07 August 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS: Citizenship, Migration and Social Rights – Historical Experiences from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century (4-5 March 2021, Berlin) (DEADLINE: 15 September 2020)

(Source: Rework)

We learned of a call for papers for a workshop on “Citizenship, Migration and Social Rights – Historical Experiences from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century”. Here the call:

Call for Papers Workshop: Citizenship, Migration and Social Rights – Historical Experiences from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century Date: 4 – 5 March 2021 Location: Humboldt University Berlin, International Research Centre Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History (re:work), Georgenstr. 23, 10117 Berlin Organizers: Beate Althammer, DFG-Project “The Borders of the Welfare State: Migration, Social Rights and Expulsion (1850-1933)”, in cooperation with re:work Deadline for proposals: 15 September 2020 URL:

In current academic and political debates, the tensions between European conceptions of the welfare state and transnational migration are a heatedly discussed issue. How can promises of social security be kept in times of globalization? Is welfare only feasible in ‘closed’ nation states with tight border controls, or is migration, to the contrary, necessary for sustaining welfare systems? To what extent are social rights a privilege of national citizens, to what extent, and under what conditions, are they also due to foreign immigrants? Such questions have become an explosive and intensely scrutinized subject. Much less, however, is known about their historical dimensions. There exists by now a rich historiography on the origins of modern welfare policies; migration history is flourishing too; and in recent years, the history of citizenship has attracted increasing attention. Yet, these have largely remained three separate fields of research. Few works have studied in detail so far how European welfare states dealt with the challenges of migration in their formative phase, and what experiences, in turn, migrants have made with the social services of their host societies. The project “The Borders of the Welfare State: Migration, Social Rights and Expulsion (1850-1933)” is attempting to fill this gap. Taking as its starting point the frequently postulated, but probably too simplistic hypothesis that the status of aliens deteriorated inversely to the expansion of citizens’ rights with the emergence of modern national welfare states, it explores the interrelations of labour migration and social policies in the decades around 1900. The project compares national discourses and legal frameworks of various European countries, analyses concrete administrative practices at the local level, and looks at the beginnings of international agreements on the reciprocal treatment of citizens who moved across borders. The aim is to write a transnational European history of the negotiations over the social entitlements of migrants in the early days of modern welfare-state building. Despite its transnational approach, the scope of the project is necessarily limited, in geographical and temporal terms as well as in terms of the aspects of ‘welfare’ and ‘migration’ it is able to take into account. Therefore, the planned workshop wants to open up its horizon by bringing together researchers who are working on related topics. Invited are historians, but also scholars from neighbouring disciplines (sociology, political sciences, anthropology, etc.) with a research interest in the interrelationships of migration and social policies from the eighteenth century to the present. Although the focus of the workshop will be on the evolution of European migration and welfare regimes, papers that offer extraEuropean perspectives are very welcome too. And although the focus will be on the impact of migration on ‘modern’ social policies and vice versa, also early modern historians are addressed who can help us to understand continuities and changes during the transition to modernity. Possible approaches of papers that explore the interrelationships of migration and social policies include: - Theoretical reflections on long-term developments - Semantics of welfare, belonging and social rights - Comparisons between national migration and welfare regimes - Case studies on local constellations and experiences - Case studies on specific migrant groups or specific sectors of welfare provision - Case studies on periods of disruption, e.g. in the wake of wars or economic crises - Transnational studies on the cross-border coordination of migration and social policies The workshop is funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation) and will take place in Berlin from 4 to 5 March 2021 at the premises of re:work. The organizers will provide accommodation as well as (limited) reimbursement of travel expenses. Should travel restrictions or other impediments to on-site events due to the Covid-19 pandemic still be in force, we will consider switching to an, in parts, digital format. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. We plan to publish a selection of revised papers. Please send proposals comprising a title, an abstract of about 300 words and a short CV, to by 15 September 2020.

More info on the website of the project.

BOOK: Anna RAD, Minne oder Recht Konflikt und Konsens zur Zeit Karls IV. und König Wenzels (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Verlage, 2020). ISBN 978-3-412-51541-6, EUR 49.00

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Verlage has published a new book on the legal foruma “Minne oder recht” under Holy Roman Emperor Karl IV and King Wenceslas


Minne oder recht – die Paarformel ist fester Bestandteil der mittelalterlichen Rechtssprache. Regelmäßig beschreibt sie in Urkunden den Weg zum Rechtsfrieden und kommt in der königlichen Gerichtsbarkeit Kaiser Karls IV. und König Wenzels bei den verschiedenen Gerichtsformen zum Einsatz. Die Untersuchung ihrer Bedeutung und Verwendung ist ein klassisches Thema der Mediävistik, das bereits die rechtshistorische Forschung des 19. Jahrhunderts faszinierte. Die Arbeit nähert sich der Paarformel über eine umfassende Auswertung der Quellensprache und stellt differenziert sowohl ihre Bedeutungsvielfalt als auch Unterschiede und Gemeinsamkeiten von minne und recht dar.


Anna Rad studierte Rechtswissenschaften in Münster und war Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin von Prof. Dr. Peter Oestmann am Institut für Rechtsgeschichte. Nach dem Referendariat in Braunschweig und Hamburg arbeitete sie zwei Jahre in Stuttgart als Rechtsanwältin und lebt zur Zeit in Tempe, Arizona.

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06 August 2020

CONFERENCE: Social Status or Normative Difference? The Rank of Slaves in Antique Roman Society - Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies August, 28-29, 2020 on ZOOM

We would like to draw your attention to the two day conference "Social Status or Legal Difference? The Rank of Slaves in Antique Roman Society" organized by Prof. Dr. Martin J. Schermaier and the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies

The conference is scheduled to take place online via Zoom on August 28-29, 2020.

It is well known that Roman slaves did not form a homogeneous group but belonged to different social ranks. That mostly depended on the kind of work they exercised. Did private or public law reflect such differences? Did it help to institutionalize them? Did legal provisions or decisions even foster them? These are the main questions dealt with in the papers to be presented.

