12 November 2019

CONFERENCE: Pluralistische Rechtsverständnisse? (Pluralistic Concepts of Law?) Diskussionen um den Rechtsbegriff in den juristischen Disziplinen an der Wende vom 19. zum 20. Jahrhundert (Frankfurt, 14-15 November 2019)

We learned that the MPI for European Legal History is organizing a conference on pluralistic concepts of law later this week. Here the program:

Since the end of the 19th century, one can observe a differentiation within German jurisprudence. New sub-disciplines emerged which had their own university chairs, textbooks, institutes and journals. The various sub-disciplines - old and new - were connected with different sets of problems, target groups and intellectual traditions. The conference 'Pluralistic Concepts of Law?' will examine whether different conceptions of law developed out of this.

14 November

9.30-10.00 Peter Collin, Leonard Wolckenhaar Begrüßung und Einführung 10.00-10.45 Milan Kuhli Strafrecht 10.45-11.15 Kaffeepause 11.15-12.45 Johannes W. Flume Handelsrecht Peter Collin Wirtschaftsrecht 12.45-13.45 Mittagessen 13.45-15.15 Michael Droege Steuerrecht Martin Otto Evangelisches Kirchenrecht 15.15-16.00 Kaffeepause 16.00-17.30 Leonard Wolckenhaar Verwaltungsrecht Stefan Stegner Sozialrecht 17.30-18.30 Abendessen 18.30-19.30 Gerd Bender Arbeitsrecht

15. November

9.30-11.00 Carsten Kremer Staatsrecht Stefan Kroll Völkerrecht 11.00-11.30 Kaffeepause 11.30-13.00 Christoph-Eric Mecke Privatrecht Margrit Seckelmann Recht des geistigen Eigentums 13.00-14.00 Mittagessen 14.00-15.30 Andreas Funke Rechtstheorie Werner Gephart Rechtssoziologie 15.30-16.00 Kaffeepause 16.00-16.30 Abschlussdisku

BOOK: René KOEKKOEK, The Citizenship Experiment. Contesting the Limits of Civic Equality and Participation in the Age of Revolutions [Studies in the History of Political Thought, 15; ed. Annelien DE DIJN] (Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff/Brill, 2019), ISBN 978-90-04-22570-1, X + 294 p. € 99

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The Citizenship Experiment explores the fate of citizenship ideals in the Age of Revolutions. While in the early 1790s citizenship ideals in the Atlantic world converged, the twin shocks of the Haitian Revolution and the French Revolutionary Terror led the American, French, and Dutch publics to abandon the notion of a shared, Atlantic, revolutionary vision of citizenship. Instead, they forged conceptions of citizenship that were limited to national contexts, restricted categories of voters, and ‘advanced’ stages of civilization. Weaving together the convergence and divergence of an Atlantic revolutionary discourse, debates on citizenship, and the intellectual repercussions of the Terror and the Haitian Revolution, Koekkoek offers a fresh perspective on the revolutionary 1790s as a turning point in the history of citizenship.
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BOOK: RIchard WHATMORE, Terrorists, Anarchists, and Republicans: The Genevans and the Irish in Time of Revolution (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2019), 512 p. ISBN 9780691168777, 39,95 USD

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Book abstract:
In 1798, members of the United Irishmen were massacred by the British amid the crumbling walls of a half-built town near Waterford in Ireland. Many of the Irish were republicans inspired by the French Revolution, and the site of their demise was known as Genevan Barracks. The Barracks were the remnants of an experimental community called New Geneva, a settlement of Calvinist republican rebels who fled the continent in 1782. The British believed that the rectitude and industriousness of these imported revolutionaries would have a positive effect on the Irish populace. The experiment was abandoned, however, after the Calvinists demanded greater independence and more state money for their project. Terrorists, Anarchists, and Republicans tells the story of a utopian city inspired by a spirit of liberty and republican values being turned into a place where republicans who had fought for liberty were extinguished by the might of empire. Richard Whatmore brings to life a violent age in which powerful states like Britain and France intervened in the affairs of smaller, weaker countries, justifying their actions on the grounds that they were stopping anarchists and terrorists from destroying society, religion and government. The Genevans and the Irish rebels, in turn, saw themselves as advocates of republican virtue, willing to sacrifice themselves for liberty, rights and the public good. Terrorists, Anarchists, and Republicans shows how the massacre at Genevan Barracks marked an end to the old Europe of diverse political forms, and the ascendancy of powerful states seeking empire and markets—in many respects the end of enlightenment itself.
On the author:
Richard Whatmore is professor of modern history and codirector of the Institute of Intellectual History at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of What Is Intellectual History?, Against War and Empire, and Republicanism and the French Revolution.
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BOOK: Eric H. REITER, Wounded Feelings: Litigating Emotions in Quebec, 1870–1950 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019). ISBN 9781487506551, $67.50

The University of Toronto Press is publishing a new book on the legal history of emotions in Quebec.


Wounded Feelings is the first legal history of emotions in Canada. Through detailed histories of how people litigated emotional injuries like dishonour, humiliation, grief, and betrayal before the Quebec civil courts from 1870 to 1950, it explores the confrontation between people’s lived experience of emotion and the legal categories and terminology of lawyers, judges, and courts. Drawing on archival case files, supplemented by newspapers and contemporary legal writings, it examines how individuals narrated their claims of injured feelings, and how the courts assessed those claims, using legal rules, social norms, and the judges’ own feelings to validate certain emotional injuries and reject others.

