20 August 2014

NOTICE: "Southern France Illuminated Juridical Manuscript Production", new Facebook page

A new Facebook page on the theme "Southern France Illuminated Juridical Manuscript Production"

Click here to see the page

An artistic crossroad between French “Midi”, Italy and Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Catalonia and Portugal) - 13th-14th centuries

The page has been created to share contents, especially publications, news, events, discoveries, related to the academic study of the southern France illuminated juridical manuscript production (13th-14th centuries) and it's directly linked to the current postdoctoral research project of Dr. Maria Alessandra Bilotta (IEM-FCSH-UNL) on «Portuguese juridical manuscripts production and illumination between 14th and 15th centuries and theirs connections with manuscripts production and illumination in the French “Midi” (specially Toulouse, Avignon and Montpellier) and in the North-Mediterranean regions (Italy and Cataluña)», carried out within the Institute of Medieval Studies (IEM: of the Nova University of Lisbon and funded by the FCT (SFRH / BPD / 74298 / 2010).

19 August 2014

SCHOLARSHIP: Two more post-doctoral fellowships in Paris (IFER/Fernand Braudel incoming programme) DEADLINE 30 SEPTEMBER

In the same category as the previous post, reports two more post-doctoral one year positions in the most beautiful city on earth:


Two post-doc fellowships are offered at the Collège d’études mondiales in Paris in connection with the Fernand Braudel incoming program.
These research stays are designed to enable researchers :
  • to carry out a research project in a host laboratory
  • to integrate scientific networks in France and other European countries
  • to build lasting partnerships between their home institution and the host institution. Applicant’s projects should match the areas of research of these institutions.
All social and human sciences are eligible. An interdisciplinary approach to research topics is encouraged. This programme is open to applicants from all countries, belonging to a foreign research centre, who wish to undertake a research residency in France.
The duration of the fellowship is 9 months (however, the length of the research stay can be adjusted if warranted for scientific reasons). Fellowship holders must start their research stay maximum 6 months after obtaining the grant. 

Guidelines submission

Candidates can apply to general fellowships and specific fellowships, offered by several research institutions and “Laboratories of excellence” (Labex) who are partners of the programme.
Applicants must have a PhD and reside outside France and belong to a non-French research institution (university, academy of sciences, or other research organism).
To apply please contact the Collège d’études mondiales scientific coordination:
Applications must be submitted electronically via the online application form soon available.
Applications may be completed in French or English
Before September 30, 2014
Online application platform is open from September 1 until September 30, 2014.

Documents required

  • Application form (to be completed online).
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • List of publications.
  • Detailed research project proposal (5-8 pages, plus a bibliography of 2 pages maximum).
  • Copy of doctoral diploma.
  • Summary of applicant’s doctoral dissertation (2 pages maximum)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from scientific scholars. These may be included in the online application or may be sent directly to one of the following address, by email; or by post: Fernand Braudel-IFER Fellowship Programme (please specify : incoming/outgoing) ; FMSH, Office 328 ; 190 avenue de France ; 75648 Paris Cedex 13, France.The applicant must tick the appropriate box on the online form indicating that the letters will arrive separately. Please ensure that letters are received before the close of the call for applications.
  • Letter of invitation from the director of the institution or research laboratory, agreeing to host the applicant for the duration of the fellowship

Selection process

Selection is based on examination of the application files.
The selection process is competitive.
Each application is evaluated by two independent experts and by a selection
The selection committee is made up of French and foreign experts.
Members of the selection committee choose applicants based on :
  • their scientific skills and their academic background
  • the appeal, quality and feasibility of their research project
  • the complementary fit between their project and research being carried out at the chosen host laboratory.
  • the letters of recommendation.
Timeline: 2 calls per year, in March and September.
The selection committee meets in June (for the March call) and in December (for the September call).
Results are announced in July for March Call and in January for September Call.

