30 November 2012

NOTICE: Tamm on The History of Danish Law

The next big thing? 

Dan Ernst of the always excellent Legal History Blog just wrote:

'You heard it here first. The Next Big Thing will be Danish Legal History.  An inexpensively priced entree is The History of Danish Law: Selected Articles and Bibliography, edited by Ditlev Tamm, who is Professor of the History of Law at the University of Copenhagen.'

See The History of Danish Law

28 November 2012

NOTICE: The Irish Legal History Society (Annual General Meeting 2012)


The Annual General Meeting of the Irish Legal History Society (see also its Facebook Page) will be held this Friday, 30 November 2012 in Dublin.  


By kind permission of the Dublin Cemetery Committee and the Glasnevin Trust, the Annual General Meeting of the Society for 2012 will be held in the Museum, Glasnevin cemetery on Friday 30th November following which the president of the Society, Prof. Norma Dawson, will deliver her presidential address entitled: “The Ulster Plantation Case 1892-98 - the end of the adventure?”


The meeting will be preceded by a guided tour of the graves of former members of the legal profession. These will include John Philpot Curran; Lord FitzGerald, the first Irish judge to be appointed to the Judicial Committee of the House of Lords; Lord Chancellors O’Hagan and Naish; Lord Chief Justice Monahan of the Court of Common Pleas; Chief Baron Christopher Palles PC of the Court of Exchequer; Sir Patrick Coll PC, Chief Crown Solicitor; the Hon George Gavan Duffy, President of the High Court and Eamon Duggan Solicitor who with Arthur Griffith and General Michael Collins are four of the five signatories of the Treaty interred in the Cemetery. Amongst the other graves proposed to be included in the tour are, Alexander M Sullivan MP, Governor General Timothy Michael Healy KC, Judge George Comerford Greene and his son James RC Greene Solicitor, David R Pigot solicitor and president of the Law Society, Senator Alexis FitzGerald solicitor and Sean McBride SC.


NOTICE: The Free State Constitution and the Modern Irish State

The Constitution Project @ UCC  (University College Cork, Ireland) has announced: 90 Years – The 1922 Irish Free State

Constitution and the Birth

of the Modern Irish State

As the notice explains:

The 6th December marks the 90th anniversary of the enactment of the first Constitution of modern Ireland. In order to commemorate this, we are holding a free public event to examine and to reflect on this significant document.

This will be held in room G30, Aras na Laoi, UCC at 6 pm on Thursday 6th December.

More details and a poster and programme are available here.

NOTICE: Edinburgh Law School Appointments

Edinburgh Law School’s second oldest Chair
filled by Professor John W. Cairns 

The University of Edinburgh Law School is pleased to announce that its established Chair in Civil Law has been filled by Professor John W. Cairns, FRSE. Dating from 1710, the Chair of Civil Law is the second oldest chair in Law and one of the most prestigious chairs in Civil Law in the United Kingdom. It has been held by a series of distinguished scholars including Sir Thomas (T.B.) Smith and Alan Watson, and was most recently occupied by Peter Birks, who vacated the chair in 1987 and subsequently became Regius Professor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford.

A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Professor Cairns was Lecturer in Jurisprudence at Queen's University Belfast before returning to Edinburgh to hold the posts of lecturer, senior lecturer, reader and eventually the Chair of Legal History in 2000. He was Visiting Professor at the University of Miami (1988, 1991, 1995) and Southern Methodist University (1986). He held the office of Associate Dean (Postgraduate)/Director of the Graduate School in Law from 2000-2003. From 1996-2003 Professor Cairns was Book Review Editor of the Edinburgh Law Review and he has served on the editorial boards and committees of a number of legal history periodicals. He was consultant on Scots Law to the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels, and since 1998 has been Chairman of the Council of the Stair Society. From 2006 to 2008 Professor Cairns was president of the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society; he continues on its Board. In 2008, he became a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Alan Watson Foundation. He is a member of the Peer Review College of the AHRC. His current major research interests are legal theory and legal education in the Scottish Enlightenment; slavery and law in eighteenth-century Scotland; and the legal histories of Scotland and Louisiana, publishing extensively in all. He has recently been involved in a research network that drafted guidelines on the interpretation of slavery in international law.