All lecturers are renowned experts in the field of Roman slave law.

Please register for the online conference via events[at] We will then send you a specific link for this conference so that you can join the ZOOM meeting.

More information and detailed schedule here.

05 August 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS: Mapping South-South Connections: Networks, Alliances and New Actors on the International Scene during the Decolonization Process and Cold War in Latin America, Asia and Africa (1810-1990) (21-22 November 2020, Teheran) (DEADLINE: 10 September 2020)

We learned of a call for papers for an international conference in Teheran on connections between Latin America, Asia and Africa during the decolonization process and the Cold War from an interdisciplinary perspective. Here the call:

This conference aims to explore historical, political and cultural connections between Latin America, Asia and Africa during the decolonization process and the Cold War from an interdisciplinary perspective. Traditionally, the history of the ‘international’ has been presented from the perspective of major Western European and North American powers, based on their specific experience of the events and according to their imperial expansion, geostrategic and economic interests, the challenges they faced and the strategies they developed to counter them, and more generally the political and cultural or ideological climate and circumstances prevalent in the Europe and North America. Little attention has been paid to works developed taking into account or written from the perspective of the territories that were the object of the Western European and North American powers’ projection and interests. Networks, connections and alliances that were put into place by state and non-state actors coming from the so-called Global South that did not serve or follow those projections and interests were overlooked by historians. Although in the last two decades some works have appeared in the fields of Political Science and Economy, these are limited in number and moreover do not offer an adequate historical perspective. In addition, fields such as Diplomacy, Visual Studies or the Arts remain largely understudied if not unexplored. This is due to several reasons, among them the difficulty to access primary sources, instability or insecurity in different Global South countries, long distances among them and language diversity. The aim of the conference is to fill this gap by fostering the mapping of South-South connections between Latin America, Asia and Africa.

More info on the conference website.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Critical Legal Studies – Debating the Anti-Liberal Tradition (DEADLINE: 30 August 2020)

We learned of a call for papers for a special dossier of the journal “The Direito e Práxis Journal” on “Critical Legal Studies: debating the anti-liberal tradition of critical legal studies”. Here the call:

The Direito e Práxis Journal, associated to the Post-Graduate Program in Law at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), invites interested scholars to submit proposals for articles to be published as part of the June 2021 dossier “Critical Legal Studies: debating the anti-liberal tradition of critical legal studies”, organized by the invited editors of the Journal, Professors André Luiz Souza Coelho, Júlia Ávila Franzoni and Philippe Oliveira de Almeida, all of them from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Law School.

The dossier’s purpose is to encourage the publication of research on the genesis and development of Critical Legal Studies, the theoretical currents emerging from it and the possibilities for updating and applying its categories and methods to problems of today. Emerging in the early 1970s, in US law schools such as Harvard and Yale, Critical Legal Studies became one of the most cohesive and combative strands of “postmodern” critical legal thinking. Despite suffering a decline in the 1990s — due to the neoliberal backlash after the fall of the Berlin wall, that disseminated the “unique thought” and the “end of history” in law schools — Critical Legal Studies provided research strategies to the countermajoritarian currents of legal thought that remain important even today. In addition to the “retrospective rationalization” tactics of the current law, widely used by positivist dogmatics, Critical Legal Studies experimented with new ways to study the legal-political reality — such as counter-narratives, which put individuals, with their particularities and contingencies, front and center in the critical studies of Law. Led by figures such as Roberto Mangabeira Unger, Duncan Kennedy and Mark Tushnet, Critical Legal Studies proposed new strategies for thinking, teaching and practicing law, escaping, at the same time, normativist formalism and Marxian orthodoxy. Now, the spirit of Critical Legal Studies survived in currents that flourished by making use of theoretical tools developed by the crits to face realities that they did not contemplate, as is the case with Critical Race Theory (Derrick Bell , Patricia Williams, Mari Matsuda, Richard Delgado, etc.); DisCrit — Dis / ability Critical Race Theory (David J. Connor, Beth A. Ferri, Subini A. Annamma, etc.); and Critical Legal Geography (by David Delaney, Richard T. Ford, Nicholas Blomley, Mariana Valverde, Andreas P. Mihilopoulos, etc).

The dossier will accept papers and translations related to Critical Legal Studies in general (and its developments, the Critical Race Theory, DisCrit, QueerCrit, Critical Legal Geography etc.), as well as specific thinkers associated to the group (Karl Klare, Mark Kelman, Drucilla Cornell …) and their impact on critical legal thinking in Latin America. Monographic studies on specific aspects related to influences, controversies, research methodologies and combat strategies employed by crits will also be welcome. And, finally, the call also aims at giving greater visibility to research that, using these methodological tools and many others correlated (colonial [anti? counter? post?] thinking, political ecology, social reproduction theory, for example, which, from the 1970s to the present day, were experimented with by Critical Legal Studies and its ramifications), seeks to reflect on the scenario in which we live now — marked by the covid-19 pandemic as a total social event, which intersects, and often accelerates, other harmful processes, such as the climatic emergency, the rise of right-wing populism, necropolitics and the precarization of labor.

Papers in Portuguese, English or Spanish will be accepted.

Abstracts should be sent to in the format described below until August 30th. Proposals accepted for development will receive consideration from the editors, and the full papers must be delivered until December 15th, 2020.

Proposals must contain:
• Authors’ name, e-mails, qualifications and institutional links.
• A summary of a maximum of 1,000 words clearly indicating the object of the work, its hypotheses, the method that will be used in the development of the research, the expected conclusions and the contribution of the research to the field.
1. Call for papers: June 2020
2. Deadline for Abstracts: August 30, 2020
3. Feedback from Editors: until September 30
4. Deadline for Articles: December 15, 2020
5. Publication: June 2021
After receiving the final versions of the papers, there will be a round of evaluations of the manuscripts and return to the authors for final corrections.

BOOK: Douglas G. MORRIS, Legal Sabotage : Ernst Fraenkel in Hitler’s Germany (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020). ISBN 9781108835008, USD 110.00

(Source: CUP)

Cambridge University Press is publishing a book on the Jewish leftist lawyer Ernst Fraenkel.


