24 May 2018

BOOK: Wouter DRUWE, Scandalum in the Early Bolognese Decretistic and in Papal Decretals (Ca. 1140-1234) [Spicilegium Sacrum Lovaniense; 55] (Leuven: Peeters, 2018), X + 110 p. ISBN 978-90-429-3546-4, € 38

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Dr. Wouter Druwé (KULeuven/Roman Law and Legal History) published Scandalum in the Early Bolognese Decretistic and in Papal Decretals (Ca. 1140-1234).

Book abstract:
The wish to avoid scandala or to put an end to scandalous situations has been and remains a continuous concern of canonists and Church authorities, at least as of the thirteenth century. As of Raymond of Penafort's Summa de paenitentia (late 1220s - early 1230s), scandalum was dealt with separately in canonical dictionaries. Legal historical research on the earlier use of the term within canon law, is however relatively scarce. Inspired by the linguistic-philosophical approach of the Begriffsgeschichte, this book offers a conceptual-historical analysis of the use of scandalum by early Bolognese decretists (ca. 1140 - ca. 1180) and in papal decretals from Alexander III (1159) until the promulgation of the Liber Extra by Gregory IX in 1234. For Gratian and the earliest generation of decretists (Paucapalea and Rolandus), scandalum was a quite insignificant notion. Gradually, with Rufinus, however, the concept gained importance, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Stephen of Tournai pointed at the horrible consequences of a scandalum for the salvation of the souls. Simon of Bisignano stressed, for instance, the opposition between scandalum and peace. Even though non of the twelfth- and early thirteenth-century sources had yet developed a consistent theory on scandalum and its legal consequences, the analysis of papal decretals shows how scandalum became a more popular concept, especially in the field of disciplinary and penal canon law. Some evidence even suggests an instrumentalism of the term by the end of the twelfth century. At the same time, increasingly popes, especially Innocent III (1198-1216), were aware of the ambivalent nature of the concept. Apart from scandalum's polysemy, the legal-political use of the term was striking: repression, reconciliation and cover-up policies could all be justified in order to avoid or to put an end to scandala, and, thus, to save one's soul and to protect the Church. This relatively open and flexible notion played an important part in the Church's peace policy as well. This study argues that scandalum can be described as 'indignation as a source of conflicts'.
More information here.

INAUGURAL LECTURE: Stephan DUSIL, Eduard Maurits Meijers en het Ligurische erfrecht in Europa [Acta Falconis, 18] (Cambridge/Antwerp: Intersentia, 2017), IV + 54 p. ISBN 9789400009264, € 20

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Prof. Stephan Dusil (KULeuven/Roman Law and Legal History) published his inaugural lecture on Edouard Maurits Meijers and Ligurian Inheritance Law in the series Acta Falconis (Intersentia).

Book abstract:
In deze uitgave wordt het Ligurische erfrecht van Meijers minutieus onder de loep genomen. Ten eerste wordt Meijers’ these inhoudelijk gepresenteerd en gespecificeerd (deel II). In een tweede fase wordt zijn idee historiografisch gesitueerd en in het toenmalige rechtshistorische onderzoek ingebed (deel III). Een derde deel is gewijd aan de vermeldingen van Meijers’ Ligurische erfrecht in de rechtshistorische literatuur in vier Europese landen, met name Duitsland, Frankrijk, Nederland en België. Daarbij wordt een verklaring gezocht voor de geheel onderscheiden receptie van zijn idee (deel IV). Tot slot wordt nagegaan welke betekenis deze verklaringen hebben voor de manier waarop privaatrechtsgeschiedenis moet worden geschreven. Daarnaast wordt er gereflecteerd over de rol die het Ligurische volk vandaag nog in het academische onderwijs kan spelen (deel V).
More information here.