Legal status and obligations of fellowship recipients

FMSH ensures that fellows can work in an environment that is conducive to making  their research projects a success.
Selected applicants are classified as “FMSH postdoctoral fellows”; this is not an employment contract, but a fellowship that is non-taxable.
Incoming fellows are affiliated with two institutions :
  • A host laboratory (in Paris or another city in France), chosen by the fellow according to his/her project. The host laboratory (at a university or attached to the CNRS or an MSH institution belonging to the national MSH network) provides the fellow with the facilities needed to work, while integrating him/her into its teams and assisting him/her with the project.
  • At the same time, the fellow benefits from guest research status at FMSH. This status gives the fellow access to all FMSH’s facilities (library, Wi-Fi) and enables him/her to take part in FMSH’s scientific activities. Furthermore, FMSH helps its guest researchers to gain access to other scientific facilities in Paris or elsewhere in France (i.e. research centres, libraries, archives, museums, etc.). FMSH pays the deductibles for private medical/accident insurance for incoming fellows. Selected applicants are considered as “FMSH postdoctoral fellows”. This is not an employment contract, but a fellowship that is non-taxable. The amount of the fellowship is €2,000 (euros) per month.
This fellowship is awarded subject to the following conditions:
  • The recipient must be present at the host laboratory throughout the length of the fellowship.
  • The fellow must inform FMSH if, for any reason (i.e. illness, inability to enter or return to the host country, professional reasons, etc.), his/her stay is interrupted.
  • The fellow must submit a research report (3 pages) and a Working Paper (WP) at the end of the stay (following FMSH’s procedure for the publication of Working Papers and Position Papers).
  • The fellow must mention the support received from FMSH and the European Commission – Action Marie Curie COFUND in any and all publications that result from research carried out as part of this programme.
  • The fellow commits to respect the European charter for researchers (

SCHOLARSHIP: Two post-doctoral positions funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung at the Collège d'Études Mondiales (Paris). DEADLINE: 15 SEPTEMBER

(image source: reports that the Gerda Henkel Stiftung provides for two post-doctoral scholarships of 12 months in Paris, for two young researchers living outside of France.

As part of the partnership between the Gerda Henkel Stiftung and the Collège d’études mondiales, two post-doctoral grants will be awarded, for a period of 12 months, to two young researchers living outside of France.


The Collège d’études mondiales is a center of exchange and reflexion for researchers in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The institution faces head-on the methodological, epistemological and conceptual changes demanded of those who interpret contemporary phenomena.
These post-doctoral researchers will be received by one of the Chairs or one of the research initiatives at the Collège d’études mondiales in Paris
Candidates’ research projects must be devoted to one of the following two research areas :

Social progress and global justice

Relevant disciplines : philosophy, political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, history or philosophy of law, history or philosophy of economics.

Images, bodies and techniques in the global era

Relevant disciplines : history of art, aesthetics, philosophy, political science, anthropology, anthropology or sociology of medicine.


This post-doctoral grant is worth 2,000€ per month. Travel expenses from home countries to Paris will be taken care of by the institution. The post-doctoral researchers are responsible for the costs of medical insurance.

Qualifications for admission

The admissions process for candidates will focus on the quality of the their scientific backgrounds as well as their post-doctoral projects and their integration into the research conducted at the Collège d’études mondiales.
The conditions for eligibility are the following:
  • Candidates must hold a PhD by the date that applications are due, having presented a thesis.
  • Candidates must have lived in France for less than twelve months in the last three years.
  • Candidates may submit their applications only within the first six years after the presentation of their theses.
  • Candidates should be fluent in French.
The application should include (in English or French):
  • Doctorate degree (PhD).
  • Candidate’s Curriculum Vitae and publications.
  • A research project with a bibliography of main works cited (project + bibliography no more than 5 pages).
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • 1 Welcome letter from one of the Chairholders or associated researchers at the Collège d’études mondiales
Without exception, applications must be submitted via email to the scientific coordination at the Collège d’études mondiales :

before September 15th, 2014.

LECTURE SERIES: "Wissen, Was Recht Is" (ETH Zurich)

(source: ETHlife)

 The ETH in Zurich hosts a lecture series on the theme "Wissen, Was Recht Is".

Conference statement:
In der Reihe geht es darum, jenen breiten Fundus von Wissen zu untersuchen, der bei der Formulierung von Rechts- und Gerechtigkeitsansprüchen ebenso ins Spiel kommt wie bei Praxen des Anklagens, Ermittelns oder Urteilens. Auf welche Weise und in welcher Form finden Wissensbestände, die in anderen Wissenschaften, Gesellschaftsbereichen und kulturellen Praxen zirkulieren, Eingang in Rechtswissen? Und umgekehrt: Wie wirkt das Recht auf die Fabrikation von Wissen ein? Welche Rolle spielen hier Kriterien und Praktiken der Rechtfertigung, Zeugenschaft und Macht?