The Jewish leftist lawyer Ernst Fraenkel was one of twentieth-century Germany's great intellectuals. During the Weimar Republic he was a shrewd constitutional theorist for the Social Democrats and in post-World War II Germany a respected political scientist who worked to secure West Germany's new democracy. This book homes in on the most dramatic years of Fraenkel's life, when he worked within Nazi Germany actively resisting the regime, both publicly and secretly. As a lawyer, he represented political defendants in court. As a dissident, he worked in the underground. As an intellectual, he wrote his most famous work, The Dual State – a classic account of Nazi law and politics. This first detailed account of Fraenkel's career in Nazi Germany opens up a new view on anti-Nazi resistance – its nature, possibilities, and limits. With grit, daring and imagination, Fraenkel fought for freedom against an increasingly repressive regime.


Douglas MorrisFederal Defenders of New York

Douglas Morris is both a legal historian and a criminal defense attorney for indigent clients in New York City. He has published widely on twentieth-century German legal history and was a recipient of the 1998 Thurgood Marshall Award from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York for serving 'as pro bono counsel to a human being under a sentence of death'.


1. Setting the scene of a Jewish lawyer, like Fraenkel, in nazi Germany
2. Fraenkel as a social democrat practicing law in nazi Germany
3. Fraenkel as an essayist supporting the illegal underground
4. Fraenkel as a scholar renouncing the nazi regime's dual state
5. Thinking about legal justifications for sabotaging a tyrannical regime
Conclusion. The Ernst Fraenkel dilemma.

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04 August 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS: Political and administrative elites in Europe – Theory and Practice in Historical Perspective (Online, 9-11 November 2020) (DEADLINE: 15 August 2020)

(Source: H-Announce)

Via H-Announce, we learned of a call for papers for an online conference on “Political and administrative elites in Europe – Theory and Practice in Historical Perspective.

The conference focus will lie mainly on the transformations underwent by elites during the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the twentieth century, and the deriving social mobility. While political and administrative upper layers form the main cohort of interest, papers on other social and professional elite categories (economic elite, church representatives, intellectuals, etc.) are equally welcome. Within the framework of the conference, we aim at addressing three essential aspects: defining (and self-defining of) elites, the changes, shifts and transitions which delineate the process of social mobility, and the methods and tools by means of which the latter can be traced and researched for the 19th and 20th centuries upper social layers. Hence, we welcome contributions focusing on one of the following topics:”

The full call can be found on H-Announce.

BOOK: Vincenzo PEPE, Giambattista Vico e la comparazione giuridica (Napoli: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, 2020). ISBN: 9788849540727, pp. 200, € 27,00

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Questa pubblicazione è il risultato di una ricerca sul pensiero di Giambattista Vico e il suo contributo per la scienza e la comparazione giuridica. Il Vico comparatista, facendo dei popoli i protagonisti delle culture e gli artefici della storia ha schiuso nuovi percorsi, non solo alla scienza storico-filosofica, ma anche a quel settore di conoscenze e competenze che oggigiorno è classificato come Diritto costituzionale comparato. Secondo l’insegnamento di Vico, il giurista, ispirandosi al metodo della comparazione, è in grado di ricercare e dare forma ad un diritto universale della ragione e del progresso che rispetti le molteplici identità umane. In questo quadro gli ambiti locali, di prossimità, si traducono in occasioni di ricchezza culturale, di valorizzazione di identità e tradizioni che non possiamo permetterci di lasciare dissipare nell’omologazione che accompagna i processi di globalizzazione. Grazie a Giambattista Vico facciamo nostro il dovere di valorizzare la sovranità delle identità contro il pericoloso prevalere di modelli senza radici e di un progresso globalizzato che si accompagna all’oblio dell’etica e dei valori identitari.


Vincenzo Pepe insegna Diritto pubblico italiano e comparato e Diritto dell’ambiente comparato presso il Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche Jean Monnet dell’Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli. È Presidente nazionale del Movimento ecologista europeo FareAmbiente ed è Presidente onorario della Fondazione Giambattista Vico. Ha teorizzato l’ambientalismo responsabile, diventando a livello nazionale e internazionale uno dei principali protagonisti delle politiche ambientali e dello sviluppo sostenibile. Tra le sue pubblicazioni ricordiamo: Diritto comparato dell’energia. Esperienze europee, Napoli 2008; Fare Ambiente. Teorie e modelli giuridici di sviluppo sostenibile, Milano 2009; Governo del territorio e valori costituzionali, la protezione civile in Italia e in Francia, Padova 2009; Saggi Vichiani. Riflessioni sul programma di un «corso di legislazione comparata» di Vincenzo Cuoco, Soveria Mannelli 2010; La democrazia della prossimità nella comparazione giuridica, Napoli, 2015.


Parte I
Giambattista Vico filosofo dell’Origine
Capitolo I
Giambattista Vico filosofo dell’Origine
1. La questione dell’origine e l’inizio del filosofare
2. La filosofia della memoria. Identità e mito
3. Le società umane tra Filosofia della storia e la Comune natura delle nazioni
4. Natura, tempo e culture
5. La Provvidenza e la Metafisica, scienze dei principi. La nuova «Teologia civile ragionata»
6. Per una nuova gnoseologia
7. Il desiderio della civiltà
Capitolo II
Eloquenza, retorica, linguaggio
L’esperienza sociale nella fenomenologia vichiana
1. Homo cogitans o Homo loquens?
2. Esprimere la conoscenza. Il linguaggio come socializzazione del sapere
3. Fenomenologia vichiana. Uomo e storia
Capitolo III
Giambattista Vico e la Scienza della politica
1. L’uomo fa il mondo. La Storia
2. Cosa è Storia. Ciclo o «storia ideale eterna»?
3. Storia, storie e libertà dell’uomo
4. Una filosofia della storia vichiana?
5. La politica come scienza pienamente civile
6. La filologia, senso comune della Storia
7. Della dignità dell’uomo nel mondo
8. La Scienza Nuova