24 November 2012

NOTICE: Rafael Altamira Prize 2012-2013

What: The Law Faculty of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Instituto de Metodología e Historia de la Ciencia Jurídica), in collaboration with the Asociación de Historia Colonial Lusitanista Comparada (HALCO) and the Grupo de investigación sobre Liberalismo, Krausismo y Masonería (Universidad de Comillas), established the first "Premio Rafael Altamira", which aims at awarding
a prize to (original) research works of professors active in universities in Spain or abroad, on topics related to social sciences, law, or those related to the specific researches of Rafael Altamira.
Where: Law Faculty of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid
When: Deadline - 10 December 2012

For all information click here

22 November 2012

NOTICE: McSweeney on English Judges and Roman Jurists

In a cornucopia of posts following the American Society of Legal History conference, the Legal History Blog posted the following:

McSweeney on Civilian Learning and English Case Law

Thomas McSweeney, who is in the second year of a VAP at Cornell Law, published English Judges and Roman Jurists: The Civilian Learning Behind England’s First Case Law in the Temple Law Review 84 (Summer 2012): Here is the abstract:
This Article looks at a historical problem—the first use of case law by English royal justices in the thirteenth century—and makes it a starting point for thinking about the ways legal reasoning works in the modern common law. In the first Part of the Article, I show that, at its origin, the English justices’ use of decided cases as a source of law was inspired by the work civil and canon law scholars were doing with written authorities in the medieval universities. In an attempt to make the case that English law was on par with civil law and canon law, the justices and clerks of the royal courts began to treat cases as if they were the opinions of great jurists, to apply the same types of dialectical reasoning that were used in civil law discourse to those cases, and to work them into systems of authority. They used cases, as the modern common law does; but they used cases to create systems of the kind we usually associate with civil law. In the second Part of the Article, I turn to the modern common law and, using the methods of medieval case law as a mirror, show that the differences between civil law and common law reasoning are more perceived than real. American lawyers tend to view common law as flexible and creative, whereas they view civil law as ossified and hierarchical. This largely stems from the fact that common lawyers focus on the judicial opinion as the place where legal reasoning takes place. By integrating other texts, like the student outline and the restatement—which seek to create a harmonious system out of judicial opinions—into the picture of common law reasoning, I show that common law reasoning shares quite a bit in common with civil law reasoning.

21 November 2012

NOTICE: Temporary position at Salem State University

Salem State University seeks to fill a one-year full-time position in World History and U.S. Constitutional/Legal History for the 2013-14 academic year. Responsibilities include teaching the required world history sequence, constitutional/legal history, and upper-division electives in the areas of specialization. Minimum qualifications include Ph.D. or ABD in history. Teaching experience preferred. Subject to available funding.

Source: Legal History Blog
Click here to apply

PUBLICATION: Second Issue of "Historia et Ius"

The second issue of "Historia et ius" has been published at the web address

"Historia et ius" invites interested scholars to send articles and texts for publication in the n. 3 of the journal, which will be posted  on the web on the 1st of June, 2013. Articles and texts for publication should be sent to the editorial board by the 31st of January, 2013.
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.

NOTICE: 2013 Max-Planck Summer Academy for Legal History

Max-Planck Summer Academy for Legal History

29 July – 16 August 2013 


The Max-Planck Summer Academy for Legal History, offered by the Max Planck Institute for European LegalHistory (MPIeR), provides an in-depth introduction to methods and principles of research in legal history. Although its main focus is on European legal history, there is special emphasis on global perspectives on legal history. It addresses a selected group on highly motivated early-stage researchers, usually PhD candidates, working on a research project with an interest in the basic research of historical formation and transformations of law and other normative orders. 


The academy consists of two modules and lasts three weeks; the first two weeks provide an introduction to the study of sources, methodological principles, as well as theoretical models and controversial research debates on basic research fields of legal history (module 1). During the third week the participants discuss a special research theme and develop their own approach to the theme (module 2). 


The overall aim of the Max Planck Summer Academy for Legal History is to provide early-stage researchers with an expertise on the methods and principles of legal history and to equip them with the ability to apply this knowledge to their research projects and other research in legal history or related disciplines.

18 November 2012

PUBLICATION: Porticvm. Revista d'Estudis Medievals, n. 4

Porticvm, a digital journal of medieval studies appearing half-yearly, aims to provide a platform for the work of young researchers in medieval art and history (
The editorial board consists of PhD students from European and North American universities, working on various aspects of medieval art and culture as Music or Filology. They encourage interdisciplinary submissions, as well as those with a particular focus on Romanesque and Gothic Art.
In the last number, one article in particular is devoted to the interactios between legal history and art history, with particular reference to the circulation of illuminated legal manuscripts:

M. A. Bilotta, Itinerari di manoscritti giuridici miniati attorno al Mediterraneo occidentale (Catalogna, Midi della Francia, Italia), mobilità universitaria, vie di pellegrinaggio fra il XIII e il XIV secolo: uomini, manoscritti, modelli, in "Porticvm", 4 (2012).  

