31 March 2021

BOOK: Sara Veronica PARINI, Loving the poor, saving the rich. Behavioural aspects and economic development of Jonh Law's bank runs (Torino: Giappichelli, 2020). ISBN: 9788892129962, pp. 144, € 16,00


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The long series of studies of John Law's monetary theory and practice point to two almost constant interpretations of the Controller General of the Duke of Orleans' finances. The first sees Law as an unscrupulous banker, a wizard of lies; the second, on the contrary, appreciates his efforts to create a new monetary system that would generate full employment in an economically compromised France. However, Law's creation of new credit institutions — different from the banks of the time — and the reasons for the unfortunate end to his social and economic life, have aroused little interest. This work thus offers an in-depth analysis of the theories expressed in his most important work, Money and Trade, by examining the Bank of Turin experience and the reasons Law’s work failed in France due to the acquisition of national public debt.


Sara Veronica Parini è professore associato di Storia del diritto medievale e moderno e di Storia delle codificazioni moderne (IUS/19), presso l’Università degli Studi di Milano

The table of contents is available here.

More information with the publisher.

BOOK: Marijn VAN DEN BURG, Napoleonic Governance in the Netherlands ad Northwest Germany Conquest, Incorporation, and Integration [War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850] (Cham: Palgrave, 2021), XI + 165 p. ISBN 978-3-030-66658-3, OPEN ACCESS

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On the book:

“Van der Burg presents an innovative transregional study of Napoleonic governance in the often-overlooked northern periphery of the Empire. This book carefully examines the Empire’s administrative structure in the north, focusing on the heterogeneous community of prefects and subprefects as ‘tools of incorporation’, binding the regions to the central state. His rich comparative analysis highlights the incomplete integration of the north and makes important contributions to our understanding of the Empire and its legacy of state building.”

—Katherine Aaslestad, West Virginia University, Morgantown, USA

“Martijn van der Burg makes a vital contribution to the burgeoning scholarly literature on Napoleonic Europe in this well researched, carefully constructed volume. His analysis of this somewhat neglected, but important, part of Napoleon’s hegemony will become essential reading for all students and specialists of Napoleonic Europe. Van der Burg brings the riches of recent Dutch and German scholarship on the Napoleonic period, hitherto denied to an Anglophone readership, to say nothing of his own insight into Napoleonic rule in these complex regions. He delineates the course of Napoleonic rule here with clarity and acute attention to detail. This is a worthy addition to the Napoleonic renaissance in historiography.”
—Michael Broers, University of Oxford, UK

“A thorough, transparent and important comparative study into the content, dynamics, limits and results of Napoleonic governance, and the role of the (sub)prefects here within, in the Netherlands and Northwest Germany. Original, well-written and a very welcome contribution to the historiography of these still understudied areas in the Napoleonic years, as well as to Napoleonic historiography in general.”
—Johan Joor, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

This open access Palgrave Pivot explores the ways in which French Emperor Napoleon tried to integrate the present-day Netherlands and Northwest Germany into his Empire, by replacing traditional institutions and governing practices with French ones ('Napoleonic governance'). The northern periphery of the Napoleonic Empire continues to be overlooked by the bulk of historians; this study shows that a transregional approach can yield important findings. In a broader sense, the study does not deal with these regions alone, but also with the difficulties that are inherent to European integration.

On the author:

Martijn van der Burg is Assistant Professor at the Open University of the Netherlands.

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BOOK: Stefano SOLIMANO, ‘Il buon ordine delle private famiglie’. Donazioni e successioni nell’Italia napoleonica (Napoli: Jovene Editore, 2021). ISBN:978-88-243-2691-9, pp. 346, € 36,00

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Stefano Solimano è professore ordinario di storia del diritto medievale e moderno presso la Facoltà di Giurisprudenza, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Milano. È inoltre preside della medesima facoltà per il quadriennio 2018-2019/2021-22.


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30 March 2021

BOOK: Simona LANGELLA & Rafael RAMIS-BARCELÓ, (eds.) ¿Qué es la Escuela de Salamanca? [IEHM, ed. Jaume GARAU AMENGUAL] (Madrid: Editorial Sindéresis, 2021), ISBN 9788418206610, OPEN ACCESS


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This book collects the peer-reviewed Proceedings of the Seminar “What is the School of Salamanca?”, held at the Università Pontificia Salesiana in Rome, on September 17-19, 2020, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Theology, and co-organized with the Dipartimento di Antichità, Filosofia, Storia (DAFIST) of the Università degli Studi di Genova, the Università del Salento, and the Institute of Hispanic Studies in Modernity (IEHM).

The seminar offers an opportunity for the development of a critical notion of “School of Salamanca”, by comparing the views of fifteen specialists (Mauro Mantovani, Juan Belda Plans, Simona Langella, José Barrientos García, Rafael Ramis Barceló, Juan Cruz Cruz, Mª Idoya Zorroza Huarte, Saverio di Liso, Igor Agostini, José Luis Fuertes Herreros, María Martín Gómez, José Luis Egío, Manuel Lázaro Pulido, José Ángel García Cuadrado and David Torrijos Castillejo). There are fifteen variations on the theme “What is the School of Salamanca?”, which address its antecedents, definition, development and projection.

