07 May 2021

PODCAST: Yves-Marie BERCÉ (Académie des Inscriptions et des Belles-Lettres), 'The Old Regime has never existed' (30 APR 2021)


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“L’Ancien Régime n’a pas existé, ou du moins n’a-t-il existé qu’après coup, aux yeux des Constituants de 1790.” C’est par cette assertion à rebrousse-poil du catéchisme républicain que commence le dernier livre de l’historien Yves-Marie Bercé, membre de l’Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres, dans la collection Que sais-je ? Pour faire comprendre la France d’avant la Révolution, le moderniste explique les rites de la monarchie, la diversité des institutions, les préoccupations de la vie quotidienne. Il prend soin de montrer les évolutions au fil des siècles mais aussi la continuité de mouvements qui se poursuivront après la grande césure de 1789. Voici un livre dense et passionnant qui revisite bien des idées reçues.

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BOOK: Francesco MASTROBERTI & Damigela HOXHA, Storie interrotte. I docenti dell'università di Bari e le leggi antiebraiche (Bologna: Il Mulino, 2021). ISBN: 9788815292421, pp. 144, € 15,00

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Il volume si propone di illustrare l'impatto delle leggi antiebraiche sul corpo docente dell'Università di Bari. I singoli contributi ricostruiscono, con ricchezza di dettagli e sulla base di fonti edite e inedite, l'applicazione della legislazione razziale fascista nell'ateneo pugliese. Ne emerge con nettezza un quadro accademico complesso e vivace in cui i conformismi e le supine adesioni sono compensati dalla più o meno esplicita resilienza alle politiche imposte dal regime. Attraverso le storie interrotte dei docenti ebrei Ladislao Brüll, Bruno Foà, Renzo Fubini e Giorgio Tesoro - a cui il Magnifico Rettore Antonio Felice Uricchio ha ufficialmente intitolato nel 2019 aule dell'ateneo - è possibile leggere un'intera stagione della giovane università barese, pomposamente intitolata nel 1925 a Benito Mussolini.


Francesco Mastroberti è professore ordinario per il settore scientifico disciplinare IUS/19 - Storia del Diritto Medievale e Moderno presso il Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza dell'Università degli studi di Bari Aldo Moro.

Damigela Hoxha è ricercatrice a tempo determinato tipo b) (senior) presso il  Dipartimento di Scienze Giuridiche dell'Università di Bologna.

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BOOK: Dieter HÜNING et al. (Eds.), Auf dem Weg zur kritischen Rechtslehre? Naturrecht, Moralphilosophie und Eigentumstheorie in Kants "Naturrecht Feyerabend" (Leiden/New York: Brill, 2021). ISBN 978-90-04-43261-1, 103.00 EUR


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Brill is publishing a new edited collection on Kant’s philosophy of law.


In recent decades, Kant's philosophy of law has increasingly moved into the focus of moral-philosophical discussions. In this context, the "Naturrecht Feyerabend" is of particular importance. On the one hand, it is the only surviving transcription of the lectures on natural law that Kant gave twelve times between 1767 and 1788; on the other hand, it is based on his lectures in the summer semester of 1784 and thus provides important evidence of Kant's reflections during an important phase in the development of his moral philosophy. Despite this special significance, the text has received little attention in previous research. Dieter Hüning, Stefan Klingner and Gianluca Sadun Bordoni present here a volume that emphasizes this special significance. The ten contributions in the volume ask about the relationship of "Naturrecht Feyerabend" to the tradition of natural law as well as its relationship to critical moral philosophy and the late "Doctrine of Right". 

Contributors are: Manfred Baum, Franz Hespe, Philipp-Alexander Hirsch, Dieter Hüning, Stefan Klingner, Markus Kohl, Gabriel Rivero, Gianluca Sadun Bordoni, Michael Städtler, and Gideon Stiening. 


Dieter Hüning ist außerplanmäßiger Professor an der Kant-Forschungsstelle der Universität Trier. Seine Forschungsschwerpunkt ist neben Kants Philosophie besonders die neuzeitliche Naturrechtslehre. Als Mitherausgeber veröffentlichte er mit Jens Eisfeld und Diethelm Klippel zuletzt Die zeitgenössischen Rezensionen zu Kants Rechtslehre (Berlin 2020). 