23 May 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS: Migration and Gender : relationships, economic resources and institutions in historical perspective (15th-20th centuries) (DEADLINE 15 JUL 2018)

CFP: Migration and Gender : relationships, economic resources and institutions in historical perspective (15th-20th centuries)

University of Cambridge (UK) 
8-9-10 November 2018 (tbc)

 Migration and mobility were common experiences among individuals of the past. If for a long while the young male has epitomised “the migrant”, since the 1980s, a new wave of studies pointed out the relevance of women. In addition, the notion of gender has  called into question traditional female and male roles. Nevertheless, many key issues of the history of migration have not been considered according to a gendered perspective, and in turn, many crucial topics for gender history have been overlooked when studying migrants and mobile people. 
 This workshop aims to bring together researchers working on migration according to a gendered perspective and to a micro-historical perspective from the late Middle Ages to the early nineteenth century. Its purpose is to encourage a more incisive dialogue between migration studies and gender studies, taking into account the fact that female and male roles were, and are, the result of social, cultural and economic construction. Together with gender, proposals might consider how marital status, age and ethnicity shaped migration and settlement patterns in specific economic, cultural and political contexts.

 In this workshop, migration is not exclusively understood as a lineal process, but also as result of multiple intermediary steps. At the same time, the achievement of permanent settlement was not necessarily the (first) aim of the movement. For all these historiographical questions, a gendered approach has not yet been sufficiently developed: we invite therefore papers taking into account all kinds of mobility and migration, i.e. temporary or seasonal mobility, economic, political or religious migration, domestic/international migration and mobility between the town and its outskirts.

A first group of questions concerns the material and economic resources mobilised by migrants. Proposals might investigate what means women and men used to move and settle down or might study how they manage to maintain – or abandon – assets and/or relationships in their birth community. From another point of view  we need to know more about places where newcomers met other people and/or were able to find useful information  (i.e. inns, taverns, lodging in private houses etc.). 

 A second bundle of questions concerns the nature and the extension of social resources newcomers were able to mobilise, to build and to use in migration and/or settlement paths or, at least, during their temporarily stay in the town. Research might investigate how these ties – made up by professional intermediaries, individuals or institutions -  influenced, successfully or not, the daily life, the research for a job or a house, the access to credit networks, to poor relief or to other urban resources etc... 

 A third bundle of questions concerns laws and customs, and more generally authorities and institutions (guilds, charity institutions, citizenship etc…) monitoring and regulating the presence of newcomers. Proposals might consider whether these norms existed, whether they had a gendered impact on the behaviour of migrants, and what where the factors at stake (marital status, age, specific economic sectors etc...). 

               Please submit an abstract in English (500 words maximum) to  by 15th July 2018 with MIGRATION AND GENDER WORKSHOP 2018 in the subject line.

The selected authors will be required to present their research in a 20 minutes presentation. The language of the workshop is English. 
After the workshop a selection of papers will be considered for publication. Some funds will be available for the translation in English of the selected articles.

Accommodation in Cambridge, a dinner and refreshments will be provided by the organisation. Limited funds for travels will be available.

This workshop benefits of funds from the Horizon European Union's research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement N. 703737.

For further enquires please do not hesitate to write to Beatrice Zucca :

CALL FOR PAPER - IV International Conference "“MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES IN THE LAW. Historic evolution, current situation and unsolved questions”; DEADLINE 15 SEP 2018



Historic evolution, current situation and unsolved

Murcia (Spain), December 12 -13 -14, 2018


International Chair Innocent III calls on all interested researchers to submit papers related to the human mobility and the reception of refugees according to History of Law, Canon Law, Roman Law, Comparative Law, Philosophy, Theology, History, Sociology, Historiography and any other discipline related to the main theme, as stated in the following:


Historical approach to human mobility.

December 13: session 2. NATION, STATE, REVOLUTION. The situation of the migrants and the refugees from the origin of the modern State.

December 14: session 3. BETWEEN EMERGENCY AND ORDINARINESS: Proposals for the enhancement of a constant phenomenon in the contemporary age.


Title, academic affiliation, short CV and Abstract - 200 words - (EN, IT, ES, DE, FR), via mail:


September 15, 2018. The Scientific Committee will respond to the proposal before September 30, 2018.


Papers selected by the Scientific Committee will be published in the special issue of the journal Vergentis (ISSN: 2445-2394) in the first half of 2019.


IV Congreso Internacional CÁTEDRA INOCENCIO III


Evolución histórica, situación actual y cuestiones no resueltas
          Murcia (España), 12,13,14 diciembre de 2018


La Cátedra Internacional Inocencio III invita a los investigadores interesados a presentar trabajos relacionados con el tema de la movilidad humana y la acogida de los refugiados desde el punto de vista del Historia del Derecho, Derecho Canónico, Derecho Romano, Derecho Comparado, Filosofía, Teología, Historia, Sociología y cualquier otra disciplina relacionada con el tema propuesto, en el marco de las siguientes


12   de diciembre: sesión 1. LA MIGRACIÓN EN EL MUNDO ANTIGUO Y MEDIEVAL. Enfoque histórico del tema de la movilidad humana.  

