31 January 2020

REMINDER, CONFERENCE: Waging war and making peace. European ways of inciting and containing armed conflict, 1648-2020 (Venice, 24-26 JUN 2020)

(Source: Stefano Cattelan)

The history of Europe is as much about violence and divisions – including religious wars, national clashes and ideological conflicts – as it is about shared cultural, social and economic accomplishments. If war has been such a constant presence in the history unfolding on the continent, the incessant efforts to limit its destructiveness are also an undeniable fact. It was such efforts that eventually led to the birth of Jus ad bellum and, ultimately, laid down the foundations of modern international law. From such a viewpoint, one might even find another definition of what European history might be. Some scholars have suggested that if war has structured a common European space, the containment of violence and the art of peacemaking have constituted ‘Europe’ in thought and practice.

The history of Europe is as much about violence and divisions – including religious wars, national clashes and ideological conflicts – as it is about shared cultural, social and economic accomplishments. If war has been such a constant presence in the history unfolding on the continent, the incessant efforts to limit its destructiveness are also an undeniable fact. It was such efforts that eventually led to the birth of Jus ad bellum and, ultimately, laid down the foundations of modern international law. From such a viewpoint, one might even find another definition of what European history might be. Some scholars have suggested that if war has structured a common European space, the containment of violence and the art of peacemaking have constituted ‘Europe’ in thought and practice. In the second half of the eighteenth century, however, Voltaire asserted that the propensity to war and destruction had taken much less possession of the minds of the people of India and China, than of the minds of Europeans, arguing that war has also constituted ‘Europe’ in thought and practice. All this raises the question what, if anything, may be regarded as ‘typically European’ in ideas of war and peace that referred to, or originated within, Europe and its space. Scholars interested in participating in the eleventh annual conference of the Research Network on the History of the Idea of Europe are invited to consider their research with regards to the meaning and function that concepts such as ‘Europe’, ‘European’, ‘European civilization’ etc. have within the treatises, treaty texts, minutes, speeches, propaganda material, and so on. In our conference discussion, we will try to find out whether there are long-term patterns of ‘Europe’-related discourses concerning peace and war, and if so, what they consist of. These aspects may be considered in relation to a number of narrower questions, including, but not limited to: How do Jus ad bellum and the various peace treaties, from Westphalia 1648 to Paris 1947, and the international conflict-reducing arrangements, like Minsk 2015, conceive of the nature of war in relation to ideas of Europe? What were and are the ideas of legitimate, just, and unlawful war? Who were or are seen as legitimate and illegitimate actors in wartime? What is the role of terrorism in European perceptions of threat after the 2004–2005 al-Qaeda attacks and the 2015–2017 Islamic State attacks on European soil? How have the differences between war crimes and the crime of war been defined? What are, historically, the legal and philosophical bases of peace treaties? In the European mind, has peace been considered a state of exception, the prevalent and desirable normality, or a utopian ideal that humanity should strive for under European leadership? What have been the conceptual differences between wars amongst Europeans and wars against extra-European populations? Is there a European long-term pattern of war propaganda and enemy depiction? How are peace and war related to moral claims within discourses about Europe? How are efforts to bridge the divide between ‘us’ and the ‘other’ been related to Europe? How are initiatives of reconciliation and understanding construed in connection to ideas of Europe?

Submission guidelines:
Deadline for submission expired (2 December 2019). Please note that the working language will be English. There will be no fees for participating.

Fondazione Venezia per la Ricerca sulla Pace; Regional Council of Veneto; Venice City Council; Ca’ Foscari University of Venice; Institute for the Study of Ideas of Europe (University of East Anglia)

Scientific commitee:
Matthew D’Auria (University of East Anglia); Fernanda Gallo (University of Cambridge); Florian Greiner (University of Augsburg); Rolf Petri (Ca' Foscari University of Venice); Laura Picchio Forlati (University of Padua); Peter Pichler (Karl-Franzens-University Graz); Jan Vermeiren (University of East Anglia); Anita Ziegerhofer (Karl-Franzens-University Graz)

Organising committee:
Matthew D’Auria (University of East Anglia); Rolf Petri (Ca' Foscari University of Venice); Jan Vermeiren (University of East Anglia)

For the original post, see the blog of the ESIL Interest Group History of International Law
(Source: Calenda)

30 January 2020

BOOK: Nir KEDAR, Law and Identity in Israel : A Century of Debate (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019). ISBN 9781108484350, £ 85.00

(Source: CUP)

Cambridge University Press has published a book on law and identity in Israel.