Stefan Klingner is Assistant Professor for Philosophy at the University of Goettingen. He has published books and essays on Kant's philosophy, e.g. as co-editor with Dieter Hüning: „jenen süßen Traum träumen“. Kants Friedensschrift zwischen objektiver Geltung und Utopie (Baden-Baden 2018). 

Stefan Klingner ist wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Philosophischen Seminar der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. Er veröffentlichte mehrere Bücher und Aufsätze zur Philosophie Kants, etwa als Mitherausgeber mit Dieter Hüning: „jenen süßen Traum träumen“. Kants Friedensschrift zwischen objektiver Geltung und Utopie (Baden-Baden 2018)

Gianluca Sadun Bordoni is Professor of Philosophy of Law at the University of Teramo.
Together with Norbert Hinske he published the critical edition of Kant, Naturrecht Feyerabend. 3 vol. (Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt 2010-2014; bilingual edition: Lezioni sul diritto naturale, Milano 2016). 

Gianluca Sadun Bordoni ist Professor für Rechtsphilosophie an der Universität Teramo, Italien. Er veröffentlichte zusammen mit Norbert Hinske die kritische Ausgabe von Kant, Naturrecht Feyerabend. 3 Bde. (Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt 2010-2014; zweisprachige Ausgabe: Lezioni sul diritto naturale, Milano 2016). 


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06 May 2021

SCHOLARSHIPS: 20 Research Scholarships (predoc/postdoc) (DEADLINE 1 JUNE 2021)

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The Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory in Frankfurt is a world leader in research on legal history and legal theory. Its international research community of over 70 scholars, the unrivalled collections of its specialist library and its numerous national and international co-operations make it a central research hub for a global scientific community investigating the past, present and future of legal regimes.

We award several Postdoctoral and Research Scholarships annually to enable outstanding researchers to spend time at the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory and are now inviting applications for research stays in 2022.

Scholarship holders are expected to pursue their own research project, which should relate to the Institute’s current research agenda.

In 2022, the Department European and Comparative Legal History (Stefan Vogenauer) will award up to 20 scholarships for early career scholars proposing to work on one of the following topics:

  • Legal transfer in the common law world and more generally
  • History of European Union law

Applications should be written in English and consist of the following documents:

  • Research proposal (up to 10,000 characters), including an explanation as to how the project relates to the Department’s main research activities
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • Names and contact details of two scholars who have agreed to provide references (upon request)
  • Scan of the completed and signed form ‘Additional Application Details’
  • Three relevant publications of the last five years (as PDFs)

Deadline: All applications must be submitted via the online application system by 1 June 2021. Decisions will be communicated before the end of the following month.

Scholarships run for either 3 or 6 months, starting at the beginning of January, April, July or October.

Scholars without a regular income receive a monthly stipend of either €2,500 for postdoctoral researchers or €3,000 for senior researchers. Scholars with a regular income from employment or other forms of financial support may still receive compensation for expenses at a fixed rate for up to three months.

Dr Stefanie Rüther, Research Coordinator:

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP: Jurisdiction(s): Legal and Historical Perspectives, 27 May 2021


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The workshop will gather academics from different disciplinary backgrounds for a one- day discussion on the topic of jurisdiction.

For more information, contact the convenors: Alexis Alvarez-Nakagawa ( & Jorge Diaz Ceballos (

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WEBINAR: Costituzioni e costituzionalismo fra Italia ed Europa - Università del Piemonte Orientale - 7 maggio 2021


BOOK: Saskia LIMBACH. Government Use of Print. Official Publications in the Holy Roman Empire, 1500–1600. (Frankfurt: Vittorio Klostermann, 2021). ISBN 978-3-465-04425-3



Presenting the most comprehensive account of official print in the Holy Roman Empire during the sixteenth century, this study investigates the use of the printing press as an increasingly important instrument in the expansion of authority. By comparing and contrasting publications printed in the Duchy of Württemberg and in the Free Imperial City of Cologne, the author traces the tentative beginnings of collaboration between rulers and printers. Making use of hitherto unexplored legal and business records, the study offers a sophisticated analysis of the early modern print trade which allows us to ascertain the business and market conditions that shaped the production of administrative and legal documents, such as police ordinances and announcements.

