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05 March 2021

BOOK: Annamaria MONTI, Per una storia del diritto commerciale contemporaneo (Pisa: Pacini Editore, 2020). ISBN: 978-88-3379-300-9, pp. 235, € 22,00

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Le pagine del manuale, rivolte agli studenti, illustrano le linee di tendenza del diritto commerciale tra Otto e Novecento. Approfondiscono profili del diritto societario, della concorrenza, delle procedure concorsuali e della storia del pensiero giuridico. Privilegiano lo studio delle circolazioni dei saperi giuridici, quali elementi peculiari dell’evolversi delle normative sul piano europeo. La narrazione prende l’avvio dalla codificazione ottocentesca, per svilupparsi – in prospettiva comparativa e in rapporto all’avvento dell’economia industriale – fino all’approdo, in Italia, in tarda epoca fascista, del codice civile unico (1942). Il percorso si snoda tra i luoghi istituzionali di discussione, le commissioni legislative, le aule dei tribunali, le università. Le traiettorie personali degli artefici della costruzione dottrinale del diritto commerciale sono immerse nei rispettivi contesti economici, sociali e politici di riferimento.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Annamaria Monti, laureata in giurisprudenza all’Università degli studi di Milano, dottore di ricerca, insegna Storia del diritto al corso di laurea magistrale in Giurisprudenza dell’Università commerciale L. Bocconi. È autrice di I formulari del Senato di Milano (secoli XVI-XVIII) (Milano, 2001); Iudicare tamquam deus. I modi della giustizia senatoria nel Ducato di Milano tra Cinque e Settecento (Milano, 2003); Angelo Sraffa. Un «antiteorico» del diritto (Milano, 2011), nonché di molteplici saggi sulla giustizia in antico regime, sulla storia del diritto e del processo penale tra età moderna e codificazione, sulla storia del diritto commerciale e dei suoi protagonisti tra Otto e Novecento, sulla storia dell’insegnamento del diritto, sulle dottrine comparative in prospettiva storica, sulle circolazioni del pensiero giuridico.


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JOURNAL: American Journal of Legal History (Vol. 60, Issue 4)

 

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The American Journal of Legal History published its December 2020 issue several weeks ago.

Articles

The Anti-Republican Origins of the At-Will Doctrine

Lea VanderVelde 397

Capturing Profit from Disaster: The Assets Company Ltd and the Afterlife

of the City of Glasgow Bank

Sean O’Reilly 450

Where Did ‘Human Dignity’ Come from? Drafting the Preamble to the

Irish Constitution

Christopher McCrudden 485

From Disputation Hall to High Office: Swedish Students’ Legal

Dissertations at German and Dutch Universities in the Seventeenth and

Eighteenth Centuries

Marianne Vasara-Aaltonen 536

Book Reviews

The Historical Logics of Work Accident Law: Nate Holdren, Injury

Impoverished: Workplace Accidents, Capitalism, and the Law in the

Progressive Era

John Fabian Witt 564

Thomas J. McSweeney, Priests of the Law: Roman Law and the Making of

the Common Law’s First Professionals

John Hudson 574

Michael A. Schoeppner, Moral Contagion: Black Atlantic Sailors,

Citizenship, and Diplomacy in Antebellum America

Andrew Hammann 576

Emily Whewell, Law Across Imperial Borders: British Consuls and Colonial

Connections on China’s Western Frontiers, 1880–1943

Eric Schluessel 578

Leandra Ruth Zarnow, Battling Bella: The Protest Politics of Bella Abzug

Alison Lefkovitz 580

Mary Ziegler, Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present

Karissa Haugeberg 582

 

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JOURNAL: Journal for the History of Knowledge (Vol. 1, Issue 1)

 

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For its first issue of December 2020, the JHoK published a special issue on the history of bureaucracies.

Special Issue

Bureaucracy as Knowledge

Sebastian Felten,  Christine von Oertzen

Chosŏn’s Office of Interpreters: The Apt Response and the Knowledge Culture of Diplomacy

Sixiang Wang

Making Public Knowledge—Making Knowledge Public: The Territorial, Reparative, Heretical, and Canonization Inquiries of Gui Foucois (ca. 1200–1268)

John Sabapathy

In Pursuit of “Useful” Knowledge: Documenting Technical Innovation in Sixteenth-Century Potosí

Renée Raphael

Caveat from the Archive: Pieter van Dam’s Beschryvinge van de Oostindische Compagnie and Crisis Management

The Bureaucratic Sense of the Forthcoming in Seventeenth-Century Istanbul

Harun Küçük

Sustainable Gains: Dutch Investment and Bureaucratic Rationality in Eighteenth-Century Saxon Mines

Sebastian Felten

A Crisis of Competence: Information, Corruption, and Knowledge about the Decline of the Qing State

Maura Dykstra

The Indaganda Survey of the Prussian Frontier: The Built World, Logistical Power, and Bureaucratic Knowledge in the Polish Partitions, 1772–1806

Kathryn M. Olesko

Shells and Order: Questionnaires on Indigenous Law in German New Guinea

Anna Echterhölter

Revenge of the Humdrum: Bureaucracy as Profession and as a Site of Science

Theodore Porter

 

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BOOK: BANFI; STOLFI; BRUTTI. Dall’esegesi giuridica alla teoria dell’interpretazione: Emilio Betti (1890-1968). (Roma: Roma-Tre Press, 2020). 979-12-80060-21-1. OPEN ACCESS

 

(Avaliable at: http://romatrepress.uniroma3.it/libro/dallesegesi-giuridica-alla-teoria-dellinterpretazione-emilio-betti-1890-1968/)