13   de diciembre: sesión   2. NACIÓN, ESTADO, REVOLUCIÓN. La situación de los migrantes y de los refugiados desde el nacimiento del Estado moderno.

14   de diciembre: sesión 3. ENTRE LA EMERGENCIA Y LO ORDINARIO. Propuestas para la valorización de un fenómeno constante en la edad contemporánea.


Título de la comunicación, afiliación académica, breve curriculum vitae y resumen de 200 palabras. Idiomas: EN, IT, ES, DE y FR, vía email:


15 de septiembre de 2018. El Comité científico aceptará o rechazará la propuesta antes del 30 de septiembre de 2018.


Las comunicaciones elegidas por el Comité científico serán publicadas en el número monográfico de la Revista Vergentis (ISSN: 2445-2394) en el primer semestre del año 2019.


IV Congresso Internazionale CATTEDRA INNOCENZO III


Evoluzione storica, situazione attuale e questioni irrisolte
          Murcia (Spagna), 12,13,14 dicembre 2018


La Cattedra Innocenzo III invita gli studiosi interessati ad apportare il loro contributo scientifico sul tema della mobilità umana e dell’accoglienza dei rifugiati dal punto di vista della Storia del Diritto, del Diritto Canonico, del Diritto Romano, del Diritto Comparato, della Filosofia, della Teologia, della Storia, della Sociologia, e di ogni altra disciplina pertinente al tema proposto, nell’ambito delle seguenti


12  dicembre: sessione 1. LA MIGRAZIONE NEL MONDO ANTICO E MEDIEVALE. Approccio storico al tema della mobilità umana.  

13  dicembre: sessione 2. NAZIONE, STATO, RIVOLUZIONE. La situazione dei migranti e dei rifugiati a partire dalla nascita dello Stato moderno.

14  dicembre: sessione 3. TRA EMERGENZA E ORDINARIETÀ. Proposte per la valorizzazione di un fenomeno costante nell’età contemporanea.


Titolo della comunicazione, affiliazione accademica, breve curriculum vitae e abstract di 200 parole. Lingue: EN, IT, ES, DE, FR, via mail a:


15 settembre 2018. Il Comitato scientifico darà risposta a coloro che avranno presentato l'abstract entro il 30 settembre 2018.


Le comunicazioni scelte dal comitato scientifico saranno pubblicate nel numero monografico della Rivista Vergentis (ISSN: 2445-2394) nel primo semestre del 2019.

22 May 2018

CONFERENCE: Journées internationales de la Société d'Histoire du Droit de Bologne, "L'enseignement du droit" (24-27 May 2018)

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The programme for the Journées internationales de la Société d'Histoire du Droit, focusing this year on Legal Education or Teaching Law, has now been published.

More information here.

CONFERENCE: Vivre et revivre mai 68 dans les Facultés de droit - Témoignages et commentaires [Société pour l'Histoire des Faculté de Droit] (Paris: Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, Salle des Conseils, 30 May 2018)

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9h30 Première partie (Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, Salle des Conseils)

Sous la présidence de Gilles Dumont, professeur à l'Université de Nantes
Avec la participation de :
  • Erik Neveu, professeur à l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Rennes,
  • André Legrand, ancien recteur, président honoraire de l’Université Paris Nanterre,
  • Danielle Lochak, professeur émérite de l’Université Paris Nanterre,
  • Jean-Pierre Poly, professeur émérite de l’Université Paris Nanterre.

14h30 Deuxième partie (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Salle 216)

Sous la présidence de Didier Truchet, professeur émérite de l'Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), président de la Société pour l’histoire des Facultés de droit
Avec la participation de :
  • Jean-Philippe Tonneau, post-doctorant à l’Université de Nantes,
  • Jacques Moreau, professeur émérite de l’Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas),
  • Jean Combacau, professeur émérite de l’Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas),
  • Jean-Pierre Machelon, professeur émérite de l’Université Paris-Descartes.