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05 May 2021

BOOK: Christopher S. MACKAY, "An Unusual Inquisition" - Translated Documents from Heinricus Institoris’s Witch Hunts in Ravensburg and Innsbruck (Leiden/New York: Brill, 2020). ISBN 978-90-04-42378-7, 105.00 EUR


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Brill has published a new book on primary sources related to Heinricus Institoris, the major author of the Malleus Maleficarum.


Heinricus Institoris is the major author of the Malleus Maleficarum, the best known early-modern textbook on witchcraft. This work was heavily influenced by Institoris's activities as inquisitor in Ravensburg in 1484 and Innsbruck in 1485. This volume contains the only complete translations of a large number of documents pertaining to these inquisitions, and is a companion to a new (and the only complete) edition of these texts, which shed much light on the composition of the Malleus Maleficarum in general.


Christopher S. Mackay (doctorate in Classical philology from Harvard University, 1994) is full professor in the Department of History and Classics of the University of Alberta. He has published books on Roman history, and translations and editions of texts from the early modern period, including the Malleus Maleficarum.


Translation Notes 
List of Decretals Cited 


1 Letter from the Burgermasters and City Council of Ravensburg to Archduke Sigismund of the Tyrol, December 17, 1484 

2 Urfehde (Guarantee of Good Behavior) for a Woman Presumably Questioned for Witchcraft by Institoris, Ravensburg, October 23, 1484 

3 Instruction from Bishop Georg of Brixen to His Ecclesiastical Subordinates, July 23, 1485 

4 Letter of Bishop Georg of Brixen to Institoris, September 21, 1485 

5 Letter from Bishop Georg of Brixen to Archduke Sigismund, September 21, 1485 

6 Letter from Archduke Sigismund of Austria to Bishop Georg of Brixen, October 8, 1485 

7 Letter of Bishop Georg of Brixen to Sigismund Sämer, Parish Priest of Axams, Undated 

8 Vernacular Protocol 

9 Protocols of the Hearings Conducted against the Seven Arrested Women 

10 Articles of Suspected Crimes and List of Questions for the Further Investigation of the Seven Suspects after Their Release 

11 Record of the Proceedings against the Seven Accused, October 29 and 31 and November 3, 1485 

12 Letter from Bishop Georg of Brixen to Institoris, November 14, 1485 

13 Letter from Bishop Georg of Brixen to an Unnamed Parish Priest in Innsbruck, November 14, 1485 

14 Letter of Bishop Georg of Brixen to a Brother Nicholas, February 9, 1486 

15 Letter of Bishop Georg of Brixen to Institoris, February 9, 1486 

16 Brixen Memorandum 


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BOOK: Oliver P. RICHMOND, The Grand Design - The Evolution of the International Peace Architecture (Oxford: OUP, 2021). ISBN 9780190850449, 74.00 USD


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OUP is publishing a book on the evolution of the international peace architecture.


The guiding principle of peacemaking and peacebuilding over the past quarter century has been "liberal peace": the promotion of democracy, capitalism, law, and respect for human rights. These components represent a historic effort to prevent a reoccurrence of the nationalism, fascism, and economic collapse that led to the World Wars as well as many later conflicts. Ultimately, this strategy has been somewhat successful in reducing war between countries, but it has failed to produce legitimate and sustainable forms of peace at the domestic level. The goals of peacebuilding have changed over time and place, but they have always been built around compromise via processes of intervention aimed at supporting "progress" in conflict-affected countries. They have simultaneously promoted changes in the regional and global order.

As Oliver P. Richmond argues in this book, the concept of peace has evolved continuously through several eras: from the imperial era, through the states-system, liberal, and current neoliberal eras of states and markets. It holds the prospect of developing further through the emerging "digital" era of transnational networks, new technologies, and heightened mobility. Yet, as recent studies have shown, only a minority of modern peace agreements survive for more than a few years and many peace agreements and peacebuilding missions have become intractable, blocked, or frozen. This casts a shadow on the legitimacy, stability, and effectiveness of the overall international peace architecture, reflecting significant problems in the evolution of an often violently contested international and domestic order.

