30 September 2015

EXHIBITION: "Wenn Bücher Recht haben/When books lay down the law" (St. Gall, until November 8 2015)

WHAT Wenn Bücher Recht haben. Justitia und ihre Helfer in Handschriften der Stiftsbibliothek St.Gallen/When books lay down the law. Law and lawmakers in the manuscripts at the Abbey Library of St. Gall, exhibition

WHEN until November 8 2015 - 

WHERE St. Gall Abbey Library/Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen

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Wenn Bücher Recht haben: Erstmals widmet die Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen eine Jahresausstellung dem mittelalterlichen Recht und den Rechtshandschriften. Anhand ihrer einzigartigen Handschriftensammlung führt sie durch die faszinierende Entwicklung des Rechts von der Antike bis zum Ende des Mittelalters. Die Ausstellung präsentiert den Kaiser und den Papst als Quellen des Rechts und behandelt Themen wie den Gerichtsprozess und das Buss-, Beicht- und Ablasswesen. Berühmte Handschriften mit den frühmittelalterlichen Volksrechten der Langobarden, Franken und Alemannen werden gezeigt und beschrieben sowie bedeutende Zeugnisse aus der Entstehungszeit der Rechtswissenschaft und der Universitäten im 12. Jahrhundert vorgestellt

For the first time, the Abbey Library of St. Gall is devoting its annual exhibition to the subject of medieval law and legal manuscripts. Based on the Abbey Library’s unique collection of manuscripts, the exhibition reveals the fascinating development of jurisprudence from Antiquity until the end of the Middle Ages. For example, the Emperor and the Pope are presented as lawmakers. You will also gain an insight into judicial processes as well as the rules concerning penance, confession and indulgences. Famous manuscripts containing the early medieval laws of the Lombards, Franks and Alemans are displayed and described, as well as important witnesses to the origins of jurisprudence and the revival of interest in the study of law during the 12th century

CALL FOR PAPERS: War, Peace and International Order? The Legacies of The Hague Conferences of 1899 and 1907, Auckland (NZ), 18 April 2016 (DEADLINE 2 OCTOBER 2015)

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The University of Auckland (Faculty of Arts) and the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice organise a conference on the 1899 and 1907 Hague Conferences.

More information below:
Keynote Speakers: Professor Randall Lesaffer (Tilburg Law School, Catholic University of Leuven), Dr William Mulligan (University College Dublin), Professor Neville Wylie (University of Nottingham)

Description: Between the various strands of scholarship there is a wide range of understandings of the two Hague Peace Conferences (1899 and 1907). Experts in international law posit that The Hague’s foremost legacy lies in the manner in which it progressed the law of war and international justice. Historians of peace and pacifism view the conferences as seminal moments that legitimated and gave a greater degree of relevance to international political activism. Cultural scholars tend to focus on the symbolic significance of The Hague and the Peace Palace as places for explaining the meaning of peace while diplomatic and military historians tend to dismiss the events of 1899 and 1907 as insignificant ‘footnotes en route to the First World War’ (N.J. Brailey).

Given the sheer diversity of opinion on the two conferences, the Faculty of Arts and the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice are pleased to jointly host a one-day interdisciplinary conference and invites abstract proposals from interested academics. The conference will be held at the University of Auckland on Tuesday 19 April 2016. The conference seeks to bring together academics from various disciplinary backgrounds to discuss and integrate their perspectives on the two peace conferences at The Hague. The ultimate aim of the conference is to develop a more coherent understanding of the significance of the conferences through interdisciplinary collaboration.

Call for Papers: topics could include, but are not limited to:
The history, legacy and on-going  meaning of the two conferences
The significance of the conventions signed at the conferences
The Hague tradition, both as an idea and a symbolic site of international law
Aspects of international law, diplomacy and politics at the conferences
Ideas of peace, pacifism, internationalism and justice in relation to The Hague

Abstracts are due ON 2 OCTOBER 2015
Abstracts should be no more than 150 words with a brief biography that includes professional affiliation and contact details.
Successful candidates will be notified by mid November 2015.
Conference organizers hope to publish conference proceedings in an edited collection. By submitting an abstract all conference attendees agree in principle to offer an 8000 word chapter to that collection. The full text of these chapters would be due by June 2016.

Submission and Contact Details: To submit abstracts or for any queries regarding the conference, please contact conference organizers through this email address:

Organising Committee: Associate Professor Maartje Abbenhuis, Christopher Barber, Thomas Munro
 More information here.