The cases reveal both contemporary views of emotion as well as the family, gender, class, linguistic, and racial dynamics that shaped those understandings and their adjudication. Examples include a family’s grief over their infant son’s death due to a physician’s prescription error, a wealthy woman’s mortification at being harassed by a conductor aboard a train, and the indignation of two Black men at being denied seats at a Montreal cinema. The book also traces an important legal change in how moral injury was conceptualized in Quebec civil law over the period, as it came to be linked to the developing idea of personality rights. By 1950, the subjective richness of stories of wounded feelings was increasingly put into the language of violated rights, a development with implications for both social understandings of emotion and how individuals presented their emotional injuries in court.


Eric H. Reiter is an associate professor in the Department of History at Concordia University and a member of the Quebec Bar.


1. Feelings and the Law in Nineteenth-Century Quebec
2. Shame, Mortification, Disgrace, Dishonour
3. Family Dishonour
4. Bodily Intrusion
5. Betrayal
6. Grief and Mourning
7. Indignation, Anger, Fear
8. Conclusion: From Wounded Feelings to Violated Rights
Case Citations

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BOOK: Juhana Mikael SALOJÄRVI, Human Rights Redefining Legal Thought The History of Human Rights Discourse in Finnish Legal Scholarship (Cham: Springer, 2019). ISBN 978-3-030-29532-5, EUR 114,39

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Springer is publishing a new book on the history of human rights discourse in Finnish legal scholarship.


This book investigates the origins and development of human rights discourse in Finnish legal scholarship in the twentieth century. It provides a detailed account of how human rights were understood before they had legal relevance in a positivist sense, how they were adapted to Finnish legal thinking in the post-Second World War decades, how they developed into a mode of legal rhetoric and a type of legal argument during the 1970s and 1980s, and how they eventually became a significant paradigm in legal thinking in the 1990s. The book also demonstrates how rights discourse infiltrated the discussion regarding problems that were previously addressed in arguments concerning morals, social justice and equity.

Although the book focuses on the history of Finnish legal scholarship, it is also interesting from a global perspective for two reasons: Firstly, it demonstrates how an idea of international law is transplanted and diffused into national legal thinking; Finland is an illustrative example in this regard. Secondly, it offers insights into the general history of human rights.


Juhana Salojärvi, LL.D., is a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Helsinki. His main field is the history of legal scholarship. Recently his research has also involved the legal history of steamships and the historiography of human rights.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Ökonomische Krisen als Chance? Kooperation und Regulation in historischer Perspektive (Heidelberg, 1-3 July 2020) (DEADLINE: 15 January 2020)


We learned of a call for papers for an interdisciplinary conference on regulatory cooperation during economic crises from a historical perspective.

Economic crises have abounded since the 19th century, affecting states as well as every individual. The responses to such crises are therefore understandably diverse and complex, ranging from the fear of loss of work and strikes (workers), to measures to secure employment (unions), short-time work and rationalisation (companies), to subsidy and deflation policies, research and funding programs (politics).” […]

The full call can be found on Hsozkult

JOB: Academic Position in Legal History (UCLouvain; DEADLINE 15 NOV 2019)

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UCLouvain recruits a fulltime academic in legal history.

More details can be found on the university's website.

11 November 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS: Interdisciplinary Conference on the Politics of Finance (Geneva, 18-19 June 2020) (DEADLINE: 20 December 2020)

We learned of a call for papers for an interdisciplinary conference on the politics of finance at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.


In July 1964, in the aftermath of the military coup which deposed President João Goulart, creditors at the Hague Club approved the Brazilian officials request for rescheduling its debts. The roaring inflation under the left-wing government cost the sympathy of its creditors, who considered the unpopular policy by the new general in power, Castelo Branco, to restore economic order with credit curbs, cuts in state spending and increased taxation with a kindlier eye. As The Economist summarized, “Creditors Prefer Generals”. (The Economist, July 11, 1964). About a decade later, when the Economics Minister of Argentina’s military José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz, came back from his world tour to drum up loans to service the $1.2 billion in loans that came due over the following months, the magazine Euromoney reported that the minister had managed to re-establish in a few months an essential part of Argentina's image: credibility (Euromoney, September 1976).

As was the case with other developing countries in Latin America and elsewhere, Brazil and Argentina had been largely cut off by foreign creditors during the previous democratic regime, before becoming a hot destination once the military regime that came to power committed to orthodox monetary and fiscal policies. Democracy and international finance were at the crossroads, as these moments have indicated.

This interdisciplinary conference, to be held at the International History Department, Graduate Institute Geneva, on 18 - 19 June 2020, invites scholars in Economics, History, Sociology, Political Science and Legal Studies at different career stages to examine critically sovereign creditworthiness, credibility and reputation. In doing so, it attempts to initiative a scholarly dialogue on the political and cultural aspects of banking practices based on ‘trust’, and the relationship between politics and banking.

Contributions might address, but are not limited to, the following questions:

  • What makes a country credible and creditworthy?
  • How do International Organisations perceive different regimes?
  • How is creditworthiness lost? How is creditworthiness reestablished?
  • How do governmental and rating agencies, or financial institutions establish creditworthiness?
These are some of the questions that this international conferences wishes to address in an interdisciplinary way. We hope to bring together scholars to discuss a highly relevant research topic, in the context of increasing tensions in countries such as Argentina, Venezuela and Turkey. Confirmed keynote is Professor Jeffry Frieden, Harvard University.