24. September 2014
Prof. Dr. Monika Dommann
Einführung »Wissen und Recht«
Prof. Dr. Thomas Vesting
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Rechtstheorie
Das moderne Recht und die Krise des gemeinsamen Wissens
8. Oktober 2014
Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheffer
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Rechtssoziologie
Wie Recht weiss – Eine vergleichende Ethnografie von Strafverfahren in D, USA und GB
22. Oktober 2014
Dr. Jessica Whyte
University of Western Sydney, Cultural & Social Analysis
A Right of Private Individuals or a Responsibility of States? Michel Foucault and the ›Right to Intervene‹
Workshop am 31. Oktober
The Politico-Legal Thought of Giorgio Agamben
Siehe separaten Flyer für Details.
5. November 2014
Dr. des. Sibylle Schmidt
Freie Universität Berlin, Philosophie
Zeugenschaft – Episteme und Ethik einer Wissenspraxis
19. November 2014
Prof. Dr. Sylvia Sasse
Universität Zürich, Slavistik
Den Staat an seine Gesetze erinnern – Dissidenz als Wissen vom Recht
3. Dezember 2014
Prof. Dr. Lauren Benton
New York University, History
Knowing Arbitrary Justice – Scandal, Ethnography, and Constitutionalism in the British Empire of Law
Workshop am 2. Dezember
Siehe separaten Flyer für Details.
17. Dezember 2014
Prof. Dr. Dominik Hangartner
London School of Economics, Political Science
Wer erhält das Bürgerrecht? Schweizer Einbürgerungspraxis unter der Lupe
 Source: HSozUKult

CALL FOR PAPERS: Towards A History of Error (MPI Berlin/LMU Munich/Univ. Erfurt) DEADLINE 1 November 2014

The MPI for the History of Science in Berlin, the LMU Munich and the University of Erfurt co-host a conference on the history of "error" in several disciplines.

Conference statement (source: HSozUKult):

The Forschungszentrum Gotha and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin invite submission of paper abstracts for a workshop to be held in Berlin, 10-11 December 2015: Towards a History of Error.
The aim of the workshop is to identify key topics and episodes in European intellectual history of error in theology, philosophy, medicine, scholarship, and the sciences, from the late Middle Ages through the early nineteenth century. Themes include not only concepts but also methods for avoiding and eliminating error, as well as reflections on the causes and consequences of error.
Paper abstracts should be no more than 750 words long, and may be submitted in French, German, or English. Applicants are also asked to submit a curriculum vitae (including publications); applications from younger scholars are especially welcomed.
Please submit all materials to Ms. Tanja Neuendorf ( by no later than October 1, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by November 1, 2014.

CONFERENCE: The Natural Law Thought of Francisco Suarez (Munich, 5-6 September 2014)

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The "Hochschule" for Philosophy, the Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität of Munich and the University of Cologne organize a conference on Francisco Suarez, who counts among the stars of Spanish Neo-Scholastic thought.

Conference statement (in German):
Die Erforschung des frühneuzeitlichen Naturrechts gehört zu den innovativsten Feldern der ideen-, wissenschafts- und philosophiegeschichtlichen Forschung der letzten Jahrzehnte. Selbst vor dem Hintergrund der erheblichen Unterschiede in der Begründung der Geltung von säkularen und doch überpositiven Rechten ist dabei erkennbar geworden, dass das Naturrecht in der zunehmend weltlichen Neuzeit Grundlagenfunktionen einnimmt, die weit über die Fragen politischer Theorie hinausgehen. Im Rahmen dieser innovativen Erforschung frühneuzeitlichen Naturrechts bleiben die elaborierten Positionen Francisco Suárez’ zumeist ausgespart. Daran soll die Tagung erste grundlegende Änderungen im Hinblick auf die Stellung des suarézischen Naturrechts im Tableau frühneuzeitlicher Naturrechtslehren erwirken.

Program (source: HSozUKult)
FREITAG, 05. 09. 2014
09.00 – 09.30
Norbert Brieskorn, Gideon Stiening, Holger Epp: Begrüßung, Eröffnung und Vorstellung der jüngst erschienenen, zweisprachigen Edition von ›De legibus ac Deo legislatore. Liber tertius‹ (PPR I,6–7) im frommann-holzboog Verlag
I. Naturrecht zwischen Theologie und Metaphysik
Diskussionsleitung: Norbert Brieskorn
09.30 – 10.30
Merio Scattola: Zum Verhältnis von lex aeterna und lex naturalis
10.30 – 11.00
11.00 – 12.00
Gideon Stiening: Urheber und/oder Gesetzgeber. Zur Funktion der Gottesinstanz im Naturrecht
12.00 – 13.00
Stefan Schweighöfer: Proxima regula bonitatis: das Gewissen und das natürliche Gesetz
13.00 – 14.00
II. Naturrecht und Ethik
Diskussionsleitung: Tilman Repgen
14.00– 15.00
Thomas Pink: Law and liberty in Suárez
15.00 – 16.00
Markus Kremer: Zur Komplementarität von Naturrecht und Tugendlehre
16.00 – 16.30
16.30 – 17.30
Frank Grunert: Die obligatio in conscientia im Naturrecht von Francisco Suárez (II.9)
III. Historische und systematische Einheit des Naturrechts
Diskussionsleitung: Gideon Stiening
17.30 – 18.30
Dominik Recknagel: ‚ius naturale praeceptivum‘ und ‚ius naturale dominativum‘. Die Unveränderlichkeit des Naturrechts bei Francisco Suárez (II,13-14)
Kurt Seelmann: Zur historischen Wandelbarkeit des Naturrechts
SAMSTAG, 06. 09. 2014
09.00 – 10.00
Robert Schnepf: Zur Einheit des Naturrecht (II,8)
IV. Möglichkeiten und Grenzen des suárezischen Naturrechts
Diskussionsleitung: Matthias Lutz-Bachmann
10.00 – 11.00
Holger Glinka: Suárez’ Naturrecht zwischen Säkularisierung und Re-Theologisierung (II, 11)
11.00 – 11.30
11.30 – 12.30
Dieter Hüning: Taugt die lex naturalis zur Begründung möglicher Zwangsbefugnisse?
12.30 – 13.30
Oliver Bach: „Ergo non est verisimile, reliquisse Deum homines sine hoc remedio“? Francisco Suárez über die Dispens und ein universales Naturrecht. (II,15)