To read the article click here

16 November 2012

PUBLICATION: Palmer on Slave Law and Civil Law in Louisiana


Vernon Valentine Palmer,
Through the Codes Darkly:
Slave Law and Civil Law in Louisiana

xvi, 196 pp. Hardcover $59.95. ISBN 9781616193119;
Paperback $49.95 ISBN 9781616193263.

This fascinating study offers:

• an examination of the complex French, Spanish, Roman and American heritage of Louisiana’s law of slavery and its codification

• a profile of the first effort in modern history to integrate slavery into a European-style civil code, the 1808 Digest
• a trailblazing study of the unwritten laws of slavery and the legal impact of customs and practices developing outside of the Codes
• an analysis that overturns the previous scholarly view that Roman law was the model for the Code Noir (1685)
• a new unabridged translation (by Palmer) of the revised Code Noir (1724) with the original French text on facing pages.

15 November 2012

PUBLICATION: James Q. Whitman's "The Verdict of Battle"

James Q. Whitman, The verdict of battle : the law of victory and the making of modern war, Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2012.

Today, war is considered a last resort for resolving disagreements. But a day of staged slaughter on the battlefield was once seen as a legitimate means of settling political disputes. James Whitman argues that pitched battle was essentially a trial with a lawful verdict. And when this contained form of battle ceased to exist, the law of victory gave way to the rule of unbridled force. The Verdict of Battle explains why the ritualized violence of the past was more effective than modern warfare in bringing carnage to an end, and why humanitarian laws that cling to a notion of war as evil have led to longer, more barbaric conflicts.
Belief that sovereigns could, by rights, wage war for profit made the eighteenth century battle’s golden age. A pitched battle was understood as a kind of legal proceeding in which both sides agreed to be bound by the result. To the victor went the spoils, including the fate of kingdoms. But with the nineteenth-century decline of monarchical legitimacy and the rise of republican sentiment, the public no longer accepted the verdict of pitched battles. Ideology rather than politics became war’s just cause. And because modern humanitarian law provided no means for declaring a victor or dispensing spoils at the end of battle, the violence of war dragged on.
The most dangerous wars, Whitman asserts in this iconoclastic tour de force, are the lawless wars we wage today to remake the world in the name of higher moral imperatives.

Clck here for ore information

14 November 2012

NOTICE: Seminar on "Famille, normes et pouvoir dans la modernité politique" at the EHESS (Paris, 15 November 2012-30 May 2013)

What: Seminar on "Famille, normes et pouvoir dans la modernité politique"
Where: EHESS, salle 1, 105 bd Raspail 75006 Paris
When: 1st, 3rd and 5th Thursdays of the month, 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
From November 15th 2012 until May 30th 2013, Pierre Bonin (prof. of legal history at Ecole de droit de la Sorbonne-Université Paris I: and Fanny Cosandey  (maître de conférences at l'EHESS:  will coordinate a seminar on the relationship between family and politics based on the dialogue between jurists and historians and focused on the 16th-18th cent. Nevertheless, the seminar will be open to other historical periods and to the interaction with other fields of research.  
  • 15 Nov. 2012 - Pierre Bonin, « Droit privé et construction de l’Etat en histoire du droit sous la IIIe république.
  • 29 Nov 2012 - Nicolas Kermabon, Stratégies matrimoniales, stratégies patrimoniales : le douaire des duchesses de Bretagne (XIIIe-XVe siècle).
  • 6 Dec. 2012 - Sylvie Steinberg, Droit et bâtardise (XVIe-XVIIe siècles).
  • 20 Dec. 2012 - Virginie Lemonnier-Lesage, L’autorité paternelle, reflet de l’autorité royale: l’exemple du consentement au mariage des enfants en droit normand.
  • 17 Jan. 2013 - Fanny Cosandey, Loi salique et souveraineté, argument du rang, argument du pouvoir.
  • 31 Jan. 2013 - Isabelle Poutrin, Le consentement en condition de contrainte, aspects juridiques: une recherche en cours.
  • 7 Feb. 2013 - Elie Haddad, La maison et les biens, enjeux politiques de la parenté dans la noblesse d'Ancien Régime.
  • 21 Feb. 2013 - Louis Assier-Andrieu, La famille sur la très longue durée, approche d'anthropologie historique.
  • 21 Mar. 2013 - Jean-Louis Halpérin, La famille sous la révolution: transformations juridiques et enjeux politiques.
  • 4 Apr. 2013 - Damien Salles, 1804-1870: retour sur l'institution de la Liste civile ou l'impossible séparation des sphères domestique et publique.
  • 18 Apr. 2013 - Eloïse Rocher, Les filiations de charges auliques féminines.
  • 16 May 2013 - Fanny Cosandey, Dire son nom par sa place, dire sa place par son nom: préséances et invocations lignagères.
  • 30 May 2013 - Michael Breen, Les procès en nullité de mariage pour cause d’impuissance du mari.
Source: Click on this link for more information.  

