McKenna  
Piracy in the United States Supreme Court: United States v. PalmerV. Vasquez  
United States v. Smith: The Influence of Commodore John Daniel DanelsJ. G. Gorman, III  
The Malek Adhel and Shipowner Liability for PiracyB. J. Forgue  
Worcester v. Georgia and Native American Tribal SovereigntyR. L. Armezzani  
On the Russian Society of International Law (1880)W. E. ButlerV. S. Ivanenko  
Samuel Crandall and Treaty-Making in the United StatesTaylor J. Wolf  
Arnulf Becker Lorca, Mestizo InternationalLaw: A Global Intellectual History (2014)A. P. Useche   
Federal Law on the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in a Foreign State and Permanent Representative (or Permanent Observer) of the Russian Federation or Attached to an International Organization (or in a Foreign State)W. E. Butler  
United States v. Smith (1820):Transcript RecordJ. G. Gorman, III  
A Brief Calendar of International Practice for Spain and Portugal: 1297 to 1641P. Macalister-SmithJ. Schwietzke  
A Brief Calendar of State Practice for Russia During the First World War: 1914 to 1924 (Part One 1914—1918)P. Macalister-SmithJ. Schwietzke  

14 February 2017

JOURNAL: "Droit & Littérature" (1, 2017)

Droit & Littérature, 1, 2017

Table of Contents 

Le thème
· La responsabilité de l’écrivain 
· Responsabilité légale et responsabilité morale de l’écrivain : une perspective socio-historique, Gisèle Sapiro 
· Mission, soumission : le devoir élémentaire de Houellebecq, Isabelle Dumas 
· La responsabilité civile de l’écrivain, Hélène Skrzypniak 
· La responsabilité pénale de l’écrivain, Baptiste Nicaud 
· Le plagiat au défi du droit, Arnaud Latil 
· Le procès d’Emma Bovary, Emmanuel Pierrat 
· Comment et pourquoi donner de l’espace à l’utopie en période de naufrage ?, Lina Prosa
· Droit et littérature, éléments pour la recherche, Philippe Ségur 
· Le droit, fil de la trame romanesque chez Flaubert, Catherine Fillon 
· Michel Houellebecq, contre l’individu, contre la mort, Nicolas Dissaux
Un texte
· « L’envie du pénal » de Philippe Muray, Yves-Edouard Le Bos
· La petite femelle, réalité romanesque et vérité judiciaire, Entretien avec Philippe Jaenada
La littérature saisie par le droit 
· La création littéraire, Michel Vivant 
· Les oeuvres littéraires, Jean-Michel Bruguière
Le droit saisi par la littérature
· Romans, Gaël Chantepie, Pierre Lemay, Lionel MiniatoJean-Baptiste Thierry 
· Théatre, Emmanuelle Saulnier-Cassia

SEMINAR: "Lus et relus : exercices de réflexion inter-temporelle" (Paris, February 14 2017)

WHAT Lus et relus : exercices de réflexion inter-temporelle, Seminar

WHEN February 14 2017, 14:30-19:00

WHERE Amphi F. Furet, 105 bd Raspail, Cenj, EHESS, Paris

Quatrième séance

Hans Kelsen, Der Begriff des Staates und die Sozialpsychologie. Mit besonderer Bersichtigung von Freuds Theorie der Masse (1921), trad. fr. La notion d’Etat et la psychologie sociale. À propos de la théorie freudienne des foules, revue Hermès, 2, 1988;jsessionid=1BBE5DDEB565042E5A324B6D19D6D969?sequence=1 )

Lecteur Charles Ogoubiyi (IMM-CENJ), relecteur Otto Pfersmann (IMM-CENJ)

Deuxième partie: de 17h à 19h 

Dans le cadre du séminaire d'Otto Pfersmann

Connaissance juridique et transformation du droit. Normes et valeurs

Clemens Jabloner
Professeur à l’Université de Vienne
Directeur de l’Institut Hans Kelsen, ancien Président de la Cour administrative d'Autriche

The Pure Theory’s Concept of Law

CONFERENCE: "Romanità e Fascismo, Un dialogo tra antichisti e contemporaneisti" (Siena, March 23 2017)

WHAT Romanità e Fascismo, Un dialogo tra antichisti e contemporaneisti, International Conference

WHEN March 23, 2017

WHERE Palazzo Piccolomini Clementini, Banchi di Sotto 81, Siena

INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS & CFP: "Cadiz to the world: from the flourishing S. XVIII to the challenges of the Port of the Future of the XXI" (Cadiz, September 13-15 2017)

WHAT Cadiz to the world: from the flourishing S. XVIII to the challenges of the Port of the Future of the XXI, International Congress & Call for papers

WHEN September 13-15 2017

WHERE University of Cadiz, Cadiz, Spain

all information here

BOOK: Sonja SCHILLINGS, Enemies of All Humankind. Fictions of Legitimate Violence [Re-Mapping the Transnational]. Lebanon (NE): UPNE, 2016, 302 p. ISBN 978-1-5126-0016-2

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Book abstract:
Hostis humani generis, meaning “enemy of humankind,” is the legal basis by which Western societies have defined such criminals as pirates, torturers, or terrorists as beyond the pale of civilization.Sonja Schillings argues that the legal fiction designating certain persons or classes of persons as enemies of all humankind does more than characterize them as inherently hostile: it supplies a narrative basis for legitimating violence in the name of the state. The book draws attention to a century-old narrative pattern that not only underlies the legal category of enemies of the people, but more generally informs interpretations of imperial expansion, protest against structural oppression, and the transformation of institutions as “legitimate” interventions on behalf of civilized society. Schillings traces the Anglo-American interpretive history of the concept, which she sees as crucial to understanding US history, in particular with regard to the frontier, race relations, and the war on terror.
Table of contents here.