CALL FOR PAPERS: Academic entrepreneurship in history (ULB/UGent/Lille-3/Bologna) (Deadline: 31 October 2014)

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The universities of Brussels (ULB), Ghent, Lille and Bologna host a conference on "academic entrepreneurship in history", to be held on 12 and 13 March in the Ghent City Museum.

The call for papers states the following (source: HSozUKult):

The Departments of History of Universiteit Gent, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université Lille 3 and Università di Bologna are jointly organizing the international conference "Academic entrepreneurship in history" on 12-13 March 2015 at the STAM city museum in Ghent, Belgium. The aim of the meeting is to bring together an international group of scholars engaged in research on the notion and practice of academic entrepreneurship from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth century. The focus will be on the range of actions, behaviors and qualities of academic scientists and their employing institutions which can be seen as entrepreneurial in at least one of the many senses in which the entrepreneurship term has been used in the economics and business history literatures. What we would like to discuss in a broad and comparative perspective is a) how entrepreneurial attitudes and practices coalesced and generated distinctive patterns of performance; b) in what relation these patterns stood to the changes that took place in different educational systems; c) how they were affected by economic, cultural, social, and political factors at multiple spatial levels; and d) how they evolved over time.
Invited papers:
The organizers welcome contributions from both junior and senior scholars. A limited number of papers will be selected on the basis of their relevance to the proposed themes. The aim is to include papers from various streams of research, focusing especially on the physical, life, and engineering sciences but also dealing with other subject areas. We strongly encourage proposals on one or more of the following topics:
1. Institutional entrepreneurship: the behavior of individual or groups of academic scientists (by which we mean the employees of institutions of higher education and research) as agents of innovation in the organization and development of academic institutions.
2. Commercial entrepreneurship: the engagement of academic scientists in commercial activity outside the context of academic institutions (consulting, contracting, patenting, setting up of business enterprises).
3. Entrepreneurial institutions: the involvement of institutions of higher education and research in providing services, expertise, and intellectual property to external customers (public and private) and the institutionalization of this type of activity.
4. Comparisons: changes in time and space and differences (or similarities) between disciplines and fields of activity.
5. Categories and concepts: the definition of typological and conceptual frameworks.
A more detailed outline of these themes is available in a draft document entitled "Academic entrepreneurship in history. A call for further research in a collaborative and comparative perspective." Prospective participants can obtain it from the Organizing Committee via e-mail at
Relevant dates:
The deadline for the submission of abstracts (maximum 400 words) and short CVs to is 31 October 2014. The notification of acceptance will be issued by 15 November 2014. Papers will be circulated to all participants approximately one month before the conference.
Participation and expenses:
Travel and accommodation expenses of all speakers will be covered. In the case of co-authored papers it will however not be possible to provide additional support.


BOOK: "An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research", by Lee Epstein and Andrew D. Martin

by Lee Epstein, Provost Professor and Rader Family Trustee Chair in Law & Political Science, University of Southern Californiaand Andrew D. Martin, Professor of Law, and Dean, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Michigan.

A new book from Oxford University Press
all information here
  • A concise, accessible introduction to understanding, conducting, and evaluating empirical research in a legal context
  • Written by two of the world's leading experts in empirical legal research, drawing on many years' experience of training lawyers and students
  • Presents the foundations of statistical modelling and analysis in a language accessible to lawyers with no background in mathematics or formal social science methods
  • Supported by an extensive companion website that includes detailed case studies and sample data sets, introductions to statistical software, guides to best practice, and extensive references for further reading

Is the death penalty a more effective deterrent than lengthy prison sentences? Does a judge's gender influence their decisions? Do independent judiciaries promote economic freedom? Answering such questions requires empirical evidence, and arguments based on empirical research have become an everyday part of legal practice, scholarship, and teaching. In litigation judges are confronted with empirical evidence in cases ranging from bankruptcy and taxation to criminal law and environmental infringement. In academia researchers are increasingly turning to sophisticated empirical methods to assess and challenge fundamental assumptions about the law.