What makes Israeli law Israeli? Why is the word 'Jewish' almost entirely absent from Israeli legislation? How did Israel succeed in eluding a futile and dangerous debate over identity, and construct a progressive, independent, original and sophisticated legal system? Law and Identity in Israel attempts to answer these questions by looking at the complex bond between Zionism and the Jewish culture. Forging an original and 'authentic' Israeli law that would be an expression and encapsulation of Israeli-Jewish identity has been the goal of many Jewish and Zionist jurists as well as public leaders for the past century. This book chronicles and analyzes these efforts, and in the process tackles the complex meaning of Judaism in modern times as a religion, a culture, and a nationality. Nir Kedar examines the challenges and difficulties of expressing Judaism, or transplanting it into, the laws of the state of Israel.


Nir KedarBar-Ilan University, Israel

Nir Kedar is a Professor of law and history at Bar Ilan University, Israel and the Vice President for Academic Affairs of Sapir College in Israel. His main fields of interest are modern legal history, legal and political theory and comparative law. He has published five books and numerous articles including, Mamlakhtiyut: David Ben-Gurion's Civic Thought (Hebrew) (2009), which won the 2009 Shapiro Prize for Best Book on Israel.


Introduction: law as an expression of Jewish culture
Part I. Seeking to Fashion National Law:
1. Law and culture in early Zionist literature
2. The Hebrew peace courts: the Yishuv judicial system that failed
3. The Hebrew law society: an abortive attempt to fashion a Jewish-Hebrew national code of law
4. Why a Jewish-Hebrew system of law was not instituted at independence
5. A Hebrew constitution for the Jewish state: how did the cultural dispute prevent the promulgation of a written constitution
6. Jewish law and legislation in Israel
Part II. The Resurgence of Cultural Conflict:
7. Jewish heritage and a Jewish democratic state: the identity discourse returns to the legal debate
8. The identity turn and the Jewish and democratic state
Part III. Zionism, Democracy, Law, and Culture:
9. Zionism: making and preserving Hebrew culture
10. Israeli law as a lieu de mémoire of national identity and culture
Conclusion: list of legal cases.

More info here

COLLOQUIUM: "Penser l'ancien droit public : regards croisés sur les méthodes des juristes (III) " (Toulouse, 26-27 March 2020)

We learned of a colloquium at the University of Toulouse with the title “Penser l'ancien droit public : regards croisés sur les méthodes des juristes (III)”.

Colloque organisé par Nicolas Laurent-Bonne, professeur à l’université Clermont Auvergne (Centre Michel de L’Hospital, EA 4232) Xavier Prévost, professeur à l’université de Bordeaux (Institut de recherche Montesquieu-CAHD, EA 7434) avec le soutien du Centre toulousain d’histoire du droit et des idées politiques (UR 789)

 Comité scientifique :

  • ANNE ROUSSELET-PIMONT, professeur à l’École de droit de la Sorbonne (université Paris I)
  • NADER HAKIM, professeur à l’université de Bordeaux
  • JEAN-LOUIS HALPERIN, professeur à l’École normale supérieure (en attente)
  • JACQUES KRYNEN, professeur à l’université Toulouse I Capitole
  • NICOLAS LAURENT-BONNE, professeur à l’université Clermont Auvergne
  • XAVIER PRÉVOST, professeur à l’université de Bordeaux

The full programme can be found here

BOOK: Neil CHISHOLM (Ed.), Judicial Reform in Taiwan : Institutionalising Democracy and the Diffusion of Law (London: Routledge, 2019). ISBN 9780415855297, £115.00

(Source: Routledge)

Routledge has published a book dealing with the Taiwanese judicial reforms of 1999 and following years, and which includes legal historical contributions.


