09 September 2014

CONFERENCE: Lay Participation in Modern Law - A Comparative Historical Analysis


Helsinki, September 17th-19th, 2014
Venue: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3

Organisers: Profs. Heikki Pihlajamäki (Helsinki), Georges Martyn (Ghent), Anthony Musson (Exeter), Markus Dubber (Toronto)

Funded by: Academy of Finland, Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (Flanders)


Thursday, 18 September

Session 1: The Roots of Modern Lay Participation, 10.00-12.00
  • University of Helsinki, Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3), room P617
  • David Mirhady (Simon Fraser University): Knowing the Law and Deciding Justice:  Lay Expertise in the Democratic Athenian Courts
  • Anthony Musson (University of Exeter): The Legacy of Magna Carta: the Enigma of the Jury


Session 2: The Jury in the French Tradition and In Common Law, 13.30 – 15.30
  • Georges Martyn (Ghent University): Belgian's Obsession with Democratic Control by Jury in High Crime Procedures
  • Pedro Barbas Homem (University of Lisbon): The Jury and the Portuguese Legal Tradition
  • Simon Stern (University of Toronto): Oratory and the Jury Trial in Nineteenth-Century America

Coffee 15.30 – 16.00

Session 3: The Jury in Common Law and the Peripheries, 16:00 - 18:00
  • Niamh Howlin (University College Dublin): The Politics of Jury Trials in Nineteenth-Century Ireland
  • Kalyani Ramnath (Princeton University):  Mrs. Seneviratne’s Suicide: Lawyers, Experts and Jurors in Colonial Ceylon
  • Mia Korpiola (University of Turku): Back to the Glory Days of the Past: Reforming the Finnish Jury ca. 1850-1910

Friday, 19 September

Session 4: The Waning Jury? 10:00 – 12:00
University of Helsinki, Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3), room P723
  • Kate Harrington (University of Exeter): The University as Judge and Jury: Lay Participation in Academic Inquisitions
  • Markus Dirk Dubber (University of Toronto): A Tale of Two Juries
  • Heikki Pihlajamäki (University of Helsinki): The Three Models of the Western Lay Judge: From Diversity to Common Extinction


Session 5: Concluding Discussion, 13:30 – 15:00

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