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06 May 2015

BOOK: Mamadou HEBIÉ, Territorial Sovereignty by Treaty. A Study of Agreements Between Colonial Powers and Local Political Entities [Publications de l'Institut universitaire des Hautes Études Internationales - Genève] (Paris: PUF, 2015), ISBN 978-2-940503-61-2, 708 p. € 38

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Madadou Hébié (Graduate Institute, Geneva) published Souveraineté territoriale par traité, a study on the agreements concluded between colonial powers and local political entities.
 
Abstract:
Sur plus de 700 pages finement travaillées, Mamadou Hébié décrit l'histoire des relations juridiques entre les puissances européennes et les entités politiques locales durant l'expansion coloniale. L'auteur a produit une contribution majeure à l'étude de l'établissement de la souveraineté territoriale, de l'histoire du droit international et du droit des traités. Si le sujet restait jusqu'alors obscur, les quelques travaux qui lui étaient consacrés laissaient transparaître des présupposés influencés par une conception ethnocentrique du droit et des relations internationales. Ce sont ces idées reçues sur le cadre juridique de la colonisation que ce livre amène à remettre en question.

Pour offrir ce voyage dans les coulisses de l'histoire, Mamadou Hébié a analysé des centaines de documents établis à partir du XVe siècle. Ce travail colossal dévoile l'importance des termes des accords conclus entre les représentants des puissances coloniales et les chefs locaux pour déterminer leurs effets juridiques et leur rôle dans le processus de l'expansion coloniale européenne. Évitant les jugements de valeur sur cette expansion, l'auteur démontre que les puissances coloniales reconnaissaient aux entités politiques locales la capacité de conclure des traités ainsi que leurs droits de souveraineté territoriale et de propriété. Ce faisant, il permet de sortir du slogan anticolonial facile et non étayé. En effet, on ne saurait parler de mauvaise foi des puissances coloniales, de non-respect de l'engagement pris, voire de la nullité ou de l'extinction des accords passés, sans avoir préalablement établi qu'il s'agissait d'accords régis par le droit international.

Préface de Marcelo G. Kohen.
Mamadou Hébié est lecturer au Geneva LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement et professeur invité à l'Université catholique de Lille. Titulaire du doctorat en droit international et du diplôme d'études avancées en relations internationales - spécialisation en droit international, de l'Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement, il est également diplômé de la Harvard Law School, de l'Académie de droit international de La Haye, de l'Institut international des droits de l'homme et de l'Académie de droit international humanitaire et de droits humains à Genève. Il a été conseiller de la République argentine dans l'affaire de l'ARA Libertad.

More information on the publisher's website.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: World Congress of Roman and Comparative Law, "Contracts, Goods and Trade Market" (Valparaiso, 23-24 Jul 2015); DEADLINE 15 JUN 2015

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We were informed of the call for abstracts for the upcoming "World Congress of Roman and Comparative Law" in Valparaiso (Chile).

Each participant will have 20 minutes to give his communication. All proposals should relate to the main subject of the congress: “Contracts,goods and trade market”. Presentations can be given in Spanish, English, French, Italian, German or Portuguese.

The  following  publication  of  the  works  presented  to  the  Congress  will  be  subject  to  a  blind  refereeing process and to the editorial norms of the Revista de Estudios Histórico-Jurídicos (www.derecho.ucv.cl). The deadline to send the full text of the communications that wish to be included in the publication will be notified in due time

Proposals are expected by 15 June 2015.

More information on the conference website.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Law and Culture Conference (London, 10-11 Sep 2015); DEADLINE 30 JUN 2015

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We received a call for abstracts for the upcoming "Law and Culture" conference at St Mary's University (London).

Law and Culture Conference 2015: Change
10-11 September 2015, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London

Law and culture are two significant forces in human life, both shaping and influencing the conduct of individuals, communities and societies, and the values they develop. The emergence of values and norms, of traditions and beliefs—of laws—is a chronological phenomenon, taking place through the evolution of history and the influential forces of the present. But these laws are not static: change is an on-going process: a restless development and dynamic interaction of legal, cultural, social, and human reality.

Beyond the multifaceted avenues of change that traverse the history of law and its relationship(s) with culture (changing laws, values and practices; the changing presence and visibility of law in mainstream society and culture; the changing presence of women and others in law; changes in the philosophical grounding of justice), there are also widespread changes afoot in the present of 2015. In Europe, for example, there is the possibility of enormous political change with general elections, with the ebb and flow of the corporate giant, and with the EU facing challenges that may result in its reconfiguration. Beyond politics, present life is also bringing fresh challenges for law and culture globally, such as: the increased use of technology in law and human life (including amongst other challenges the darknet, and the integration of our online and physical selves); the shifting authority of law’s cultural presence and its increasingly complex relationships with science, religion, and society; the challenges of globalisation and transnational crime; the blurring of the first, second and third world; the fluidity of values as our relationship with modernity becomes ever more strained.