Nella ricorrenza dei cinquant’anni dalla scomparsa di Emilio Betti, l’Istituto che porta il suo nome ha voluto ricordare il giurista promovendo un incontro di studi incentrato sul tema dell’interpretazione che, fra i tanti sui quali Betti ha lavorato, è certo quello sul quale più intensamente si fermò a riflettere durante gli ultimi anni della sua vicenda intellettuale. Questo volume raccoglie molti dei contributi che arricchirono quell’incontro assieme ad altri che si sono aggiunti successivamente. Betti, com’è noto, costruì una peculiare teoria dell’interpretazione capace di uscire dallo stretto ambito giuridico per assumere valenza generale. Il taglio fortemente interdisciplinare che si è voluto dare all’incontro ha consentito di ricostruire il lungo percorso intellettuale che ha preparato l’elaborazione della sua costruzione (e quindi i vivaci dialoghi con personaggi come Croce, Capograssi e Gadamer); di estendere l’indagine sui molteplici piani toccati dall’ermeneutica bettiana; di indagare le ragioni della fortuna tutto sommato limitata che la sua teoria ha incontrato a livello internazionale.

Table of Contents: 

La “dissoluzione dell’Europa”: ideologia e ricerca teorica in Betti (1943-1955) - Massimo Brutti 

Emilio Betti: il percorso intellettuale e il tema dell’interpretazione - Italo Birocchi

Emilio Betti: un pioniere dell’ermeneutica, misconosciuto. Perché? - Giuseppe Zaccaria 

Volontà, individuo e ordinamento. Alcune riflessioni sul pensiero di Emilio Betti - Antonio Banfi 

Betti maestro di casistica - Emanuele Stolfi 

Il giudice e l’interpretazione della norma penale - Antonio Carratta 

Dogmatica, poetica e storia. Ancora sul rapporto tra Betti e Croce - Carlo Nitsch 

Metodo giuridico e metodo ermeneutico. Dall’interpretazione nel diritto civile all’ermeneutica negli altri campi del sapere - Francesco Petrillo 

Emilio Betti e i mutamenti della cultura giuridica europea - Angelo Antonio Cervati 
Betti, l’ermeneutica e l’America Latina - Leysser León-Hilario

Emilio Betti e la comparazione giuridica: premesse per una discussione - Mauro Grondona 

Fra Dante e Lutero. Emilio Betti e l’interpretazione teologica nella tradizione occidentale: un’analisi laicamente critica delle odierne posizioni canonistiche su cristianesimo, Occidente e modernità. - Francesco Zanchini 

È possibile parlare di un’estetica bettiana? - Luca Vargiu 

 

04 March 2021

BOOK: William EVES, John HUDSON, Ingrid IVARSEN, Sarah B. WHITE (Eds.), Common Law, Civil Law, and Colonial Law - Essays in Comparative Legal History from the Twelfth to the Twentieth Centuries (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021). ISBN 9781108845274, GBP 85.00

 

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CUP is publishing an edited collection on comparative legal history form the 12th-20th centuries.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Common Law, Civil Law, and Colonial Law builds upon the legal historian F.W. Maitland's famous observation that history involves comparison, and that those who ignore every system but their own 'hardly came in sight of the idea of legal history'. The extensive introduction addresses the intellectual challenges posed by comparative approaches to legal history. This is followed by twelve essays derived from papers delivered at the 24th British Legal History Conference. These essays explore patterns in legal norms, processes, and practice across an exceptionally broad chronological and geographical range. Carefully selected to provide a network of inter-connections, they contribute to our better understanding of legal history by combining depth of analysis with historical contextualization. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

ABOUT THE EDITORS

William Eves, University of St Andrews, Scotland

William Eves is a Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews who has published on law and legal procedure in England during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries

 

John Hudson, University of St Andrews, Scotland

John Hudson is Professor of Legal History at the University of St Andrews and an L. Bates Lea Global Law Professor at Michigan Law. His books include The Formation of the English Common Law (expanded edn., 2017) and The Oxford History of the Laws of England, II: 871-1216 (2012). He is a Fellow of the British Academy.

 

Ingrid Ivarsen, University of Cambridge

Ingrid Ivarsen is a Junior Research Fellow at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. She has published on language and law in Anglo-Saxon England.

 

Sarah B. White, University of St Andrews, Scotland

Sarah B. White is a Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews. She has published on ecclesiastical and legal history, specifically argument and procedure, in England in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction: Situating, researching and writing comparative legal History John Hudson and William Eves

1 'In aliquibus locis est consuetudo': French lawyers and the Lombard customs of Fiefs in the mid-thirteenth century Attilio Stella

2. What does Regiam maiestatem actually say (and what does it mean)? Alice Taylor

3. James VI and I, rex et iudex: One king as judge in two kingdoms Ian Williams

4. George Harris and the comparative legal background of the first English translation of Justinian's Institutes Łukasz Jan Korporowicz

5. The nature of custom: Legal science and comparative legal History in Blackstone's commentaries Andrew J. Cecchinato

6. Through a glass darkly: English common law seen through the lens of the Göttingische gelehrte Anzeigen (Eighteenth century) Carsten Fischer

7. Looking afresh at the French roots of continuous easements in English law Ciara Kennefick

8. Case law in Germany: The significance of Seuffert's Archiv Clara Günzl

9. Leone Levi (1821–1888) and the History of comparative commercial law Annamaria Monti

10. Radical title of the crown and aboriginal Title: North America 1763, New South Wales 1788 and New Zealand 1840 David V. Williams

11. The High Court of Australia at mid-century: Concealed frustrations, private advocacy and the break with English Law Tanya Josev

12. English societal laws as the origins of the comprehensive slave laws of the British West Indies Justine Collins.

 

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BOOK: Giacinto DELLA CANANEA and Stefano MANNONI (Eds.). Administrative Justice Fin de siècle - Early Judicial Standards of Administrative Conduct in Europe (1890-1910) (Oxford: OUP, 2021). ISBN 9780198867562, 99.00 USD

 

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OUP is publishing an edited collection on European administrative law systems between 1890 and 1910.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The second volume in this series explores the evolution of administrative laws in Europe to better understand the foundations of EU institutions, focusing on the period of 1890-1910. These years saw both a growth of governments and either the entry into force or the consolidation of mechanisms of control on public authorities. Comparing the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Belgium, France, the German Empire, Italy, and the United Kingdom, this title focuses on their historical administrative actions and looks at their development during that time.