The work can be accessed for free on

SEMINAR SERIES: Mundus Alter - "Dialoghi sulla follia" - ciclo di seminari 2021 nell'ambito del progetto "Political, legal and sociological profiles of phrenological research in Italy (FREIT)" - on Microsoft Teams, 25.03.2021-19.10.2021


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The PDF version of the program is available here.

REMINDER: CALL FOR PAPERS: Law(s) and international relations (1815-1914). Actors, institutions, comparative legislations (Orléans/Paris, 15-17 SEP 2021); DEADLINE 31 MAR 2021


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In the last twenty years, the study of the history of international law and of international relations has witnessed something of a renaissance. Historians have adopted novel approaches to investigate diplomatic relations, the international system, and the discipline of international law. Fruitful perspectives from cultural, social, global and transnational histories as well as from gender studies, Third World approaches to international law, and postcolonial and imperial histories have all shed new light on the evolution of international law in the nineteenth century. The bicentenary of the Congress of Vienna (1814-1815) also led to several new publications on the Congress System and on the “security culture” that was established in the aftermath of Napoleon. Nevertheless, many lacunae remain, especially regarding the relationship between law(s) and international relations during the long nineteenth century and in the sociocultural history of international law as a discipline with its own actors, networks, venues, institutions and power circles. The years 1815-1869 have been relatively neglected in the historiography, doubtless because they have generally been seen as a time when world governance rested more on political relationships than on juridical rules. Historian David Kennedy has thus written provocatively: “For international law, as for much of the rest of twentieth-century legal thought, it is really only the last five minutes of the nineteenth century that count.” And indeed, it is true that many recent and inspiring research works pay scant attention to the first half of the nineteenth century, such as the volumes of Juristes et relations internationales (Relations Internationales 2012/1) and  Profession, juristes internationalistes ? (Monde(s) 2015/1).


International law was first institutionalized in 1873 with the foundation in Belgium of the Institut de Droit International and the Association pour la réforme et la codification du droit des gens (known from 1895 onwards as the International Law Association). But the basic premises of this development occurred much earlier with the publication of several textbooks on both private and public international law in the 1830s and 1840s. Moreover, legal advisers were already employed in the foreign offices of many European nation-states and empires (as well as their colonies) in the United States, South America and Asia. International law was also spread through various scientific academies across the world, some of which organized contests on international law, such as the competitions organized by the Académie des sciences morales et politiques in France for 1839-1840, 1856-1857, 1892, and 1908. Many scientific journals also contained articles on international law in this earlier period, including the Thémis ou bibliothèque des jurisconsultes (1820-1830), the Kritische Zeitschrift für Rechtswissenschaft und Gesetzgebung des Auslands (1829-1856), the Revue de législation et de jurisprudence (1834-1853), the various journals edited by Jean-Jacques Gaspard Foelix (1834-1850), the Archives de droit et de législation (1837-1841), the Belgique judiciaire (1843-1914) and the Revue historique de droit français et étranger (1855-2021).


The aim of the present conference is to deepen our study of the interconnections  between law(s) and international relations through the eyes of a plurality of actors (e.g., legal advisers, lawyers, judges, activists, publicists, journalists, editors), institutions (e.g., foreign offices, courts, universities, academies of science, associations, libraries) and works on comparative law.

Three focuses will be especially addressed by this conference. The first is the plurality of actors. We welcome proposals on legal advisers within governments, foreign offices and national or colonial administrations; on civil and administrative judges, admiralty courts and prize laws; and on lawyers, academics, peace activists, international thinkers, journalists and editors, including women as well as men. A prosopography of a group of actors is invited as well as individual biographies. The theme of the birth and professionalization of “international lawyers” will be studied as well as the various editors and the book market for international law.

Our second focus will be on institutions. We especially invite papers studying the treatment of law(s) in foreign offices in a comparative perspective. For example, in Great Britain, legal issues were dealt by the Queens Lawyers until 1872 and afterwards by the Legal Adviser of the Foreign Office. In France after 1835, it was the Comité consultatif du contentieux that dealt with legal issues. But what about the foreign offices of other countries? Other institutions (similar to the Conseil d’état in France) may have also had their own “Foreign Office Committee.” How were these organized? Did they cooperate with the foreign office?  What role was played by scientific academies in the diffusion of international law? By the universities? By popular libraries? 

Our third and final focus is on the study of comparative law and its link to the development of international law. The Société de législation comparée, founded in 1869, was full of members of the first generation of the Institut de Droit International, while many comparativists were, vice versa, members of the Institut de Droit International. Scientific journals such as the Revue historique de droit français et étranger and the Revue de droit international et de législation comparée dealt with both comparative and international law. Papers on the progressive autonomy of the discipline and on the networks of the founding members are especially welcome.

Proposals in French, English or Spanish may be sent by email to, to or to All applications must be sent by 31 March 2021 with a proposal of at least 3,000 characters. The proceedings will appear in a peer-reviewed publication. Transportation and accommodation costs will be covered by organizing institutions. 