Parte II
Giambattista Vico e l’origine della comparazione giuridica
Capitolo I
L’essenza del diritto
1. Il diritto come rappresentazione normativa di una data formazione sociale
2. «Tre spezie di diritti naturali. Tre spezie di governi»
3. Il Diritto come concreto bene civile
4. Il Diritto come comparazione
5. Il diritto nella Scienza Nuova delle nazioni. Vico padre del Diritto internazionale
6. Diritto e valori contro il nichilismo
Capitolo II
L’eco di Giambattista Vico nell’Assemblea costituente
1. Valori, identità, tradizioni nella Costituzione repubblicana
2. La giustizia nel pensiero vichiano e l’assemblea costituente
3. I valori della libertà e lo storicismo vichiano
4. La Costituzione repubblicana come fondamento
Capitolo III
Giambattista Vico e l’origine della comparazione giuridica
1. La comparazione giuridica. Caratteristiche generali
2. La comparazione giuridica vichiana
3. Vico fra comparazione giuridica e identità
4. Vico e l’origine della comparazione giuridica
5. Il ruolo del diritto comparato nelle società
6. La gnoseologia giuridica e il metodo comparativo vichiano
7. Il diritto delle nazioni
Capitolo IV
La comparazione giuridica vichiana nell’ambito della cultura giuridica europea
1. Giambattista Vico negli ambienti giuridici tedeschi
2. Giambattista Vico e Carl Schmitt
3. Giambattista Vico, Donoso Cortés e Carl Schmitt

Parte III
Giambattista Vico oggi. Comparazione giuridica e globalizzazione
1. Come preservare, valorizzandole giuridicamente, le identità
2. Comparazione giuridica e globalizzazione
3. Legiferare meglio con il metodo comparativo
4. Comparazione, prossimità, identità
5. Principi giuridici di partecipazione democratica
6. Prossimità e Sussidiarietà: questioni di metodo per una comparazione giuridica
7. Il principio giuridico della sussidiarietà e limiti della sua applicazione

Considerazioni finali
Il valore comparativo dell’identità

More information is available here.

03 August 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS: Climates of Violence in Medieval Society (Leeds, 5-8 July 2021) (DEADLINE: 28 August 2020)

We learned of a Call for Papers for a strand of the International Medieval Congress 2021 in Leeds. Here the original link.  

BOOK: Wolfram BUCHWITZ, Schiedsverfahrensrecht in Antike Und Mittelalter - Eine Historische Grundlegung (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2020). ISBN 978-3-412-51933-9, 60,00 EUR

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht is publishing a new book on arbitration during Antiquity and the Middle Ages.


Schiedsverfahren waren auch in Antike und Mittelalter verbreitete Mittel der außergerichtlichen Konfliktlösung. Das römische Recht hat viele konzeptionelle Grundlagen gelegt, auf denen spätere Epochen aufgebaut haben. Aus dem Mittelalter stammt die Einbettung in das Verfahrensrecht. Auf diesen historischen Vorläufern beruhen selbst noch einige Grundsätze des modernen Schiedsverfahrensrechts. In diesem Buch wird ein weiter Bogen geschlagen, der erstmalig die entsprechenden Unterschiede, Gemeinsamkeiten und Entwicklungslinien aufzeigt. Dabei werden die wichtigsten epochenübergreifenden dogmatischen Fragen des Schiedsverfahrensrechts thematisiert, aber auch die in der Praxis entwickelten Vertragsformulare in die Deutung mit einbezogen. Zeitlich umfasst die Darstellung die Periode vom 1. Jahrhundert v.Chr. bis zum 13. Jahrhundert n.Chr.


Wolfram Buchwitz ist Ordinarius für Bürgerliches Recht, Römisches Recht, Historische Rechtsvergleichung und Zivilprozessrecht an der Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg und Richter am Oberlandesgericht Frankfurt.

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BOOK: Frédéric MÉGRET and Immi TALLGREN, eds., The Dawn of a Discipline International Criminal Justice and Its Early Exponents (Cambridge, 2020). ISBN 9781108488181, £ 110.00

(Source: CUP)

Cambridge University Press is publishing a new edited collection on key figures in the early history of international criminal justice.


The history of international criminal justice is often recounted as a series of institutional innovations. But international criminal justice is also the product of intellectual developments made in its infancy. This book examines the contributions of a dozen key figures in the early phase of international criminal justice, focusing principally on the inter-war years up to Nuremberg. Where did these figures come from, what did they have in common, and what is left of their legacy? What did they leave out? How was international criminal justice framed by the concerns of their epoch and what intuitions have passed the test of time? What does it mean to reimagine international criminal justice as emanating from individual intellectual narratives? In interrogating this past in all its complexity one does not only do justice to it; one can recover a sense of the manifold trajectories that international criminal justice could have taken.


Frédéric MégretMcGill University, Montréal

Frédéric Mégret is a Professor and Dawson Scholar at the Faculty of Law, McGill University. From 2006 to 2016 he held the Canada Research Chair on the Law of Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. His research focuses on the theory and history of international criminal justice.
Immi TallgrenUniversity of Helsinki

Immi Tallgren is a Docent (Adjunct Professor) of International Law, University of Helsinki and a Senior Researcher at the Erik Castrén Institute. She has worked as a diplomat, legal advisor in international organisations, and researcher, e.g., at the MPI Luxembourg and LSE. She currently studies the history of international law and gender, international criminal justice, law and cinema.


Foreword Martti Koskenniemi
1. Introduction Frédéric Mégret and Immi Tallgren
2. Hugh Bellot Daniel Segesser
3. Vespasian V. Pella Andrei Mamolea
4. Emil Rappaport Patrycja Grzebyk
5. Quintiliano Saldaña Ignacio de la Rasilla del Moral
6. Henri Donnedieu de Vabres Frédéric Mégret
7. Hans Kelsen Monica Garcia-Salmones Rovira
8. Bert Röling Jan Klabbers
9. Radhabinod Pal Rohini Sen and Rashmi Raman
10. Aron Trainin Gleb Bogush
11. Raphael Lemkin Vesselin Popovski
12. Stefan Glaser Karolina Wierczyńska and Grzegorz Wierczynski
13. Yokota Kisaburo Matthias Zachmann
14. Jean Graven Damien Scalia
15. Absent or invisible? 'Women' intellectuals and professionals at the dawn of a discipline Immi Tallgren.