The volume contains three sections. The first introduces the project and the topic. The second covers the six legal systems chosen for this study, looking at the historical context. The third takes a comparative approach across the six systems, following on from their histories to look at their development and legacies. This edited collection expands on the ideals of a common core within European administrative law and how they have shaped our world.

This volume is an essential tool for anyone involved in administrative and constitutional law and legal history.

ABOUT THE EDITORS

Giacinto della Cananea is a professor and leading authority on EU administrative law and comparative administrative law. His publications include five monographs, 20 edited volumes, and over 150 articles, book chapters, and comments to judicial decisions on national and EU administrative law, global administrative law, and public finances. He is a co-ordinator of ReNEUAL, and a member of the European Group of Public Law, the European Constitutional Law Network, the Societas Juris Public Europei, and the Dornburg Group of Administrative Law.

Stefano Mannoni is full professor of legal history at the University of Florence. He has published mainly on history of public law, notably history of state and centralization building in France and history of public international law. He served from 2005 to 2012 as a regulator of the Italian audio-visual and telecommunications industry and since then he has written extensively on the topic of law and technology. In 2013, he was appointed a member of the commission for the reform of the Italian constitution.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
1. Commonality and Diversity in Administrative Justice: Fin de siècle, Giacinto della Cananea
The Legal Systems Selected for Comparative Analysis
2. Standards of Judicial Review of Administrative Action in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Angela Ferrari Zumbini
3. The Administration and the Judge: Pragmatism in Belgian Case Law, Yseult Marique
4. The Judicial Elaboration of Standards for Public Administrations in France, Jérémy Mercier
5. Standards of Judicial Review of Administrative Action in the German Empire, Lilly Weidemann
6. Initial Investigation on Excess of Power: Judicial Review of Administrative Action in Italy, Alessandra Bassani
7. The Historical Foundations of Judicial Review in the United Kingdom, Conor McCormick
Comparative Studies
8. Liberal Democracies and the Control of Virtue: The Weakening of Representative Regimes and the Expansion of the Judiciary, Leopoldo A Moscoso
9. Judicial Review of Administrative Action: A Brief Comparison between the Austro-Hungarian and German Empires, Luca De Lucia
10. The Development of Administrative Law in the United Kingdom, Robert Thomas
11. The Formation of the Italian Administrative Justice System, European Common Principles of Administrative Law, and 'Jurisdictionalisation' of Administrative Justice in the 19th Century, Marco Mazzamuto
12. The Administrative World of Yesterday, Stefano Mannoni

 

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BOOK: Ross CRANSTON, Making Commercial Law through Practice 1830–1970 - Law as Backcloth (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021). ISBN 9781107198890, 85.00 GBP

 

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CUP is publishing a new book on the modern history of commercial law in Britain.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Making Commercial Law Through Practice 1830–1970 adds a new dimension to the history of Britain's commerce, trade manufacturing and financial services, by showing how they have operated in law over the last one hundred and forty years. In the main law and lawyers were not the driving force; regulation was largely absent; and judges tended to accommodate commercial needs, so that market actors were able to shape the law through their practices. Using legal and historical scholarship, the author draws on archival sources previously unexploited for the study of commercial practice and the law's role in it. This book will stimulate parallel research in other subject areas of law. Modern commercial lawyers will learn a great deal about the current law from the story of its evolution, and economic and business historians will see how the world of commerce and trade operated in a legal context.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ross CranstonLondon School of Economics and Political Science


Ross Cranston is a Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was previously a High Court Judge for England and Wales 2007–2017, and was Solicitor General for England and Wales 1998–2001.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Commercial and Legal Context

2. The Commodity Markets of London and Liverpool

3. Agents, 'Agents' and Agency

4. Sale, Hire and the Distribution of Manufactured Goods

5. International Commodity Sales

6. Bank Finance for Trade and Industry.

 

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03 March 2021

BOOK: Christy THORNTON, Mexico and the Governance of the Global Economy (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2021). ISBN 9780520297166, 29.95 USD

 


University of California Press has published a new book on the role of Mexico in the history of global economic governance.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Revolution in Development uncovers the surprising influence of postrevolutionary Mexico on the twentieth century's most important international economic institutions. Drawing on extensive archival research in Mexico, the United States, and Great Britain, Christy Thornton meticulously traces how Mexican officials repeatedly rallied Third World leaders to campaign for representation in global organizations and redistribution through multilateral institutions. By decentering the United States and Europe in the history of global economic governance, Revolution in Development shows how Mexican economists, diplomats, and politicians fought for more than five decades to reform the rules and institutions of the global capitalist economy. In so doing, the book demonstrates, Mexican officials shaped not only their own domestic economic prospects but also the contours of the project of international development itself.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christy Thornton is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Latin American Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction: How Could Mexico Matter?