Short List of Literature

-Allorant Pierre and Walter Badier, « La Société de législation comparée : boîte à idées du parlementarisme libéral de l’Empire libéral à la République opportuniste », Clio@Themis, vol. 13, 2017.

-Alexandrowicz Charles Henry, David Armitage, Jennifer Pitts (ed.), The Law of Nations in Global History, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017.

-Arcidiacono Bruno, Cinq types de paix : une histoire des plans de pacification perpétuelle, XVIIe-XXe siècles, Paris, PUF, 2011.

-Armitage David, Foundations of modern international thought, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

-Audren Frédéric, Jean-Louis HalpérinLa culture juridique française. Entre mythes et réalités. XIXe-XXe siècles, Paris, CNRS éditions, 2013.

-Badel Laurence (ed.), Histoire et relations internationales, Paris, Presses de la Sorbonne, 2020.

-Baillou Jean (ed.), Les affaires étrangères et le corps diplomatique français, Paris, CNRS éditions, 1984.

-Becker Lorca Arnulf, Mestizo International Law: A Global Intellectual History, 1842-1933, Cambridge, CUP, 2015.

-Benton Laura and Lisa FordRage for Order. The British Empire and the Origins of International Law, Cambridge, HUP, 2016.

-Bois Jean-Pierre, La paix : histoire politique et militaire, 1435-1878, Paris, Perrin, 2012.

-Bruley Yves, Le quai d’Orsay impérial. Histoire du ministère des Affaires étrangères sous le Second Empire, Paris, A. Pedone, 2012.

-« Le Concert européen à l’époque du Second Empire », Relations internationales, 90, 1997, p. 145-163. 

-Cahen Raphaël, « The Mahmoud ben Ayad case and the Transformation of International Law », International Law in the Long Nineteenth Century (1776-1914). From the Public Law of Europe to Global International Law?, Inge Van Hulle, Randall Lesaffer (ed.),  Leiden, Brill, 2019, p. 126-139.

-« Hauterive et l’école des diplomates (1800-1830) », Clio@Themis, vol. 18, 2020.

-Cahen Raphaël, Frederik Dhondt, Elisabetta Fiocchi-Malaspina, « l’essor récent de l’histoire du droit international », Clio@themis, 18, 2020.

-Dhondt Frederik, « Recent research in the history of international law », Revue d’histoire du droit, 84, 2016, p. 313-334.

-« Portalis le jeune et le droit des gens », Joseph-Marie Portalis (1778-1858) : diplomate, magistrat et législateur, R. Cahen, N. Laurent-Bonne (ed.), Aix-en-Provence, PUAM, 2020, p. 153-182.

-Drocourt Nicolas, Eric Schnakenbourg (ed.), Thémis en diplomatie. Droits et arguments juridiques dans les relations internationales, Rennes, PUR, 2016.

-Fassbender Bardo and Anne Peters (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law, Oxford, OUP, 2012.

-Fiocchi Malaspina Elisabetta, L'eterno ritorno del Droit des gens di Emer de Vattel (secc. XVIII-XIX): L'impatto sulla cultura giuridica in prospettiva globale, Frankfurt, MPI for European Legal History, 2017.

-Gaurier Dominique, Histoire du droit internationalDe l’Antiquité à la création de l’ONU, Rennes, PUR, 2014.

-Genin Vincent, Le laboratoire belge du droit international : une communauté épistémique et internationale de juristes (1869-1914), Bruxelles, Académie royale de Belgique, 2018.

-Ghervas Stella, Conquering Peace : From the Enlightenment to the European Union, Cambridge, HUP, 2021.

-Graaf Beatrice De, Ido de Haan, Brian Vick (ed.), Securing Europe after Napoleon: 1815 and the New European Security Culture, Cambridge, CUP, 2019.

-Graaf Beatrice de, Fighting Terror after Napoleon. How Europe Became Secure after 1815, Cambridge, CUP, 2020.

-Halpérin Jean-Louis, L’histoire de l’état des juristes. Allemagne. XIXe-XXe siècles, Paris, Classique Garnier, 2015.

-Haynes Christine, Our friends the enemies : the occupation of France after Napoleon, Cambridge, HUP, 2018.

-Hellmann Gunther, Andreas Fahrmeir, Milos Vec (ed.), The transformation of Foreign Policy, Drawing and Managing Boundaries from Antiquity to the Present, Oxford, OUP, 2016. 

-Indravati Félicité (ed.), L’Identité du diplomate (Moyen Âge-XIXe siècle). Métier ou noble loisir?, Paris, Classique Garnier, 2020.

-Jarrett Mark, The Congress of Vienna and its Legacy War and Great Power Diplomacy after Napoleon, London, Tauris, 2014.

-Jones Kate, « Marking Foreign Policy by Justice: the Legal Advisers to the Foreign Office, 1876-1953 », in Robert McCorquodale, Jean-Pierre Gauci (ed.) British Influences on International Law, 1915-2015, Leiden, Brill, 2016, p. 28-55.