NOTICE: Conference "Formes et doctrines de l’État. Dialogue entre histoire du droit et théorie du droit" (Paris-Nanterre, 14-15 January 2012)

What: Conference "Formes et doctrines de l’État. Dialogue entre histoire du droit et théorie du droit"
Where: January 14th 2013: Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, Amphi Malher, UMR de Droit Comparé de Paris 9, rue Malher 75004 Paris; January 15th 2013: Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Bâtiment F (UFR Droit et Science Politique), Amphi D, 200, Avenue de la République, 92001 Nanterre 
When: 14-15 January 2013
Program: JANUARY 14th 2013

-9 h 00 Accueil
L’État, une construction juridique
Sous la présidence d’Hélène Ruiz-Fabri, Professeur de droit public, Directrice de l’UMR de droit comparé de Paris et de l’École de Droit de la Sorbonne, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

-9 h 30 « Structure du système juridique et émergence de l’État »
Michel Troper, Professeur émérite de droit public, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense

-9 h 50 « Le droit romain, un ordre juridique statique et dynamique, un État ? »
Jean-Louis Halpérin, Professeur d’histoire du droit, Ecole normale supérieure

-10 h 10 « Le droit Romain, droit de juristes sans l’État »
Aldo Schiavone, Professeur de droit romain, Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane

-10 h 30 Débats et pause

Sous la présidence d’Eric Millard, Professeur de droit public, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre-La

-11 h 00 « L’ordre juridique colonial entre état de droit et état d’exception »
Marco Fioravanti, Chercheur en histoire du droit médiéval et moderne, Università di Roma « Tor
Vergata », Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza

-11 h 20 « Théories du droit et de l’Etat en Angleterre au XIXe siècle »
Michael Lobban, Professeur d’histoire du droit, Queen Mary, University of London

-11 h 40 « Le droit, une alternative à l’État ? »
Emmanuel Dockès, Professeur de droit privé, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense

-12 h 00 Débats

État et concepts voisins : rivaux, modèles, avatars ?
Sous la présidence d’Anne Rousselet-Pimont, Professeur d’histoire du droit, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

-14 h 00 « Les formes étatiques en Occident avant l’an mil, un bilan »
Emanuele Conte, Professeur d’histoire du droit, Università di Roma Tre, et Directeur d’études, École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

-14 h 20 « La conception médiévale de la respublica, aux origines de l’État ?»
Yves Sassier, Professeur d’histoire du droit, Université Paris Sorbonne

-14 h 40 « L’Église catholique des Temps modernes peut-elle s’inscrire dans l’État ? »
Brigitte Basdevant-Gaudemet, Professeur d’histoire du droit, Directrice du centre Droit et Sociétés
Religieuses, Université de Paris Sud

-15 h 00 Débats et pause

Sous la présidence d’Albert Rigaudière, Professeur émérite d’histoire du droit, Université Paris II
Panthéon-Assas, Membre de l’Institut

-15 h 30 « La crise de la théorie générale de l’État »
Eric Maulin, Professeur de droit public, Université de Strasbourg

-15 h 50 « Pour une théorie déflationniste de l’État »
Otto Pfersmann, Professeur de droit public, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

-16 h 10 « La doctrine générale de l’État : genèse et perspectives actuelles dans l’âge de la
mondialisation »
Agostino Carrino, Professeur de droit public, Università di Napoli Federico II