1 • Recognition and Representation: The Mexican Revolution and Multilateral Governance

2 • A New Legal and Philosophic Conception of Credit: Redefining Debt in the 1930s

3 • A Solidarity of Interests: Mexico and the Inter-American Bank

4 • Voice and Vote: Mexico’s Postwar Vision at Bretton Woods

5 • Within Limits of Justice: The Economic Charter for the Americas and Its Critics

6 • Organizing the Terms of Trade: Mexico and the International Trade Organization

7 • The Price of Success: Navigating the New Development Order during the Mexican Miracle

8 • A Mexican International Economic Order? The Echeverría Synthesis

Conclusion: Hegemony and Reaction: The United States in Opposition

 

Acknowledgments

Notes

Bibliography

Index

 

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NEWS: The Legal History Review on Twitter

 

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The Legal History Review/Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis/Revue d’Histoire du Droit is now also active on Twitter. You can follow the journal here (@TijdschriftR)

BOOK: Claire PRIEST, Credit Nation: Property Laws and Institutions in Early America (Princeton: PUP, 2021). ISBN 9780691158761, 39.95 USD

 

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Princeton University Press is publishing a new book on property laws and institutions in Early America.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Even before the United States became a country, laws prioritizing access to credit set colonial America apart from the rest of the world. Credit Nation examines how the drive to expand credit shaped property laws and legal institutions in the colonial and founding eras of the republic.

In this major new history of early America, Claire Priest describes how the British Parliament departed from the customary ways that English law protected land and inheritance, enacting laws for the colonies that privileged creditors by defining land and slaves as commodities available to satisfy debts. Colonial governments, in turn, created local legal institutions that enabled people to further leverage their assets to obtain credit. Priest shows how loans backed with slaves as property fueled slavery from the colonial era through the Civil War, and that increased access to credit was key to the explosive growth of capitalism in nineteenth-century America.

Credit Nation presents a new vision of American economic history, one where credit markets and liquidity were prioritized from the outset, where property rights and slaves became commodities for creditors’ claims, and where legal institutions played a critical role in the Stamp Act crisis and other political episodes of the founding period.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Claire Priest is the Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Twitter @priest_claire

 

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BOOK: Andrew KORNBLUTH, The August Trials - The Holocaust and Postwar Justice in Poland (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2021). ISBN 9780674249134, 45.00 USD

 

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Harvard University Press is publishing a new book on the August trials in post-World War II Poland.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The first account of the August Trials, in which postwar Poland confronted the betrayal of Jewish citizens under Nazi rule but ended up fashioning an alibi for the past.

When six years of ferocious resistance to Nazi occupation came to an end in 1945, a devastated Poland could agree with its new Soviet rulers on little else beyond the need to punish German war criminals and their collaborators. Determined to root out the “many Cains among us,” as a Poznań newspaper editorial put it, Poland’s judicial reckoning spawned 32,000 trials and spanned more than a decade before being largely forgotten.

Andrew Kornbluth reconstructs the story of the August Trials, long dismissed as a Stalinist travesty, and discovers that they were in fact a scrupulous search for the truth. But as the process of retribution began to unearth evidence of enthusiastic local participation in the Holocaust, the hated government, traumatized populace, and fiercely independent judiciary all struggled to salvage a purely heroic vision of the past that could unify a nation recovering from massive upheaval. The trials became the crucible in which the Communist state and an unyielding society forged a foundational myth of modern Poland but left a lasting open wound in Polish–Jewish relations.

The August Trials draws striking parallels with incomplete postwar reckonings on both sides of the Iron Curtain, suggesting the extent to which ethnic cleansing and its abortive judicial accounting are part of a common European heritage. From Paris and The Hague to Warsaw and Kyiv, the law was made to serve many different purposes, even as it failed to secure the goal with which it is most closely associated: justice.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Andrew Kornbluth is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a former fellow of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Note on Polish Pronunciation

Introduction: The Country without a Quisling?

1. “There Are Many Cains among Us”

2. Crowdsourcing Genocide

3. Hearts Grown Brutal

4. The Special Courts

5. Rewriting the Narrative of the Past

6. Between Politics and Retribution

7. The District Courts

8. Cold War Considerations

9. The Principles of Socialist Humanism

10. The Math of Amnesty

Conclusion: The Conspiracy of Memory

Archival Abbreviations

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

 

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02 March 2021

BOOK: Alison L. LACROIX, Jonathan S. MASUR, Martha C. NUSSBAUM & Laura WEINRIB, Cannons and Codes - Law, Literature, and America's Wars (Oxford: OUP, 2021). ISBN 9780197509371, 74.00 USD

 

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OUP is publishing a new book on law, literature, and America’s Wars.

ABOUT THE BOOK

It can be said that western literature begins with a war story, the Iliad; and that this is true too of many non-Western literary traditions, such as the Mahabharata. And yet, though a profoundly human subject, war often appears to be by definition outside the realm of structures such as law and literature. When we speak of war, we often understand it as incapable of being rendered into rules or words. Lawyers struggle to fit the horrors of the battlefield, the torture chamber, or the makeshift hospital filled with wounded and dying civilians into the framework of legible rules and shared understandings that law assumes and demands. In the West's centuries-long effort to construct a formal law of war, the imperative has been to acknowledge the inhumanity of war while resisting the conclusion that it need therefore be without law. Writers, in contrast, seek to find the human within war--an individual story, perhaps even a moment of comprehension. Law and literature might in this way be said to share imperialist tendencies where war is concerned: toward extending their dominion to contain what might be uncontainable.