This book examines Taiwan’s judicial reform process, which began three years after the 1996 transition to democracy, in 1999, when Taiwanese legal and political leaders began discussing how to reform Taiwan’s judicial system to meet the needs of the new social and political conditions. Covering different areas of the law in a comprehensive way, the book considers, for each legal area, problems related to rights and democracy in that field, the debates over reform, how foreign systems inspired reform proposals, the political process of change, and the substantive legal changes that ultimately emerged. The book also sets Taiwan’s legal reforms in their historical and comparative context, and discusses how the reform process continues to evolve.


Neil Chisholm is a Visiting Scholar at the Academy of East Asian Studies at Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea.


Foreword; Weng Yue-Sheng; Part 1 Taiwan’s Judicial Reforms in Comparative and Historical Context; 1 Taiwan’s Judicial Reform Process: East Asian Context, Democratization, and Diffusion, Neil Chisholm; 2 The Long Century of Taiwan’s Westernized Justice System: Historicizing the Dynamics of Her Judicial Reform of 1999, Tzung-Mou Wu; 3 The Development and Reform of Taiwan’s Prosecutorial System: 1945-2014, Heng-da Hsu; Part 2 Institutional Transformations; 4 Separation of the Judiciary and the Public Prosecution: The Cornerstone of Judicial Reform in Taiwan, Yue-Sheng Weng & Chien-Liang Lee; 5 Regime Unchanged: The Organization and Failed Reorganization of Taiwan’s Judicial Yuan, Yen-tu Su; 6 Reform and Resistance: Restructuring Taiwan’s Appeals Process and the Internal Culture of Taiwan’s Supreme Court, Puma Shen; 7 Adopting a Lay Participation System in Taiwan: The Trial Observer Reform Attempt, Mong-Hwa Chin; 8 Transformation from the Top-down or Bottom-up? Legal Education Reform as a Microcosm of Taiwan’s Inconclusive Judicial Reform Process, Neil Chisholm & Hwei-Syin Chen; Part 3 The Procedural Revolution; 9 Conscience and Convenience: Taiwan’s Rocky Road to Adopting the Adversarial System in Criminal Procedure, Chia-Wen Lee; 10 The Evolution of the Right to Counsel in Taiwan, Rong-Geng Li; 11 A Leap Forward Not Yet Achieved: Civil Procedure Reform in Taiwan, Jing-Huey Shao; 12 Administrative Law Reform in Taiwan, Ching-Hui Chen; Afterword: President Tsai’s 2017 National Conference on Judicial Reform, Neil Chisholm

More info here

29 January 2020

BOOK : R. SZRAMKIEWICZ and O. DESCAMPS, Histoire du droit des affaires (Paris, L.G.D.J), 39 EUR. ISBN : 978-2-275-04507-8

(Source : LGDJ


Pr. Romuald SZRAMKIEWICZ (†) was a leading Professor of legal history in different French universities.

Pr. Olivier DESCAMPS is Professor at the University Paris II Panthéon-Assas, and Director of the Institut d'Histoire du Droit (CNRS-UMR 7184), Paris. 


This is a new edition of the famous publication of Pr. Romuald SZRAMKIEWICZ (†). This book provides a historical perspective on trade law and institutions (from the earliest Antiquity to Contemporary times), at the time of globalisation. 

This publication is especially dedicated to students, academics, and those who want to understand current issues by learning the discipline's past.  


JOURNAL: International Journal of Constitutional Law. V. 17, i. 4.

