The following conference might be of interest to ESCLH members. Its theme is particularly well-suited to legal historians:
Juris Diversitas has announced its first official, open Annual Conference, co-sponsored by the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (SICL) to be held at the SICL from 3-4 June 2013 in Lausanne, Switzerland.
While any proposal on comparative law will be considered:
The conference will explore the diffusion—transplantation, reception, migration, contamination, etc, etc—of both laws and law-like norms, past and present and around the globe. A critical element in the creation of all legal and normative traditions, diffusion takes many forms. It may be overt or covert, voluntary or involuntary, concentrated or diffuse, colonial or neo-colonial, etc.
Proposals may be case studies or theoretical analyses of diffusion; they may be general (at the level of legal traditions) or specific (trusts, family law, etc). Participants might analyse, among other topics, entangled legal histories, the diffusion of Western legal models outside of the West, the dominance and rationale for the present diffusion of Anglo-American legal forms, the relevance of legal origins and traditions on contemporary structures, practices, the place of ‘mixed’ and ‘micro’ legal systems, etc.
Proposals of @250 words (or @1000 words for panel proposals) should be submitted to Seán Patrick Donlan at firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 January 2013. Additional information will be posted shortly.