The conference is generously supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), sponsor of the research project ‘Business with the Devil? Assessing the Financial Dimension of Authoritarian Regimes in Latin America, 1973-85’. Supporting institutions include the International History Department and the Centre for Finance and Development at the Graduate Institute, Geneva.

Scholars interested in participating in the conference are invited to submit paper abstracts of no more than 300 words, along with their academic CV, to the conference convenors at by 20th December 2019. Abstracts should include the speaker’s name, academic affiliation and contact details. Selected presenters are expected to submit a full paper by the end of April. Funding opportunities are available to defray travel and accommodation expenses. Priorities will be given to early career researchers. For questions, please contact us at

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Jane MAIR and Sean PATRICK DONLAN, eds., Comparative Law: Mixes, Movements, and Metaphors, 1st Edition (Hardback) - Routledge (London: Routledge, 2019). ISBN 9781138390690, £115.00

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Routledge has published a new book on comparative law, which includes several contributions with a legal historical angle.


This book discusses a number of important themes in comparative law: legal metaphors and methodology, the movements of legal ideas and institutions and the mixity they produce, and marriage, an area of law in which culture – or clashes of legal and public cultures – may be particularly evident. In a mix of methodological and empirical investigations divided by these themes, the work offers expanded analyses and a unique cross-section of materials that is on the cutting edge of comparative law scholarship. It presents an innovative approach to legal pluralism, the study of mixed jurisdictions, and to language and the law, with the use of metaphors not as illustration but core element of comparative methodology.


Jane Mair holds the position of Professor of Private Law at the University of Glasgow, UK.
Seán Patrick Donlan is the Associate Dean of the Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia, Canada.


Of Mixes, Movements, and Metaphors: Esin Örücü’s Critical Comparative Law
Seán Patrick Donlan and Jane Mair
Island, Intersection, or In-Between? Legal Hybridity and Diffusion in the Seychellois Legal Tradition, c1715-1950
Seán Patrick Donlan and Mathilda Twomey, CJ
Legislating for customary land tenure: a comparative query
Sue Farran
Fairness and diversity in the South African law of contract
Jacques du Plessis
On Kites and Ships: Climate Changes in Comparative Law and Judicial Navigation
Werner Menski
On Lifelong and Fixed-term Marriage: a Study in Estrangement
Jan M. Smits
What is the role of norms and values in the reception of law?
Richard de Mulder and Helen Gubby
The Influence of the trias politica of Montesquieu on the first Dutch Constitution
Emese von Bóné
A Legal Transplant: French Law in Dutch Shallow Waters
Tammo Wallinga
The Rule of Law in Turkey: Two Steps Forward One Step Back
Mustafa Koçak
The Method of Comparative Law reconsidered in the light of Legal Epistemology and the Reception of Roman law
Laurens Winkel
Hybrid Law and Culinary Metaphor – Empty Coquetting or Something Else?
Jaakko Husa

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BOOK: Stefan B. KIRMSE, The Lawful Empire Legal Change and Cultural Diversity in Late Tsarist Russia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019). ISBN 9781108499439, £ 75.00

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Cambridge University Press is publishing a new book on legal practice in late Tsarist Russia.


The Russian Empire and its legal institutions have often been associated with arbitrariness, corruption, and the lack of a 'rule of law'. Stefan B. Kirmse challenges these assumptions in this important new study of empire-building, minority rights, and legal practice in late Tsarist Russia, revealing how legal reform transformed ordinary people's interaction with state institutions from the 1860s to the 1890s. By focusing on two regions that stood out for their ethnic and religious diversity, the book follows the spread of the new legal institutions into the open steppe of Southern Russia, especially Crimea, and into the fields and forests of the Middle Volga region around the ancient Tatar capital of Kazan. It explores the degree to which the courts served as instruments of integration: the integration of former borderlands with the imperial centre and the integration of the empire's internal 'others' with the rest of society.


Stefan B. KirmseLeibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin

Stefan B. Kirmse is a Senior Research Fellow and Research Coordinator at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin and a Senior Lecturer at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He is the author of Youth and Globalization in Central Asia (2013), and the editor of Youth in the Former Soviet South (2011) and One Law for All? (2012).


1. Minority rights and legal integration in the Russian empire
2. Borderlands no more: Crimea and Kazan in the mid-nineteenth century
3. Implementing legal change: new courts for Crimea and Kazan
4. Images and practices in the new courts: the enactment of monarchy, modesty, and cultural diversity
5. Seeking justice: Muslim Tatars go to court
6. Confronting the state: peasant resistance over land and faith
7. Dealing with unrest: crime and punishment in the 'crisis years' 1878–79

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08 November 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS: Decolonial Comparative Law Workshop (6 October 2020, Johannesburg) (DEADLINE: 6 February 2020)

We learned of a call for papers for a new collaborative research project on decolonial comparative law by the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg. Here the call:

Call for papers: Decolonial Comparative Law Workshop 6 October 2020

Johannesburg, South Africa

Abstract submission deadline: 6 February 2020 Draft paper submission deadline: 20 August 2020
The Max Planck Institute for Comparative Law (Hamburg) and the University of the Witwatersrand
School of Law will host a one-day workshop on decolonial comparative law on 6 October 2020 at the University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg). The workshop precedes the International Academy of Comparative Law Thematic Congress on “Diversity and Plurality in Law,” which takes places 7-9 October in Pretoria (South Africa). (Our workshop is not connected to the International Congress and participation in our workshop is not limited to or dependent on attendance of the International Congress.)