-Keller-Kemmerer NinaDie Mimikry des Völkerrechts Andrés Bellos 'Principios de Derecho Internacional', Baden-Baden, Nomos Verlag, 2018.

- Kennedy David, « International Law and the Nineteenth Century: History of an Illusion », Nordic Journal of International Law, vol. 65/3-4, 1996, p.385-420.

-Kévonian Dzovinar, Jean-Michel Guieu (ed.), « Juristes et relations internationales », Relations internationales, 149/1, 2012.

-Kévonian, Dzovinar and Philippe Rygiel (ed.), « Profession, juristes internationalistes? », Monde(s), vol. 7/1, 2015.

-Kévonian, Dzovinar and Philippe Rygiel (ed.), « Histories of International Lawyers between Trajectories, Practices, and Discourses », Jus Gentium, vol. 5/2, 2020.

-Koskenniemi Martti, The Gentle Civilizer of Nation : the Rise and Fall of International Law 1870-1960, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2002.

-« Why history of international law today? », Rechtsgeschichte, 4, 2004, p. 61-66. 

-« What should international legal history become? », in System, Order and International Law. The Early History of International Legal Thought from Machiavelli to Hegel, Stefan Kadelbach et al. (ed.), Oxford, OUP, 2017, p. 381-397.  

-Koskenniemi Martti, Walter Rech, Manuel Jimenez Fonseca (ed), International Law and Empire. Historical Explorations, Oxford, OUP, 2017.

-Nuzzo Luiggi and Miloš Vec (ed.), Constructing International Law. The Birth of a Discipline, Francfort/M. 2012.

-Nuzzo Luiggi,  Origini di una scienza : diritto internazionale e colonialismo nel XIX secolo, Francfort, MPI, 2012.

-Obregon Liliana, « Peripheral Histories of International Law », Annual Review of Law and Social Science, 15, 2019, p. 437-451.

-Owens Patricia and Katharina Rietzler (ed.), Women’s International Thought: A New History, Cambridge, CUB, 2021

-Rasilla Ignacio de la, “A Very Short History of International Law Journals (1869–2018)”, EJIL, 29/1, 2018, 137–168.

-Rygiel Philippe, « De savants juristes au service de la France. Les experts du droit international auprès du Quai d’Orsay, 1874-1918 », Experts et expertise en diplomatie. La mobilisation des compétences dans les relations internationales du congrès de Westphalie à la naissance de l’ONU, Stanislas Jeannesson, Éric Schnakenbourg, Fabrice Jesné (ed.), Rennes, PUR, 2018, p. 205-222.

-Sédouy Jacques-Alain de, Le Concert européen. Aux origines de l’Europe, Paris, Fayard, 2009.

-Schroeder Paul, The Transformation of European Politics, 1763-1848, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1994.

-Sluga Glenda and Carolyn James (ed.), Women, diplomacy and international politics since 1500, London, Routledge, 2016.

-Soutou Georges-Henri, L’Europe de 1815 à nos jours, Paris, PUF, coll. « Nouvelle Clio », 2007. 

-Vick Brian, The Congress of Vienna - Power and Politics after Napoleon, Cambridge, HUP, 2014. 


Organising Committee

Pierre Allorant (Université d’Orléans)

Walter Badier (Université d’Orléans)

Raphaël Cahen (Le Studium Orléans/Vrije Universiteit Brussel).


Scientific Committee

Pierre Allorant (Université d’Orléans)

Éric Anceau (Sorbonne Université)

Yves Bruley (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes)

Noëlline Castagnez (Université d’Orléans)

Nicolas Cornu Thénard (Paris II)

Frederik Dhondt (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Jean Garrigues (Université d’Orléans)

Stella Ghervas (Newcastle University)

Martti Koskenniemi (University of Helsinki)

Milos Vec (University of Vienna)

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29 March 2021

BOOK: Thomas DUVE, José Luis EGÍO & Christiane BIRR (eds.), The School of Salamance: A Case of Global Knowledge Production [Max Planck Studies in Global Legal History of the Iberiann Worlds, 2] (Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff/Brill, 2021), XIV + 430 p. ISBN 978-90-04-44973-2

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Over the past few decades, a growing number of studies have highlighted the importance of the ‘School of Salamanca’ for the emergence of colonial normative regimes and the formation of a language of normativity on a global scale. According to this influential account, American and Asian actors usually appear as passive recipients of normative knowledge produced in Europe. This book proposes a different perspective and shows, through a knowledge historical approach and several case studies, that the School of Salamanca has to be considered both an epistemic community and a community of practice that cannot be fixed to any individual place. Instead, the School of Salamanca encompassed a variety of different sites and actors throughout the world and thus represents a case of global knowledge production.

Read more  with Brill (DOI 10.1163/9789004449749). 