JOURNAL: German Law E-Journal (No. 5, 2014 - special issue)

Special issue on EU Citizenship:  Twenty Years On
Guest Editor  -  Patricia Mindus (Uppsala University)

click here to download this issue

CONFERENCE & CFP: “Law, Custom and Ritual in the Medieval Mediterranean" (Lincoln, 13-15 July 2015)

WHAT:   Law, Custom and Ritual in the Medieval Mediterranean”, fourth biennial conference of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean

WHERE: University of Lincoln

WHEN: Monday 13th July to Wednesday 15th July 2015

All information here
Deadline: Abstracts for individual papers and proposals for sessions should be emailed to the conference email address ( by the end of the day on Saturday 18th October 2014.

The Society for the Medieval Mediterranean is pleased to announce that the fourth biennial conference of the Society  will take place at the University of Lincoln from Monday 13th July to Wednesday 15th July 2015. The theme of the conference is “Law, Custom and Ritual in the Medieval Mediterranean” and the keynotes will be delivered by Professor Maribel Fierro (CSIC, Madrid: "Obedience to the ruler in the Medieval Islamic West: legal and historical perspectives") and Dr Andrew Marsham (University of Edinburgh: “Rituals of accession in early Islam: a comparative perspective”).

14 August 2014

REMINDER: MASTER "Law and compared normativities between Rome and Paris" deadline tomorrow 15 August 2014

Deadline tomorrow 15th August 2014!

Master in diritto e normatività comparate
Dir. Prof. Emanuele Conte (Univ.RomaTre) and Prof. Paolo Napoli (CENJ - EHESS Paris)

All information here (Roma Tre University) and here (Cenj); or mail to    

COLLOQUIUM: "Les moines autour de la Méditerranée. Mobilités et contacts à l’échelle locale et régionale" (Rome, 17-19 September 2014)

WHAT: Colloquium on the theme "Les moines autour de la 
Méditerranée. Mobilités et contacts à l’échelle locale et régionale", within the Program "Parcours et échanges en Méditerranée"

WHERE: École française de Rome, Piazza Navona, 62, Rome 

WHEN: 17-19 September 2014 

All information here

OPPORTUNITY: Doctoral research position at Max Planck institute for European Legal History

WHAT: Doctoral research position 

at the Max-Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt, within the International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment  (REMEP)

WHEN: deadline 1st November 2014, or later

This doctoral position is granted in the context of the interdisciplinary program of the International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation, Punishment (IMPRS REMEP). The research school aims to attract young researchers educated in law (in this case in particular legal history) or historical sciences. 

The doctoral student will carry out his or her studies in Frankfurt. He or she will participate in the training program offered by the IMPRS REMEP and can make use of the facilities and infrastructure of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History. The interdisciplinary curriculum requires participation in several joint seminars to be conducted together with the doctoral students who are affiliated with the IMPRS REMEP partner institutes in Halle/Saale and Freiburg. During these seminars, all students shall achieve cross-disciplinary knowledge in order to develop a common understanding of the overall research agenda and to be able to mutually understand and discuss their doctoral theses from the perspectives of all relevant disciplines. Working language of the training program is English. A cross-disciplinary dissertation project may be co-supervised by a member of the academic staff from a partner institute.

ARTICLE: Thomas Duve on "National Traditions and Transnational Perspectives"

Thomas Duve on "National Traditions and Transnational Perspectives", now available on SSRN.  
The article will be published in the upcoming issue of our journal Rechtsgeschichte-Legal History

click here to read the abstract and download the article

CONFERENCE: "Scottish Legal History Group Annual Conference" (Edinburgh, 4 October 2014)

WHAT: the 34th Scottish Legal History Group Annual Conference

WHEREReading Room of the Advocates’ Library, Parliament House, Edinburgh

WHEN: October, 4, 2014 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

10.30               Coffee
 11.00               First Session 
Dr Jenny Wormald (University of Edinburgh) ”And so it follows ... that the Kinges were the authors & makers of the lawes, and not the lawes of the Kings” (James VI, Trew Lawe of Free Monarchies).  Did he mean it?”
Dr Karin Bowie (University of Glasgow) “Protestations and the Making of Public Opinion in Early Modern Scotland.”
12.30               Sherry. Break for Lunch.
2.15                 Second Session
Annual General Meeting ... to be followed at 2.30 approximately by:
Mr Kenneth Campbell, QC  “Collectors and Decisions: developments in case reporting at the birth of the ‘new’ Court of Session”
3.30                 Third Session
Dr Kathryn Chittick, Trent University, Ontario, Walter Scott and the Reform of Scottish Judicature 1806-1810.”
Dr Anja Johansen, University of Dundee,  "The role of courts in disciplining police officers: a comparative view from Berlin and Paris, 1870-1914."
5.00                 Close

11 August 2014

SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION: Donlan and Heirbaut on European Legal Hybridity and Jurisdictional Complexity

Seán Patrick Donlan and Dirk Heirbaut's '“A patchwork of accommodations”: Reflections on European legal hybridity and jurisdictional complexity' is available here

The text is a draft introduction to a collection edited by Donlan and Heirbaut. The book is currently entitled The Laws' Many Bodies, c1600-1900.