THEME: Although traditional comparative law methods have been criticized for several decades now, a clear alternative has not emerged. Debates between doctrinal, functionalist, and culturalist comparatists remain unresolved. One reason may be that despite such differences, a deeper, and problematic, agreement remains intact: agreement on certain ideas of law (as a matter of expertise) and of society (as either already or seeking to be liberal/democratic) that emerged within a European colonial context. Conventional comparative law—with all its valuable methodological and theoretical disagreements—remains mired within a Eurocentric paradigm encompassing the objects of comparison (too often civil vs common law) and theoretical and methodological presuppositions (the concept of law, the role of the state and of community, the mode of thought, etc.). Because conventional comparative law is mired in colonial epistemologies, we seek to explore decolonial comparative law. Decolonial theory is a school of critical theory developed by scholars (primarily in South America) engaging with the epistemological distinctiveness of coloniality in settler-colonies, as compared to colonies. (Decolonial theory is related to, but different from, decolonization, a historical process by which colonized states become formally independent. By way of example, whereas decolonization necessitates redistribution of property, decolonial theory necessitates a radical rethinking of property.) Decolonial scholars emphasize that modernity and coloniality are inseparable, such that the world today is dominated by the epistemic assumptions of modernity/coloniality. To overcome the hegemony of modernity, decolonial theorists call for pluriversality. Pluriversality rejects universality and emphasizes the simultaneous legitimacy of multiple traditions and social orderings from intellectual—not only geographic—borderlands. A basic presumption of decolonial theory is that the native/indigenous societies that were nearly eradicated by settler-colonialism are important sources of resistance to European epistemological hegemony. Our project brings together the broad insights and challenging ideas of decolonial theory to the field of comparative law. We are interested in both identifying the colonial structures and presuppositions in conventional comparative law and examining what a decolonial comparative law could look like and what it could achieve. Such a program operates both on a theoretical and a practical level, bringing together concrete case studies and theoretical considerations. Most importantly, decolonial comparative law is a pluriversal project that includes multiple voices and perspectives, rather than reinforcing coloniality through a European-dominated effort of decolonization. To that end, our project emphasizes giving voice and authority to legal scholars in the global South. (We invite those interested to view and to suggest additions to our work-inprogress bibliographies of decolonial theory and decolonial legal studies:

We invite papers that address any aspect of decolonial comparative law, including: • How was the development of the modern discipline of comparative law in nineteenthcentury Europe intertwined with European colonialism? • How do legal transplants manifest coloniality? • How do both functionalist and culturalist methods reflect particular colonial ideas of the relation between law and society? • What were the premodern precursors to the modern discipline of comparative law? • How is the bifurcation between secular law and religious law implicated in coloniality? • How do neo-colonial relationships of power continue to shape conventional comparative law? • How can indigenous and native legal traditions transform the conventional discipline of comparative law? • How can a decolonial comparative law be theorized and practiced? • What are the decolonial alternatives to the use of the modern nation-state as the key analytical category of comparison in conventional comparative law?

Attendance in the workshop is open. We ask those interested in attending to register as engaged listeners by emailing with “Decolonial comparative law, engaged listener registration” in the subject line. Please indicate your full name, your institutional affiliation (if any), and your preferred email address. (Engaged listeners are asked to attend the entire workshop and read all the papers in advance.)

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: Please send your title and abstract in any language of no more than 750 words (including a bibliography of up to five entries) to as an attachment by 6 February 2020. Authors of accepted papers will be asked to submit a draft paper by 20 August 2020. Please indicate if you will need funding in order to attend the workshop. (MPI will provide two-nights of accommodation for participants; some needs-based reimbursement for travel will also be available.)

ORGANIZERS: The Decolonial Comparative Law Workshop is co-organized by Tshepo Madlingozi (, Ralf Michaels (, Lena Salaymeh (, and Emile Zitzke ( ABOUT the University of the Witwatersrand School of Law : Wits School of Law is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Alongside equipping students with critical thinking skills across our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching offerings, we host three Centres – the Wits Law Clinic, the Mandela Institute and the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS). Our centres help us to produce locally significant and globally important interventions, research and advice. We are based at Wits University’s Faculty of Commerce Law and Management on West Campus. Our roots go back to 1922 when our initial offering was the Law Certificate for attorneys and the Civil Service Lower Law Examination. As we approach 100 years of existence our modern day offering is vast. We teach a variety of undergraduate programmes, specialised master’s degrees, PhD programmes and international exchanges.

ABOUT the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law: The MPI in Hamburg is dedicated to performing foundational research and promoting the transfer of knowledge in the field of comparative law. The results of the Institute’s research are reflected in academic publications as well as in the recommendations and expert opinion papers prepared for commissions, governments and courts. Additionally, the scholars employed at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Law regularly play a role in the formulation of laws at both the national and international level. MPI is committed to international partnerships and the establishment of academic networks with domestic and foreign research institutes and universities in order to foster new directions in scholarly inquiry.