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BOOK: Katja TIKKA, The Development of Commercial Law in Sweden and Finland (Early Modern Period - Nineteenth Century) (Leiden: Brill, 2020). ISBN: 9789004393196, € 131.00

The Development of Commercial Law in Sweden and Finland (Early ...
(Source: Brill)


The Development of Commercial Law in Sweden and Finland provides a broad perspective on recent research into the history of North European commercial law in a comparative and international framework. The book brings together themes that have previously been considered largely from a national perspective. Despite Sweden's and Finland's peripheral locations in Europe, global legal phenomena took place there as well. These countries were at the crossroads of cultures and commercial interests, allowing us to re-examine them as lively laboratories for commercial laws and practices rather than dismissing them as a negligible periphery. The importance of trade and international transactions cannot be disclaimed, but the book also emphasizes the resilient nature of commercial law. 

Contributors are: Dave De Ruysscher, Stefania Gialdroni, Ulla Ijäs, Marko Lamberg, Heikki Pihlajamäki, Jussi Sallila, and Katja Tikka.
Series: Legal History Library, Volume: 40


Katja Tikka, Ph.D. (2020), has worked as research assistant and Ph.D. student at the University of Helsinki in the project “The Making of Commercial Law”, which produced this book. Her research focuses on the early modern trading companies.


Front Matter
Copyright Page
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: A Swedish-Finnish Viewpoint
By: Katja Tikka and Jussi Sallila, pp. 1–16
“Unlawful Contracts and Foreign Subtlety” (In)Tolerance towards External Legal Customs and Traditions in Late Medieval and Early Modern Stockholm, c. 1475–1635
By: Marko Lamberg, pp. 17–58
Chartered Companies in Sweden, the Dutch Republic and England (c.1600–c.1630): Experiments in Corporate Governance
By: Dave De Ruysscher, pp. 59–91
The Swedish Tar Company – Balancing between Privileges, Commerce and Foreign Politics
By: Katja Tikka, pp. 92–125
Invisibility and Information: Commercial Legal Practices at the Grass-Roots Level in a Nineteenth-Century Finnish Timber Trading Company
By: Ulla Ijäs, pp. 126–157
Commercial Law on the Periphery: University Teaching of Commercial Law in Finland, ca. 1780–1846
By: Jussi Sallila, pp. 158–189
The Making of Modern Scholarship of Commercial Law in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Finland: Models and Adaptations
By: Heikki Pihlajamäki, pp. 190–210
Sweden and Finland: A Lively Laboratory for Commercial Laws and Practices
By: Stefania Gialdroni, pp. 211–219
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31 July 2020

PODCAST: Europas Weg – Podcast zur Verfassungsgeschichte der Europäischen Union

We learned of a new podcast, narrated by Professor Schorkopf (Göttingen), on the legal history of the European Union.

Der Podcast hat das europäische Recht in seinen ideelen, politisch-gesellschaftlichen und wirtschaftli-chen Zusammenhängen zum Gegenstand. Es geht um Verträge, Ereignisse und Personen, um das Denken und Sprechen, um Partizipaton und Repräsenation im organisierten Europa von der Gründung der Montanunion in den frühen 1950er Jahren bis zur Europäischen Union der 2000er Jahre. Dieses digitale Vorhaben soll die Grundlagen europäischer Integration, besonders des Europarechts für Studenten nicht nur, aber auch der Rechtswissenschaft, im Grunde jedoch allen Interessierten zugänglich machen.

BOOK: Alice TAYLOR, The Shape of the State in Medieval Scotland, 1124-1290 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020). ISBN 9780198861256, 40.00 USD

(Source: OUP)

Oxford University Press is publishing the paperback edition of Professor Alice Taylor’s “The Shape of the State in Medieval Scotland, 1124-1290” (we had not yet reported on the 2016 hardback edition).


This is the first full-length study of Scottish royal government in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries ever to have been written. It uses untapped legal evidence to set out a new narrative of governmental development. Between 1124 and 1290, the way in which kings of Scots ruled their kingdom transformed. By 1290 accountable officials, a system of royal courts, and complex common law procedures had all been introduced, none of which could have been envisaged in 1124.

The Shape of the State in Medieval Scotland, 1124-1290 argues that governmental development was a dynamic phenomenon, taking place over the long term. For the first half of the twelfth century, kings ruled primarily through personal relationships and patronage, only ruling through administrative and judicial officers in the south of their kingdom. In the second half of the twelfth century, these officers spread north but it was only in the late twelfth century that kings routinely ruled through institutions. Throughout this period of profound change, kings relied on aristocratic power as an increasingly formal part of royal government. In putting forward this narrative, Alice Taylor refines or overturns previous understandings in Scottish historiography of subjects as diverse as the development of the Scottish common law, feuding and compensation, Anglo-Norman 'feudalism', the importance of the reign of David I, recordkeeping, and the kingdom's military organisation. In addition, she argues that Scottish royal government was not a miniature version of English government; there were profound differences between the two polities arising from the different role and function aristocratic power played in each kingdom.

The volume also has wider significance. The formalisation of aristocratic power within and alongside the institutions of royal government in Scotland forces us to question whether the rise of royal power necessarily means the consequent decline of aristocratic power in medieval polities. The book thus not only explains an important period in the history of Scotland, it places the experience of Scotland at the heart of the process of European state formation as a whole


Alice Taylor, Reader in Medieval History, King's College London

Alice Taylor is a Reader in Medieval History at King's College London. She was born in London and studied History at St Peter's College, Oxford. After receiving her doctorate from Oxford in 2009, she was a Research Fellow at King's College, Cambridge until 2011, when she joined the History Department at KCL. The Shape of the State was her first book, and was jointly awarded the Royal Historical Society's Whitfield Prize in 2017. Also in 2017, she was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for History.