28 September 2015

CONFERENCE: ‘La funzione sociale nel diritto privato tra XX e XXI secolo’ (Rome, October 9 2015)

Conference on the social function of private law between 20th and 21st century
‘La funzione sociale nel diritto privato tra XX e XXI secolo’

October 9, 2015

Library of the Italian Senate (Piazza della Minerva 38, Rome)

For more information about the conference and to download the program, click HERE

JOB: 25 Post-Doctoral Fellowships, Axa Research Fund; DEADLINE 12 OCTOBER 2015

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The Axa Research Fund sponsors 25 Post-Doctoral Fellowships of 24 months:
Each year, the AXA Research Fund offers twenty-five (25) Post-Doctoral Fellowships to outstanding researchers
Each grant amounts to a maximum of one hundred and thirty thousand euros (€130,000) for a duration of twenty-four (24) months.
To apply for these fellowships, host institutions must be registered in the AXA Research Fund’s database and located within the geographical scope (reviewed on a yearly basis) as stated in the below table.
The AXA Research Fund does not place restrictions on the nationality of the Junior Research Fellow.
Institutions selected are then invited to put forward nominees: it is their responsibility to identify and submit the names of the best possible candidates to participate in the Post-Doctoral Fellowships campaign
The AXA Research Fund does not accept unsolicited applications from individual applicants.
Please note that although a given candidate may be presented twice by the same institution, they cannot submit the same proposal twice.
The AXA Research Fund Scientific Board composed of international renowned academic and business experts oversees the applicant selection process. It validates the eligibility and selection criteria as well as the tools used to process the call for applications..
The AXA Research Fund partners with the European Science Foundation (ESF) to carry out the evaluation process. ESF is an established, independent and non-governmental organization dedicated to support science operation. ESF operates the review relying on the criteria defined by the AXA Research Fund. To know more about the European Science Foundation:
The AXA Research Fund has signed the Charter for European Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers and thereby is particularly attentive to Institutions demonstrating their commitment to an attractive, supportive and stimulating environment in which to carry out research and recognizing the importance of providing its researchers with the training and means to be internationally and inter-sectorally competitive and mobile
Applications should be filed by institutions, not by individuals.
More information here.

WORKSHOP: The Law of Nations and Natural Law, 1625-1850 (Lausanne, 5-6 November 2015)

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HSozKult announced an interesting workshop on "The Law of Nations and Natural Law, 1625-1850", organized by Simone Zurbruchen.

This workshop constitutes the second conference of the international research network Natural Law 1625-1850 ( The network is focused on natural law as an academic institution. The ambition is to combine traditional approaches to natural law as a set of ideas with a comprehensive history of academic reception, transmission, and uses that takes into account institutions, political and legal contexts. This ambition will be realized by supplementing the published record of natural law – its textbooks and treatises – with a much wider range of sources. A significant number of scholars in thirteen European countries are currently investigating natural-law texts, commentaries, and pedagogical programs that form the core of a large digitization project. The current focus of the Swiss part of the international project is the teaching of the law of nature and nations at the Academies of Lausanne and Geneva. The main representatives of the école romande du droit naturel (Barbeyrac, Burlamaqui and Vattel), who contributed greatly to the dissemination of the law of nature and nations, especially in the French speaking parts of Europe, are fairly well known. However, during the eighteenth and much of the nineteenth century, the subject was taught by a great number of professors, some of whom played an important role in local learned societies, in legal practice and in politics. This extensive academic activity is now being researched. Biographies, bibliographies as well as archival materials will be published on the website:
The subject of this second international workshop is the law of nations (ius gentium). For a long time there was no clear distinction between the ius inter gentes and the ius intra gentes, but during the Enlightenment, the law of nations came to denote “the science which teaches the rights subsisting between nations or states, and the obligations correspondent to those rights” (Vattel), i.e., the discipline that is called today public international law. The aim of the workshop is to bring out the peculiar traits of the law of nations as it was conceived within the tradition of modern natural law. In order to assess its importance, this project needs to be envisaged on the background of recent scholarship on the history of public international law. During the past thirty years, the history of public international law has become an important field of research in various disciplines. New discussions of the origin, growth, and evolution of international law from the fifteenth century until the end of World War II are at the origin of different proposals for re-interpreting the history of international law and legal discourse, mainly from the perspective of those who were largely excluded from participating in this discourse, such as colonized nations, indigenous peoples, and religious or cultural minorities. By putting into question the classical narrative of international law as a success story of progress, the new de-centered interpretations aim at showing how international law was used by the center as a means to dominate and exploit the periphery, by revealing the hegemonic character of legal discourses and human rights principles. Much of the recent literature testifies to an overall attempt at re-interpreting the history of international law and legal discourse in terms of an ideology legitimizing European colonialism and imperialism. One of the guiding questions in this workshop is whether and to what extent the law of nations as it was conceived within the tradition of modern natural law beginning with Grotius’ De iure belli ac pacis (1625) fits into this counter-narrative of the history of international law. In a recent article, Emmanuelle Tourme-Jouannet points out that the justification of colonization was by no means the central aim of the modern law of nature and nations. Unlike Grotius, the main representatives of this tradition in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries paid comparatively little attention to the antagonism between “civilized” Europeans and “barbarian” others. They were more concerned with the “barbarians” within Europe and aimed at developing a code of conduct suitable to discipline the European nations. The main question after the peace of Westphalia was how to bring independent sovereign states or nations into peaceful coexistence. As Kant pointed out in critical vein in his essay On perpetual peace, this implied that war was considered to be a legitimate means to restrain aggression. This explains why the law of war (jus ad bellum, jus in bello) was part of the law of nations. So far, accounts of the history of the modern law of nations have mainly focused on a restricted number of classical treaties such as the published works of Grotius, Pufendorf, Thomasius, Rachel, Bynkershoek, Wolff and Vattel. While lesser known figures have occasionally been dealt with in the specialized literature, we still know comparatively little about this very rich tradition of moral and legal thinking and its influence on the law and legal practice in various European countries. In this context, the fact that the law of nature and nations constituted, from the late seventeenth until the middle of the nineteenth century, a teaching subject at a great number of Universities and other institutions of higher education throughout Europe, no doubt plays a crucial role. The workshop will bring together participants in the research network Natural Law 1625-1850, who are currently working on archival materials related to the law of nations in various European countries, and specialists on the history of international law dealing with more general questions such as those mentioned above. The results of the workshop will be published in a volume that will be part of a series that Brill is expected to publish under the general editorship of the three directors of the network, Frank Grunert (Halle), Knud Haakonssen (St. Andrews/Erfurt) and Diethelm Klippel (Bayreuth). This particular volume will be edited by the organiser of the conference, Simone Zurbuchen (Lausanne).