This book examines the development of the international peace architecture, a "grand design" comprising various subsequent attempts to develop a peaceful international order. Richmond examines six main theoretical-historical stages in this process often addressed through peacekeeping and international mediation, including the balance of power mechanism of the 19th Century, liberal internationalism after World War I, and the expansion of rights and decolonization after World War II. It also includes liberal peacebuilding after the end of the Cold War, neoliberal statebuilding during the 2000s, and an as yet unresolved current "digital" stage. They have produced a substantial, though fragile, international peace architecture. However, it is always entangled with, and hindered by, blockages and a more substantial counter-peace framework. The Grand Design provides a sweeping look at the troubled history of peace processes, peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding, and their effects on the evolution of international order. It also considers what the next stage may bring.


Oliver P. Richmond is a Research Professor in International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies in the Department of Politics at the University of Manchester, UK. He is International Professor at Dublin City University, Ireland, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Tubingen, Germany, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. His publications include Peace Formation and Political Order in Conflict Affected Societies and Failed Statebuilding. He is editor of the Palgrave book series, Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies, and co-editor of the journal, Peacebuilding.


Introduction: The Age of Intervention and the Emergence of a 20th Century International Peace Architecture

Part I: The Early Evolution of the International Peace Architecture

Chapter I: Some Background Observations, Theory, and Concepts

Chapter II: A Sketch of the International Peace Architecture

Chapter III: Stages One and Two in the Development of the International Peace Architecture

Chapter IV: Stage Two: The Rise of Liberal Constitutionalism and Liberal Internationalism

Chapter V: Stages Three and Four and the Expansion of Rights: The Critical Challenge to Stages One and Two

Part II: Derailment and Bifurcation

Chapter VI: The Transition from Stage Four to Stage Five of the International Peace Architecture

Chapter VII: The Derailment of the Transition to Stage Five

Chapter VIII: Stage Five and Neoliberal Statebuilding

Chapter IX: Stage Six: Updating Emancipatory Peace or Revisiting Geopolitics?

Chapter X: Implications for Different Elements of the Contemporary Peace Architecture

Conclusion: The Limits of the Old and New Possibilities


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BOOK: Nikitas E. HATZIMIHAIL, Preclassical Conflict of Laws (Cambridge: CUP, 2021). ISBN 9780521863025, 85.00 GBP


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CUP is publishing a new book on the history of private international law.


To better appreciate present-day private international law and its future prospects and challenges, we should consider the history and historiography of the field. This book offers an original approach to the study of conflict of laws and legal history that exposes doctrinal lawyers to historical context, and legal historians to the intricacies of legal doctrine. The analysis is based on an in-depth examination of Medieval and Early Modern conflict of laws, focusing on the classic texts of Bartolus and Huber. Combining theoretical insights, textual analysis and historical perspectives, the author presents the preclassical conflict of laws as a rich world of doctrines and policies, theory and practice, context and continuity. This book challenges preconceptions and serves as an advanced introduction which illustrates the relevance of history in commanding private international law, while aspiring to make private international law relevant for history.


Nikitas E. Hatzimihail, University of Cyprus

Nikitas E. Hatzimihail is Associate Professor of Private Law, Comparative Law and Legal History at the University of Cyprus. His doctoral dissertation received the Addison-Brown commencement prize at Harvard.