07 August 2014

ARTICLE: Duve on German Legal History: National Traditions and Transnational Perspectives

Thomas Duve's 'German Legal History: National Traditions and Transnational Perspectives' is available on SSRN. Duve is the Director of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal HistoryThe article will be published in the upcoming issue of our journal Rechtsgeschichte-Legal History. The abstract reads:

In this article, I review select institutional and analytical traditions of Legal History in 20th century Germany, in order to put forth some recommendations for the future development of our discipline. A careful examination of the evolution of Legal History in Germany in the last twenty-five years, in particular, reveals radical transformations in the research framework: within the study of law, there has been a shift in the internal reference points for Legal History. While the discipline is opening up to new understandings of law and to its neighboring disciplines, its institutional position at the law departments has become precarious. Research funding is being allocated in new ways and the German academic system is witnessing ever more internal differentiation. Internationally, German contributions and analytic traditions are receiving less attention and are being marginalized as new regions enter into a global dialogue on law and its history. The German tradition of research in Legal History had for long been setting benchmarks internationally; now it has to reflect upon and react to new global knowledge systems that have emerged in light of the digital revolution and the transnationalization of legal and academic systems. If legal historians in Germany accept the challenge these changing conditions pose, thrilling new intellectual and also institutional opportunities emerge. Especially the transnationalization of law and the need for a transnational legal scholarship offers fascinating perspectives for Legal History.

31 July 2014

CFP: Doctoral Seminar by Prof. Emily Kadens (KU Leuven, October 3rd 2014)

What: Doctoral Seminar by Prof. Emily Kadens The Trouble with Custom followed by paper presentations by early-stage scholars 
Where:  Museumzaal MSI 02.08, Mgr Sencie-Institute, Erasmusplein 2, Leuven (B) 
When: October 3rd 2014, 9.00am-5.00pm 

Deadline: August 25th 2014 (send an email to:

Historians of all types take for granted that something called "custom" existed. Then they use the term lazily, as did people in the pre-modern era, to refer to many types of legal rules and norms. But if we take seriously the Roman law definition adopted by the medieval jurists that custom is repeated behavior over time to which the majority of the community has tacitly consented to be bound, then how did this custom work? How was it formed? How did it evolve over time? What effect did writing have on it? What was its relationship to enacted and learned law? Is the Roman concept of custom and its reality in practice the same as the German distinction between Gewohnheitsrecht and Rechtsgewohnheit? And, most fundamentally, did custom as defined by the Roman law actually ever exist at all? If not, why did the jurists spend so much energy debating its intricacies? 

On the occasion of the presentation of LECTIO’s new book series, Professor Emily Kadens 
(Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago) will deliver a public lecture on Thursday 2 
October entitled ‘The Intellectual History of Custom’. In addition, on Friday 3 October she will 
lead a seminar on ‘The Trouble with Custom’. 

After an introductory session by Professor Kadens, the seminar will provide the opportunity to 
selected doctoral and post-doctoral scholars to present their research during a paper session and to discuss it with Professor Kadens and the other participants. We particularly welcome paper proposals that deal with one of the following topics: 
1. The relationship between custom as it worked in daily life and the legal theory of 
2. The use of custom as an argument in law, philosophy, theology, philology, history, etc.; 
3. The interaction between legal history and intellectual history Interdisciplinary approaches and case studies that illustrate these topics from a historical or present day perspective are an asset. 
Successful applicants are expected to give a 10-minute ‘Work-in-Progress’ talk in English followed by a 20-minute discussion. 

A paper (max. 10 pages) and a short CV should be submitted no later than 25 August 2014 to 

For organizational purposes, scholars who want to attend the seminar without presenting a paper are also asked to register before that date. 