Entrée libre sans réservation

(source: Prof. Pierre Bonin/Paris 1)

21 May 2018

CONFERENCE: 15. Internationaler Kongress zur Diplomatik (Leipzig, 4-6 Oct 2018); DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION 15 SEP 2018

Kontakt und Organisation
Dr. des. Sebastian Roebert
Tel.: +49 (0)341 97 37 083

Dr. des. Eric Böhme
Tel.: +49 (0)341 97 37 112

Um Anmeldung wird gebeten bis 15. September 2018.
Für Fragen und Hilfestellungen für die Organisation Ihrer Übernachtung wenden Sie sich bitte an die Organisatoren der Tagung.


Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig
Karl-Tauchnitz-Str. 1
04107 Leipzig

Programm-Flyer zum Download (pdf)

Quellen zur Geschichte der „internationalen“ Beziehungen zwischen politischen Zentren in Europa und der Mittelmeerwelt (ca. 800–1600): Briefe – Urkunden – Verträge


Donnerstag, 04. Oktober 2018

9.00-9.30 Uhr

Eröffnung der Tagung

Einführung in die Tagung


9.30-10.00 Uhr
The Kalmar Treaty: Historiography and Political Background

10.00-10.30 Uhr
CLAES GEJROT (Stockholm)
The Kalmar Treaty: Texts and Language. Some Formal and Diplomatic Aspects

10.30-10.45 Uhr

10.45-11.00 Uhr

11.00-11.30 Uhr
The Kalmar Treaty: Who Were the People Involved? A Norwegian Perspective

11.30-12.00 Uhr
The Kalmar Treaty: Filing and Exemplifying the Documents

12.00-12.15 Uhr

12.15-13.30 Uhr


13.30-14.00 Uhr
Die Verträge zwischen Livland und Russland (15.–16. Jahrhundert)

14.00-14.30 Uhr
SVEN JAROS (Leipzig)
Von Krewo bis Lublin. Stadien, Akteure und Kontexte der polnisch-litauischen Union im Spiegel ausgewählter Dokumente (14.–16. Jahrhundert)

14.30-14.45 Uhr

14.45-15.00 Uhr

15.00-15.30 Uhr
Die Verträge zwischen Serbien und Dubrovnik (Ragusa): Die politischen Beziehungen im Spiegel von diplomatischen Formen (XII.-XV. Jh.)

15.30-16.00 Uhr
Aus den letzten Tagen von Byzanz: Der chrysoboullos logos von Konstantinos XI. Palaiologos vom Juni 1451 für Ragusa

16.00-16.15 Uhr

16.15-16.30 Uhr

16.30-17.00 Uhr
Ungarisch-tschechische Friedensverträge im 13. Jahrhundert

17.00-17.30 Uhr
GYÖRGY RÁCZ (Budapest)
Charters and Letters of the Congress of Visegrád in 1335

17.30-17.45 Uhr

18.15-19.15 Uhr
Assemblée Générale der Commission Internationale de Diplomatique

19.30 Uhr

Freitag, 5. Oktober 2018


9.00-9.30 Uhr
Diplomatischer Schriftwechsel in der Karolingerzeit. Eine Spurensuche

9.30-10.00 Uhr
Die Verträge zwischen Friedrich Barbarossa und Venedig

10.00-10.30 Uhr
Schriftliche Kommunikation der böhmischen Länder mit der römischen Kurie am Ende des 13. Jahrhunderts

10.30-10.45 Uhr

10.45-11.00 Uhr

11.00-11.30 Uhr
Performing victory and defeat through charters. Material context and social perception of the early 13th-century treaties concluded between the French King and the Count of Flanders

11.30-12.00 Uhr
Das Bündnis zwischen König Adolf I. (von Nassau) und dem englischen König Edward I. (1294) und der Zufall der Überlieferung

12.00-12.30 Uhr
JAN W. J. BURGERS (Amsterdam)
Travelling Clerks. The International Outlook of the Clerks at the Princely Courts of the Low Countries, 1280-1350

12.30-12.45 Uhr

12.45-14.00 Uhr

14.00-14.30 Uhr
Von Fernost ins Abendland. Die Briefe mongolischer Herrscher an den König von Frankreich (um 1300)