Law, literature, and war are thus all profoundly connected--and it is this connection this edited volume aims to explore, assembling essays by preeminent scholars to discuss the ways in which literary works can shed light on legal thinking about war, and how a deep understanding of law can lead to interpretive insights on literary works. Some of the contributions concern the lives of soldiers; others focus on civilians living in war zones who are caught up in the conflict; still others address themselves to the home front, far from the theatre of war. By collecting such diverse perspectives, the volume aims to illuminate how literature has reflected the totalizing nature of war and the ways in which it distorts law across domains.

ABOUT THE EDITORS

Alison L. LaCroix is Robert Newton Reid Professor of Law and an Associate Member of the Department of History at the University of Chicago.

Jonathan S. Masur is the John P. Wilson Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.

Martha C. Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics in the Law School and the Philosophy Department at the University of Chicago


Laura Weinrib is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction, Alison L. LaCroix, Jonathan S. Masur, Martha C. Nussbaum, and Laura Weinrib

 

Chapter 1: Law, Literature, and War: A Plenary Panelm with Justice, Stephen G. Breyer, Judge Diane P. Wood, Paul Woodruff, and Martha C. Nussbaum

 

PART I: FORMING A NATION THROUGH WAR'S CRUCIBLE

 

Chapter 2: Law and War in the New World: The Last of the Mohicans, The Spy, and The Pioneers, Douglas Baird

 

Chapter 3: New Light on the Trial of Billy Budd, Richard H. McAdams and Jacob I. Corré

 

Chapter 4: Two Humanitarianisms in Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," John Fabian Witt

 

Chapter 5: Law and its Limits in Albion Tourgée's Bricks without Straw, Kate Masur

 

PART II: THE TWO GREAT WARS

 

Chapter 6: Trenches, Cadences, and Faces: Social Connection and Emotional Expression in the Great War, Nancy Sherman

 

Chapter 7: Crucified by the War Machine: Britten's War Requiem and the Hope of Postwar Resurrection, Martha C. Nussbaum

 

Chapter 8: Undivided Loyalty: The Problem of Allegiance in the Literature of War, Alison L. LaCroix and William A. Birdthistle

 

Chapter 9: Law and Legitimacy in A Farewell to Arms, Laura Weinrib

 

Chapter 10: Lawmaking, Bilateral Rules, and a Debunking of Catch-22, Saul Levmore

 

Chapter 11: Catch-22 and the Law of Large Organizations, Jonathan S. Masur

 

PART III: AFTERWARD

 

Chapter 12: Sympathizing with Both Sides: Racism and American Intervention in Vietnam, Paul Woodruff

 

Chapter 13: Paul Beatty, the Rhetoric of War, and the Selling Out of Civil Rights, Elizabeth Anker

 

Chapter 14: How War Makes (and Unmakes) the Democratic State: Reading The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Exit West In A Populism Age, Aziz Z. Huq

 

Chapter 15: Black Radicalism, Autobiography, and Prisoners of War, Tommie Shelby

 

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BOOK: Nicolas PERRONE, Investment Treaties and the Legal Imagination (Oxford: OUP, 2021). ISBN 9780198862147, 80.00 GBP

 

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Oxford University Press has published a new book on the history of international investment law.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Foreign investors have a privileged position under investment treaties. They enjoy strong rights, have no obligations, and can rely on a highly efficient enforcement mechanism: investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). Unsurprisingly, this extraordinary status has made international investment law one of the most controversial areas of the global economic order.

This book sheds new light on the topic, by showing that foreign investor rights are not the result of unpredicted arbitral interpretations, but rather the outcome of a world-making project realized by a coalition of business leaders, bankers, and their lawyers in the 1950s and 1960s. Some initiatives that these figures planned for did not emerge, such as a multilateral investment convention, but they were successful in developing a legal imagination that gradually occupied the space of international investment law. They sought not only to set up a dispute settlement mechanism but also to create a platform to ground their vision of foreign investment relations. Tracing their normative project from the post-World War II period, this book shows that the legal imagination of these business leaders, bankers, and lawyers is remarkably similar to present ISDS practice. Common to both is what they protect, such as foreign investors' legitimate expectations, as well as what they silence or make invisible. Ultimate, this book argues that our canon of imagination, of adjustment and potential reform, remains closely associated with this world-making project of the 1950s and 1960s.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nicolás M. Perrone, Research Associate Professor, Universidad Andres Bello, Viña del Mar, Chile

Nicolás M Perrone is a Research Associate Professor at Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile. He has previously taught at Durham University and Universidad Externado de Colombia. Nicolás has been Visiting Professor at Universidad Nacional de San Martín, the International University College of Turin, and Università del Piemonte Orientale, a faculty member of the Institute for Global Law and Policy (Harvard Law School) and a Visiting Lecturer at Xi'an Jiaotong School of Law. Nicolás has also consulted for the OECD, and worked as a legal fellow for UNCTAD.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction: A Legal Imagination

1:Foreign Investor Rights and Investment Relations

2:The Norm Entrepreneurs of the 1950s and 1960s

3:Competing Imaginaries and the 1970s

4:The Rise of Investment Treaties and ISDS in the 1990s and Since

5:ISDS in Action

6:Givings and ISDS

7:Local Communities and ISDS

Conclusion: Towards a New Legal Imagination

 

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Clio@Themis (Nr. 23 Droit et folie en situation coloniale - Perspectives impériales comparées (xixe-xxe siècles)) (DEADLINE : 1 June 2021)

 

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Clio@Themis has a call for papers for an issue on “Law and Madness in Colonial Situations. Comparative Imperial Perspectives (19th and 20th centuries)”. Proposals have to be sent in by 1 June 2021.