BOOK: Emmanuel ARAGUAS, Le contrat civil à Jersey : Bastion du droit coutumier en terre anglo-normande [Droits étrangers; 16] (Paris: Société de législation comparée, 2021), ISBN 9782365171069, € 20


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Le concours lancé par la  Société de Législation Comparée à l'occasion des 150 ans de sa fondation a distingué cet essai consacré au droit des contrats de l'île de Jersey. Au fil de ces lignes s'exprime un certain état d'esprit : celui qui recommande un retour aux sources du droit comparé, à la pensée de Saleilles et Lambert, et qui incite à solliciter le ius commune, toujours si présent à Jersey. L'île est le théâtre de l'étude, mais le lecteur n'y aborde pas pour un voyage d'agrément : l'affrontement contemporain sur les territoires anglo-normands entre coutume et droit écrit s'y révèle aussi puissant que les violents courants marins qui agitent la Manche. À l'heure où s'affrontent des influences contradictoires pour déterminer la réforme du droit des contrats de Jersey, l'auteur  propose à tous les praticiens des mixed legal systems composés de droit civil et de Common Law, à la fois un diagnostic et un remède.

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REMINDER: ESCLH Reading Circle, Second Session (13:00-14:00, tomorrow, Zoom)


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On 30 March 2021, 13:00 (tomorrow!), the second session of the ESCLH Reading Circle takes place online. Prof. Heikki Pihlajamäki (Helsinki) will deliver a keynote. Dr. Judit Beke-Martos (Bochum) will act as respondent.

Zoom link here.

CALL FOR SESSIONS: History of Insurance in Global perspective - International Conference, University of Basel, Switzerland 20–22 July 2022

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This international conference investigates insurance as a crucial element of the globalization of finance and of capitalism in general. Since the early modern period, geographical diffusion of insurance is closely linked to processes of globalization and de-globalization. The conference presents a broad picture of the multi-dimensional history of international insurance. This covers different periods, regions and branches of insurance: from late-medieval and early modern maritime insurance over the diffusion of life and non-life insurance in the Western hemisphere during the 19th century to the rise of non-Western markets and corporations in colonial and post-colonial contexts. This global lens invites the combination of the wide global perspective with local, micro-historical perspectives.

Relevant topics include, for example, the diffusion of marine insurance in 19th century East Asia, as part of the merchant communities, of fire and life insurance in the settler communities of post-independence states of Latin America, or of car insurance in 20th century post-colonial Africa. Sessions and papers are invited to take either a comparative view, contrasting different geographical contexts, or a generalizing, international perspective, investigating for example the internationalization and globalization of insurance or international networks and organizations related to insurance (congresses, societies, cartels etc.). They can investigate the business context, including competing forms of risk prevention and financial precaution in non-Western regions, the rise of local, non-Western insurance industries, and the interaction between local and international companies in insurance. The conference theme also includes the areas of consumption, such as the social and ethnic patterns of insurance markets, and the changing perceptions of risk in different geographic and cultural contexts. 

The conference will be held as a three-day event, on 20–22 July 2022, at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Scholars are particularly invited to cross traditional academic boundaries by offering insights on geographical entanglements or trans-epochal developments. The conference follows an interdisciplinary format, bringing together scholars from various disciplines interested in the history of insurance in global perspectives, notably from Business History, International Business Studies, Global History, Consumer History, the History of Law, and Historical Sociology.


Call for Sessions: session Proposal Deadline: 31 May 2021

We invite scholars interested in participating to submit proposals for sessions with three to four presentations. Session proposals should include an abstract of the session theme (1500 characters) as well as names of contributors and working titles of the presentations (as far as known) included in the session. Session proposals should be submitted electronically by 31st of May, 2021 over the conference website (available early April 2021). Session chairs will be informed about the selection of their proposal by the end of June 2021.

Call for Individual Papers: There will be another call for individual papers later in 2021. 

Session chairs should be aware that the final decision about the conference program and the grouping of papers in sessions will be made by the conference organizers and the advisory board (Sabine Go, Amsterdam; Niels-Viggo Haueter, Zurich; Philipp Hellwege, Augsburg; W. Jean J. Kwon, New York; Lan Liang Zhao, Shanghai; Martin Lengwiler, Basel; Grietjie Verhoef, Johannesburg), after consultation with the chairs. 

For further information, please contact Martin Lengwiler, History Department, University of Basel, 

WEBINAR: Consigliare il sovrano: Medioevo, modernità e origini della premiership britannica - XIII seminario annuale del Devolution Club - 9 aprile 2021, on Zoom


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BOOK: Ulrike CAPDEPÓN & Rosario FIGARI LAYÚS, (Eds.)The Impact of Human Rights Prosecutions. Insights from European, Latin American, and African Post-Conflict Societies (Leuven: University Press, 2021). ISBN: 9789462702493, pp. 244, € 55,00



Human rights prosecutions are the most prominent mechanisms that victims demand to obtain accountability. Dealing with a legacy of gross human rights violations presents opportunities to enhance the right to justice and promote a more equal application of criminal law, a fundamental condition for a more substantive democracy in societies. This book seeks to analyse the impact, advances, and difficulties of prosecuting perpetrators of mass atrocities at national and international levels. What role does criminal justice play in redressing victims’ wrongs, guaranteeing the non-repetition of mass atrocities, and attempting to overcome the damage caused by systematic human rights violations? This volume addresses critical issues in the field of human rights prosecution by drawing on the experiences of a variety of post-conflict and authoritarian countries covering three world regions. Contributing authors cover prosecutions in post-Nazi Germany, post-Communist Romania, and transnational legal complaints by victims of the Franco dictatorship, as well as domestic and third-country prosecutions for human rights violations in the pioneering South American countries of Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay, prosecutions in Darfur and Kenya, and the work of the International Criminal Court.