Table of Contents
Honor Roll of Reviewers 2019
Honoring Jürgen Habermas
Seyla Benhabib, For Jürgen Habermas on his 90th birthdayJean L. Cohen, My/our debt to HabermasOliver Gerstenberg, Radical democracy and the rule of law: Reflections on J. Habermas’s legal philosophyFrank I. Michelman, Legitimacy and moral supportCheryl Misak, Habermas’s place in the history of pragmatismVlad Perju, Supranational states in the postnational constellationMichel Rosenfeld, Habermas at 90: A personal and professional tribute
Kai Möller, Justifying the culture of justificationSergio Verdugo The fall of the Constitution’s political insurance: How the Morales regime eliminated the insurance of the 2009 Bolivian Constitution
Critical Review of Governance
Tarunabh Khaitan and Jane Calderwood Norton, The right to freedom of religion and the right against religious discrimination: Theoretical distinctionsFarrah Ahmed, Richard Albert and Adam Perry, Enforcing constitutional conventions
Symposium: New Dominium Constitutionalism
Mara Malagodi, Luke McDonagh and Thomas PooleNew Dominion constitutionalism at the twilight of the British Empire: An introductionPeter C. Oliver, “Dominion status:” History, framework, and contextLuke McDonagh, Losing Ireland, losing the Empire: Dominion status and the Irish Constitutions of 1922 and 1937Rohit De, Between midnight and republic: Theory and practice of India’s Dominion statusMara Malagodi, Dominion status and the origins of authoritarian constitutionalism in PakistanRehan Abeyratne, Uncertain sovereignty: Ceylon as a Dominion, 1948–1972Mara Malagodi, Luke McDonagh and Thomas Poole,  The Dominion model of transitional constitutionalism
ICON: Debate!
Joseph H. H. Weiler, A nation of nations?Antonio Bar, A nation of nations?: A reply to Joseph H. H. WeilerHèctor López Bofill, A nation of nations?: A reply to Joseph H. H. Weiler
Review Essays
Itamar Mann, Zionism and human rights. Review of James Loeffler, Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century; Michael Sfard. The Wall and the Gate: Israel, Palestine, and the Legal Battle of Human Rights; Gideon Sapir. The Israeli Constitution: From Evolution to RevolutionKatalin Kelemen, Constitutional reasoning: A flourishing field of research in comparative law. Review of  András Jakab. European Constitutional Language; András Jakab, Arthur Dyevre, & Giulio Itzcovich (eds.). Comparative Constitutional Reasoning
Book Reviews
Anine Kierulf. Judicial Review in Norway—A Bicentennial Debate (Jaakko Husa)Eric C. Ip. Hybrid Constitutionalism: The Politics of Constitutional Review in the Chinese Special Administrative Regions (Julius Yam)Katharine G. Young, ed. The Future of Economic and Social Rights (Ingrid Leijten)

28 January 2020

REMINDER, CFP: Liability and Responsibility in Legal History, 26th Annual Forum of Young Legal Historians (Istanbul, 10-13 JUN 2020) #AYLHistanbul2020

The Association of Young Legal Historians (AYLH) published the call for this year's annual Forum of Young Legal Historians. The call can be consulted online or in the quoted text here under:

Our next gathering aims to investigate liability and responsibility through legal history. Such topic necessitates a multidisciplinary approach as legal liability concerns both civil law and criminal law and can arise from various areas of law, such as contracts, torts, taxes, or fines given by government agencies. Instead legal responsibility concerns legal obligation; a measure of mental capacity, used in deciding the extent to which a person can be held accountable for a crime (such as diminished responsibility); specific duties imposed upon persons to care or provide for others, such as the parents duty to the child or the guardianship of a ward; and a person’s role in causing an event to happen. That is to say, a chain of causation means an individual is responsible for an event. This is actually part of the law of legal liability and public liability.
By analyzing these topics through a historical point of view, we can understand how the development happened and at the end we might answer the question of “why did it happen”. For instance, the general principle in Roman legal thought was that there should be no liability for others: Gaius writes that "our condition can be made better but not worse through our slaves"; a fortiori, it could not be made worse by those who were not members of the family. Further, in legal history, it is important to understand the interactions between these two terms (liability and responsibility) and their differences. Both terms might be interlinked but as to their consequences and their application there appear a difference.
We believe that the conference gives young legal historians a unique opportunity to present their research in the field and to get acquainted with the interdisciplinary approaches presented by their colleagues from around the world.
If you would like to present a paper during the conference, please send an application including an abstract of not more than 250 words and your CV to before 21st of February 2020. Presentations have to be in English and should not exceed 20 minutes each. Presentation in Turkish language will be allowed together with simultaneous translator. The conference fee will be € 100, - and does not include travel and accommodation. After 21st of February accepted papers will be informed and will be contacted further to complete the registration by paying the conference fee. Registration link could be found in our web-site. Please note that registration is limited to a number of people. Therefore, early registration is strongly recommended!
We look forward to welcoming you to Istanbul.
Dr. Sinem Ogis on behalf of the Organizing Committee.