14.30-15.00 Uhr
SZILÁRD SÜTTŐ (Miskolc, Ungarn)
Die Urkunden vom 28. Juli 1385 über die geplante Ehe zwischen Wilhelm von Habsburg und der ungarisch-polnischen Königstochter Hedwig im Wiener Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv und die Umstände ihrer Ausfertigung Uhr

15.15-15.30 Uhr

15.30-16.00 Uhr
The Union of Leonor of Portugal with the Emperor Frederick III of Germany: Marriage Contract, Charters, Letters and Narratives

16.00-16.30 Uhr
Le traité de paix universelle de Londres (1518)

16.30-16.45 Uhr

16.45-17.00 Uhr


17.00-17.30 Uhr
Diplomatic Relations between the Kingdoms of León and Castile and Their Neighbours (1140–1230 ca.)

17.30-18.00 Uhr
Tratados, documentos y cartas entre las Coronas de Aragón y Castilla: la Guerra de los Dos Pedros (1356 y 1369)

18.00-18.15 Uhr

Samstag, 6. Oktober 2018

9.00-9.30 Uhr
The Treaty of Tordesillas between Portugal and Castile (June, 7, 1494)

9.30-10.00 Uhr
Trattati e dintorni: Genova e Bisanzio nella seconda metà del secolo XII

10.00-10.15 Uhr

10.15-10.30 Uhr

10.30-11.00 Uhr
I trattati tra Venezia e i regni musulmani e arabi d'Oriente e d'Occidente (XI-XIV secolo)

11.00-11.30 Uhr
Trent'anni dopo. Ritorno sulle tracce scritte dei rapporti tra Pisa e il Maghreb nel medioevo (secoli XII-XIV)

11.30-11.45 Uhr

11.45-12.00 Uhr

12.00-12.30 Uhr
L’alliance conclue entre le sultan mamelouk Khalīl et le roi d’Aragón Jacques II en 693/1293

12.30-13.00 Uhr
ANA LABARTA (Valencia)/ROSER SALICRÚ (Barcelona)
Le traité de paix bilingue entre le Royaume de Grenade et la Couronne d’Aragon de 1405

13.00-13.15 Uhr

13.15-13.30 Uhr
Abschluss der Tagung

(source: Dr. Caroline Laske/Ghent Legal History Institute)

CALL FOR PAPERS: SEMINAR: On the Origins of International Legal Thought (Cambridge: Lauterpacht Centre, 7 Dec 2018); DEADLINE 31 JUL 2018

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Comprehension of the development of legal thought over time is necessary for any historical, philosophical, practical, or theoretical enquiry into the subject today. Perspective is everything. When seen against the background of broad geopolitical, diplomatic, administrative, intellectual, religious, and commercial changes, law begins to appear very resilient. It withstands the rise and fall of empires. It provides the framework for the establishment of new orders in the place of the old. Today what analogies, principles, and authorities of law have survived these changes continue to inform so much of the international legal tradition, and it is unobvious why tomorrow will be any different.

An intimate seminar will take place across one day at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law towards the end of Michaelmas Term. Participation is open to academics from around the world. The conference is free, with little chance of a per diem reimbursement, however there may be some prospect for the remuneration of a portion of travel and accommodation expenses in exceptional cases.

A handful of candidates will be invited to participate personally, and this line-up will be confirmed at a later date. On top of this, there are between three and four positions available to be filled. Although the call is open to historians and legal scholars working in any period from Ancient Rome to the present, preference will be shown towards historical research framed within the period between 1860 and 1939, especially if concern is shown for private international law, public international law, or legal/state personality in this period. Sympathy towards imperial, interpolitical, and/or interreligious perspectives will be especially welcome. More than anything else, participants should be prepared to contemplate the dynamism of legal thought in various contexts. If your work meets a good standard, there is every prospect of inclusion within an edited collection of chapters, entitled Empire and Legal Thought (Oxford University Press). If you would like to be included within this collection, a full chapter of 8,000 words will need to be provided before the end of the calendar year. Please, therefore, send an abstract of between 200 and 500 words, along with some indication of whether or not you would like to contribute a chapter to a volume for OUP, to, by July 31st, 2018. All things considered, participants who are prepared to publish a chapter along the lines of the presentation will be favoured at the shortlisting stage.