Thursday, November 5
Panel 1: The Law of Nations, Europe and the New World
(Chair: Kari Saastamoinen, Helsinki)
09.15 – 10.00 Knud Haakonssen (St. Andrews/Erfurt): Opening Lecture “The Law of Nations in the Natural Law Curriculum”
10.00 – 10.45 Vincent Chetail (Geneva): “Sovereignty and Migration in the Doctrine of the Law of Nations from Vitoria to Vattel”
11.15 – 12.00 Hans W. Blom (Rotterdam): “Popularising by Adapting: Early Dutch Compendia to De iure Belli ac Pacis”
12.00 – 12.45 Pärtel Piirimäe (Tartu): “Barbarians in Early Modern Law of Nations”
Panel 2: The Law of Nations between Pufendorf and Vattel
(Chair: Béla Kapossy, Lausanne)
14.15 – 15.00 Peter Schröder (London): “Seventeenth Century Lex Mercatoria, Natural Law & the Law of Nations”
15.00 – 15.45 Michael Seidler (Bowling Green, KY, USA): “Between Pufendorf and Vattel: the Terrain of Dissertationes”
16.15 – 17.00 Mads Langballe Jensen (Copenhagen): “Jus gentium and Natural Law in Denmark around 1700”
17.00 – 17.45 Katharina Beiergrösslein, Iris von Dorn (Bayreuth): “Natural Law for the Nobility. Natur- und Völkerrecht at the Ritter-Academy Erlangen (1701-1741)”
Friday, November 6
Panel 3: The Law of Nations and the Ecole romande du droit naturel
(Chair: Ian Hunter, Graceville, AUS)
09.15 – 10.00 Simone Zurbuchen (Lausanne): “Teaching the Law of Nations in Lausanne and Geneva in the 18th century”
10.00 – 10.45 Lisa Broussois (Lausanne): “Burlamaqui and Rousseau on the Law of War and the Law of Nations”
11.15 – 12.00 Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina (Milan): “The Circulation of the Ecole romande du droit naturel in Eighteenth-Century Italy”
12.00 – 12.45 Gabriella Silvestrini (Alessandria): “Political Law and the Law of Nations: the General Principles of the Duties of a Nation towards herself according to Emer de Vattel”
Panel 4: The Law of Nations from 18th century Germany into the 19th century
(Chair: Simone Zurbuchen, Lausanne)
14.15 – 15.00 Frank Grunert (Halle): “International Law as a topic in German Historia Literaria”
15.00 – 15.45 Thomas Ahnert (Edinburgh): “Christian Wolff’s Jus Gentium and the Scientific Method”
16.15 – 17.00 Diethelm Klippel (Bayreuth): “Kant in Context. The Contemporary Debate on Kant’s Essay On Perpetual Peace”
17.00 – 17.45 Miloš Vec (Vienna): “Mythical Positivism: Natural Law in 19th Century International Law Doctrine”

BOOK: Edward P. THOMPSON, The Uses of Custom. Tradition and Popular Resistance in England, 17th-18th Centuries [Hautes Etudes; French translation by Jean BOUTIER and Arundhati VIRMANI]. Paris: EHESS/Gallimard/Seuil, 2015. ISBN 978-2-02-118078-7, € 30.

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Nomôdos announced the translation in French (by Jean Boutier & Arundhati Virmani) of the famous historian Edward P. Thompson's work on custom and popular resistance.