More information can be found here.

(see first announcement on our blog here)

CONFERENCE: Digital Methods and Resources in Legal History (Frankfurt am Main: MPIeR, 19-20 MAR 2020)

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We invite researchers to participate in our conference on "Digital Methods and Resources in Legal History", which is intended to provide an opportunity for the critical discussion of digital methods and resources in legal history. We will have presentations of collections, databases, gazetteers and similar resources of relevance to legal history, and discuss how these and other resources, and digital methods in general, have been put to use in concrete project contexts. Interested researchers, whether from legal history, the digital humanities or other fields are welcome.

In the download documents section to the right, you can find the preliminary programme and the book of abstracts. While the call for papers is closed, it is also still accessible in the column to the right, as it also contains a more detailed statement on the conference's rationale.

Conference Dates and Venue: 19-20 March 2020
The venue is on the Campus Westend of the University of Frankfurt, and can be reached by bus (lines 36, 64, 75), underground (U1, U2,U3 or U8 to station Holzhausenstraße). You can find directions here andhere.

Registration, Accommodation and Administrative Issues
There is no conference fee. However, we kindly request that you register before 14 February 2020 by sending an informal mail to .
A contingent of rooms is reserved until 5 February 2020 at the Hotel Leonardo Royal in Frankfurt, who ask you to book your room with the keyword "MAX180320S", using the form available in the download documents section to the right (available in German only). Other hotels in the vicinity are the Hotel Liebig, the motel Frankfurt, the Hotel Mondial, or the Turm Hotel.
For all questions and comments, you are very welcome to contact us by sending e-mail to: 


JOURNAL: Historia y Justicia. V. 13 (2019). Issue Reflexiones en torno a la agrimensura, la justicia y el derecho a partir del estudio de casos (ss. XVI-XX). OPEN ACCESS

Portada 13

Dossier "Reflexiones en torno a la agrimensura, la justicia y el derecho a partir del estudio de casos (ss. XVI-XX)" (Pamela Alejandra Cacciavillani - Org.)

Reflexiones en torno a la agrimensura, la justicia y el derecho a partir del estudio de casos (ss. XVI-XX) (Pamela Alejandra Cacciavillani) 
Peritos en medir, dibujar y definir las tierras. Notas para el estudio y catastro de los agrimensores en Chile, siglos XVI-XIX/Experts in Measuring, Drawing and Defining Land. Notes for the Study and Cadastre of Land Surveyors in Chile, XVI-XIX Centuries (María Eugenia Albornoz Vásquez) 
Deslindes y mensuras: los litigios civiles por la tierra en Buenos Aires entre 1800 y 1863/Demarcates and measurements: civil litigation over land in Buenos Aires between 1800 and 1863 (Cristián Miguel Poczynok) 
Agrimensores, gobierno y derechos en prácticas institucionales de ordenamiento territorial. Jurisdicción de Mendoza, 1850-1860/Surveyors, government and rights in institutional practices of territorial planning. Mendoza Jurisdiction, 1850-1860 (Eugenia Molina) 
Del campo común al condominio y del condominio a la propiedad individual. Normativas y prácticas en Santiago del Estero (Argentina), 1850-1920/From common lands to condominium and from condominium to private property: Regulations and practices in Santiago del Estero (Argentina), 1850-1920 (Pamela Alejandra Cacciavillani / Judith Farberman)