1. Introduction

Part I. History and Historiography:

2. Historical literature and historical consciousness in contemporary private international law

3. Preclassical conflict of laws in modern historical consciousness

Part II. Current Concerns:

4. Conflict of laws as a conceptual battlefield

5. Conflict of laws as a doctrinal exercise

6. Conflict of laws in a world system

Part III. Bartolus da Sassoferrato and Medieval Conflict of Laws:

7. Nunc veniamus ad glossam: Bartolus comments on cunctos populos

8. Bartolus in a world system

9. Bartolan conflicts as a doctrinal exercise

10. Bartolus and the modern consciousness

Part IV. Ulrik Huber (1636–1694) and Conflict of Laws in the Early Modern Era:

11. 'It often happens that transactions...': Huber on the conflict of laws

12. The world system of Huber's conflict of laws

13. Huber's conflict of laws as a doctrinal work

14. Huber and the modern consciousness


15. Preclassical conflict of laws configured.


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04 May 2021

BOOK PRESENTATION: Mary GIBSON, "Italian Prisons in the Age of Positivism (1861-1914)" - Università degli Studi di Teramo, 7 maggio 2021 - 16.00 CET, on Google Meet


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Lectio Magistralis di Mary Gibson, City University of New York, con presentazione del suo libro "Italian prisons in the age of positivism (1861-1914)"

Discutono con l’Autrice:
Michele Pifferi, Università di Ferrara
Paolo Marchetti, Università di Teramo
Emilia Musumeci, Università di Teramo

Webinar nell’ambito nel progetto PRIN 2017WLPTRL – Unità di Teramo

BOOK: Deana HEATH, Colonial Terror. Torture and State Violence in Colonial India (Oxford: University Press, 2021). ISBN: 9780192893932, pp. 240, £ 80.00


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Focusing on India between the early nineteenth century and the First World War, Colonial Terror explores the centrality of the torture of Indian bodies to the law-preserving violence of colonial rule and some of the ways in which extraordinary violence was embedded in the ordinary operation of colonial states. Although enacted largely by Indians on Indian bodies, particularly by subaltern members of the police, the book argues that torture was facilitated, systematized, and ultimately sanctioned by first the East India Company and then the Raj because it benefitted the colonial regime, since rendering the police a source of terror played a key role in the construction and maintenance of state sovereignty. Drawing upon the work of both Giorgio Agamben and Michel Foucault, Colonial Terror contends, furthermore, that it is only possible to understand the terrorizing nature of the colonial police in India by viewing colonial India as a 'regime of exception' in which two different forms of exceptionality were in operation - one wrought through the exclusion of particular groups or segments of the Indian population from the law and the other by petty sovereigns in their enactment of illegal violence in the operation of the law. It was in such fertile ground, in which colonial subjects were both included within the domain of colonial law while also being abandoned by it, that torture was able to flourish. in which two different forms of exceptionality were in operation - one wrought through the exclusion of particular groups or segments of the Indian population from the law and the other by petty sovereigns in their enactment of illegal violence in the operation of the law. It was in such fertile ground, in which colonial subjects were both included within the domain of colonial law while also being abandoned by it, that torture was able to flourish. in which two different forms of exceptionality were in operation - one wrought through the exclusion of particular groups or segments of the Indian population from the law and the other by petty sovereigns in their enactment of illegal violence in the operation of the law. It was in such fertile ground, in which colonial subjects were both included within the domain of colonial law while also being abandoned by it, that torture was able to flourish.


Deana Heath is Reader in Indian and Colonial History at the University of Liverpool. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and has since held academic posts in four countries: the United States, Ireland, Canada, and the United Kingdom. she has been the beneficiary of grants from numerous national and international funding bodies, including the Independent Social Research Foundation, The Indian Council for Cultural Relations, The Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, The American Institute of Indian Studies, and the Fulbright Scholar programs. She is currently Reader in Indian and Colonial History at the University of Liverpool.


Introduction: Torture, Empire, and the Exception

1: Violence, the Exception and Bare Life

2: The Facilitators I: Policing

3: The Facilitators II: Law and 'Justice'

4: The Perpetrators

Conclusion: Torture in a State of Exception

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BOOK: Janine RISCHKE-NESS, Subjektivierungen und Kriminalitätsdiskurse im 18. Jahrhundert - Preußische Soldaten zwischen Norm und Praxis (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2021). ISBN 978-3-8471-1164-1, 60.00 EUR


Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht has published a book on Prussian military law in the 18th century.