-16 h 30 Débats

JANUARY 15th 2013

-9 h 00 Accueil
Les critères de l’État
Sous la présidence de Pierre Brunet, Professeur de droit public, directeur du Centre de Théorie et Analyse du Droit, membre de l’Institut Universitaire de France, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre-La

-9 h 30 « Quelles définitions de l’État et du droit faut-il expliciter pour pouvoir parler d’État
médiéval ? »
Frédéric F. Martin, Professeur d’histoire du droit, Université de Nantes

-9 h 50 « Transfert d’usages, transfert d’“État” ? Autriche – Pays-Bas – Espagne XVe-XVIe siècles »
Jean-Marie Cauchies, Professeur émérite d’histoire des institutions, Académie royale de Belgique/Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis à Bruxelles/Université catholique de Louvain

-10 h 10 « La civilisation étatique : effet de l’ordre juridique ou de la psychologie des représentations
sociales ? »
Francesco Di Donato, Professeur d’histoire des institutions politiques, Università di Napoli
«Parthenope »

-10 h 30 Débats et pause

Sous la présidence de Jean-Louis Halpérin, Professeur d’histoire du droit, École normale supérieure

-11 h 00 « Identités collectives et institutions en perspective historique : quelques remarques »
Antonio Padoa Schioppa, Professeur d’histoire du droit, Università di Milano

-11 h 20 « L’État et la liberté de forcer à être libre : réflexions sur les normes communautaires »
François Saint-Bonnet, Professeur d’histoire du droit, Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas

-11 h 40 « L’État comme communauté de citoyens »
Olivier Beaud, Professeur de droit public, Directeur de l’Institut Villey pour la culture juridique et la philosophie du droit, Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas

-12 h 00 Débats

Conceptions, représentations et manipulations de l’État
Sous la présidence de Jean-Pierre Poly, Professeur émérite d’histoire du droit, Université Paris
Ouest Nanterre-La Défense

-14 h 00 « L’histoire du droit et la “création” de l’État-nation au XIXe siècle entre science et
propagande »
Paolo Alvazzi del Frate, Professeur d’histoire du droit public, Università di Rome Tre, Dipartimento di Storia e Teoria generale del Diritto

-14 h 20 « Le concept d’État dans les textes constitutionnels français »
Jacques Krynen, Professeur d’histoire du droit, Directeur du Centre Toulousain d’Histoire du Droit et des Idées Politiques, Université Toulouse I-Capitole

-14 h 40 « De quel État le droit administratif nous entretient-il ? »
Jacques Caillosse, Professeur émérite de droit public, Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas

-15 h 00 Débats et pause

Sous la présidence de Michel Troper, Professeur émérite de droit public, Université Paris Ouest
Nanterre-La Défense

-15 h 30 « Sur le film L’exercice de l’État »
Jean-Marie Denquin, Professeur de droit public, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense

-15 h 50 « La fin de l’État et autres histoires »
Mauro Barberis, Professeur de philosophie du droit, Università di Trieste

-16 h 10 « Le dépassement de l’État »
Olivier Cayla, Professeur de droit public, Directeur d’études à l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

-16 h 30 Débats
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13 November 2012

NOTICE: Mario Sbriccoli Prize

The Mario Sbriccoli Prize, established by the University of Macerata thanks to the financial support of Mrs Annabianca Sbriccoli, aims at remembering the work of the scholar who has brought great prestige to the University of Macerata.

It also has the intent of contributing to a better knowledge and enhancement of the value of the "Mario Sbriccoli" Specialist book collection acquired by the University of Macerata

1. The Prize consists in granting N°. 1 scholarship, of a gross amount of € 5,000.00, for carrying out research work.

2. The research work will be carried out, for not less than 2 months, at the "Mario Sbriccoli" Specialist book collection hosted within the Library of Studi storici (Historical Studies) of the Department of Law of the University of Macerata, Via Garibaldi 20.

3. The research topic selected will have to concern the disciplinary fields of the History of penal law and criminal justice, within either the Italian or International spheres.

4. Research time at the "Sbriccoli" Specialist book collection must contribute to the compiling of a scientific essay which may be published, in English or French, upon being previously accepted by the Editorial Committee, in the Crime, History & Societies journal (Librairie Droz).