The full call for papers can be found here

01 March 2021

IM MEMORIAM: Prof. em. dr. Jacques VANDERLINDEN (ULB, Faculty of Law and Criminology)

 

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The law library of the Université libre de Bruxelles has published an Im Memoriam for the late Jacques Vanderlinden.

First paragraph:

La Faculté de Droit et de Criminologie a perdu en ce début d'année 2021 l'un de ses professeurs les plus emblématiques: Jacques Vanderlinden. Il aura inspiré et ébloui par son charisme et sa passion des générations entières de juristes. Le Professeur Jacques Vanderlinden est décédé le 22 janvier 2021. Né à Boma (Congo) le 9 juillet 1932, il sort diplômé de la Faculté de droit en 1956. Il est agrégé de l’enseignement supérieur en histoire du droit et en droit comparé en 1967.

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BOOK: Jean-Paul JEAN, Sylvie HUMBERT, Olivier PIVEN & André BENJEBBAR (dir.), Justice et esclavages [Histoire du droit] (Paris: Association française pour l'Histoire de la Justice, 2021), 280 p. ISBN 9782111572973, € 19

 

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Abstract:

La France s’est, comme plusieurs puissances frontalières, engagée dans la voie de la traite transatlantique et indienne destinée à pourvoir en esclaves ses colonies de cultures. En 1848, et avec l’avènement de la Seconde République la France abolit l’esclavage légal. 170 ans plus tard, les stigmates de cette histoire persistent et l’esclavage existe toujours. Cet ouvrage propose une vue rétrospective de ce que fut la réalité de l’esclavage colonial ainsi que le long combat pour la reconnaissance des droits, tout en soulignant la place de l’Affaire Furcy dans la mémoire post-coloniale ayant entrainé son abolition. Enfin, les auteurs analysent la question des réparations, la fonction mémorielle des récits d’esclaves en justice et le droit des  séparations liées à l’esclavage colonial.

Table of contents:

Préface

Avant-propos

Introduction

PARTIE I

L’ESCLAVAGE COLONIAL : UNE LENTE EXHUMATION HISTORIQUE

Le temps long de l’esclavage en Europe : histoire d’un refoulement

1315-1946 : le mythe d’un empire français sans esclaves

Familles interdites à l’île Bourbon/La Réunion au temps de l'esclavage (1665-1848)

Les sources de la traite négrière rochelaise

La traite à travers le journal de Claude-Vincent Polony, capitaine négrier (1756-1828)

La traite négrière et l’esclavage à travers les actes notariés

L’art contre l’esclavage ? Représentations graphiques de la première à la seconde abolition française

PARTIE II

UN LONG COMBAT POUR LA RECONNAISSANCE DES DROITS

Procès et luttes pour la liberté : le cas singulier de Furcy

La place de l’Affaire Furcy dans la mémoire post-coloniale

L’esclavisation des Libres de couleur à Bourbon/La Réunion aux XVIIIe et XIXe siècles : le cas de l’indien Isidore et de ses enfants

Droit naturel et culture catholique dans la conscience du juge face à l’esclavage colonial

La Cour de cassation et les juridictions coloniales avant l'abolition de l'esclavage

« Nul n’est esclave en France... ni en Angleterre. » Histoire d’un principe partagé

CAHIER CENTRAL D’ILLUSTRATIONS

Les protestants et la traite négrière : La Rochelle au XVIIIe siècle

Les Révolutionnaires face à l’esclavage

Esclavage et universalité des idées des Lumières à Saint-Domingue à la fin du XVIIIe siècle

Les socialistes utopiques face à l’esclavage

Le droit international relatif à l’esclavage : de la réglementation du commerce international des captifs au droit universel de ne pas être traité en esclave

PARTIE III

MÉMOIRE ET RÉPARATION

La fonction mémorielle des récits d’esclaves en justice

Aimé Césaire et l’esclavage. La littérature comme puissance réparatrice

L’esclavage et la traite négrière transatlantique : des crimes (contre l’humanité) juridiquement irréparables en France ?

Le droit des réparations liées à l’esclavage colonial : éléments pour une théorie du droit à réparation des afro-descendants au nom des générations passées

La question des réparations dans la communauté africaine américaine

L’auto-réparation des dommages causés aux Noirs par la traite et l’esclavage : l’apport de la négritude aux droits de l’homme

« Les enfants de la Creuse » : derrière les mots et les maux, des enjeux de mémoire et d’histoire nationaux

La traite des êtres humains depuis l’Afrique, d’hier à aujourd’hui

CONCLUSION : L’esclavage, un fléau

VARIA

Maître Henry Bordeaux, romancier du droit et de la justice

La médiation a toujours existé : les médiations traditionnelles

RESUMES/MOTS-CLES / ABSTRACTS/KEY-WORDS

NOTES DE LECTURE

Claude GauvardCondamner à mort au Moyen Âge

Fabrice Mauclair La justice au temps des Lumières, Les tribunaux ordinaires en Touraine au XVIIIe siècle

André Bendjebbar, Les peintres du bagne

Marcel Lemonde, Juge. Récit


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BOOK: Aldo Antônio de AZEVEDO. Direito Desportivo e Estado No Brasil: Do Corporativismo da Ordem à Lei Pelé (Curitiba: Appris, 2020). 978-65-5523-275-2. R$ 42

 

(Avaliable at: https://www.editoraappris.com.br/produto/4583-direito-desportivo-e-estado-no-brasil-do-corporativismo-da-ordem-lei-pel)

The Appris editor has recently published a history of sports law im Brazil from the corporative states law to the 1990's.