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BOOK: Sinem OGIS, The Influence of Marine Insurance Law on the Legal Development of Life and Fire Insurance in England. (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2019). ISBN 978-3-428-15881-2, 89,90 €

We learned of the publication of a book on the history of English (marine) insurance law.


This book addresses the question whether English insurance law is in its entirety rooted in marine insurance. English literature and case law indeed assert that life and fire insurance are nothing more than offspring of marine insurance. To describe life and fire insurance law as offspring of marine insurance suggests that the legal rules and principles as developed in the context of marine insurance were simply transferred as a whole to life and fire insurance. However, it is possible that the legal development happened differently. There could rather have been a convergence of the different legal regimes. To speak of a gradual convergence suggests that marine insurance law was transposed into life and fire insurance law only where appropriate. By analyzing this research question, the book unfolds the roots of modern insurance business in England as well as the evolution of English insurance law.


Sinem Ogis obtained her LL.B. at Yasar University (Izmir, Turkey) in 2013 where she triumphed as third ranked in her Law Faculty. In 2013, she was awarded the Best Student of Yasar University 2013 Prize and a Jean Monnet Scholarship supported by European Union. In 2014, she completed an LL.M. in Maritime Law at the University of Southampton with a dissertation on powerships. From 2015 to 2018, she was a research assistant at the University of Augsburg as part of the ERC-funded project »A Comparative History of Insurance Law in Europe« and wrote her Ph.D.-thesis on the history of English insurance law. Sinem Ogis speaks Turkish, English, Italian and German and she is a qualified lawyer in Turkey.

The table of contents can be found here

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07 November 2019

BOOK: Jorge Gonzalez JACOME, Revolución, Democracia y Paz Trayectorias de Los Derechos Humanos En Colombia (1973-1985) (Valencia: Tirant Editorial, 2019). ISBN 9788413130941, 27,55 €

(Source: Tirant Editorial)

We learned of the publication of a new book on human rights in Colombia (1973-1985).


Las historias globales sobre el auge del lenguaje de los derechos humanos en la década de los 1970
cuentan la experiencia latinoamericana a partir de los eventos ocurridos en las dictaduras militares
del Cono Sur. Este libro se concentra en el caso colombiano y narra una historia distinta sobre la
construcción doméstica de los derechos humanos en un país que no atravesó dictaduras militares,
pero que experimentó un cruento confl icto armado. Para entender el rol de los derechos humanos
en Colombia en el periodo entre 1973 y 1985 es necesario concentrarse en al menos tres proyectos
políticos que contribuyeron a darle sentido a esta noción: la revolución socialista, la búsqueda de
un sistema más democrático y la pacifi cación de los actores armados. Estos tres proyectos llenaron
de diferentes contenidos al concepto de derechos humanos en Colombia en el periodo analizado y
plantearon diferentes trayectorias posibles que se fueron defi niendo a partir de las circunstancias
sociales e ideológicas que afectaron a este país.


Profesor de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá). Doctor en Derecho (SJD) de la Universidad de Harvard, Magíster en Derecho de la Universidad de los Andes y Abogado de la Pontifi cia Universidad Javeriana. Ha sido Profesor Visitante en el Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos de la Universidad de Stanford y fue Director del Departamento de Filosofía e Historia del Derecho de la Pontifi cia Universidad Javeriana. Su docencia e investigación se han concentrado en la historia del derecho, el derecho constitucional, los derechos humanos y la teoría del derecho. Dentro de sus publicaciones más relevantes se encuentran los libros ?Estados de Excepción y Democracia Liberal en América del Sur: Argentina, Chile y Colombia 1930-1990? (Bogotá, Editorial Pontifi cia Universidad Javeriana, 2015) e Historias Críticas del Derecho? (Bogotá: Siglo del Hombre Editores-Universidad de los Andes, 2017).


Agradecimientos        11
Entre dos extremos        13
De la historia global a las historias locales        16
Fuentes de reconstrucción y argumento general        26
Un contexto preliminar: Colombia 1970-1985        29
Estructura del libro        34
2.    DERECHOS HUMANOS REVOLUCIONARIOS (1973-1978)        41
El paro y las lecciones para izquierda y derecha        45
Hacia el Libro Negro de la Represión        58
El Tribunal Russell y los derechos humanos políticos        70
Los derechos humanos como la defensa de los presos políticos        77
El camino al Estatuto de Seguridad y al artículo 28        90
Superando el escepticismo: los derechos humanos como un instrumento para la lucha en el cristianismo revolucionario        100
Alternativa, FIRMES y un diálogo frustrado con el gobierno        108
El Foro Nacional por los Derechos Humanos        118
La Toma de la Embajada        130
Los informes de derechos humanos como un nuevo género        135
La paz como política de gobierno: buscando la legitimidad perdida        149
Los derechos humanos y la búsqueda de la legitimidad estatal: el MAS y la Procuraduría General        163
La judicialización de las violaciones de derechos humanos: el caso de Olga López        173
De los informes internacionales a los informes locales de derechos humanos: dos géneros diferentes        184
Conclusiones: el quiebre del ‘85        203
Bibliografía        215

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ANNOUNCEMENT: New Legal History Books (September-October 2019) from Hart Publishing