Deadline: January 14th 2013

The application can be submitted in Italian or English

For more information and to download the application click here

12 November 2012

NOTICE AND CALL FOR PAPERS: Juris Diversitas Annual Conference (3-4 June 2013)

The following conference might be of interest to ESCLH members. Its theme is particularly well-suited to legal historians: 

Juris Diversitas has announced its first official, open Annual Conference, co-sponsored by the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (SICL) to be held at the SICL from 3-4 June 2013 in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

While any proposal on comparative law will be considered:

The conference will explore the diffusiontransplantation, reception, migration, contamination, etc, etc—of both laws and law-like norms, past and present and around the globe. A critical element in the creation of all legal and normative traditions, diffusion takes many forms. It may be overt or covert, voluntary or involuntary, concentrated or diffuse, colonial or neo-colonial, etc.  

Proposals may be case studies or theoretical analyses of diffusion; they may be general (at the level of legal traditions) or specific (trusts, family law, etc). Participants might analyse, among other topics, entangled legal histories, the diffusion of Western legal models outside of the West, the dominance and rationale for the present diffusion of Anglo-American legal forms, the relevance of legal origins and traditions on contemporary structures, practices, the place of ‘mixed’ and ‘micro’ legal systems, etc.   

Proposals of @250 words (or @1000 words for panel proposals) should be submitted to Seán Patrick Donlan at by 15 January 2013. Additional information will be posted shortly.

09 November 2012

NOTICE: Conference of the Italian Society of Legal History (Naples, 22-23 November 2012)

What: Conference of the Società Italiana di Storia del Diritto "Diritto e controllo sociale. Persone e status nelle prassi giuridiche"
Where: Naples, Complesso dei SS. Marcellino e Festo, Largo S. Marcellino 10.
When: 22-23 November 2012

Thursday 22 November 2012 - 3:00 pm  
Complesso dei SS. Marcellino e Festo

Francesco Paolo Casavola (President emeritus of the Italian Constitutional Court)  

Massimo Brutti (President S.I.S.D.)
Gianni Ferrara (University La Sapienza, Rome)
"L'uguaglianza oggi"
Emanuele Stolfi (University of Siena)
"Padroni e schiavi: i dispositivi del potere"
Lauretta Maganzani (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan)
"Padri figli e stirpi fra diritto romano e antropologia"
Giovanni Cazzetta (University of Ferrara)
"Contratto e status. Uguaglianza e differenze tra Ottocento e Novecento"

Maria Rosa Di Simone (University "Tor Vergata", Rome)
"La condizione giuridica della donna nell'ABGB"

Friday, 23 November 2012, 9:30 am
Complesso dei SS. Marcellino e Festo

Gian Savino Pene Vidari (University of Turin)

Francesco Migliorino (University of Catania)
"Un animale in più. Efferati, inumani, mostruosi nelle maglie del diritto"

Settimio Di Salvo (University of Naples, Federco II)
"Infamia ed in integrum restitutio"
Laura Solidoro (University of Salerno)
"La prostituzione nel diritto tardo antico"

Giulio Cianferotti (University of Siena)
"Il concetto di status nella scienza giuridica del Novecento"

Aurelio Cernigliaro (vice-president S.I.S.D.)

NOTICE: Legal Theory and Legal History Conference

Octagon, Queens' Building
The 2013 UK IVR Annual Conference - Legal Theory and Legal History: A Neglected Dialogue? – will be held from 12-13 April 2013 in the Law Building of Queen Mary, University of London. The IVR is the International Association of Legal and Social Philosophy

An extensive and exciting programme has been prepared and the conference description reads:

The 2013 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.
     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.

06 November 2012

NOTICE: The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law (1 November 2012, OUP)

Oxford University Press just published a collective "Handbook of the History of International Law", under the editorship of prof. Anne Peters (Basel) and prof. Bardo Fassbender (Humboldt Berlin).

65 (!) articles treat different cross-sections in 1272 pages:

Bardo Fassbender and Anne Peters: "Introduction: Towards a Global History of International Law"
Part One: Actors
1: Jörg Fisch: Peoples and Nations
2: Antonio Cassese: States
3: Randall Lesaffer: Peace Treaties and the Formation of International Law
4: Janne Elisabeth Nijman: Minorities and Majorities
5: Joaquín Alcáide Fernandez: Hostes humani generis: Pirates, Slavers, and other Criminals
6: Cornelis G. Roelofsen: International Arbitration and Courts
7: Anne Peters and Simone Peter: International Organizations: Between Technocracy and Democracy
8: Cecelia M. Lynch: Peace Movements, Civil Society, and the Development of International Law
Part Two: Themes
9: Daniel-Erasmus Khan: Territory and Boundaries
10: Dominique Gaurier: Cosmopolis and Utopia
11: Mary Ellen O'Connell: Peace and War
12: Antje von Ungern-Sternberg: Religion and Religious Intervention
13: Robert Kolb: The Protection of the Individual in Times of War and Peace
14: Koen Stapelbroek: Trade, Chartered Companies, and Mercantile Associations
15: David J. Bederman: The Sea
Part Three: Regions
I. Africa and Arabia
16: Fatiha Sahli and Abdelmalek El Ouazzani: Africa North of the Sahara and Arab Countries
17: James Thuo Gathii: Africa
18: Umut Özsu: The Ottoman Empire and the Abode of Islam
II. Asia
19: Shin Kawashima: China
20: Masaharu Yanagihara: Japan
21: Bimal N. Patel: India
III. The Americas and the Caribbean
22: Mark W. Janis: North America: American Exceptionalism in International Law
23: Jorge L. Esquirol: Latin America
24: David Berry: The Caribbean
IV. Europe
25: Martin Kintzinger: From the Late Middle Ages to the Peace of Westphalia
26: Heinz Duchhardt: From the Peace of Westphalia to the Congress of Vienna
27: Milos Vec: From the Congress of Vienna to the Paris Peace Treaties of 1919
28: Peter Krüger: From the Paris Peace Treaties to the End of the Second World War
V. Encounters
29: Chi-Hua Tang: China - Europe
30: Kinji Akashi: Japan - Europe
31: Upendra Baxi: India - Europe
32: Lauri Mälksoo: Russia - Europe
33: Kenneth Coates: North American Indigenous Peoples' Encounters
Part Four: Interaction or Imposition
34: Arthur Eyffinger: Diplomacy
35: Andrew Fitzmaurice: Discovery, Conquest, and Occupation of Territory
36: Matthew Craven: Colonialism and Domination
37: Seymour Drescher: Slavery
38: Liliana Obregón Tarazona: The Civilized and the Uncivilized
Part Five: Methodology and Theory
39: Martti Koskenniemi: A History of International Law Histories
40: Anthony Carty: Doctrine versus State Practice
41: Oliver Diggelmann: The Periodization of the History of International Law
42: Kaius Tuori: The Reception of Ancient Legal Th ought in Early Modern International Law
43: Arnulf Becker Lorca: Eurocentrism in the History of International Law
44: Antony Anghie: Identifying Regions and Sub-Regions in the History of International Law
Part Six: People in Portrait
45: Mashood A. Baderin: Muhammad al-Shaybani (749/50-805)
46: Annabel Brett: Francisco de Vitoria (1480-1546) and Francisco Suárez (1548-1617)
47: Merio Scattola: Alberico Gentili (1552-1608)
48: Peter Haggenmacher: Hugo Grotius (1583-1645)
49: Knud Haakonssen: Samuel Pufendorf (1632-1694)
50: Knud Haakonssen: Christian Wolff (1679-1754)
51: Kinji Akashi: Cornelius van Bynkershoek (1673-1743)
52: Georg Cavallar: Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)
53: Emmanuelle Jouannet: Emer de Vattel (1714-1767)
54: Pauline Kleingeld: Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)
55: Armin von Bogdandy and Sergio Dellavalle: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831)
56: Lydia H. Liu: Henry Wheaton (1785-1848)
57: Silja Vöneky: Francis Lieber (1798-1872)
58: Simone Peter: Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914)
59: Lauri Mälksoo: Friedrich Fromhold von Martens (Fyodor Fyodorovich Martens) (1845-1909)
60: Mathias Schmoeckel: Lassa Oppenheim (1858-1919)
61: Oliver Diggelmann: Max Huber (1874-1960)
62: Oliver Diggelmann: Georges Scelle (1878-1961)
63: Bardo Fassbender: Hans Kelsen (1881-1973)
64: Bardo Fassbender: Carl Schmitt (1888-1985)
65: Iain G.M. Scobbie: Sir Hersch Lauterpacht (1897-1960)

05 November 2012

NOTICE: Conference on "exclusion" in the early Middle Ages (Rome, 8-9 November 2012)

What: Conference "L'exclusion dans les sociétés du haut Moyen Âge"
Where: Ecole française de Rome, Piazza Navona 62, Roma
When: 8-9 November 2012

To read the detailed program of the conference (in French), dedicated to excommunication in the christian community of the early Middle Ages (4th - 12th cent.), click here