Reconstruyendo las representaciones del delincuente en Criminalogía Moderna (Buenos Aires, 1898-1901) : raza, inmigración y delito/Reconstructing the representations of the offender in Criminalogía Moderna (Buenos Aires, 1898-1901): race, immigration and crime (Federico Luis Abiuso) 
Discursos desde la Sociedad Argentina de Criminología, Buenos Aires, 1933-1945/Speeches from the Argentine Society of Criminology, Buenos Aires, 1933-1945 (Mariana Ángela Dovio) 
El complejo papel de la violencia para sustentar o desafiar la autoridad policial en el Territorio Nacional de La Pampa, 1884-1930/The complex role of violence to sustain or challenge the police authority in the National Territory of La Pampa, 1884-1930 (Melisa Fernández Marrón) 
Carabineros de Chile y la seguridad nacional: una mirada a las representaciones policiales del orden público durante la dictadura, 1973-1990/Carabineros de Chile and National Security: A Look to the Police Representations of Public Order during the Dictatorship, 1973-1990 (Camilo Vallejos Muñoz)

Lila Caimari, La vida en el Archivo. Goces, tedios y desvíos en el oficio de la historia (Ariel Rodríguez-Latapiatt)

25 January 2020

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: XI JORNADAS DE HISTORIA MODERNA Y CONTEMPORÁNEA “Gobierno y representación en la Edad Moderna y Contemporánea” (Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina - DEADLINE 30 April 2020)


XI JORNADAS DE HISTORIA MODERNA Y CONTEMPORÁNEA Gobierno y representación en la Edad Moderna y Contemporánea”

Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina
Deadline 30 DE ABRIL DE 2020

Gobierno y representación en la Edad Moderna y Contemporánea” es el tema principal con el que se presenta esta convocatoria, teniendo en cuenta que en el año 2020 se cumple el segundo centenario de la revolución liberal que abrió el ciclo de las que se produjeran en Europa y el mundo occidental a lo largo del siglo XIX: la protagonizada por Rafael de Riego. Las Revoluciones Liberales cambiaron el concepto de representación que había sido hasta entonces estamental como estipulaba la tradición en el Antiguo Régimen a través de las asambleas, o personal por medio de la agregación en las cortes monárquicas. En el siglo XIX encontramos un nuevo actor, el pueblo, que gobierna a través de sus representantes. La Revolución de 1820 puede ser vista como un verdadero parteaguas en la historia de la modernidad, si se considera que desde entonces dejó de ser posible volver a las fórmulas tradicionales de política y representación en España e Hispanoamérica. En resumidas, se trata de un hito ilustrativo de los profundos procesos iniciados a comienzos del siglo XIX, los cuales crearon las condiciones que dieron origen al mundo contemporáneo, sin romper totalmente con la tradición política de la modernidad. De este modo, se aúnan estudios de historia moderna que explican los contextos de donde partieron los impulsos de las Revoluciones del siglo XIX, como de historia contemporánea, que no sólo observan las consecuencias sino que a la vez analizan ese nuevo mundo que lentamente empezó a crearse durante ese período de cambio.

Coordinadores generales: Dra. Ana Mónica González Fasani (UNS) – Dr. Guillermo Nieva Ocampo (UNSa./CONICET) – Dra. Carolina Biernat (UNQ/CONICET).

Organizan: Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Cátedra Historia de América II, Cátedra Historia Moderna y Cátedra Historia Contemporánea (Departamento de Humanidades – Universidad Nacional del Sur); Proyecto de investigación “Agentes de gobierno en el mundo hispano. Microanálisis del poder monárquico (ss. XV-XVIII)”, del Consejo de Investigación de la Universidad Nacional de Salta; Instituto Universitario “La Corte en Europa” de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; Carrera de Licenciatura en Historia de la Universidad Nacional de QuilmesCentro de Estudios Sociales de América Latina (Facultad de Ciencias Humanas – Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires/Comisión de Investigaciones Científicas).