This seminar will be organised and led by Dr Edward Cavanagh FRHistS is a Fellow of Downing College, a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre of International Law, an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Commonwealth Studies, and a member of the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge. He has published several articles across law and history in a number of well reputed outlets, including Law and History Review, Itinerario, Modern Intellectual History, Historical Journal, Comparative Legal History, History Compass, South African Journal on Human Rights, and Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History.

19 May 2018

REMINDER: JHIL Conference February 2019: Politics and the Histories of International Law (MPIL Heidelberg; DEADLINE 31 MAY 2018)

We have the following Call for Papers for a conference on “Politics and the Histories of International Law” by the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law.


L’histoire n’est pas une religion. L’historien n’accepte aucun dogme, ne respecte aucun interdit, ne connaît pas de tabous. Il peut être dérangeant. - LIBERTÉ POUR L’HISTOIRE, 2005

Almost all scholarship on international law and its history has political implications. Some say that international legal scholarship is inevitably ideological in nature and that its findings depend on concealed political preferences. Put differently, legal scholarship could be nothing more than the pseudo-objective defence of ruling ideologies. Most famously, Hans Kelsen had denounced a ‘tendency wide-spread among writers on international law’ to produce ‘political ideology’. Kelsen sought to escape this by writing books of a ‘purely juristic character’ (Principles of International Law, 2nd ed. 1967, ix). In his foreword to the commentary on the UN Charter of 1950, he stressed that ‘separation of law from politics in the presentation of national or international problems is possible’ (The Law of the United Nations, 1950, viii).

Many nowadays doubt that purging international legal scholarship of politics would work. In 2004, Martti Koskenniemi put this as follows: ‘The choice is not between law and politics, but between one politics of law, and another. Everything is at stake, but not for everyone’ (EJIL 16 (2005), 123).
So, which factors ‘politicise’ international legal scholarship? The first factor is that the object under investigation is itself a political matter. International law has throughout its history been political, because its content depends on the political power of the parties negotiating the treaties, and because it transports political values.

Scholars themselves cannot completely avoid being more or less political actors, because their value judgements, which are inescapable, often carry political implications. However, an important difference between doing scholarship and doing politics lies in the authors’ main intention: It is, ideal-typically, not the primary purpose of scholarship to make politics and unbounded evaluation but to generate knowledge − which could then be used politically, by the author herself or by others. Along this line, most scholars of history seek to uncover various aspects of past events and debates and to contextualise them, thereby realising a modicum of objectivity and neutrality. Some consciously try to avoid judgment, while others are more prone to judging deliberately and to employing historical insights in contemporary political debates.

Research on the history of international law is not only inherently political but moreover specifically ‘risk-prone’. Writing on topics such as genocide, state of exception, failed states, humanitarian intervention, asymmetrical war, or cyber-attacks is especially liable to being used and abused by participants in political controversies. In fact, when it comes to writing history, the fight over master narratives is especially fierce, among governments, in different academic camps, and between governments and academics. The notorious example are memory laws which consecrate specific views on atrocities of the past (especially genocidal massacres) and which sometimes additionally criminalise the denial of those atrocities. These attempts to close historical debates by law have been criticised by historians, most famously in the petition ‘Liberté pour l‘histoire’ by French historians reacting against various French memory laws.

To conclude, the interpretations of historical events are almost inescapably political, and potentially have the power to shape international relations: ‘On résiste à l’invasion des armées; on ne résiste pas à l’invasion des idées’ (Victor Hugo, Histoire d’un crime, 1877/2009, 639). It is against this background that the rights and responsibilities of those researching on the history of international law should be seen.

The JHIL invites scholars to engage with the questions of the role of politics and ideology in the historiographies of international law. We welcome propositions for papers which address methodological questions, as well as case studies or historiographical analyses that focus on certain contentious subjects within the field of international law and its history