Kaum eine Armee galt lange Zeit als derart »diszipliniert« und ausgebildet wie die preußische Armee im frühen 18. Jahrhundert. Kriegsartikel und drastische Strafschilderungen schufen das Bild von einer Militärjustiz, die den einzelnen Soldaten beliebig abstrafen konnte, um das militärische Gefüge zu schützen. Die hohe Anzahl einzelner Delikte und die daraus resultierenden Spannungen belegen jedoch eine gewisse »Verweigerungshaltung« gegenüber der Anerkennung von Normen. Mittels der Analyse von Gerichtsakten vom Infanterieregiment des Fürsten Leopold von Anhalt-Dessau zeigt die Autorin exemplarisch die Handlungsmöglichkeiten der Soldaten vor Gericht und die Interpretationsspielräume für den Umgang mit Kriminalität im preußischen Militär des 18. Jahrhunderts auf.


Dr. Janine Rischke-Neß studierte Geschichte, Literatur und Philosophie an der Universität Potsdam und wurde dort 2019 promoviert. Ihr Forschungsschwerpunkt ist die Militär- und Kulturgeschichte des 18. Jahrhunderts. Aktuell ist sie in der Erwachsenenbildung und im E-Learning tätig.


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BOOK: Salvatore SATTA, Lettere a Piero Calamandrei 1939-1956. A cura di Angela Guiso e Carlo Felice Casulla (Bologna: Il Mulino, 2021). ISBN: 978-88-15-29159-2, pp. 224, € 20,00


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L'epistolario inedito (1939-1956) tra Salvatore Satta e Piero Calamandrei documenta, nell'intenso rapporto di «comunanza di idee, di sentimenti, di disperate speranze» tra i due grandi giuristi-scrittori, le fasi dell'elaborazione dei romanzi di Satta, a partire dal «De Profundis», del quale un primo estratto fu pubblicato proprio su «Il Ponte». Le lettere documentano anche la temperie politica e culturale del primo decennio dell'Italia repubblicana, della quale Calamandrei fu autorevole, critico protagonista e Satta distaccato, ma fine osservatore, anche per quanto concerne le controverse questioni della morte della patria e della continuità - rottura tra Regime fascista e Italia repubblicana. Illuminano, inoltre, la genesi lontana del suo grande romanzo postumo, «Il giorno del giudizio» e il suo profondo legame con la Sardegna di cui è originale espressione il saggio «Spirito religioso dei Sardi», pubblicato nel numero unico che, nel 1951, «Il Ponte» dedicò alla Sardegna. L'epistolario è integrato da lettere inedite di interlocutori di Satta, giuristi, letterati e politici (Albanese, Capograssi, Tumiati, Moretti, Bacchelli, Cesarini Sforza, Cossiga, Monni, Segni) e da due suoi inediti: uno scritto giuridico del 1950 e un saggio su Oscar Wilde. Introducono e contestualizzano la ricca documentazione inedita due densi saggi di Angela Guiso e Carlo Felice Casula, curatori del libro, dal punto di vista critico- letterario e storico-politico-giuridico.


«Carissimo Calamandrei, sento quanto il tuo animo sia vicino al mio», di Angela Guiso
Salvatore Satta e Piero Calamandrei. «Comunanza di idee, di sentimenti, di disperate speranze nonostante la differenza etnica, così importante almeno nel dominio dell’inconscio», di Carlo Felice Casula
Nota al testo
Salvatore Satta. Un profilo, di Angela Guiso
Piero Calamandrei. Un profilo, di Carlo Felice Casula

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03 May 2021

BOOK: Akhil REED AMAR, The Words That Made Us - America's Constitutional Conversation, 1760-1840 (New York: Basic Books, 2021). ISBN 9780465096350, 40.00 USD.


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Basic Books is publishing a book on the formative decades of the American Constitution.


When the US Constitution won popular approval in 1788, it was the culmination of thirty years of passionate argument over the nature of government. But ratification hardly ended the conversation. For the next half century, ordinary Americans and statesmen alike continued to wrestle with weighty questions in the halls of government and in the pages of newspapers. Should the nation’s borders be expanded? Should America allow slavery to spread westward? What rights should Indian nations hold? What was the proper role of the judicial branch?