Intellectuel peu conventionnel, E. P. Thompson n’a jamais séparé la rigueur et l’inventivité de ses recherches de son engagement militant pour un socialisme humaniste. Cette anthologie de textes majeurs, pour la première fois traduits en français, analyse à partir du cas anglais les transformations des sociétés européennes.
Les usages de la coutume propose la traduction en français de Customs in Common, ouvrage dans lequel l’historien britannique Edward P. Thompson avait rassemblé en 1991 ses articles majeurs. Tous ont marqué la réflexion historiographique depuis près de cinq décennies. 
À l’aide de notions comme l’histoire vue d’en bas, l’agency, l’économie morale ou la discipline du travail industriel, Thompson, à partir du cas anglais, y analyse les transformations des sociétés européennes entre le XVIIe et le XIXe siècle. Dans une société travaillée par le paternalisme de la noblesse, les tensions sur le marché des subsistances, la privatisation des biens communs ou l’impossibilité du divorce, l’auteur scrute les luttes des hommes et des femmes du peuple pour conserver leur place et leurs droits, batailles dont il n’a cessé de rappeler l’actualité. La défense de la coutume y apparaît alors comme le principal moyen pour s’opposer aux réformes qui ouvrent la voie à la société libérale.

Table of contents:
Jean Boutier, Arundhati Virmani
Préface et remerciements
Chapitre premier. Coutume et culture
Chapitre II Les patriciens et la plèbe
Chapitre III. Coutume, droit et droits collectifs
Chapitre IV. L’économie morale de la foule anglaise au xviiie siècle
Chapitre V. L’économie morale revisitée
Chapitre VI. Temps, discipline du travail et capitalisme industriel
Chapitre VII. La vente des épouses
Chapitre VIII. Rough Music
Bibliographie des travaux d’Edward P. Thompson

More information on the publisher's website.

BOOK: Peter HARRIS and Dominic DE COGAN (eds.), Studies in the History of Tax Law (vol. 7). Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2015, 538 p. ISBN 9781849467988, £ 90

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Hart Publishing announced the seventh volume of Studies in the History of Tax Law, edited by Peter Harris and Dominic de Cogan (Cambridge).

These are the papers from the 2014 Cambridge Tax Law History Conference revised and reviewed for publication. The papers fall within six basic themes. Two papers focus on colonialism and empire dealing with early taxation in colonial New Zealand and New South Wales. Two papers deal with fiscal federalism; one on Australia in the first half of the twentieth century and the other with salt tax in China. Another two papers are international in character; one considers development of the first Australia-United States tax treaty and the other development of the first League of Nations model tax treaties. Four papers focus on UK income tax; one on capital gains, another on retention at source, a third on the use of finance bills and the fourth on establishment of the Board of Referees. Three papers deal with tax and status; one with the tax profession, another with the medical profession and a third with aristocrats. The final three papers deal with tax theorists, one with David Hume, another with the scholarship of John Tiley and a final paper on the tax state in the global era.

A table of contents can be found here.

26 September 2015

NOTICE: «The Institutes of Gaius: adventures of a bestseller.Transmission, use and transformation of the text» (Pavia, January 11-29, 2016)

WHAT The Institutes of Gaius: adventures of a bestseller. Transmission, use and transformation of the text, the XIII Collegium of Roman Law
WHEN January 11-29, 2016
WHERE University of Pavia, Pavia

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Deadline Friday 23 October 2015

The Center for Studies and Research on Ancient Law CEDANT of the University of Pavia (Italy) is organizing for the academic year 2015-2016 the XIII Collegium of Roman Law on the theme «The Institutes of Gaius: adventures of a bestseller. Transmission, use and transformation of the text»
Education and scholarly activities will be held in Pavia at Almo Collegio Borromeo, partner of the Center, under the direction of Ulrike Babusiaux (University of Zürich) and Dario Mantovani (University of Pavia) from 11 to 29 January 2016

JOB: Professorship in Roman Law and Private Law (Zurich); DEADLINE 16 NOVEMBER 2015

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The University of Zurich is hiring a full-time professor in Roman and Private Law. The position is opened in German only.

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Professur für Römisches Recht und Privatrecht

Rechtswissenschaftlichen Fakultät

An der Rechtswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Zürich ist zum Frühjahrssemester 2016 eine

Professur für Römisches Recht und Privatrecht

zu besetzen. Die Stelleninhaberin oder der Stelleninhaber soll das römische Recht in Lehre und Forschung in seiner ganzen Breite vertreten. Die wissenschaftlichen Leistungen im römischen Recht werden durch eine Qualifikations arbeit (Dissertation und/oder Habilitation) in diesem Bereich nachgewiesen. Erwünscht ist darüber hinaus entweder ein besonderer Ausweis in der antiken Rechtsgeschichte oder im Bereich der Rezeption des römischen Rechts in Mittelalter und Neuzeit. Weitere Voraussetzung ist ein Ausweis im geltenden Privatrecht. Bei Bewerberinnen und Bewerbern, die noch nicht über Erfahrung im schweizerischen Recht verfügen, wird die Bereitschaft zur Einarbeitung vorausgesetzt. Ausdrücklich zur Bewerbung aufgefordert sind auch einschlägig qualifizierte Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und Nachwuchswissenschaftler, die in ihrem Habilitationsprojekt bereits fortgeschritten sind. Ebenso sind ausgewiesene Persönlichkeiten, die nicht deutscher Muttersprache sind, ausdrücklich auf gefordert, sich zu bewerben, sofern die Bereitschaft besteht, sich in die deutsche Sprache einzuarbeiten.