  • Date: The conference will last from Friday morning, 15 February to Saturday noon (16 February 2019). It will start with an informal get-together on Thursday evening, 14 February.
  • Venue: Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law, Im Neuenheimer Feld 535, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Scholars who would like to present a paper at the conference are invited to submit a title and abstract (250–500 words) to the managing editor of the JHIL ( before 1 June 2018. Abstracts will be assessed by the editors of the JHIL with involvement of the journal’s Academic Advisory Board. A decision on acceptance of the abstract will be communicated by 1 July 2018.
  • Authors of accepted abstracts will be requested to submit their draft papers by 1 February 2019. The draft will be circulated among participants (authors and admitted engaged listeners).
  • Final versions of the papers will be due by 30 March 2019. Papers will then be submitted to the normal review procedure of the JHIL, online at: editorial
  • See the “Instructions for authors” online at: authors_instructions/JHIL.pdf.
  • The Max Planck Institute will cover the costs of the accommodation of accepted paper presenters (up to three nights) and will offer a needs-based subsidy towards travel costs.
  • An additional call for engaged listeners will be issued shortly.
  • For updated technical information on the conference see publications/periodic-publications/jhil.cfm.

For more information, please visit the website of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

JOURNAL: Dix-septième siècle n° 279 (2018/2)

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Hommages à Roger Zuber

Présentation : le droit de la logique (Andrea Costa, Arnaud Pelletier)
La Combinatoire juridique de Bernardus de Lavinheta (Andrea Costa)
Greffes de sources talmudiques dans les théories du droit naturel du XVIIe siècle (Stefan Goltzberg)
Logica ad moralia applicata. Sur la genèse du projet leibnizien d'une nouvelle logique et ses sources juridques (Francesco Piro)
Contrafactuels dans le droit ? Hypothèses et mondes possibles (Enrico Pasini)
La propriété est-elle un droit ? Logique juridique et pensée politique chez Leibniz (Luca Basso)

Fénelon dans la culture néo-hellénique (XVIIIe-XIXe siècles) (Stessi Athini)
La philosophie de Fénelon devant la crique. À propos d'un mémoire de Jacques Rivière et d'un livre récent de François Trémolières (François-Xavier Cuche)

Parler à des sourds. Les apostrophes métaleptiques dans le roman du XVIIIe siècle (Lise Charles)

Articles accessible through cairn.

18 May 2018

JOURNAL: European Journal of International Law XXIX (2018), No. 1

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The latest issue of the European Journal of International Law, the official organ of the European Society of International Law, published its latest issue. Several contributions touch on either the foundations or the historical development of international law.

Eyal Benvenisti, 'Upholding Democracy Amid the Challenges of New Technology: What Role for the Law of Global Governance?'
Wolfgang Alschner, Damien Charlotin, 'The Growing Complexity of the International Court of Justice’s Self-Citation Network'
Hendrik Simon, 'The Myth of Liberum Ius ad Bellum: Justifying War in 19th-Century Legal Theory and Political Practice'
Ignacio de la Rasilla, 'A Very Short History of International Law Journals (1869–2018)'

Focus: International Economic Law 
Sungjoon Cho, Jürgen Kurtz, 'Convergence and Divergence in International Economic Law and Politic'
Christopher Vajda, 'The EU and Beyond: Dispute Resolution in International Economic Agreements'

Symposium: International Law and the First World War International Law before 1914 and the Outbreak of War
Gabriela A Frei, 'International Law and the First World War: Introduction'
Jochen von Bernstorff, 'The Use of Force in International Law before World War I: On Imperial Ordering and the Ontology of the Nation-State'

Critical Review of International Jurisprudence 
Alan Desmond, 'The Private Life of Family Matters: Curtailing Human Rights Protection for Migrants under Article 8 of the ECHR?'

Critical Review of International Governance 
Joel A Dennerley, 'State Liability for Space Object Collisions: The Proper Interpretation of ‘Fault’ for the Purposes of International Space Law'

Review Essay 
Charlotte Peevers, 'Liberal Internationalism, Radical Transformation and the Making of World Orders'

Book Reviews

More information here.

CONFERENCE: 42. Deutscher Rechtshistorikertag: Zentren und Peripherien in der Geschichte des Rechts (Trier, 16-20 Sep 2018)

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The forty-second Deutscher Rechtshistorikertag will take place in Trier, from 16 to 20 September 2018.

Program and registration can be found here.