The Impact of Human Rights Prosecutions offers insights into the difficulties human rights trials face in different contexts and regions, and also illustrates the development of these legal procedures over time. The volume will be of interest to human rights scholars as well as legal practitioners, participants, justice system actors, and policy makers.


Rosario Figari Layús is postdoctoral researcher in social sciences and lecturer at the Chair for Peace Studies at the Law Faculty at the Justus Liebig University of Giessen.

Ulrike Capdepón holds a PhD in political science and is a researcher and project coordinator at the Center for Cultural Inquiry (ZKF), University of Konstanz.


Prologue- Aleida Assmann

Introduction: Do Human Rights Trials Make a Difference after Conflict, Dictatorship and State-Sponsored Violence? - Rosario Figari Layús and Ulrike Capdepón

Human Rights Trials without Human Rights Law: Prosecuting Nazi Crimes in Postwar Germany After Nuremberg - Annette Weinke

Courts as a Site to Tell the “Truth”: The Case of Former Prison Commander Alexandru Vişinescu - Kristine Avram

Seeking Justice for the Crimes of the Franco Dictatorship: The Politics of Victimhood in the “Argentine Legal Complaint” - Ulrike Capdepón

The Struggle of Victims for Human Rights Trials in Post-Dictatorship Chile - Boris Hau

The State Against the State: The Impact of Governmental Contradictions on Human Rights Trials and Victims in Argentina - Rosario Figari Layús

Operation Condor Trials Abroad: The Innovation and Domestic Constraints of Transnational Prosecution - Debbie Sharnak

Tensions Between Criminal Trials and the Sense of Justice in Post-Conflict Peru - Iris Jave

The International Criminal Court’s “Africa Problem” and Suppression of the “Justice Cascade” - Geoffrey Lugano

Conditions and Cultural Consequences of International Criminal Justice Intervention: The Case of Darfur - Joachim J. Savelsberg

The Effects of Seeking Justice on Behalf of the Victim: A Critical Analysis of Criminal Trials in the Kenyan Post-Election Violence Transitional Justice Process - Valeria Vegh Weis

Concluding Reflections: Towards the End of Impunity? The Scope and Impact of Human Rights Trials - Rosario Figari Layús and Ulrike Capdepón

Mor information with the publisher.

26 March 2021

REMINDER: Zoom Seminar II (ESCLH Reading Circle Comparative Legal History)

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On 30 March 2021, 13:00, the second session of the ESCLH Reading Circle takes place online. Prof. Heikki Pihlajamäki (Helsinki) will deliver a keynote. Dr. Judit Beke-Martos (Bochum) will act as respondent.

Zoom link here.

24 March 2021

BOOK: Christopher T. FLEMING, Ownership and Inheritance in Sanskrit Jurisprudence (Oxford: OUP, 2021). ISBN 9780198852377, 85.00 USD


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OUP is publishing a new book on the history of ownership and inheritance in Indian Sanskrit intellectual history.


Ownership and Inheritance in Sanskrit Jurisprudence provides an account of various theories of ownership (svatva) and inheritance (dāya) in Sanskrit jurisprudential literature (Dharmaśāstra). It examines the evolution of different juridical models of inheritance--in which families held property in trusts or in tenancies-in-common--against the backdrop of related developments in the philosophical understanding of ownership in the Sanskrit text-traditions of hermeneutics (Mīmāṃsā) and logic (Nyāya) respectively.

Christopher T. Fleming reconstructs medieval Sanskrit theories of property and traces the emergence of various competing schools of Sanskrit jurisprudence during the early modern period (roughly fifteenth-nineteenth centuries) in Bihar, Bengal, and Varanasi. Fleming attends to the ways in which ideas from these schools of jurisprudence shaped the codification of Anglo-Hindu personal law by administrators of the British East India Company during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. While acknowledging the limitations of colonial conceptions of Dharmaśāstra as positive law, this study argues for far greater continuity between pre-colonial and colonial Sanskrit jurisprudence than accepted previously. It charts the transformation of the Hindu law of inheritance--through precedent and statute--over the late nineteenth, twentieth, and early twenty-first centuries.


Christopher T. Fleming, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford


List of Figures


1. Mīmāṃsā and the Mitākṣarā School of Jurisprudence

2. Navya-Nyāya and the Maithila and Gau.da Schools of Jurisprudence

3. The Bhāṭṭa a School of Benares

4. Anglo-Indian Schools of Hindu Law

Market Governance, (Neo)Liberalism, and the Future of Dharmaśāstra in the 21st Century

Glossary of Sanskrit Terms



More info here

BOOK: Carlos PETIT, Derecho por entregas. Estudios sobre prensa y revistas en la España liberal (Madrid : Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 2020). ISBN 978-84-1377-083-3, open access


Universidad Carlos III de Madrid has published a new book on Spanish legal journals of the 19th-20th centuries, and on issues of legal relevance addressed by the Spanish daily press.