O livro Direito Desportivo e Estado no Brasil: do corporativismo da ordem à Lei Pelé lança um rico olhar sobre a legislação esportiva brasileira, que desde o período do Estado Novo, de Vargas, esteve diretamente vinculada ao corporativismo da ordem estatal, por intermédio das deliberações do Conselho Nacional dos Desportos (CND), órgão regulador e disciplinador da autonomia dos clubes, das competições, da vigilância e sanções aplicadas às associações, especialmente, no futebol.

Aldo Antonio de Azevedo Is professor of Sociology of Sports at the University of Brasília


More information: https://www.editoraappris.com.br/produto/4583-direito-desportivo-e-estado-no-brasil-do-corporativismo-da-ordem-lei-pel 


CONFERENCE: Digital Methods and Resources in Legal History (ONLINE, 1-5 MARCH)



Dr. Andreas Wagner and Dr. Sigrid Amedick have (re-)organised the 'Digital Methods and Resources in Legal History' (originally scheduled to be held in 2020) now to be held online from the 1st until the 5th of March. The presentations will be held in English.

You can find the entire programme here

You can still by sending an e-mail to receive the login details for this conference. The sessions will be recorded and placed online at a later moment. 

SEMINAR SERIES: Ripartire dai classici: Itinerari di lettura per i dottorandi - 3-31 marzo 2021, Università del Salento

 

26 February 2021

SOURCE PUBLICATION: Adrien WYSSBROD & Arnaud BESSON (eds.), Les points de coutume neuchâtelois; Adrien WYSSBROD (ed.), Le coutumier Hory [Les sources du droit suisse, XXIe partie : Les sources du droit du canton de Neuchâtel, Tome 3 et 4] (St. Gallen: Fondation des sources du droit suisse, 2021) ISBN 978-3-7965-4211-4 and 978-3-7965-4212-1

 

(image: Neuchâtel in 1645; source: Wikimedia Commons)

Abstract: 

Commandé au chancelier Jean Hory par les Orléans-Longueville au début du XVIIe siècle, le coutumier Hory constitue un projet très abouti de mise par écrit de la coutume neuchâteloise. En raison de la résistance du Petit Conseil, ce coutumier n’est jamais entré en vigueur. Il demeure toutefois un témoin privilégié du droit Neuchâtelois, ainsi qu’une ambitieuse tentative de systématisation de la coutume, voire un essai précoce de codification. (vol IV)

 Les points de coutumes constituent la principale source de la coutume neuchâteloise d’Ancien Régime. Ces déclarations renseignent également sur le fonctionnement de la justice et donnent des détails sur des affaires privées et sur les individus impliqués. Elles concernent essentiellement des affaires civiles et ont été rendues entre 1529 et 1846. Cette édition reproduit intégralement la totalité des déclarations connues et remplace ainsi l’édition partielle de Georges-Auguste Matile de 1836. (vol III)

Read more with the Foundation for the Publication of the Sources of Swiss Law. The books can either be ordered on paper, or be consulted online.

JOURNAL: Rechtskultur - Zeitschrift für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte/European Journal of Legal History/Journal éuropéen d'histoire du droit IX (2020): Widerstand gegen Rechtsvereinheitlichung - Against Unification of Law - Contre l'unification du droit

 

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Table of contents:

Daniel Schläppi (Bern) - Gelebtes und erlebtes Recht. Die Rechtskultur von Kommunen und Korporationen in der alten Eidgenossenschaft als Bollwerk gegen Rechtsvereinheitlichung

Peter Hess (Austin/Texas) - Resistance to the Rise of Roman Law in Early Sixteenth-Century Germany

Adrien Wyssbrod (Cambridge) - Die Macht der Sitte: Widerstand gegen Kodifikation

Michael Lauener (Zürich) - Jeremias Gotthelf - Der Kritiker der Rechtsvereinheitlichung der "eiskalten Freisinnigkeit"

Peter A.J. van den Berg (Groningen) - E pluribus unum? Some remarks on the future of ‘regional’ legal systems of private law in the European Union from a historical perspective

Kamila Staudigl-Ciechowicz (Wien) - (Keine) Vereinheitlichung des Österreichischen Eherechts in der Zwischenkriegszeit

The journal Rechtskultur publishes its back-issues in open access here.

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ONLINE SEMINAR (Spring 2021): ESCLH Seminar Series: Reading circle on Comparative Legal History Methods


1)      Readings of Ugo Mattei’s articles on Legal Transplants and Taxonomies

Friday 12 March 2021, 10.00-11.00 (CET)

 Ugo Mattei, « Why The Wind Changed: Intellectual Leadership in Western Law », The American Journal of Comparative Law, 42:1 (1994), 195-218.

Ugo Mattei, « Three Patterns of Law: Taxonomy and Change in the World's Legal Systems », The American Journal of Comparative Law, 45:1 (1997), 5-44.

Zoom link: https://utu.zoom.us/j/69552029048 

Keynote: Dolores Freda (Napoli, Italy)

Discussant: Agustín Parise (Maastricht, The Netherlands)

 

2)      Readings of Glenn’s concept of common laws

Tuesday 30 March 2021, 13.00-14.00 (CET)

 

H. Patrick Glenn, On Common Laws, Oxford, OUP, 2007.


Keynote: Heikki Pihlajamäki (Helsinki, Finland)

Discussant: Judit Beke Martos (Bochum, Germany)

 

3)      Readings of Watson’s Theory of Legal Transplants

Monday 3 May 2021, 13.00-14.00 (CET)

 Alan Watson, Legal Transplants: An Approach to Comparative Law, Edinburgh, 1974; second edition Athens, 1993.