Die Universität Zürich strebt eine Erhöhung des Frauenanteils in Forschung und Lehre an und fordert entsprechend qualifizierte Wissenschaftlerinnen nachdrücklich zur Bewerbung auf.

Bitte senden Sie Ihre Bewerbungsunterlagen (Lebenslauf, Schriften- und Vortragsverzeichnis und Lehrportfolio) per Post bis zum 16. November 2015 an die Universität Zürich, Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Dekanat, Rämistrasse 74/2, CH-8001 Zürich. Die Einreichung von Schriften in Druckform wird gegebenenfalls gesondert erbeten.

Für Rückfragen und weitere Auskünfte steht Prof. Dr. Ulrike Babusiaux zur Verfügung ( Nähere Angaben zum Anforderungsprofil finden Sie unter:
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23 September 2015

JOBS: One Ph.D.-Student and One Postdoctoral Researcher "Law of Truth and Truth of Law. Impunity of Mass Atrocities and Transitional Justice" (University of Geneva); DEADLINE 1 OCTOBER 2015

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The Research Project "Droit à la vérité et vérité du droit. Impunité des crimes de masse et justice transitionnelle", funded by the FNRS (Switzerland) at the University of Geneva, under promotorship of Prof. dr. Sévane Garibian, advertises two vacancies.

1. Ph.D.-student

Cahier des charges

Le cahier des charges comprend les tâches suivantes :
  • Rédaction d'une thèse de doctorat dans le domaine de la justice transitionnelle (en particulier : enquête et établissement des faits)
  • Soutien à l'organisation de manifestations à caractère scientifique en la matière
  • Participation à activités de recherche collective

Conditions de candidature

  • Maîtrise universitaire en droit (Master), avec une bonnne moyenne générale
  • Maîtrise du français (ou de l'anglais)
  • Maîtrise au moins passive de l'anglais (ou du français)
  • Maîtrise d'une autre langue étrangère souhaitable (l'espagnol, notamment, constitue un atout)
  • Ouverture au travail d'équipe et à l'interdisciplinarité


Durée du contrat : 4 ans à partir du 1er février 2016 (ou à convenir)
Salaire annuel brut de départ : CHF 47'040.-

Composition du dossier de candidature

  • Un curriculum vitae
  • Une lettre de motivation
  • Une copie des PV d'examens
  • Une copie du mémoire de Master
  • Deux lettres de recommandation

Modalités de candidature

Les dossiers complets doivent être déposés exclusivement en ligne en cliquant sur le bouton "postuler/apply now" du site

au plus tard le 1er octobre 2015.

Aucune candidature par email ou par envoi postal ne sera prise en considération.
Pré-sélection des dossiers courant octobre 2015, puis entretiens avec les candidat-e-s "shortlisté-e-s

Modalités de sélection

Les présélections auront lieu courant octobre. Les entretiens avec les candidats présélectionnés se dérouleront avec la professeure Sévane Garibian en charge du projet scientifique accompagnée par un ou deux chercheurs extérieurs. Leurs noms seront communiqués aux candidats présélectionnés.

2. Postdoctoral Researcher

Cahier des charges

Le cahier des charges comprend les tâches suivantes :
  • Travail de recherche postodoctorale dans le domaine de la justice transitionnelle (en particulier : exhumations et expertise médico-légale)
  • Organisation de manifestations et activités à caractère scientifique en la matière
  • Participation active à recherche collective

Conditions de candidature

  • Doctorat depuis moins de 5 ans (en droit ou autres disciplines)
  • Maîtrise du français (ou de l'anglais)
  • Bonne connaissance de l'anglais (ou du français)
  • Maîtrise au moins passive d'une autre langue étrangère souhaitable
  • Ouverture au travail d'équipe et à l'interdisciplinarité


Durée du contrat : 4 ans à partir du 1er février 2016 (ou à convenir)
Rémunération : sur demande

Composition du dossier de candidature

  • Un curriculum vitae
  • Une liste des publications
  • Une lettre de motivation
  • Une copie de trois travaux scientifiques publiés (ou acceptés pour publication), dont la thèse de doctorat
  • Deux à trois lettres de recommandation

Modalités de candidature

Les dossiers complets doivent être déposés exclusivement en ligne en cliquant sur le bouton "postuler/apply now" du site

au plus tard le 1er octobre 2015.

Aucune candidature par email ou par envoi postal ne sera prise en considération.
Pré-sélection des dossiers courant octobre 2015, puis entretiens avec les candidat-e-s "shortlisté-e-s

Modalités de sélection

Les présélections auront lieu courant octobre. Les entretiens avec les candidats présélectionnés se dérouleront avec la professeure Sévane Garibian en charge du projet scientifique accompagnée par un ou deux chercheurs extérieurs. Leurs noms seront communiqués aux candidats présélectionnés.

