29 June 2012

NOTICE: "Historia et Ius" second issue

The first issue of "Historia et Ius" has been published at the web address
The journal is dedicated to medieval, modern and contemporary historical legal studies.
"Historia et ius" invites interested scholars to send articles and texts for publication in the N. 2 of the journal, which will be posted  on the web on the 31st of December, 2012.
Articles and texts for publication should be sent to the editorial board by the 31st of July, 2012.

Interested scholars shall send manuscripts specifying in which section they desire to publish to the following e-mail address:
Texts may be written in Italian, French, English, Spanish and German.

24 June 2012

NOTICE: Irish Legal Diaspora Conference

Dublin, Ireland
7-8 July 2013    

The Irish legal diaspora has had a significant impact on the development of legal systems all over the globe.  Over the centuries Irish lawyers have imbued the law of many lands with their own ideals and experience.  Thomas D’Arcy McGee, a law graduate in addition to being a journalist and politician, is recognised as one of the fathers of Canadian Confederation.  The contribution of the legal diaspora often extended beyond the strict bounds of law.  The young Dublin lawyer John Robert Godley was the driving force behind the settlement and organisation of a new city in New Zealand that he named “Christchurch”.

The Irish Legal History Society would like to invite Irish and international scholars to Dublin in order to celebrate the global significance of the legal diaspora.  This event is supported by the Society as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations.  The dates of this conference dovetail with the British Legal History Conference that will be held at the University of Glasgow on 10-13 July 2013.  Some participants may wish to attend both events.

Proposals of less than 500 words for papers relating to the Irish legal diaspora in any part of the world should reach the organisers by 30 September 2012. 

More details can be found on our website. The conference email is

12 June 2012

SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS: 31st Annual Conference of the Australia and New Zealand Law and History Society

Receiving Laws/ Giving Laws: 
The 31st Annual Conference of the
December 2012, UTS, Sydney

Paper proposals due 31 July 2012

The 31st Annual Conference of the Australia and New Zealand Law and History Society will be held at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), 10-12 December 2012.
  • Keynote speaker: Professor Philip Girard, Dalhousie – “Colonization, Culture, Continuity:  The Role of Law”
  • Plenary speaker: Professor Christopher Tomlins, UC Irvine – “Debt, Death, and Redemption: Toward a History of the Turner Rebellion”
  • Keynote Panel: “Receiving Laws / Giving Laws: Three Takes” - Professor Anne Orford, Melbourne, A/Prof Katherine Biber, UTS, Dr Damen Ward, Crown Law, Wellington
More information, including on the conference theme, can be found at

11 June 2012

NOTICE: Comparative Legal History - the ESCLH Journal!

The European Society for Comparative Legal History (ESCLH) is delighted to announce that it has agreed with Hart Publishing (UK) to produce a new journal. Comparative Legal History (CLH), an international and comparative review of law and history, will be the official journal of the ESCLH

The journal will be published, both online and in print, twice a year, appearing in the spring and the autumn. The first issue will appear in Spring 2013:

Articles will explore both 'internal' legal history (doctrinal and disciplinary developments in the law) and 'external' legal history (legal ideas and institutions in wider contexts). Rooted in the complexity of the various Western legal traditions worldwide, the journal will also investigate other laws and customs from around the globe. Comparisons may be either temporal or geographical and both legal and other law-like normative traditions will be considered. Scholarship on comparative and trans-national historiography, including trans-disciplinary approaches, is particularly welcome.

The Editors welcome scholarly submissions in the English language:

To submit an article please contact Editor Seán Patrick Donlan ( or Articles Editor Heikki Pihlajamäki ( The optimal length for articles is between 7500 to 15000 words, including footnotes. Shorter submissions will be considered for our 'Short Articles' section. All articles are submitted to double blind peer review.

To propose a review, please contact Reviews Editor Agustin Parise ( Book reviews will generally range from 1500 to 2500 words. Review articles will also be considered.

The Hart website also has information on the Editors (both the Editorial Staff and International Editorial Board), an Email alert service of the 'Table of Contents', and subscription information. 

Note that a special arrangement between the ESCLH and Hart has been made to ensure that, beginning next year, ESCLH membership fees will include a subscription to CLH.

Potential contributors should pay special attention to the ‘Notes for Contributors on the website. In particular, contributors whose first language is not English are strongly advised to have their papers edited by native Anglophone scholars in advance of their submission to ensure a clear presentation of their ideas and an accurate appraisal of their work.

Spread the word. 

06 June 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: Legal Theory and Legal History: A Neglected Dialogue ? (Open Paper Session) (London, 12-13 April 2013)

(image source: Queen Mary) 

The Department of Law, Queen Mary, University of London, organizes a conference on the "Neglected Dialogue" between Legal Theory and Legal History (12-13 April 2013). The call for papers and keynote speakers can be found on the Department's website (link).

Apart from some notable exceptions, much of contemporary legal theory is uninformed by history, including legal history. This is deeply regrettable, for legal theories may be vastly improved by being informed, and perhaps more importantly, challenged by historical contexts. Theories of law, one might say, are better if they are forged at the coal-face of historical research. Similarly, one could argue that legal histories are better when they draw on, and themselves contribute to, the conceptual resources of legal theory.