All participants of the doctoral seminar will receive a reading assignment by the end of August 

30 July 2014

CONFERENCE: "Understanding legal reasoning: a role for history and philosophy in modern private law"(Groningen, 11-12 September 2014)

WHAT: Conference on the theme "Understanding legal reasoning: a role for history and philosophy in modern private law"
WHERE: Congreszaal, Het Kasteel,
Melkweg 1, 9718 EP Groningen
WHEN: Thursday 11th September 2014 3:00-5:00 pm; Friday 12th September 2014 9.30 am -4.45 pm

The Groningen Centre for Law and Governance (GCL) and the Department of Private and Notarial Law of the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen, will organize the conference Understanding Legal Reasoning, A Role for History and Philosophy in Modern Private Law on 11 and 12 September 2014.

all information here

Conference theme

The Connection of Private Law with History and Philosophy
The privileged flow of communication which used to link private lawyers to legal historians and philosophers is nowadays reduced to a trickle. Today, most private lawyers, influenced by a European trend in higher education which encourages specialisation at the expense of foundational subjects, ask themselves why historical and philosophical modules have not yet been removed from the academic curricula in favour of legal subjects perceived as more in line with current developments.
Yet, the European legal systems were developed by jurists who were well aware of the historical and theoretical roots of their science. For example, the Pandectists, the forefathers of the influential German civil code, developed German law largely on the basis of Roman law. Even the English common law contains clear examples of the fruitful relationship linking private law to history and philosophy. Thus, William Blackstone, the author of the Commentaries on the Laws of England – arguably the most systematic and certainly the most influential analysis of English law – and the first Vinerian Professor of English Law at Oxford University, was an excellent classical scholar.
Whereas the detachment of private law from historical and philosophical investigations has its roots in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, it is during the twentieth century that the fading interest for historical and philosophical studies in Europe becomes an indisputable fact. The demise of Roman law as a system of living law, the expansion of commercial law after the Second World War, the pressure on higher education institutions to produce as many lawyers as possible in the shortest possible time: these are just some of the factors which might have contributed to the decline of the productive cross-fertilisation. For their part, legal historians and philosophers bear their share of responsibility for the present situation: beyond the lively discussion concerning the cultural and legal roots European private law, there have been few attempts to include private lawyers in the modern theoretical and historical debates and to highlight the practical significance of foundational subjects for the enhancement of the legal skills.

JOURNAL: "Legal History e-journal" (Vol. 18, No. 64: Jul 15, 2014)

Legal History e-journal 

Vol. 18, No. 64: Jul 15, 2014

All articles here


"Law educator: courses, materials & teaching e-journal"

Vol. 10, n. 20, July, 2014

all articles here

BOOK: Halpérin's Five Legal Revolutions Since the 17th Century: An Analysis of a Global Legal History

Jean-Louis Halpérin's Five Legal Revolutions Since the 17th Century: An Analysis of a Global Legal History (Springer) has been published:

This book presents an analysis of global legal history in Modern times, questioning the effect of political revolutions since the 17th century on the legal field. Readers will discover a non-linear approach to legal history as this work investigates the ways in which law is created. These chapters look at factors in legal revolution such as the role of agents, the policy of applying and publicising legal norms, codification and the orientations of legal writing, and there is a focus on the publicization of law.

The author uses Herbert Hart’s schemes to conceive law as a human artefact or convention, being the union between primary rules of obligations and secondary rules conferring powers. Here we learn about those secondary rules and the legal construction of the Modern state, and we question the extent to which codification and law reporting were likely to revolutionize the legal field.

These chapters examine the hypothesis of a legal revolution that could have concerned many countries in modern times. To begin with, the book considers the legal aspect of the construction of Modern States in the 17th and 18th centuries. It goes on to examine the consequences of the codification movement as a legal revolution before looking at the so-called “constitutional” revolution, linked with the extension of judicial review in many countries after World War II. Finally, the book enquires into the construction of an EU legal order and international law.

In each of these chapters, the author measures the scope of the change, how the secondary rules are concerned, the role of the professional lawyers and what are the characters of the new configuration of the legal field. This book provokes new debates in legal philosophy about the rule of change and will be of particular interest to researchers in the fields of law, theories of law, legal history, philosophy of law and historians more broadly.​

Recommended. - SPD

29 July 2014

BOOK: Birks on The Roman Law of Obligations

The Roman Law of Obligations*** Exclusive 30% discount from Oxford University Press ***

Peter Birks
Edited by Eric Descheemaeker
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The Roman Law of Obligations presents a series of lectures delivered by the late Peter Birks as an introductory course in Roman law. Discovered in complete manuscript form following his death, the lectures are published here for the first time.