CONFERENCE: Penser l’ancien droit privé. Regards croisés sur les méthodes des juristes (II). Bordeaux: Centre aquitain d’histoire du droit (IRM-CAHD), 9-10 Mar 2017

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Prof. dr. Xavier Prévost (Bordeaux) and Prof. dr. Nicolas Laurent-Bonne (Université d'Auvergne) organise the second conference of a cycle devoted to interactions between legal theory and legal history. The upcoming conference in Bordeaux is dedicated to private law.

Conference abstract:
Dans le sillage de la rencontre consacrée à l’ordre juridique médiéval et moderne tenue à Clermont-Ferrand les 21 et 22 janvier 2016, le colloque a pour ambition de livrer une réflexion épistémologique sur l’un des enjeux de l’historiographie juridique : peut-on penser l’ancien droit privé à partir des catégories juridiques contemporaines ? Il semble en effet que le droit privé – au moins en France – ait largement échappé à de tels questionnements, qui ont pourtant fait l’objet de débats nourris dans la plupart des autres champs de la connaissance historique. Afin de combler ce manque, la manifestation a notamment pour but d’interroger l’identification de concepts considérés comme quasiment atemporels, en ce qu’ils sont mobilisés pour presque toutes les périodes et civilisations ; que l’on pense à la propriété, au mariage ou bien encore à de nombreuses figures contractuelles comme la vente, la société ou le mandat. Ces concepts centraux, tout comme des institutions plus particulières, doivent permettre d’illustrer une réflexion d’ensemble sur les méthodes des juristes privatistes. Ainsi, le colloque entend porter dans le champ du droit privé le dilemme bien connu du rapport de la recherche historique au présent, telle l’opposition entre écriture d’une histoire continuiste et celle d’une histoire inactuelle. Plus largement, ces journées clermontoises et bordelaises souhaitent contribuer aux débats sur la place de l’analyse historique du droit, notamment en se demandant, comme le faisait il y a peu Étienne Picard à propos du droit comparé, si l’histoire du droit est du droit
Scientific committee:
Emmanuelle Chevreau, professeur à l’université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) Pascale Deumier, professeur à l’université Jean Moulin Lyon III
Stéphane Gerry-Vernières, professeur à l’université Pierre-Mendès-France (Grenoble)
Nader Hakim, professeur à l’université de Bordeaux
Jean-Louis Halpérin, professeur à l’École normale supérieure
Philippe Jestaz, professeur émérite de l’Université Paris-Est
Nicolas Laurent-Bonne, professeur à l’université Clermont Auvergne
Xavier Prévost, professeur à l’université de Bordeaux
Franck Roumy, professeur à l’université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)
Mikhaïl Xifaras, professeur à l’École de droit de Sciences Po

Jeudi 9 mars 201714h30 Accueil des participants
14h45 Introduction
Xavier Prévost, professeur, directeur de l’IRM, université de Bordeaux
sous la présidence de Sophie Démare-Lafont, professeur d’histoire du droit à l’université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)
Points de vue « privatistes »15h L’atemporalité et l’autonomie des grands concepts et principes en droit privé
Philippe Jestaz, professeur émérite de droit privé de l’université Paris-Est
15h30 Penser l’ancien droit privé : perspective d’un système non codifié
Éric Descheemaeker, Reader in European Private Law à l’université d’Édimbourg
16h Pause

Le rapport au temps16h30 Le dialogue des disciplines dans le temps ; l’apport de la théorie des paradigmes et de la méthode traductive
François Ost, professeur de philosophie du droit à l’université Saint-Louis (Bruxelles)
17h Comment rendre le passé contemporain
Mikhaïl Xifaras, professeur de droit public à l’École de droit de Sciences Po (Paris)

Vendredi 10 mars 201708h45 Accueil des participants
sous la présidence de Philippe Jestaz, professeur émérite de droit privé de l’université Paris-Est.
Les droits privés non occidentaux09h Avec quels concepts peut-on penser le droit babylonien ?
Sophie Démare-Lafont, professeur d’histoire du droit à l’université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)
09h30 Penser le droit privé sans les concepts occidentaux : l’apport de l’histoire de l’anthropologie juridique (XIXe-XXe siècle)
Laetitia Guerlain, maître de conférences en histoire du droit à l’université de Bordeaux
10h Pause

Le droit des contrats10h30 Penser l’ancien droit des contrats : entre anachronisme des concepts et saisie historique
David Deroussin, professeur d’histoire du droit à l’université Jean Moulin (Lyon III)
11h Abstraction et anachronisme : les cas de la nullité et de la caducité du contrat en droit romain
Elena Giannozzi, docteur en histoire du droit de l’université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)
12h Déjeuner

sous la présidence de Mikhaïl Xifaras, professeur de droit public à l’École de droit de Science Po (Paris)Le droit des biens14h Dans quelle mesure la notion de copropriété permet-elle de penser les formes d’habitat collectif dans la Rome impériale ?
Julien Dubouloz, professeur d’histoire romaine à l’université d’Aix-Marseille
14h30 Le métaconcept de propriété à l’épreuve du droit romano-canonique médiéval
Rémi Faivre-Faucompre, doctorant en histoire du droit à l’université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)
15h Pause
15h30 Le droit de l’incorporel et la construction du droit moderne. Épreuves d’histoire (2)
Frédéric F. Martin, professeur d’histoire du droit à l’université de Nantes
16h L’avenir d’une division : propriétés médiévales et construction du « commun »
Pierre Thevenin, docteur en philosophie de l’EHESS et docteur en droit de l’université Roma III
16h30 Propos conclusifs
Nader Hakim, professeur d’histoire du droit à l’université de Bordeaux
More information here.