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Via Hart Publishing, we learned of the publication of several new legal history books. Discount announcements for these four books are included below, courtesy of Hart Publishing.
Pioneering Australian Legal Scholars
Susan Bartie

Peter Brett (1918–1975), Alice Erh-Soon Tay (1934–2004) and Geoffrey Sawer (1910–1996) are key, yet largely overlooked, members of Australia’s first community of legal scholars. This book is a critical study of how their ideas and endeavours contributed to Australia’s discipline of law and the first Australian legal theories. It examines how three marginal figures – a Jewish man (Brett), a Chinese woman (Tay), and a war orphan (Sawer) – rose to prominence during a transformative period for Australian legal education and scholarship.
Drawing on in-depth interviews with former colleagues and students, extensive archival research, and an appraisal of their contributions to scholarship and teaching, this book explores the three professors’ international networks and broader social and historical milieux. Their pivotal leadership roles in law departments at the University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, and the Australian National University are also critically assessed.

Ranging from local experiences and the concerns of a nascent Australian legal academy to the complex transnational phenomena of legal scholarship and theory, Free Hands and Minds makes a compelling case for contextualising law and legal culture within society. At a time of renewed crisis in legal education and research in the common law world, it also offers a vivid, nuanced and critical account of the enduring liberal foundations of Australia’s discipline of law.

Susan Bartie is Lecturer in Law at the University of Tasmania, Australia.

September 2019   |   9781509922611   |   344pp   |   Hardback   |    RSP: £70  
Discount Price: £56
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William Cornish, Steve Banks, Charles Mitchell, Paul Mitchell and Rebecca Probert

Law and Society in England 1750–1950 is an indispensable text for those wishing to study English legal history and to understand the foundations of the modern British state. In this new updated edition the authors explore the complex relationship between legal and social change. They consider the ways in which those in power themselves imagined and initiated reform and the ways in which they were obliged to respond to demands for change from outside the legal and political classes.

What emerges is a lively and critical account of the evolution of modern rights and expectations, and an engaging study of the formation of contemporary social, administrative and legal institutions and ideas, and the road that was travelled to create them.

The book is divided into eight chapters: Institutions and Ideas; Land; Commerce and Industry; Labour Relations; The Family; Poverty and Education; Accidents; and Crime.

This extensively referenced analysis of modern social and legal history will be invaluable to students and teachers of English law, political science, and social history.

William Cornish CMG Qc (Hon) FBA is a Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Cambridge and a Life Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge.
Stephen Banks is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Reading.
Charles Mitchell QC (Hon) FBA is a Professor of Law at University College London.
Paul Mitchell is a Professor of Law at University College London.
Rebecca Probert is a Professor of Law at the University of Exeter.

Oct 2019   |   9781849462730   |   784pp   |   Paperback   |    RSP: £39.99  
Discount Price: £31.99
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Edited by Brian Sloan 
The Landmark Cases series highlights the historical antecedents of what are widely considered to be the leading cases in a discipline, and seeks to provide contexts in which to better understand how and why certain cases came to be regarded as the ‘landmark’ cases in any given field. Succession law’s long pedigree, near-universal application, immense capacity for human interest stories, somewhat uncertain future in England and Wales, and close connection to demographics make it an ideal candidate for a Landmark Cases volume. The distinguished contributors to this collection consider cases ranging from 1720 to 2017, covering issues such as will-making and interpretation, the position of beneficiaries and personal representatives, testamentary promises, and the extent of testamentary freedom in England and Wales and beyond. The cases are relevant not only to scholars and students of succession law per se, but also those working in fields such as tax, trusts, tort and land law. They raise issues as diverse as class, colonialism, familial dynamics, expectations and obligations, mental health, and the proper roles of the legal profession and the welfare state. The collection will provoke much discussion on what makes a ‘landmark’ case, as well as on the peculiarities and limitations of the case law method.

Brian Sloan is a College Lecturer and Fellow in Law at Robinson College, and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge.

Oct 2019   |   9781509919000   |   424pp   |   Hardback   |    RSP: £120  
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Edited by James Goudkamp and Donal Nolan

The publication of Scholars of Tort Law marks the beginning of a long overdue rebalancing of private law scholarship. Instead of concentrating on judicial decisions and academic commentary only for what that commentary says about judicial decisions, the book explores the contributions of scholars of tort law in their own right. The work of a selection of leading scholars of tort law from across the common law world, ranging from Thomas Cooley (1824–1898) to Patrick Atiyah (1931–2018), is addressed by eminent current scholars in the field. The focus of the contributions is on the nature of the work produced by each of the scholars in question, important influences on their work, and the influence which that work in turn had on thinking about tort law. The process of subjecting tort law scholarship to sustained analysis provides new insights into the intellectual development of tort law and reveals the important role played by scholars in that development. By focusing on the work of influential tort scholars, the book serves to emphasise the importance of legal scholarship to the development of the common law more generally.
James Goudkamp is Professor of the Law of Obligations at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Keble College, Oxford.
Donal Nolan is Professor of Private Law at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford.
Oct 2019   |   9781509910571   |   424pp   |   Hardback   |    RSP: £85  
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06 November 2019

BOOK: International Law and the Cold War, ed. Matthew CRAVEN, Sundhya PAHUJA, and Gerry SIMPSON (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019). ISBN 9781108499187, £ 120.00

(Source: CUP)

Cambridge University Press is publishing a new book on international law and the cold war.