Somewhat more radically, if one agrees law does not have a nature, but a culture, then one must account for how the culture of law changes, and has changed, over time. This, by necessity, demands a historically-informed methodology. Similarly, the problem of change is an unavoidable one in legal theory, whether that be change in legal regimes or changes in certain areas of the law – here, again, the resources of history, including the philosophy of history, are invaluable. Putting things a little more colourfully, one could say that legal ideas cannot but be understood historically.

Further, legal theory has, of course, its own history: legal theories are not disconnected islands, but rather interventions in a long series of dialogues and polylogues amongst theorists. As many have observed, and described, legal theory’s history needs to be informed not only by such dialogues and polylogues amongst theorists, but also by awareness of the theorist’s immersion in political, economic and other conditions of his or her time and place – there, once more, a serious engagement with history is important.

This conference - the annual conference of the UK Branch of the IVR - is designed to bring together legal theorists and legal historians (including historians of legal theory and political thought) in an attempt to facilitate and encourage dialogue between the two disciplines.

(source: Legal History Blog)

05 June 2012

NOTICE: Journal of the History of International Law XIV (2012/1)

A new issue of the Journal of the History of International Law-Revue d'histoire du droit international (Brill) is out now (link).

  • Yolanda Gamarra, "Rafael Altamira y Crevea (1866-1951). The International Judge as 'Gentle Civilizer'"
  • Peter Langford & Ian Bryan, "Hans Kelsen's Theory of Legal Monism. A Critical Engagement with the Emerging Legal Order of the 1920s"
  • Robert Nelson & Christopher Waters, "The Allied Bombing of German Cities during the Second World War from a Canadian Perspective"
  • Daniel Schwartz, "Grotius on the Moral Standing of the Society of Nations"
Book Reviews:
  • Guo Ran, "International Law in China, Past and Present: Study on the History of International Law, YANG Zewei"
  • Georg Cavallar, "Das Selbstbestimmungsrecht der Völker. Die Domestizierung einer Illusion, Jörg Fisch"
  • Frederik Dhondt, "Regeneration and Hegemony. Franco-Batavian Relations in the Revolutionary Era, 1795-1803, Raymond M. H. Kubben"
  • Simone Zubruchen, "Imperfect Cosmopolis. Studies in the History of International Legal Theory and Cosmopolitan Ideas, Georg Cavallar"

NOTICE: The Teaching of Roman law in Europe, Lecce 22 June 2012

This event might be of interest to ESCLH members

(source: Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law Blog, see here)
The Teaching of Roman law in Europe, Lecce 22 June 2012

A round-table discussion on "L'insegnamento del diritto romano in Europa" [The teaching of Roman law in Europe] will take place in Lecce on 22 June 2012.
 Speakers include:
Professors Luigi Labruna, Jean Andreau, Luigi Capogrossi Colognesi , Alessandro Corbino,Teresa Giménez-Candela, Michel Humbert, Rolf Knu¨tel, Pascal Pichonnaz, Laurens Winkel.

For more information, contact:
Prof. Francesca Lamberti

Ordinaria di Diritto romano e Diritti dell'antichità (IUS/18)
Dipartimento di Scienze giuridiche
Complesso Ecotekne - Via Monteroni
73100 Lecce

01 June 2012

NOTICE: Putting the Legal Treatise in its Place

We recently noted the publication of Angela Fernandez and Markus D Dubber (eds),
Law Books in Action: Essays on the Anglo-American Legal Treatise.

The introduction to the book has now been made available here on SSRN.

NOTICE: Journal of Constitutional History

Here's some additional information on the journal:

The Journal is a biannual publication. It was first published in 2001 with the aim of promoting and gathering research and methodological proposals that concern the manifold paths of constitutional history. The articles here published intend to analyse – in a multidisciplinary and comparative perspective – the foundations and characters of a complex historical and cultural phenomenon which is the source of a common inheritance, yet with different forms and conceptions. Between present and past, the scholars of law, politics, institutions, and more generally the experts of social sciences think and dialogue about constitutionalism, marked by deep historical roots and growing tensions. The Journal is the only paper magazine dedicated to constitutional history. It has already become a meeting and reference point for the different practices of constitutional history. It publishes essays in various languages and is characterised by thematic richness and variety in surveys, alternating miscellaneous issues with others dedicated to monographic research.

At this moment the international scientific committee is composed of the following scholars:

Bruce Ackerman (University of Yale), Vida Azimi (CNRS-Cevipof, Paris), Bronislaw Backo (Université de Genève), Olivier Beaud (Université Paris II, Panthéon-Assas), Giovanni Busino (Université de Lausanne), Bartolomé Clavero (Universidad de Sevilla), Francis Delperée (University of Leuven), Alfred Dufour (Université de Genève), Dieter Grimm (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin), António Manuel Hespanha (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), Martti Koskenniemi (University of Helsinki), Lucien Jaume (CNRS-Cevipof, Paris), Peter L. Lindseth (University of Connecticut), Martin Loughlin (London School of Economics & Political Science), Heinz Mohnhaupt (Max‑Planck Institut für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Frankfurt am Main), Peter S. Onuf (University of Virginia), Michel Pertué (Université d’Orléans), Jack Rakove (University of Stanford), Dian Schefold (Universität zu Bremen), Michael Stolleis (Max‑Planck‑Institut für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Frankfurt am Main), Michel Troper (Université de Paris Ouest-Nanterre-La Défense), Joaquin Varela Suanzes‑Carpegna (Universidad de Oviedo), H.H Weiler (New York University), Augusto Zimmermann (Murdoch University)