More information on (Ph.D.-student, Postdoctoral Researcher)

17 September 2015

BOOK: "Amne adverso. Roman Legal Heritage in European Culture" by Laurent Waelkens (September 2015)

Laurent Waelkens, Amne adverso. Roman Legal Heritage in European Culture 

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Introduction to the history of Roman law and its institutions

Throughout its history, Europe has been influenced by Roman culture, a culture with a strong sense of society and highly legal-minded. Hence, Roman law is of major importance in European thinking. It was the first subject to be taught at university and it remains tightly interwoven with all layers of European civilisation. This book provides an introduction to the history of Roman law and its institutions, as they developed from Antiquity until the nineteenth century. Concepts such as fundamental rights and freedoms, lawsuits, family law, rightsin rem, and obligations have their origins in classical Antiquity and were developed further throughout European history. The historical processing of our Roman legal heritage is treated from the perspective of comparative legal history. The book is written for undergraduate law students, but is also relevant for scholars from other disciplines.

Laurent Waelkens is Full Professor of Roman Law and Legal History at KU Leuven

This is an excellent book aimed at students and intended to develop student interest and giving them considerable knowledge to understand Roman law. It provides a coherent point of view, and stresses the different contexts of Roman law, in a healthy and fruitful way. An up-to-date book, which takes into account the most recent learning and publications in the field.’ – Professor John W. Cairns, University of Edinburgh

16 September 2015

FELLOWSHIP: Pre-doctoral fellowships, three months at the MPI Florenz. Start: Jan 2016 or later (DEADLINE 15 NOVEMBER 2015)

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The MPI in Florence (Italy) grants two three month-fellowships for pre-doctoral candidates willing to work on legal iconography.

The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut invites scholars to apply for two pre-doctoral fellowships, for 3 months (starting in January 2016 or later). The fellowship is awarded in conjunction with the Minerva Research Group (MRG) "The Nomos of Images. Manifestation and Iconology of Law".

The research project is mainly concerned with formulating an analytical framework for an iconology of law that seeks to explain diachronically -  adopting a transcultural perspective - dimensions of legal history in relation to materiality and constructs. Such juridical manifestations defy the disciplinary boundaries of Art History and Visual Culture in how they relate to form, content and style as well as tradition. Notwithstanding the vast inventory of discrete analyses of legal iconography, no systematic approach exists to date that factors in the relevant domains of legal practice and norm. Broad parameters must yet be fashioned to extend the analysis of the forms, functions, and meanings of these numerous artifacts to their embeddedness in the history of law.

The Minerva Research Project is dedicated to the study of such manifestations as a way to highlight how their forms, meanings and connotations underlie the legitimation of law and legal acts. Please find more information here:

Research proposals should fit within the frame of the MRG and can address any cultural context or period. Comparative studies are welcome. Projects should have an art historical component, this may be in art history specifically or cultural studies in general, with relevant disciplinary perspectives including legal history, comparative literature, history of philosophy, political sciences and others. Doctoral candidates must already be registered for PhD studies at their home university.


Applications must include the following materials:
•A cover letter explaining the applicant's interest in the fellowship.
•An abstract, not to exceed three typed pages (10.000 characters), describing the applicant's area of research and PhD project.
•A complete curriculum vitae of education, employment, awards, and a list of publication.
•A copy of a published paper or a writing sample.
•One letter of recommendation (academic and professional) and the name of a second referee.


The Max-Planck-Institute for Art History in Florence is an international research institute. Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. Fellows are expected to participate in the research activities at the Institute. The Institute's language is English, German or Italian; it is expected that candidates will be able to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in one of these languages. The recipient of the fellowship will be expected to be in residence in Florence for the entire period of her or his appointment. KHI grants (including additional allowances and/or reimbursements) have to follow the MPG Support Guidelines for Junior Scientists (in their current version). The fellowship’s monthly stipend will be at least € 1,365.

The Minerva Research Group is also accepting proposals for non-funded visiting fellowships from one to six months. These positions are normally open to doctoral candidates or post-docs who have external funding. All queries regarding the fellowships affiliated to the Minerva Research Group should be sent via e-mail to Carolin Behrmann


Please send your application in English or German no later than November 15, 2015
•via e-mail (pdf format) to: Carolin Behrmann
•or by mail to:
Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz
Administration/Verwaltung (Minerva Research Group)
Via Giuseppe Giusti 44
I-50121 Florence

BOOK REVIEW: Daniel Gosling reviews David Chan Smith, Sir Edward Coke and the Reformation of the Laws. Religion, Politics and Jurisprudence, 1578–1616 [Cambridge Studies in English Legal History] (Reviews in History, 2015, Sep)

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Daniel Gosling reviewed David Chan Smith (Wilfried Laurier University)'s book Sir Edward Coke and the Reformation of the Laws. Religion, Politics and Jurisprudence, 1578-1616 ([Cambridge Studies in English Legal History], Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2014, 308 p., ISBN 9781107069299, £ 110).