In The Words that Made Us, Akhil Reed Amar unites history and law in a vivid narrative of the biggest constitutional questions early Americans confronted, and he expertly assesses the answers they offered. His account of the document’s origins and consolidation is a guide for anyone seeking to properly understand America’s Constitution today.


Akhil Reed Amar is the Sterling professor of law and political science at Yale University and the author of several books on constitutional law and history, including America’s Constitution: A Biography and America’s Unwritten Constitution. He lives in Woodbridge, Connecticut.


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BOOK: Andrea ERRERA, Il «movimento giuridico di un popolo». Nino Tamassia e l’insegnamento della Storia del diritto nell’anno accademico 1899-1900 (Napoli: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, 2021). ISBN: 978-88-495-4441-1, pp. 392 , € 51,00


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Esiste una sola copia superstite dell’intera tiratura di stampe litografiche pubblicate per riprodurre gli appunti del corso di lezioni di Storia del diritto italiano svolto da Nino Tamassia a Padova nell’anno accademico 1899-1900, e questa copia si trova presso l’Istituto di Storia del diritto italiano dell’Università di Parma, in un volume ormai logoro per l’età e malconcio per l’uso. Il presente libro offre non solo la trascrizione della raccolta manoscritta di appunti – con il fine di garantire a quelle dispense una più ampia e più duratura possibilità di conoscenza rispetto alla testimonianza fornita dall’ultima e consunta litografia esistente – ma si propone anche di studiare le forme ed i contenuti di quegli appunti, che documentano in assoluto il primo corso di lezioni di Tamassia di cui sia rimasta memoria, per indagarne e comprenderne più approfonditamente l’impostazione scientifica e la metodologia didattica. Emerge da ciò la mirabile sapienza oratoria e la prodigiosa abilità pedagogica di un brillante comunicatore come Tamassia, che era in grado di accendere magistralmente la passione degli studenti con vividi quadri storici tutt’oggi suggestivi ed avvincenti. 


Andrea Errera è Professore Ordinario di Storia del diritto medievale e moderno nel Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza, Studi politici e internazionali dell’Università degli Studi di Parma, ove insegna Storia del diritto italiano e Tecniche dell’argomentazione e della comunicazione efficace tra storia e attualità. Tra le numerose pubblicazioni, è autore delle monografie: Arbor actionum. Genere letterario e forma di classificazione delle azioni nella dottrina dei Glossatori (Bologna 1995); Processus in causa Fidei. L’evoluzione dei manuali inquisitoriali nei secoli XVI-XVIII e il manuale inedito di un inquisitore perugino (Bologna 2000); Il concetto di scientia iuris dal XII al XIV secolo. Il ruolo della logica platonica e aristotelica nelle scuole giuridiche medievali (Milano 2003); Lineamenti di epistemologia giuridica medievale. Storia di una rivoluzione scientifica (Torino 2006). 

The table of contents can be downloaded in PDF format here.

BOOK: Martin LÖHNIG & Anna MOSZYNSKA, Laboratorium für internationale gesetzgeberische Arbeit - Die Geburt der polnischen Rechtsordnung der Zwischenkriegszeit im europäischen Kontext (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2021). ISBN 978-3-205-21227-0, 65.00 EUR


Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht is publishing a new book on Polish legal history during the interbellum.

Polen stand nach dem Großen Krieg vor der Herausforderung der innerstaatlichen Rechtsvereinheitlichung über die Grenzen der europäischen Rechtskreise hinaus und der Integration in das System internationaler Rechtsnormen. Die Zweite Polnische Republik bot deshalb den Anblick eines Laboratoriums en miniature für internationale gesetzgeberische Arbeit, in welchem die Idee, eines neuen, modernen polnischen Rechts mit der lex lata fremder Rechtsordnungen verglichen werden konnte. Die Arbeit der polnischen Kodifikationskommission erfolgte in einem europäischen Umfeld, das vom Streben nach Rechtsvereinheitlichung gekennzeichnet war, und ist deshalb als Pionierunternehmen für eine europäische Rechtsvereinheitlichung über die Grenzen der in Kontinentaleuropa bestehenden Rechtskreise hinaus anzusehen.


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WEBINAR: Legal history and mass migration. 14 april-5 may