Información de interés

Fecha de celebración: 26 al 28 de agosto de 2020
Lugar de celebración: Universidad Nacional del Sur.
Presentación de ponencias: Los resúmenes deberán enviarse a los coordinadores de Mesa y a la coordinación de las Jornadas al correo, hasta el 30 de abril de 2020. Los mismos podrán ser elaborados por hasta dos autores y no deberán superar las 250 palabras. El formato solicitado es el siguiente:
  1. Título de la ponencia.
  2. Nombre y apellido de los autores.
  3. Pertenencia institucional de los autores.
  4. Correo electrónico de contacto.
  5. Texto del resumen, letra Times New Roman 12, justificado.
MesasTemáticas y más información


24 January 2020


Source : Université de Genève

The University of Geneva is hiring a Professor or Assistant Professor. 

Deadline for applications is on 30 March 2020.

The Professor will join the department of history. A Phd of letters (or an equivalent title) is required.

Job offer, contact and application details (in French) :

BOOK: Maria VON LOEWENICH, Amt Und Prestige Die Kammerrichter in Der Ständischen Gesellschaft (1711–1806) (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Verlag, 2019). ISBN 978-3-412-22121-8, EUR 50.00

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Verlage has published a new book on the Kammerrichter (1711-1806).


Die Studie widmet sich anhand des Amts des Kammerrichters exemplarisch dem Gegensatz zwischen der sich ausdifferenzierenden Reichsgerichtsbarkeit und den Funktionsprinzipien der ständischen Gesellschaft, die in ihrer Widersprüchlichkeit die strukturelle Beschaffenheit des Alten Reichs spiegeln. Die Kammerrichter standen als Oberhaupt des Reichskammergerichts einer Institution vor, mit deren Einrichtung die oberste Rechtsprechung im Alten Reich an Autonomie gewann. Zugleich blieben sie selbst den gesellschaftlichen Regeln und Bedingungen ihrer Zeit verpflichtet und nutzten die Ressourcen ihres Amts im Interesse ihrer Familien und sozialen Netzwerke.


Maria von Loewenich ist wissenschaftliche Archivarin beim Bundesarchiv und wurde mit vorliegender Studie an der Universität Münster promoviert.

The table of contents can be found here

More info here

CONFERENCE: Jornadas Internacionales de Jóvenes Investigadores en Historia del Derecho

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The Jornadas Internacionales de Jóvenes Investigadores en Historia del Derecho has announced the date and place of its 12th conference: 7, 8 and 9 October in Tucumán.
The Jornádas is a traditional event especially designed for post-graduate and early carrear students, and takes place in Argentina.
More information will come soon.

23 January 2020

BOOK : Samy A. AYOUB, Law, Empire, and the Sultan, (Oxford, 2020) ISBN: 9780190092924, £75.00

                                     (Source : Oxford University Press)

Law, Empire, and the Sultan Ottoman Imperial Authority and Late Hanafi Jurisprudence


-Reconsiders fundamental premises about Ottoman sultanic authority.
-Gives a new perspective on the later development of the Hanafi school of Islamic law in the Ottoman Empire.
-Explains how legal revisions by Muslim jurists of the period were not temporary strategies but rather involved the use of built-in mechanisms to reinterpret Islamic law and keep it relevant to the changing social, political, and economic circumstances of the Ottoman Empire.
-Provides detailed analysis and fresh insights on a wide range of legal issues through careful reading of understudied sources, uncirculated manuscripts, and extensive references to authoritative Hanafi texts.

-Samy Ayoub specializes in Islamic law, modern Middle East law, and law and religion in contemporary Muslim societies. He focuses on issues concerning the interaction between religion and law, and the role of religion in contemporary legal and socio-political systems within a global comparative perspective.

BOOK: Jose BELLIDO, ed., Landmark Cases in Intellectual Property Law (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2020). ISBN 9781509935109, £34.99

(Source: Hart Publishing)

Hart Publishing is publishing a new book on landmark cases in English intellectual property law.


This volume explores the nature of intellectual property law by looking at particular disputes. All the cases gathered here aim to show the versatile and unstable character of a discipline still searching for landmarks. Each contribution offers an opportunity to raise questions about the narratives that have shaped the discipline throughout its short but profound history. The volume begins by revisiting patent litigation to consider the impact of the Statute of Monopolies (1624). It continues looking at different controversies to describe how the existence of an author's right in literary property was a plausible basis for legal argument, even though no statute expressly mentioned authors' rights before the Statute of Anne (1710). The collection also explores different moments of historical significance for intellectual property law: the first trade mark injunctions; the difficulties the law faced when protecting maps; and the origins of originality in copyright law. Similarly, it considers the different ways of interpreting patent claims in the late nineteenth and twentieth century; the impact of seminal cases on passing off and the law of confidentiality; and more generally, the construction of intellectual property law and its branches in their interaction with new technologies and marketing developments. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the development of intellectual property law.