List of Maps and Tables
List of Abbreviations
Preliminary notes
Part 1: Rulers and Ruled, 1124-1230
1. The early Scottish state?
2. Common Burdens in the Regnum Scottorum
3. Written law and the maintenance of order, 1124-1290
Part II: The emergence of a bureaucratic state, c.1170-1290?
4. The institutions of royal government, c.1170-1290
5. The development of a common law, 1230-1290
6. Accounting and Revenue, c.1180-1290
7. A bureaucratic government?

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30 July 2020

BOOK: Lukas LEMCKE, Bridging Center and Periphery : Administrative Communication from Constantine to Justinian (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2020). ISBN 978-3-16-158945-4, 69.00 EUR

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Brill is publishing a new book on administrative communication channels in the late Roman Empire.


Lukas Lemcke challenges the conventional understanding of the Late Roman administration as a three-tiered system by demonstrating that its hierarchy of communication was distinctly two-tiered. In so doing, he offers a new perspective on the functional and organizational structure of this administrative system and advances our understanding of the vicariate by introducing a new functional dimension and by reassessing its development during the fifth and early sixth centuries. Based on a comprehensive collection of legal, epigraphic and other literary documents to which the concept of »formal communication« is applied, the author explores the forms and development of administrative communication channels that facilitated the official exchange of information from Constantine to Justinian and thus reveals how emperors actively sought to regulate the centripetal and centrifugal flow of official information.


Lukas Lemcke Born 1990; 2012 BA (Classical Studies) and 2013 MA (Ancient Mediterranean Cultures), University of Waterloo, Canada; 2014–19 PhD studies in Ancient History, University of Cologne.

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29 July 2020

BOOK: Philipp AUSTERMANN, Der Weimarer Reichstag: die schleichende Ausschaltung, Entmachtung und Zerstörung eines Parlaments (Vienna: Böhlau Verlag, 2020).ISBN 978-3-412-51985-8, EUR 30.00

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht is publishing a book on the German Reichstag during the Weimar period.


Am 24. Juni 1920 trat der erste Reichstag der Weimarer Republik zusammen. Er spiegelte stets den Zustand des Staates wider: seine politische Zerrissenheit, seine Belastung durch den verlorenen Ersten Weltkrieg und nicht zuletzt die Feindseligkeit, die der Demokratie von links und rechts entgegenschlug. Welche Chancen und Risiken für den Parlamentarismus bestanden, wie er seit 1930 immer mehr an den Rand gedrängt und schließlich zur bloßen Hülle wurde, zeigt dieses Buch.

Im Weimarer Reichstag spiegelten sich alle Probleme der jungen Republik wider. Er stand im Zentrum heftiger gesellschaftlicher und politischer Auseinandersetzungen. Das Erbe der Kaiserzeit und die Krisen der Republik forderten die Reichstagsabgeordneten und belasteten die Parlamentsarbeit schwer. Philipp Austermann erzählt die Geschichte der Weimarer Republik zum ersten Mal vor allem aus der Sicht ihres Parlaments und seiner Abgeordneten. Er beschreibt, wie häufig die demokratischen Parteien kompromissunfähig waren, wie sehr die Todfeinde der Demokratie von rechts und links den Reichstag als Agitationsbühne nutzten, um die parlamentarische Republik zu zerstören, wie gezielt Reichspräsident Hindenburg ab 1930 den Reichstag an den Rand drängte und wie der mit jeder Wahl in den 1930er Jahren steigende Stimmenanteil der Radikalen das Parlament lähmte und aushöhlte. Das Buch appelliert angesichts stärker werdender Populisten zugleich an die demokratische Wachsamkeit.


Philipp Austermann ist promovierter Jurist und Professor für Staats- und Europarecht an der Hochschule des Bundes für öffentliche Verwaltung in Brühl. Zuvor war er zwölf Jahre als Referent in der Bundestagsverwaltung tätig. Er hat mehrere Veröffentlichungen zum Verfassungsrecht, darunter einen Kommentar zum Abgeordnetengesetz sowie ein Lehrbuch zum Parlamentsrecht verfasst.

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BOOK: Stefania TORRE, Il melodramma in tribunale. Un'altra storia della Cavalleria Rusticana (Napoli: Editoriale Scientifica, 2019). ISBN: 9788893917049, pp. 220, € 15,00


Collana: IusRegni. Collana di Storia del diritto medievale, moderno e contemporaneo

La Cavalleria Rusticana, il melodramma di un successo di Pietro Mascagni, deve l’ispirazione all’omonima novella di Giovanni Verga, che ne autorizzò l’adattamento musicale per il teatro lirico. L’incontro fra il compositore livornese e lo scrittore siciliano, dopo un avvio in totale armonia, degenerò in uno scontro giudiziario per l’attribuzione dei diritti d’autore sull’opera. Sul finire del secolo XIX, le parti diedero vita ad una lunghissima e combattuta vicenda processuale che assunse, in Italia, il valore di precedente giurisprudenziale nelle controversie sulla tutela delle creazioni in musica. Lo studio che si presenta ha inteso ripercorrere tutto l’iter di questo importante processo celebre, di cui furono protagonisti non solo Mascagni e Verga ma soprattutto gli avvocati, i magistrati e i tanti autorevoli giuristi che, dalle pagine delle riviste scientifiche o attraverso saggi e trattati, contribuirono alla formazione del diritto italiano sulle produzioni dell’intelletto.


Stefania Torre è ricercatrice instoria del diritto medievale e moderno (IUS/19) preeso il dipartimento di Giurisprudenza dell'Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II.