Studies on Spanish legal journals of the 19th and 20th centuries (La Escuela del Derecho, Revista de los Tribunales, Revista General de Legislación y Jurisprudencia, Revista de Ciencias Jurídicas y Sociales) and on issues of legal relevance addressed by the daily press (the crime in Calle de Fuencarral, the celebrity of Cesare Lombroso). There are two theses - one, in fact - that run through the works. The first deals with the dominant model of the lawyer in liberal Spain. The old Ciceronian lawyer was replaced in the 1880s by a 'scientific' jurist; an extraordinary example was Rafael de Ureña and the law review that he created at the University of Madrid. Secondly, it is maintained that before those years and even after, there were no great differences between the so-called "legal reviews" and the "political journals", due to the invasive projection of the same public discourse. The Sevillian lawyer and politician Joaquín Francisco Pacheco, founder of professional magazines but also of newspapers, can embody like no other the archetype of the jurist-public man who, like Cicero, acted in defence of his sponsored but also in favour of the collective cause.


More info here

23 March 2021

WEBINAR: "Il mestiere del giurista. Andrea Alciato docente e consiliatore", Università degli studi di Verona - Dipartimento di scienze giuridiche, 26 marzo 2021

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UNIVERSITA' di VERONA | Dipartimento di Scienze Giridiche

ITINERA IURIS Seminario Permanente  Interateneo su Diritto e Storia
Seminari "Alciato giurista europeo" - 2

Colloquio di Studi - Webinar: Il mestiere del giurista: Andrea Alciato docente e consiliatore

26 marzo 2021 - ore 15
Link Zoom:

Coordina: Cecilia Pedrazza Gorlero (Università di Verona)

Giovanni Rossi
(Università di Verona)
L'orazione inaugurale "in laudemiuris civilis", Avignone 1520

Gustavo Adolfo Nobile Mattei
(Università di Verona)
Al di là del cultismo.
Osservazioni introduttive su Alciato consiliatore

Ettore Dezza
(Università di Pavia)
La falsificazione dei consilia iudicialia 
in un responso di Ancrea Alciato

Emanuela Fugazza 
(Università di Pavia)
"Ius commune" e "ius proprium"
in alcuni consilia di Andrea Alciato

Intervengono Alarico Barbagli (Università di Catanzaro); Francesco D'Urso (Università di Ferrara)

BOOK: Giampiero SICA, Prove di fiducia. Il Presidente della Camera e il parlamentarismo nel periodo statutario (Roma, carocci Editore, 2021). ISBN: 9788829005550, pp. 224, € 25,00

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Collana: Biblioteca di testi e studi

Il parlamentarismo in Italia si sviluppa sin dal 1852, all’inizio dell’era cavouriana, e origina dalla ricerca di maggioranze parlamentari al momento dell’elezione del presidente della Camera dei deputati. Per il Governo in carica riuscire a far eleggere il proprio candidato presidente equivaleva a ottenere la fiducia del Parlamento e dunque i mezzi necessari per sopravvivere. Si trattava della cosiddetta “seconda fiducia”: la prima era quella che il re assicurava al momento del conferimento dell’incarico ministeriale. Il volume, attraverso resoconti parlamentari, cronache dell’epoca e documenti d’archivio, ricostruisce la storia delle elezioni dei presidenti della Camera dal 1848 per l’intero periodo statutario, descrivendo in particolare la genesi di questo atipico meccanismo politico-fiduciario, di natura convenzionale, e il suo superamento in età giolittiana con l’adozione di procedure fiduciarie esplicite. Ne nasce un itinerario storico-giuridico lungo un secolo, utile a cogliere le specificità del sistema parlamentare italiano, anche rispetto ai principali modelli europei ottocenteschi.


Giampiero Sica è dottore di ricerca in Diritto costituzionale e Diritto pubblico generale alla Sapienza Università di Roma, lavora alla Camera dei deputati come documentarista parlamentare.


Prefazione di Gaetano Azzariti


Parte prima

Il Parlamento nello Statuto albertino

1. Lo Statuto albertino e la questione della forma di governo

2. Limiti costituzionali del parlamentarismo statutario

Parte seconda

I presidenti della Camera dei deputati dal 1848 al 1943

3. La nascita del Parlamento

Le Camere e i loro presidenti/I palazzi delle Camere

4. Dalla monarchia costituzionale alla monarchia parlamentare (1848-1852)

5. Storia parlamentare della presidenza fiduciaria (1852-1909)

Nascita e consolidamento della presidenza fiduciaria/Il parlamentarismo dualista da Menabrea a Lanza: il primo caso di sfiducia costruttiva (1869)/La Sinistra storica da Depretis a Cairoli: il secondo caso di sfiducia costruttiva (1878)/Le presidenze Farini, Biancheri e Zanardelli (1878-1899)/La crisi di fine secolo: le presidenze Chinaglia, Colombo, Gallo e Villa/L’età giolittiana e la fine della presidenza fiduciaria

6. Il regime fascista e la morte del Parlamento

La fiducia preventiva del 1922/La fiducia della Camera neoeletta del 1924/Il dibattito al Senato sull’indirizzo di risposta al discorso della Corona nel 1924/Lo snaturamento del ruolo presidenziale nel periodo fascista Parte terza

I caratteri del presidente statutario

7. Il presidente “di maggioranza” e l’imparzialità

8. La politicità “fiduciaria” della presidenza

9. Dallo Statuto alla Costituzione repubblicana


Indice dei nomi

More information with the publisher.