First paragraphs:
To say that Sir Edward Coke is a much-studied man is somewhat of an understatement. However, in Sir Edward Coke and the Reformation of the Laws David Chan Smith has managed to craft a history of the great Elizabethan and Jacobean jurist that sets itself apart from other histories, in viewing Coke’s life through the prism of his legal reforms, rather than offering another general biography of the English common lawyer.
Smith acknowledges the wealth of existing literature on Edward Coke early on in his discussion (p. 1), specifically identifying a total of eleven biographies ranging from Cuthbert Johnson’s The Life of Sir Edward Coke, published in 1837, to more recent contributions such as Allen Boyer’s Sir Edward Coke and the Elizabethan Age, published in 2003.(1) Additionally, Smith identifies a number of separate works that delve into different aspects of Coke’s character and use of the law, from Charles Gray’s analysis of his use of the Writ of Prohibition, to George Garnett’s analysis of Coke’s abilities as an historian.(2) Instead of repeating the content of these works, Smith’s text instead looks to reframe the origins of Coke’s legal thought within the context of law reform, and in so doing provide a new interpretation of Coke’s early career, the development of his legal though, and ultimately his path from royalism to opposition. It is this final point that is most strongly argued throughout the book.

The fulltext (including a response by the author) is online on

BOOK: Heinhard STEIGER, Universalität und Partikularität des Völkerrechts in geschichtlicher Perspektive [Studien zur Völkerrechtsgeschichte, 33], Baden-Baden, Nomos Verlag, 2015, 519 p. ISBN 9783848723997, € 142

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Prof. em. dr. H. Steiger (Giessen) published Universalität und Partikularität des Völkerrechts in geschichtlicher Perspektive with Nomos Verlag. This collection of essays is a follow-up to his earlier Von der Staatengesellschaft zur Weltrepublik? (Nomos, 2009).

Völkerrechtsgeschichte ist international und global ein aufstrebendes Fach. Die hier gesammelten Aufsätze thematisieren die Geschichte des Völkerrechts in der Spannung zwischen den beiden Polen Universalität und Partikularität des Völkerrechts.
Der erste Teil der hier aufgenommenen Aufsätze ist unmittelbar oder mittelbar Fragen der Universalität des Völkerrechts und einer universellen oder globalen Völkerrechtshistoriographie gewidmet. In den Aufsätzen des zweiten Teils werden unterschiedliche Fragestellungen des partikularen europäischen Völkerrechts erörtert. Die Aufsätze sind bis auf den fünften Aufsatz zwischen 2008 und 2015 erschienen. Der Band schließt an den 2009 in dieser Reihe erschienenen ersten Aufsatzband „Von der Staatengesellschaft zur Weltrepublik?“ an. 
An excerpt can be downloaded for free here.

(source: International Law Reporter)

15 September 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS: Police Science at the End of the Old Regime. From theory to practice (Universidade de Évora, 14-15 January 2016); DEADLINE 30 SEPTEMBER 2015

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The University of Évora (Portugal) organises a colloquium on "Police Science" around the End of the Old Regime, an established theme in Western legal history.

Proposals are due for 30 September. The conference itself will take place on 14 and 15 January 2016.

Summary (in Portuguese):
Este colóquio tem como objecto de estudo a recepção das práticas modernas de polícia associadas à concepção da ordem pública. A mais recente historiografia sobre a polícia tem privilegiado a análise dos mecanismos de recepção e circulação dos saberes e práticas de polícia no espaço europeu, abandonando as explicações tradicionalistas, presas a quadros quase exclusivamente nacionais, mais focadas nas questões organizacionais e de funcionamento das instituições tutelares. Fruto destas novas abordagens sabe-se hoje que o conceito de polícia se moldou em função dos espaços onde foi aplicado e da visão que os homens da polícia tinham das suas competências e dos meios para as executar.  Nesta mesma linha, pretende-se conhecer os dispositivos de vigilância mas também as experiências económicas e sociais que então foram implementadas. O que defendiam as ciências de polícia em relação à gestão da população e do território? Ou melhor, como se propunham fomentar o desenvolvimento da economia e a expansão demográfica? E o que postulavam em termos de Felicidade Pública? Como foram acolhidas semelhantes ideias?
O colóquio organiza-se nas seguintes temáticas: 
  1. Pressupostos ideológicos e modelos de actuação da polícia na Europa
  2. Controlo do território e da população: produção e utilização do conhecimento
  3. As Intendências e a criminalidade: os indivíduos e as instituições de reclusão
  4. Intendência Geral de Polícia da Corte e do Estado do Brasil: uma identidade diferenciada?
Practical information:
Calendário provisório
30 de Setembro de 2015 : Data limite para a submissão de propostas
  • 15 de Outubro de 2015 : Resposta sobre a admissão das propostas
  • 01 de Novembro de 2015 : Publicação do programa
  • Novembro de 2015 : Período de inscrição
  • 14 e 15 de Janeiro de 2016 : Realização do colóquio As ciências de Polícia nos Finais do Antigo Regime: da teoria às práticas
Para submissão de resumos e inscrições
  1. Realize o seu registo em (receberá um email de confirmação para finalizar o seu registo)
  2. Realize o login em e aceda ao link
  3. Selecione a opção "Inscrever" nas opções laterais do lado direito
  4. (Opcional, se quiser submeter um resumo) Selecione a opção "Submeter resumo" nas opções laterais do lado direito (as propostas deverão ter o título e o resumo da comunicação, entre 250 a 500 palavras e no mesmo ficheiro deverá enviar um breve CV)
  5. Depois da inscrição selecione a opção "Confirmar Inscrição"
  6. Depois de confirmada a inscrição, selecione a opção "Confirmar o Pagamento" onde lhe serão pedidos os dados para a facturação e onde deverá fazer o upload do comprovativo de pagamento.
Custo de Inscrição
  • Conferencistas (não-estudantes) - 30 €
  • Conferencistas (estudantes) - 25 €
  • Participantes sem comunicação - 20 €