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28 July 2020

BOOK: Catherine FLETCHER, Diplomacy in Renaissance Rome. The Rise of the Resident Ambassador (Cambridge: University Press, 2020). ISBN: 9781107515789, £ 22.99

Diplomacy in Renaissance Rome
(Source: CUP)


Diplomacy in Renaissance Rome is an investigation of Renaissance diplomacy in practice. Presenting the first book-length study of this subject for sixty years, Catherine Fletcher substantially enhances our understanding of the envoy's role during this pivotal period for the development of diplomacy. Uniting rich but hitherto unexploited archival sources with recent insights from social and cultural history, Fletcher argues for the centrality of the papal court - and the city of Rome - in the formation of the modern European diplomatic system. The book addresses topics such as the political context from the return of the popes to Rome, the 1454 Peace of Lodi and after 1494 the Italian Wars; the assimilation of ambassadors into the ceremonial world; the prescriptive literature; trends in the personnel of diplomacy; an exploration of travel and communication practices; the city of Rome as a space for diplomacy; and the world of gift-giving.


Catherine Fletcher is Lecturer in Public History at the University of Sheffield. Her first book, Our Man in Rome: Henry VIII and his Italian Ambassador, was published in 2012. Catherine graduated with a first-class degree in Politics and Communication Studies from the University of Liverpool and worked for the BBC Political Unit before studying for a PhD in History at Royal Holloway, University of London. She held fellowships at the Institute of Historical Research, the British School at Rome and the European University Institute before taking up her current post in 2012. She has published widely on aspects of early modern political culture and diplomacy. Catherine is a regular media contributor and has been a guest on two editions of BBC Radio 4's 'In Our Time' among other programmes. She has been a historical adviser to the new TV production of Wolf Hall and blogs at History Matters.


1. Rome and the rise of resident diplomacy
2. Conceptualising the resident ambassador
3. The ritual world of the curia
4. The personnel of diplomacy
5. Information and communication
6. Locating diplomacy in the city of Rome
7. 'Those who give are not all generous': the world of gifts

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JOURNAL: XVIIe siècle, n° 287 (n°2, 2020). ISBN: 978-2-13-082385-8

XVIIe siècle, n° 287 (n°2, 2020)
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The Revue XVIIe siècle has recently published its latest issue.


Vittorio Frajese, Savoir et tuer. Analyse d’un document sur Paolo Sarpi à la British Library

François Pierrard, L’apport méconnu de Jean Domat (1625-1696) au droit pénal

Pierre Lyraud, La manière de citer : les citations latines montaniennes dans les Pensées

Matthieu Somon, La découverte de Moïse au bord du Nil selon Nicolas Poussin en 1647

Antoine Gallay, Le problème de l’invention en gravure. L’émergence d’une théorie de la gravure comme art libéral au sein de l’Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture (1651-1674)

Florent Quellier, L’usage de la table par Gourville lors de sa mission à Madrid pour le prince de Condé (1669-1670)

Marie-Clémence Regnier, Le « Tour de France » par les Classiques. Les demeures des écrivains du XVIIe siècle dans le paysage patrimonial français après 1870

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27 July 2020

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Research Fellowship in the field of European Administrative History (MPI for European Legal History) (DEADLINE: 30 September 2020)

We learned of a call for applicants for the JEV Fellowship for European Administrative History at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History. Here the call:

"JEV-Fellowship for European Administrative History"

At the end of 2012 Prof. Dr. Erk Volkmar Heyen, who served as Professor of Public Law and European Administrative History at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald until his retirement and as editor of the “Jahrbuch für europäische Verwaltungsgeschichte/Yearbook of European Administrative History” (JEV), which ran from 1989 to 2008, endowed a research fellowship in the field of European Administrative History ("The JEV-Fellowship for European Administrative History"). The fellowship falls within the framework of the German University Foundation (Bonn, Germany).

The scholarship is intended to benefit the next generation of researchers, particularly doctoral and post-doctoral students, to enable them to complete their research project in as brief a period as possible, ordinarily up to a maximum of 6 months. The scholarship is based on the usual rates for doctoral fellowships of the German Research Foundation (DFG). Should a fellowship be awarded to a researcher outside Germany, local scholarship rates will be taken into consideration. Marital status will not be taken into account, nor will travel or overhead costs be reimbursed.

The Board of the German University Foundation awards the fellowship on the recommendation of a jury, which is based at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (MPIeR) in Frankfurt.

Early stage researchers from Germany and abroad are invited to apply. In accordance with the thematic and methodological spectrum covered by the JEV, the scholarship is open to all historical disciplines, provided the research project addresses an aspect of European administrative history or history of administrative law from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. The relevance of the research topic should not be restricted to a particular national context. Comparative research questions are particularly welcome. It is expected that the research results will be published.

Applications for a scholarship commencing in January 2021 can be submitted until 30 September 2020. Applications in English or German should be sent in electronic form to: Priv.-Doz. Dr. Peter Collin, The application, which must also indicate  the intended duration of the fellowship, should include: a tabular CV with details on the applicant’s university education with copies of examination results and diplomas to be enclosed, a list of academic publications, where applicable; a detailed description of the research project including a detailed outline of the intended structure of the resulting book, a detailed report on the current state of the project and writing progress, including the reasons for any delay in its completion; extensive excerpts from the manuscript; information on the project’s previous,  current and planned financing arrangements; a precise timetable to complete the manuscript within the duration of the fellowship. Furthermore, at least one expert opinion on the research project and a personal reference from a university lecturer are to be submitted directly to the jury.

The MPIeR provides fellowship recipients with the opportunity to work in its library. Fellows are given the opportunity to present and discuss their research projects with members of the Institute. Upon expiration of the fellowship, the recipient is to submit a report on the status of the manuscript. The MPIeR provides for the publication of the manuscript in one of its book series, assuming it meets internal and scientific standards. The book is to acknowledge the support provided by the “JEV-Fellowship for European Administrative History” in the masthead or in the preface.

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BOOK: Natalie R DAVIDSON, American Transitional Justice - Writing Cold War History in Human Rights Litigation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020). ISBN 9781108477703, 75.00 GBP

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Cambridge University Press is publishing a new book on Alien Tort Statute litigation (US) during the Cold War.