International Law and the Cold War is the first book dedicated to examining the relationship between the Cold War and International Law. The authors adopt a variety of creative approaches - in relation to events and fields such as nuclear war, environmental protection, the Suez crisis and the Lumumba assassination - in order to demonstrate the many ways in which international law acted upon the Cold War and in turn show how contemporary international law is an inheritance of the Cold War. Their innovative research traces the connections between the Cold War and contemporary legal constructions of the nation-state, the environment, the third world, and the refugee; and between law, technology, science, history, literature, art, and politics.


Matthew CravenSchool of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Matthew Craven is a Professor of International Law at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and Chair of the Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law. He is also a Senior Fellow at Melbourne Law School and a member of the Advisory Council for the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School. He is author of The Decolonization of International Law: State Succession and the Law of Treaties (2007) and The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1995).

Sundhya PahujaUniversity of Melbourne

Sundhya Pahuja is a Professor of International Law and Director of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at the University of Melbourne. She is a leading scholar of postcolonial international law, and author of Decolonising International Law (Cambridge, 2011).

Gerry SimpsonLondon School of Economics and Political Science

Gerry Simpson is a Professor of International Law at London School of Economics and Political Science. He held the Sir Kenneth Bailey Chair of Law at the University of Melbourne Law. He is the author of Great Powers and Outlaw States (Cambridge, 2004) and Law, War and Crime: War Crimes Trials and the Reinvention of International Law (2007).


About the editors
About the authors
List of figures
1. Reading and unreading a historiography of hiatus Matthew Craven, Sundhya Pahuja and Gerry Simpson
Part I. The Anti-Linear Cold War:
2. International law and the Cold War: reflections on the concept of history Richard Joyce
3. The elusive peace of Panmunjom Dino Kritsiotis
Part II. The Generative/Productive Cold War:
4. Accounting for the ENMOD convention: Cold War influences on the origins and development of the 1976 Convention on Environmental Modification techniques Emily Crawford
5. Nuclear weapons law and the Cold War and post-Cold War worlds: a story of co-production Anna Hood
6. Parallel worlds: Cold War division space Scott Newton
7. Shadowboxing: the data shadows of Cold War international law Fleur Johns
8. Contesting the right to leave in international law: The Berlin Wall, the third world brain drain and the politics of emigration in the 1960s Sara Dehm
9. Bridging ideologies: Julian Huxley, Détente, and the emergence of international environmental law Aaron Wu
10. More than a 'parlour game': international law in Australian public debate, 1965–1966 Madelaine Chiam
11. Environmental justice, the Cold War and US human rights exceptionalism Carmen G. Gonzalez
12. The Cold War and its impact on Soviet legal doctrine Anna Isaeva
13. Forced labour Anne-Charlotte Martineau
14. Rupture and continuity: North–South struggles over debt and economic co-operation at the end of the Cold War Julia Dehm
15. The Cold War history of the landmines convention Treasa Dunworth
Part III. The Parochial/Plural Cold War:
16. The Cold War in Soviet international legal discourse Boris N. Mamlyuk
17. The Dao of Mao: Sinocentric socialism and the politics of international legal theory Teemu Ruskola
18. 'The dust of Empire': the dialectic of self-determination and re-colonisation in the first phase of the Cold War Upendra Baxi
19. The 'Bihar Famine' and the authorisation of the green revolution in India: developmental futures and disaster imaginaries Adil Hasan Khan
20. Pakistan's Cold War(s) and international law Vanja Hamzić
21. International law, Cold War juridical theatre, and the making of the Suez Crisis Charlie Peevers
22. To seek with beauty to set the world right: Cold War international law and the radical 'imaginative geography' of Pan-Africanism Christopher Gevers
23. John Le Carré, international law and the Cold War Tony Carty
24. Postcolonial hauntings and Cold War continuities: Congolese sovereignty and the murder of Patrice Lumumba Sara Kendall
25. End times in the Antipodes: propaganda and critique in On the Beach Ruth Buchanan.

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SEMINAR SERIES: Régimes dynastiques et modernité politique (Paris, November 2019-May 2020)

Via the Portail universitaire du droit, we learned of a seminar series on dynastic regimes and political modernity in Paris.

Dans le prolongement des années précédentes, le séminaire sondera l’écart entre une organisation politique fortement incarnée dans la personne et la maison du Roi, et le modèle de l’État dont l’abstraction va grandissante, jusqu’au hiatus précoce que provoque la question de sa représentation. La problématique de la permanence des familles, des corps et du royaume, sera au cœur des questionnements, y compris dans sa dimension anthropologique, et jusque dans les apports techniques du droit privé. Même si la notion d’intérêt collectif se heurte constamment au primat lignager qu’entretiennent les régimes dynastiques, les droits de l’État ne sont pas nécessairement en contradiction avec les droits de la famille. Ils peuvent d’ailleurs en apparaître comme les garants, à condition qu’ils reposent sur des principes supérieurs et soient donc englobants. Les enjeux symboliques du droit public dynastique constituent ainsi une matrice d’intelligibilité d’un fonctionnement formant système ; ils sont par certains aspects les ferments de la modernité politique. C’est alors, de la sorte, dans la dialectique entre la nature des régimes dynastiques et l’affirmation d’un Etat qui déplace les priorités que portera l’analyse, laquelle sera principalement centrée sur la période des XVIe-XVIIIe siècle, dans un dialogue constant entre historiens et juristes, mais ne se privera pas d’ouvrir vers d’autres champs de la recherche.