 Keynote: Anna Klimaszewska (Gdansk, Poland)

Discussant: Aniceto Masferrer (Valencia, Spain)

More informations on these sessions with Prof. Mia Korpiola (Turku) 

NEW JOURNAL: "LawArt" - Rivista di Diritto, Arte, Storia / Journal of Law, Art and History - first issue, 2020 (open access)

 


(Source: Giappichelli)

ABOUT THE JOURNAL

‘LawArt. Rivista di Diritto, Arte, Storia / Journal of Law, Art and History’ is an editorial project that stems from legal history and aspires to interdisciplinary dialogue. This is something legal history has always been involved in given the open epistemological standpoint which, constitutively, characterizes this discipline. However, the areas in which this dialogue can be exercised change over time; currently, in view of the need for interaction with the other legal sciences, one of the most fruitful terrains, this is precisely the forum that this journal intends to establish. Published online open access, LawArt aims to encourage a discussion among scholars involved in the various aspects of the relationship between law, art and history. The aim is to capture the different ways in which art shapes, expresses and narrates both the abstract and historically contextualized legal dimensions. In addition to the convergence of law with literature in history, therefore, the fruitful intersections with the visual arts, cinema, music, theatre, new media and emerging forms of expression, will also be of interest to this journal. At the same time, LawArt also intends to cover legal issues related to both international and domestic regulation, trade and protection of artworks and cultural heritage.
The journal sets out to encompass all relevant legal frameworks concerning the historical and aesthetic dimension of artworks and their economic value, including, ownership, intellectual property, authenticity, free movement, and other issues of private and business law, as well as international, administrative and criminal law. Indeed, the main objective is to promote the study of the link between law, art and history, beyond disciplinary and national boundaries in order to open up the view on this topic. The annual issue of LawArt will be divided into three sections. The first, Overtures, is conceived as a miscellaneous section for exploring new facets of the law/art prism. The second section, Itineraries, is monographic and intends to propose pathways within thematic areas characterized by a relative homogeneity, in order to identify (formal, substantial, methodological) areas of convergence in the field of legal and art studies. The third section, Colloquia, is intended as a place of interaction, in which to publish studies on research trends and perspectives, bibliographic reviews, interviews, project presentations, including news and reports on scientific and cultural events.

ABOUT THE FIRST ISSUE

The issue we are now presenting in the miscellany section offers three essays that open up the study of the relationship between law and art from original perspectives: the development of engraving in 18th century Spain and its relationship with the imagination of power (Carlos Petit); law as literature, encompassing the “representation” of nature and the “construction” of an aesthetic of truth in 19th century French legal thought (Nader Hakim); judiciary stories, the jury, the problem of communication and the time taken to come to a court decision in the narrative of investigations, based on the movie 12 Angry Men by Sidney Lumet (Mario Barenghi).
The monographic section Itineraries, covered for this first issue by the journal’s editors, is dedicated to the theme of “Performative Practices”. The proposed itinerary, inspired by the line of studies on law and narration, revolves around the idea of reflecting on the discursive function that legal knowledge and artistic expression share. This alludes to the capacity of these products of knowledge – especially in their interweaving – not only to express a representation of society and of human vicissitudes, but also to put them in perspective.
The essays published here address different aspects. Three of them insist on the performative value of the cultural event in relation to the legal problem. Giovanni Chiodi’s essay reconstructs the perspective of meaning which, in the difficult 1920s and 1930s, up until after the Second World War, guided Arturo Toscanini’s decisions regarding what was performed at his concerts and the venues for staging them. This highlights the close relationship that, in his life experience, is established between artistic commitment and the struggle for human rights and freedom; moreover, the link between the artistic dimension and the constitutional structure of society, at the service of a strong conception of democracy, is stressed.
Elisabetta Fusar Poli’s essay also deals with the emergence of a problem of freedom, in this case the “freedom of art” in Italy between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This essay focuses, however, on a different performative space, that represented by the field of tension between case-law on the protection of public morality and artistic expression. Whereas Giacomo Pace Gravina shifts attention to the productiveness of the link between art history and legal history, reconstructing, with an efficacious integrated approach, the events surrounding the painting of the Triptych by Meyer Ross, conserved in the Cathedral of Sora, Italy, in which the jurist Vincenzo Simoncelli is portrayed.
The performativity of literary discourse in relation to the legal dimension is then discussed in the two methodological essays that close the section Itineraries. Massimo Meccarelli considers the value of literature as a source for legal history. His reading of two novels that narrate the impermanence of transition, provides a closer look at the attributive effect that the temporal condition produces on the contents of the legal system. This makes it possible, in particular, to rediscover some dynamics of the objectivation of law and their importance for a more comprehensive understanding of its historicity.
Cristiano Paixão, on the other hand, ponders the possible role of literature in legal education. In imagining the literature taught in the Schools of Law, the essay highlights how it can contribute to forging legal knowledge as critical knowledge by promoting a recovery of the authentic dimension of contemporary law beyond its formal crystallizations and identifying an index of the problems that challenge it.
Two contributions are included in the section Colloquia. A retrospective by André Karam Trindade on the importance of José Calvo Gonzales regarding the establishment of a literary culture of law in Brazil. Gonzales was the leading figure of the law and literature movement in Spain who died prematurely in recent months. The journal closes with a conversation with Alberto Sciumè on the results of a recent conference dedicated to Gabriele D’Annunzio in the unusual role of “legislator” and “constituent father”, involved in the drafting of the Carta del Carnaro; a significant, but perhaps still too little considered event in the constitutional history of the twentieth century.
These elements make up the first proposal for discussion on law, art and history, which LawArt offers to the attention of its readers. With this, we are undertaking an endeavour whose scope can already be intuited even at this early stage.


For the PDF version of the table of contents, see here; for the PDF version of the issue, see here.