Natalie Davidson offers an alternative account of Alien Tort Statute litigation by revisiting the field's two seminal cases, Filártiga (filed 1979) and Marcos (filed 1986), lawsuits ostensibly concerned with torture in Paraguay and the Philippines, respectively. Combining legal analysis, archival research and ethnographic methods, this book reveals how these cases operated as transitional justice mechanisms, performing the transition of the United States and its allies out of the Cold War order. It shows that US courts produced a whitewashed history of US involvement in repression in the Western bloc, while in Paraguay and the Philippines the distance from US courts allowed for a more critical narration of the lawsuits and their underlying violence as symptomatic of structural injustice. By exposing the political meanings of these legal landmarks for three societies, Davidson sheds light on the blend of hegemonic and emancipatory implications of international human rights litigation in US courts.


Natalie R. DavidsonTel-Aviv University
Natalie Davidson is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Tel-Aviv University. She has published about Alien Tort Statute litigation, feminist interventions in international law, the prohibition of torture, and interdisciplinary methodology.


1. Introduction. Revisiting the Gilded Age of transnational human rights litigation in US courts
2. Alien tort statute litigation in legal practice and the legal imagination
3. 'Foreign torture, American justice': Filártiga in the United States
4. Filártiga in Paraguay
5. Narrating the Marcos regime in US courts
6. The Marcos case and transitional justice in the Philippines
7. Conclusion.

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BOOK: Paul TIEDEMANN, Philosophical Foundation of Human Rights (Cham: Springer, 2020). ISBN 978-3-030-42261-5, 74,89 EUR

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Springer is publishing a new book on the philosophical foundation of human rights.


This textbook presents a range of classical philosophical approaches in order to show that they are unsuitable as a foundation for human rights. Only the conception of human dignity –based on the Kantian distinction between price and dignity – can provide a sufficient basis. The derivation of human rights from the principle of human dignity allows us to identify the most crucial characteristic of human rights, namely the protection of personhood. This in turn makes it possible (1) to distinguish between real moral human rights and spurious ones, (2) to assess the scope of protection for many codified human rights according to the criteria of “core” and “yard,” and (3) offers a point of departure for creating new, unwritten human rights. This philosophical basis supports a substantial reassessment of the case law on human rights, which will ultimately allow us to improve it with regard to legal certainty, clarity and cogency.

The textbook is primarily intended for advanced law students who are interested in a deeper understanding of human rights. It is also suitable for humanities students, and for anyone in the political or social arena whose work involves human rights and their enforcement.

Each chapter is divided into four parts: Abstracts, Lecture, Recommended Reading, and Questions to check reader comprehension. Sample answers are included at the end of the book.

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BOOK: A. Dirk MOSES, Marco DURANTI, and Roland BURKE, Decolonization, Self-Determination, and the Rise of Global Human Rights Politics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020). ISBN 9781108479356, 90.00 GBP

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Cambridge University Press is publishing an edited collection on the global history of human rights politics in the age of decolonization.


This volume presents the first global history of human rights politics in the age of decolonization. The conflict between independence movements and colonial powers shaped the global human rights order that emerged after the Second World War. It was also critical to the genesis of contemporary human rights organizations and humanitarian movements. Anti-colonial forces mobilized human rights and other rights language in their campaigns for self-determination. In response, European empires harnessed the new international politics of human rights for their own ends, claiming that their rule, with its promise of 'development,' was the authentic vehicle for realizing them. Ranging from the postwar partitions and the wars of independence to Indigenous rights activism and post-colonial memory, this volume offers new insights into the history and legacies of human rights, self-determination, and empire to the present day.


A. Dirk MosesUniversity of Sydney

A. Dirk Moses is Professor of Modern History at the University of Sydney. He is Senior Editor of the Journal of Genocide Research.

Marco DurantiUniversity of Sydney

Marco Duranti is Senior Lecturer in Modern European and International History at the University of Sydney. He is the author of The Conservative Human Rights Revolution (2017).

Roland BurkeLa Trobe University, Victoria

Roland Burke is Senior Lecturer in World History at La Trobe University. He is the author of Decolonization and the Evolution of International Human Rights (2010).

Introduction. Human rights, empire, and after Roland Burke, Marco Duranti and A. Dirk Moses
Part I. Anti-colonial struggles and the right to self-determination:
1. Seeking the political kingdom: universal human rights and the anti-colonial movement in Africa Bonny Ibhawoh
2. Decolonizing the United Nations: Anti-colonialism and human rights in the French Empire Marco Duranti
3. The French Red Cross, decolonization, and humanitarianism during the Algerian War Jennifer Johnson
4. Connecting indigenous rights to human rights in the Anglo settler states: Another 1970s story Miranda Johnson
5. Privileging the Cold War over decolonization: The US emphasis on political rights Mary Ann Heiss
Part II. Post-colonial statehood and global human rights norms:
6. Cutting out the ulcer and washing away the incubus of the past: genocide prevention through population transfer A. Dirk Moses
7. Codifying minority rights: postcolonial constitutionalism in Burma, Ceylon, and India Cindy Ewing
8. Between ambitions and caution: India, human rights, and self-determination at the United Nations Raphaëlle Khan
9. 'From this era of passionate self-discovery': Norman Manley, human rights, and the end of colonial rule in Jamaica Steven L. B. Jensen
10. Re-entering histories of past imperial violence: Kenya, Indonesia, and the reach of transitional justice Michael Humphrey
Part III. Colonial and neo-colonial responses
11. The inventors of human rights in Africa: Portugal, late colonialism, and the UN human rights regime Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo and José Pedro Monteiro
12. 'A world made safe for diversity': Apartheid and the language of human rights, progress, and pluralism Roland Burke
13. Between humanitarian rights and human rights: René Cassin, architect of universality, diplomat of French Empire Jay Winter
14. The end of the Vietnam War and the rise of human rights Barbara Keys
15. Decolonizing the Geneva Conventions: national liberation and the development of humanitarian law Eleanor Davey
16. Liberté sans frontières, French humanitarianism, and the neoliberal critique of Third Worldism Jessica Whyte.

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