CONFERENCE: Stream on “Legal History (The Legal Foundation of the Modern State)" (15th Annual International Conference on Law, Athens Law Journal); DEADLINE 4 JUNE 2018

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The Law Unit and the History Unit of ATINER will hold a Stream on “Legal History (The Legal Foundation of the Modern State)”, 16-19 July 2018, Athens, Greece as part of the 15th Annual International Conference on Law sponsored by the Athens Journal of Law and the Athens Journal of History.
The purpose of the interdisciplinary miniature stream is to introduce such legal institutions that have an effect on the development of the internal judiciary systems of different countries and are much in evidence in the contemporary legal reforms related to the foundation of the modern state. The combined examination of history and law can draw the attention of the legislators and legal historians of the 21st Century to the importance of such legal institutions which, if observed from the point of view of legal history, can assist modern codification. The historical legal institutions appearing in the law currently in effect, with the aid of a certain legal “restoration”, can help their understanding, however it does not simply require some sort of theoretical, dogmatic examination but also the analysis of the legal practice and the praxis. Due to the topic of the interdisciplinary stream, this may not only be interesting for people working in the field of law or legal history, but can also get the attention of historians and scientists and researchers working on other, various fields. Through the complex and comparative assessment of the different branches of law, we can come up with a general picture on the development and the role in contemporary legal development of each and every legal institution.
Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycanae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, an one-day visit to Delphi and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.
Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by the 4 June2018 to: Dr. Varga Norbert, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Szeged, Hungary. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

16 May 2018

CONFERENCE: Lay Advocacy in the Pre-modern World (University of Turku, 28-29 May 2018)

Please find below the programme for the conference “Lay Advocacy in the Pre-modern World”, to be held in Turku later this month.

Venue: Calonia, Caloniankuja 3 (Seminarhall Cal1006)
Schedule: 28–29 May, 2018
Organiser: Faculty of Law and Legal Literacy in Finland 1750–1920 Academy of Finland project

Monday 28 May 2018
​Keynote Lecture:
John Baker: The Regulation of Advocacy in Medieval and Early-Modern England
​ 19.00
​Conference Dinner

 Tuesday 29 May 2018
​Raffaella Bianchi Riva: Lay Advocacy in the Treatises on Legal Profession: The Debate Surrounding Legal Ethics in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period

Mia Korpiola: Advocates before Official Advocacy: Lay Advocacy in the Stockholm Town Court ca. 1615
​Coffee break
Josep Capdeferro: "Síndics" in Early Modern Catalan Society: Legal Skills through Experience

Petteri Impola: Lay Advocacy in the Court Records of Seventeenth-Century Sweden: Methodological Approach
​Keynote Lecture:
Kjell Åke Modéer: From Amateurship to Quasi-professional Lawyering: Laymen’s Participation in Swedish Judicial Culture 1850–1950
Marianne Vasara-Aaltonen: Lay Advocates at the Town Courts of Kuopio and Vaasa in Nineteenth-century Finland

Zeynep Yazici Caglar: The Way to Define the Barrister in 19th Century England – Bar Examination

Anna Kuismin: Representations of Lay Scribes and Advocates in Finnish Newspapers and Fiction from the 1840s to the 1920s
​Coffee break
​Keynote Lecture:
Jane Burbank: Advocacy and sovereignty: Perspectives from Russia

For more information, see the conference page

15 May 2018

JOURNAL: Law and History Review XXXVI (2018), No. 2

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The Law and History Review just released its newest issue.


In This Issue v
Heart of Ice: Indigenous Defendants and Colonial Law in the Canadian North-West
Catherine L. Evans 199
Peripheral Vision: Polish-Jewish Lawyers and Early Israeli Law
Assaf Likhovski 235
The Prosecution of Rape in Wartime: Evidence from the Mau Mau Rebellion, Kenya 1952–60
David M. Anderson and Julianne Weis 267
Revocation of Citizenship and Rule of Law: How Judicial Review Defeated Britain’s First Denaturalization Regime
Patrick Weil and Nicholas Handler 295
Colonial Charters: Possessory or Regulatory?
James Muldoon 355
The Law of Negligence as Reported in The Times, 1785–1820
James Oldham 383
Review Essay
Taming the Past: Essays on Law in History and History in Law—Robert W. Gordon
reviewed by David M. Rabban 421
Book Reviews
The Codex of Justinian: A New Annotated Translation with Parallel Latin and Greek Text—Bruce W. Frier
reviewed by Paul J. du Plessis 429
Chinese Law in Imperial Eyes: Sovereignty, Justice, and Transcultural Politics—Li Chen
reviewed by Taisu Zhang 430

The full issue can be found here