Jose Bellido is Senior Lecturer in Law at Kent Law School, University of Kent.


1. Mansell v Bunger (1626)
Sean Bottomley
2. Stationers v Seymour (1677)
H Tomás Gómez-Arostegui
3. Sayer v Moore (1785)
Isabella Alexander
4. Day v Day, Day and Martin (1816)
Lionel Bently
5. Nobel's Explosives Company, Limited, v Anderson (1894)
Seymour Mauskopf
6. Walter v Lane (1900)
Barbara Lauriat
7. Spalding v Gamage (1915)
Hazel Carty
8. King Features Syndicate, Inc and Betts v O & M Kleeman Ltd (1940)
Jose Bellido
9. Slee & Harris's Application (1966)
Brad Sherman
10. Coco v AN Clark (Engineers) Ltd (1969)
Tanya Aplin
11. Biogen v Medeva (1996)
Luke McDonagh
12. R v Johnstone (2003)
Elena Cooper
13. Lego Juris A/S v OHIM (2010)
Alain Pottage

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22 January 2020

BOOK: Alexander KAYE, The Invention of Jewish Theocracy The Struggle for Legal Authority in Modern Israel (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020). ISBN 9780190922740, $40.00

(Source: OUP)

Oxford University Press is publishing a new book on the tension between secular politics and religious fundamentalism in Israeli legal history.


The tension between secular politics and religious fundamentalism is a problem shared by many modern states. This is certainly true of the State of Israel, where the religious-secular schism provokes conflict at every level of politics and society. Driving this schism is the idea of the halakhic state, the demand by many religious Jews that Israel should be governed by the law of the Torah as interpreted by Orthodox rabbis. Understanding this idea is a priority for scholars of Israel and for anyone with an interest in its future. The Invention of Jewish Theocracy is the first book in any language to trace the origins of the idea, to track its development, and to explain its crucial importance in Israel's past and present. The book also shows how the history of this idea engages with burning contemporary debates on questions of global human rights, the role of religion in Middle East conflict, and the long-term consequences of European imperialism.

The Invention of Jewish Theocracy is an intellectual history, based on newly discovered material from numerous Israeli archives, private correspondence, court records, and lesser-known published works. It explains why the idea of the halakhic state emerged when it did, what happened after it initially failed to take hold, and how it has regained popularity in recent decades, provoking cultural conflict that has severely shaken Israeli society. The book's historical analysis gives rise to two wide-reaching insights. First, it argues that religious politics in Israel can be understood only within the context of the largely secular history of European nationalism and not, as is commonly argued, as an anomalous exception to it. It shows how even religious Jews most opposed to modern political thought nevertheless absorbed the fundamental assumptions of modern European political thought and reread their own religious traditions onto that model. Second, it demonstrates that religious-secular tensions are built into the intellectual foundations of Israel rather than being the outcome of major events like the 1967 War. These insights have significant ramifications for the understanding of the modern state. In particular, the account of the blurring of the categories of "secular" and "religious" illustrated in the book are relevant to all studies of modern history and to scholars of the intersection of religion and human rights.


Assistant Professor, Department of Near East and Judaic Studies; Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Assistant Chair of Israel Studies, Brandeis University


Introduction. The Halakhic State
Chapter 1. The Pluralistic Roots of Religious Zionism
Chapter 2. Isaac Herzog before Palestine
Chapter 3. A Constitution for Israel According to the Torah
Chapter 4. Modernizing the Chief Rabbinate
Chapter 5. Failure and Resistance
Chapter 6. "Gentile Courts" in a Jewish State
Chapter 7. The Persistence of Jewish Theocracy

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