Le séminaire se déroule les 1er, 3et 5e jeudis du mois, de 17 à 19 h, du 7 novembre 2019 au 7 mai 2020.


7 novembre : Fanny Cosandey, « Histoire politique de la famille royale »
21 novembre : Pierre Bonin, « La famille royale dans les manuels classiques d’histoire du droit »
5 décembre : Fanny Cosandey, « Alliances dynastiques, le choix des conjoints »
19 décembre : Fanny Cosandey, « Les contrats de mariage royaux et le rapport à l’héritage »
16 janvier : Eric de Mari, « Familles, "corps", couronne dans les colonies sous l'Ancien Régime »
30 janvier : Alain Hugon, « Émigration hispanique, richesse monarchique, et intérêts dynastiques dans les Indes de Castille (1492-1700) »
6 février : Julie Ozcan, « Le cadre dynastique du régime ottoman au XVIIe siècle »
5 mars : Fanny Cosandey, « La fabrique du roi »
19 mars : Aurore Causin, « Lois fondamentales et succession royale, enjeux terminologiques »
2 avril : Christophe Duhamelle, « Le Saint-Empire romain germanique: un rapport varié et non exclusif entre régime dynastique et modernité politique »
30 avril : Marta Peguera Poch, « Le père "petit" souverain et la famille organe de l'Etat »
7 mai : Laetitia Guerlain, « Les relations entre famille et pouvoir pour les premières générations d'anthropologues »

contact : cosandey(at), pierre.bonin(at)

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WORKSHOP SERIES: Legal and Social History (Cambridge, October-December 2019)

We learned of a workshop series on legal and social history at the University of Cambridge.

The Legal and Social History Workshop welcomes speakers and attendees working on or interested in socio-legal history, irrespective of period or location.

This workshop is for those interested in socio-legal history. The interdisciplinary nature of this topic produces a need cross-departmental work and thus this workshop welcomes attendees from all Faculties. As a thematic workshop, we aim to connect students working on different periods and locations that may have encountered the same methodological problems and research questions.

The conveners are committed to creating a friendly environment for students to test new research and ideas on socio-legal history, irrespective of period or location. In Michaelmas, we will accept abstracts from current PhD students, whereas in Lent and Easter we will encourage papers from MPhil and first year PhDs. There will be an end-of-year conference in May/June 2020.  

We meet fortnightly on Tuesdays at 5:15pm in the History Faculty Boardroom. 

Michaelmas Term Card 2019

Tuesday 22 October: Christopher Whittell (Queens' College)
‘An adulterate coin? The coinage of the British republic (1649-1660) within the tradition of English common law’.

Tuesday 5 November: Fleur Stolker (Brasenose College, Oxford)
‘Bankruptcy and insolvency in the early modern Court of Chancery, 1543-1628’.

Tuesday 19 November: Rob Bates (Queens' College)
‘An Organized Suspicion? Structuring Administration in the American Civil War Pension System, c.1875-1882’.

Tuesday 3December: Dr Saumya Saxena (Jesus College)
‘Court’ing Hindu Nationalism: The Supreme Court of India and the rise of Hindutva’.

All graduates and postdocs welcome!
Conveners: Stephanie Brown,; Laura Flannigan and Ian King  

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LECTURE: 11 November lecture by Lois Bibbings on “War Resistance During the First World War: Reflections from beyond the Centenary” (Brussels, 11 November 2011)

We learned that Professor Lois Bibbings (University of Bristol) will give a lecture on 11 November (Armistice Day) at the Flemish Peace Institute.


20:30 - 22:30
In this lecture professor Lois Bibbings (University of Bristol) will look at groups and individuals who in various ways refused or resisted war during First World War, including oncsientious objectors, soldiers and women peace activits. In this context, links will be made with war resistance and peace activism today. Whilst the focus will be upon the United Kingdom and Ireland, historical and present-day examples will also be drawn from around the world.


8.30 pm
Welcome by Piet Chielens Coordinator In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres
8.35 pm
Speech by Emmily Talpe Mayor of Ypres
8.45 pm
11 November Lecture by Lois Bibbings Professor of Law, Gender and History at the University of Bristol
“War resistance during the First World War: Reflections from beyond the Centenary”
(Lecture in English)
9.15 pm
Concert by the female choir Amaranthe
9.45 pm
The event takes place in the cultural center het Perron in Ypres.
Admission is free, but please register by sending a message to
Biography Professor Lois Bibbings
Lois Bibbings is Professor of Law, Gender and History at the University of Bristol. Much of her research has centred upon the First World War in Britain, looking at hidden histories or lesser known stories of the conflict, and she has spoken and published extensively in this area. Thirty years ago she started researching conscientious objection to military service. Her work in this area has focused upon legal issues, gender and the nature of conscience. Her monograph on objectors, Telling Tales About Men: Conceptions of Conscientious Objectors to Military Service During the First World War (Manchester University Press, 2009) offered a completely original perspective by considering objectors, along with soldiers and male and female civilians, in terms of gender. In the lecture professor Lois Bibbings will look at groups and individuals who in various ways refused or resisted war during the First World War.

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