NOTICE: Conference on "Inheritance, patrimonial rights and blended families" (Brussels, 23 November 2012)

What: Conference: Inheritance, patrimonial rights and blended families: confronting past and present /
L’héritage et les droits patrimoniaux dans la famille recomposée, entre histoire et futur /
Zakelijke rechten en erven in het nieuw samengesteld gezin, in heden en verleden
Where: Rubenszaal, Paleis der Academiën (Academy Palace), Hertogsstraat 1, B-1000 Brussel(s)
When: 23 November 2012

Please register through Admission is free.
Nowadays the newly composed or blended family is a widespread phenomenon. Nonetheless, it still defies jurists, and particularly with regard to the legal relationship between children from a former relationship on the one hand side, and the new partner of their parent and his/her siblings on the other. The transition from (parts of) an estate from one family to the next and the patrimonial rights of members of former families vis-à-vis those of new ones, are crucial issues.
Since 1981, in Belgium, the inheritance estate, including the personal properties and the part of the matrimonial community pertaining to the deceased, is not distributed and remains under usufruct for the benefit of the surviving spouse if there are children. Even in a case of a subsequent remarriage, these descendants remain entitled so-called ‘nude’ proprietors of the inheritance estate and they can query for a transformation of usufruct into ‘full’ ownership for parts of the inheritance. However, these rules do not apply in case of divorce or when another relationship than marriage or formal partnership between partners, having children, is ended and their communal properties are divided. Contractual arrangements often provide solutions. Nonetheless questions remain, for example as to whether it is feasible to grant the surviving spouse extensive rights of usufruct as a principle by law, and whether more legal rights should be given to descendants in this respect.
There are historical parallels. Before the age of codifications of the later eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, in the Low Countries and elsewhere, rules protected children out of a first marriage that had ended because of the death of one of the spouses. In case of remarriage of their parent, it was assured that their part in the estate – which the surviving parent could keep in many cases – remained intact. In Eastern Brabant, the droit de dévolution applied, which was strict in the sense that it froze the situation at the death of a parent. In Flanders, rights of the widow or widower in this respect were usually more limited.  In both areas, in the middle ages and early modern period, the fate of immovable property was very important: it often came from the kin, and under some circumstances it was due to return to the family from which it had come.
The colloquium will confront historical examples and rules with those that are being applied today. Legal historians will detail the context in which the mentioned norms existed and their consequences, for different places in continental Western Europe. Lawyers specializing in positive matrimonial property law, inheritance law and family law will shed light on the contents and lacunae in contemporary law and legal practice in Belgium and the Netherlands. The colloquium seeks to promote further research into these matters. It equally aims at reviving the tradition of legal-historical research into old family law (in the broad sense), which in the 1960s was vibrant at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, under the impetus of the late professor John Gilissen.
9.00 Onthaal/Registration/Accueil

9.15-9.30 Prof. Dave De ruysscher (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, FWO-Vlaanderen) – Verwelkoming en inleiding/Welcome and General Introduction/Introduction générale

9.30-10.15 Prof. Dirk Heirbaut (Universiteit Gent) – “Family Above All? The 'Family' as a Central Concept in Flemish feudal law

10.15-10.30 Pauze/Pause

10.30-11.15 Prof. Virginie Lemonnier-Lesage (Université de Rouen), “Le sort des enfants du premier lit en cas de remariage dans l'ancien droit français”

11.15-12.00 Dr Ellinor Forster (Universität Innsbruck), “Remarrying in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Austria With All Impacts on Children's Rights”

12.00-13.30 Lunch/Déjeuner

13.30-14.15 Prof. Sebastiaan Roes (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen), "Het nieuw samengestelde gezin in de Noordelijke Nederlanden ten tijde van de Republiek. Van Drentse en Roermondse eenkindschappen en soortgelijke fenomenen"

14.15-15 Dr Emese von Boné (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam), “Vermogenskwesties in nieuw samengestelde gezinnen voor de familieraad (Nederland, 1811-1838)”

15-15.30 Pauze/Pause

15.30-16.15 Prof. Helène Casman (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), “Familles recomposées: comment s'adapte le droit belge des régimes matrimoniaux et des successions?

16.15-17 Prof. Barbara Reinhartz (Universiteit van Amsterdam), “From Traditional Families to Informal Families to Patchwork Families: Can Dutch Succession Law Keep Up With the Changes in Society?

17-17.30 Conclusie/Conclusion
To download the program, click here