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25 July 2014

WORKSHOP: The Making of Commercial Law (Helsinki, 1-3 September)

Nomôdos announced the Program of a Workshop to be held at Helsinki early September, on the history of commercial law, featuring several members of our society. More information below:

Preliminary Programme
(subject to changes)
Sunday, 31 August 2014

19.30 Meeting at hotel lobby: City walking tour and welcome drink
Monday, 1 September 2014
Session 1: Sources and Commercial Law
9.30-12.00, venue: Lecture room P545 (faculty meeting room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
  • Eberhard Isenmann: Legal, moral-theological and genuinely economic opinions on questions of trade and economy in 15th and early 16th century Germany.
  • Dave De Ruysscher: Merchant manuals as sources.
  • Heikki Pihlajamäki: Constructing a field of law: sources of commercial law in Scandinavia.
Lunch, 12.00-13.30, venue TBA
Session 2: Commercial Legal Conflict Resolution in the Baltic Sea Region
13.30-15.00, venue: Lecture room P545 (Faculty meeting room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
  • Justina Wubs-Mrozewicz: Mercantile conflict resolution in practice: connecting diplomatic and legal sources from Danzig c. 1460-1580. 
  • Marko Lamberg: Commercial law according to the protocols from the Stockholm Town Court, c. 1475-1650: preliminary reflections.
Coffee Break, 15.00-15.30
Session 3: Superior Courts as Fora for Commercial Legal Conflicts 1
15.30-17.45, venue: Lecture room P545 (Faculty meeting room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
  • Alain Wijffels: Records and sources of commercial litigation before the Great Council of Mechelen (15th-16th centuries). 
  • Peter Oestmann: Court records as sources for the history of commercial law: The Oberappellationsgericht Lübeck as commercial court.
  • Mia Korpiola: Svea Court of Appeal records as a source of commercial law. 
Dinner, 19.00, venue TBA
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Session 4: Superior Courts as Fora for Commercial Legal Conflicts 2
9.00-10.30, venue: Lecture room P545 (faculty meeting room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
  • Anja Amend-Traut: The high imperial courts (the Aulic Council and the Imperial Chamber Court) and commerce.
  • Boudewijn Sirks: The High Council of Holland and Zealand (to be confirmed).
Coffee Break, 10.30-11.00
Session 5: Comparing English and Continental Commercial Law
11.00-12.30, venue: Lecture room P545 (faculty meeting room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
  • Guido Rossi: Comparing the sources of English and continental commercial law - with the example of maritime insurance law. 
  • Margrit Schulte Beerbühl: Bankruptcies, speculation bubbles and the law: bankruptcy law vs. bankruptcy management in late eighteenth-century Hamburg and London.
Lunch, 12.30-14.00, venue TBA
Session 6: Custom and Codification in French and Italian Commercial Law
14.00-16.15, venue: Lecture room P545 (faculty meeting room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
  • Richard Court: Genoese merchants and the consuetudine 
  • Edouard Richard: Rise of usages in French commercial law and jurisprudence (17th-19th centuries)
  • Olivier Descamps: On origins of the French Commercial Code: vicissitudes of the Gorneau Draft.
Session 7: Expanding Horizons: Universal and Non-European Commercial Law
16.30-17.15, venue: Lecture room P545 (faculty meeting room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
  • Albrecht Cordes: Levin Goldschmidt and the concept of universal commercial law.
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
Steering group meeting
  • Jussi Sallila, Faculty of Law, Legal History, P.O. Box 4, FI-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland -

CONFERENCE: Treaty Breaches. The Obligatory Force of Diplomacy and Its Limitations. (Munster, 17-19 September 2014)

HSozUKult announced an interesting conference hosted by Prof. Martin Kintzinger (Münster) on the legal history of medieval and early modern international relations. Program and platform text below:

Welche Brechungen und Verwerfungen bewirken kulturelle, mediale und soziale Grenzen auf dem Feld der vormodernen diplomatischen Interaktion? Welche Bedeutung besitzen sie für deren symbolische Inszenierung? Und welche Rolle spielen diese Grenzen dort, wo diplomatische Verbindlichkeit infragegestellt wird – kurz: Wo Verträge gebrochen werden?
Mit diesen Fragen beschäftigt sich das von Prof. Dr. Martin Kintzinger geleitete DFG-Projekt „Symbolische Kommunikation und kulturelle Differenz. Visualisierung interkultureller Diplomatie im westeuropäischen Spätmittelalter“, das vom 17.-19. September 2014 in Münster seine Abschlußtagung veranstaltet. Unser besonderes Interesse gilt der Erzeugung von Verbindlichkeit und den Problemen, die dabei auftreten. Im Rahmen der Abschlußtagung werden wir unterschiedliche Perspektiven auf diesen Problemkreis bündeln, indem wir den „Bruch des Vertrags“ sowie seine Antizipationen und Nachwirkungen in den Blick nehmen.
Die Beiträge sind auf drei Feldern angesiedelt:
1. Normative Auseinandersetzung mit Vertragsschlüssen und –brüchen: Explizite und implizite Handlungsnormen; juristische, ethische, philosophische Diskurse zu Vertragsschluß und Vertragsbruch.
2. Phänomenologie des Vertragsbruchs in vormodernen Gesellschaften.
3. Probleme der Verbindlichkeitserzeugung über kulturelle Grenzen hinweg.