NEWS: New journal – “Historia do direito”


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We learned of the recent launch of a new journal on legal history in Brazil: Historia do direito.


A Revista História do Direito: Revista do Instituto Brasileiro de História do Direito (RHD) é um periódico científico semestral publicado em formato físico e digital desde 2020 pela Universidade Federal do Paraná, em conjunto com o Instituto Brasileiro de História do Direito. Tem como objetivo reunir a mais relevante pesquisa em História do Direito realizada no Brasil e no mundo, promovendo a pesquisa científica de excelência e a democratização do conhecimento produzido neste campo do saber, assim como o diálogo com áreas afins.

A Revista História do Direito (RHD) publica artigos que apresentem discussões inéditas, como resultado de investigações empíricas, de natureza teórico-metodológica e resenhas de obras nacionais ou estrangeiras publicadas no campo da História do Direito. Serão aceitos e publicados artigos em língua portuguesa, espanhola, inglesa, francesa e italiana.


More info here

22 March 2021

CALL FOR PAPERS: 25th British Legal History Conference (6-9 July 2022, Belfast) (DEADLINE: 30 August 2021)


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We learned of the call for papers for the British Legal History Conference 2022



Abstracts are invited for the 25th BRITISH LEGAL HISTORY CONFERENCE which is being run jointly with the Irish Legal History Society and hosted by Queen’s University Belfast, on Wednesday 6 July – Saturday 9 July 2022. 


The conference was originally scheduled for 2021. Queen’s, Belfast, was given the honour of hosting the BLHC in 2021, because it is a significant year in the “Decade of Centenaries”[1] in Ireland, north and south, marking both the centenary of the opening in June 1921 of the Parliament of Northern Ireland, established under the Government of Ireland Act 1920, and the centenary of the signing of articles of agreement for the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921, leading to the establishment of the Irish Free State.   The conference theme, “Law and Constitutional Change”, was chosen against this background.  The Covid-19 pandemic intervened, making postponement unavoidable. 


Organising the conference in 2022 will, however, allow us to celebrate the half-centenary of the British Legal History Conference, first held in Aberystwyth in 1972.  Our hope is that attendance at the conference can be in person, but this will be kept under review and, if necessary, the option of online attendance/participation will be considered.


Conference papers can examine from any historical perspective the relationship between law and constitutional change. The difficulty of defining constitutional change was noted by the Select Committee on the Constitution in their report, The Process of Constitutional Change (HL Paper 177, 2011, para. 10), but they identified several examples, without being exhaustive: parliamentary sovereignty; the rule of law and the rights and liberties of the individual; the union state; representative government; and state membership of international organisations, such as (then) the EU and the Commonwealth.  These are, of course, only examples and the conference theme will be interpreted in all its breadth.


In the context of present-day analysis of the political and constitutional upheavals in British-Irish relations in the early 1920s, the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, has adopted the Irish word, Machnamh, meaning reflection, contemplation, meditation and thought, for a series of online reflections –  In the spirit of Machnamh, we invite you to join the conversation on law and constitutional change in Queen’s, Belfast, in July 2022.




Please note the following rules:

-          If you submitted an abstract in 2020, you must make a fresh submission.

-          Abstracts must be for individual papers only, not for panels. Co-authored papers are acceptable.

-          Only one abstract should be submitted per person.

-          Abstracts must be submitted as Microsoft Word documents using the online portal on the Call for Papers page of the conference website.  Please do not submit by email.

-          Abstracts must not exceed 500 words.

-          Please indicate if your proposal is contingent on the availability of an option of online participation.

-          The deadline for submission of abstracts is Monday 30 August 2021.

-          Queries can be emailed to    

-          At the conference, individual oral presentations will last 15-20 minutes.


We hope to publish the programme on the conference website in October 2021.  Details of plenary speakers will also appear there in due course.


Proposals from postgraduate and early career researchers are welcome.


Further information about travel to Belfast, accommodation, and so on, will be added to the conference website during 2021-2022:



Poster competition


This, the second joint BLHC - ILHS conference, was proposed by Sir Anthony Hart, retired High Court judge, former president of ILHS and enthusiastic supporter of BLHCs, who died suddenly in July 2019.  A poster competition is planned during the 2022 conference as a tribute to Tony.  There will be two prizes, including one for the PGR/early career category. The prizes are generously funded by the Journal of Legal History and by the Irish Legal History Society.  Details of the competition will be posted on the conference website. 

[1] See, a website sponsored by the Irish Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and other websites linked to it.