CALL FOR PAPERS: Imperial Insularities (Toulouse); DEADLINE 15 DECEMBER 2015

(image: Toulouse, the Capitole; source: Wikimedia Commons)

The University of Toulouse organizes a conference on "Imperial Insularities" on 25 March 2016. Proposals can be made until 15 December 2015.

Nous proposons d’interroger l’articulation problématique entre donne insulaire et situation impériale. Il s’agit en l’occurrence d’enquêter sur la manière dont les empires gouvernent, administrent et (se) représentent leurs territoires insulaires, dans une perspective visant à mettre en échec la simple caractérisation de ces derniers comme des espaces naturellement périphériques ou négligeables – des « marges » ou des « poussières d’empires » par définition. On s’attachera donc en particulier à cerner la manière dont la problématique insulaire percole les différentes dynamiques de reconfiguration territoriale comme les logiques d’affirmation identitaire des empires modernes, envisagées ici dans une perspective comparatiste large entre espaces méditerranéen et atlantique.
Platform text:
Les espaces insulaires ont suscité ces dernières années l’intérêt toujours croissant de la communauté historienne[1]. Les rapports entre îles et terre ferme, entre donne insulaire et logique d’archipel, ou encore entre insularité et « iléité » ont été interrogés au moyen de questionnaires largement renouvellés, empruntant autant à l’histoire qu’à la géographie, la sociologie, l’anthropologie et la littérature. Loin d’épuiser le thème, les différentes manifestations scientiques consacrées à ce thème ont permis d’en montrer à la fois la polysémie et la richesse heuristique.
C’est dans le prolongement de ces réflexions pionnières que nous proposons d’interroger l’articulation problématique entre donne insulaire et situation impériale. Il s’agit en l’occurrence d’enquêter sur la manière dont les empires gouvernent, administrent et (se) représentent leurs territoires insulaires, dans une perspective visant à mettre en échec la simple caractérisation de ces derniers comme des espaces naturellement périphériques ou négligeables – des « marges » ou des « poussières d’empires » par définition. On s’attachera donc en particulier à cerner la manière dont la problématique insulaire percole les différentes dynamiques de reconfiguration territoriale comme les logiques d’affirmation identitaire des empires modernes, envisagées ici dans une perspective comparatiste large entre espaces méditerranéen et atlantique.
La journée d’étude propose de réunir plusieurs études de cas afin de mieux comprendre cette intersection entre îles et empires au cours d’une longue modernité. Elle vise également à améliorer nos connaissances sur l’intégration des îles aux différents empires (au travers et au-delà des cas bien connus de la France, de l’Espagne ou de l’Angleterre), et à saisir, s’il y a lieu, les différences et évolutions selon les lieux et les périodes. Les interventions pourront porter sur une île ou un archipel en particulier, sur un empire dans son ensemble, ou encore sur un type d’administration ou d’administrateur ayant pour vocation d’assurer la gouvernance des territoires insulaires, ou tout autre tâche relative à leur bonne administration. Ils pourrons également s’intéresser aux enjeux stratégiques, économiques ou migratoires de ces espaces, ainsi qu’aux logiques de transgression des frontières politiques, juridiques et sociales auxquelles ceux-ci sont fréquemment associés.
[1] Voir par exemple Anne Brogini et Maria Ghazali (dir.), Des marges aux frontières. Les puissances et les îles en Méditerranée à l’époque moderne, Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2010 ; Marguerite Figeac-Monthus et Christophe Lastécouères (dir.), Territoires de l’illicite : ports et îles de la fraude au contrôle (XVIe-XXe siècles), Paris, Armand Colin, 2012 ; Nicolas Vatin et Gilles Veinstein (dir.), Insularités ottomanes, Paris, Maisonneuve & Larose, 2004 ; Jean-Frédéric Schaub, L’île aux mariés. Les Açores entre deux empires (1583-1642), Madrid, Casa de Velázquez, 2014.
Practical details:
Les propositions de communication sont à adresser, par voie électronique, au comité scientifique de la manifestation (  ;

avant le 15 décembre 2015 

La journée se tiendra le 25 mars 2016 à l’Université de Toulouse Jean-Jaurès.
Les langues du colloque seront le français, l’anglais, l’espagnol et l’italien.
L’hébergement et le couvert seront pris en charge par les organisateurs, le transport sera, en revanche, à la charge du communicant.