The Law and Culture Conference 2015 will engage with this question of change: of how law and value have developed and changed in the cultures of the past; of how it might develop in the future; of the forces and changes acting and taking place in the cultures and societies around law today (locally, globally; nationally, transnationally); of how representations of law and justice in culture (television, film, literature, comics, newsmedia) might be evolving today, yesterday, tomorrow; of how law might respond to or encounter change or changing cultures, or challenges to its authority from other sources of value and justice; of how change might be effected within law, intentionally or otherwise, for good or for bad; of how law and culture could change one another, for better, for worse, or for something else…

These are but indicative examples of the on-going process of change, all of which require fresh perspectives to decipher and understand its significance for law, and for law’s place in contemporary culture. Such questioning also provides new opportunities to visualise and explore the frontiers and changing dynamics of law and culture. Submissions are thus sought from all areas of law and cultural legal studies, engaging in some way with this broad and open question of ‘change’.

Please submit (abstract 300 words plus 3 keywords) by email, no later than 30 June 2015

The organisers are happy to discuss potential ideas in advance of submission.

Organisers’ contact details:
•         judith.bourne@stmarys.ac.uk
•         thomas.giddens@stmarys.ac.uk
•         mark.mackarel@stmarys.ac.uk

05 May 2015

BOOK: "La justice en questions", by Gérard Guyon

Gérard Guyon, "La justice en questions",Recueil d’articles
 
all information here: 
http://www.lcdpu.fr
http://www.pulim.unilim.fr
  
L'originalité de cet ouvrage traitant de la justice et de son histoire, en Europe et particulièrement en France, jusqu'à l'époque contemporaine, tient à un fil conducteur qui ne sépare pas le droit pénal de la religion. Au point de le faire dépendre des dogmes et même des règles canoniques. S'appuyant sur des sources variées, littéraires et juridiques, il montre que jusqu'au xviiie siècle, la justice criminelle trouve ses raisons, ses moyens et son but dans une utopie religieuse chrétienne qui lui confère une autorité incontestable. La procédure s'inscrit dans une démarche probatoire où la Vérité prend la forme de l'aveu de la culpabilité aboutissant à la juste punition de la faute. Délégataires de leur souverain, les juges doivent avant tout rendre des comptes à Dieu qui confirmera ou infirmera leurs arrêts. Donnant ainsi sa signification ultime à l'éternité des peines. Ce qui inclut la peine de mort. Le temps de la justice pénale s'est inscrit, depuis l'aube de la civilisation, dans une sphère religieuse devenue l'objet même de l'histoire judiciaire en dépit de ses efforts pour s'en extraire définitivement.

Sommaire

1 Justice et miséricorde dans la Règle de Saint Benoît – le regard de l’historien du droit
2 Utopie religieuse et procès pénal : l’héritage historique
3 La justice pénale dans le théâtre religieux du xive siècle : les Miracles de Notre-Dame par personnage
4 La torture et les clercs. Notes sur une exception à la règle ‘irregularitas ex defectu lenitatis’
5 À propos du sens pénal de la conception anthropo­morphique de l’offense à Dieu dans le christianisme »,
6 La religiosité en question : vérité de la foi et procès pénal médiéval
7 La victime propitiatoire : question sur un héritage chrétien et sa valeur pénale
8 De la chasse et des clercs au Moyen Âge
9 Doctrines et pratiques répressives de la sexualité – autour de quelques arrêts du Parlement de Bordeaux au xvie siècle
10 L’information criminelle et la détention avant jugement du Moyen Âge au xviiie siècle
11 Proximité des procédures et proximité des peines dans la justice pénale de l’ancien droit
12 Saint Vincent de Paul et l’internement des mineurs au xviie siècle
13 Violence et droit, quelques leçons de l’histoire
14 L’utopie et l’imaginaire juridique
15 La torture et le droit
16 La Révolution Française : de l’utopie pénale à la démonstration totalitaire

L’auteur

Gérard Guyon, professeur émérite à l’Université Montesquieu de Bordeaux, invité dans des universités étrangères (Allemagne, Espagne, Italie), est historien des institutions et des idées politiques. Outre ses travaux sur le droit bordelais, il est l’auteur de nombreuses publications dans des livres et des revues savantes qui traitent principalement du rôle du christianisme dans les fondations du droit occidental.

Il a publié dans la même collection Le droit bordelais dans tous ses états. Les anciennes coutumes, Les juristes et la justice, Les institutions de l’Eglise locale. Recueil d’articles (CIAJ n° 31) ainsi que des articles dans Le pardon (CIAJ n° 3), La culpabilité (CIAJ n° 6), Procéder. Pas d’action pas de droit ou pas de droit pasd’action ? (CIAJ n° 13), La victime. I. Définitions et statut (CIAJ n° 19), L’offense. Du « torrent de boue » à l’offense au chef de l’Etat (CIAJ n° 26), La religiosité du droit (CIAJ n° 35).
430 pages ISBN : 978-2-84287-645-6 32 €


04 May 2015

NOTICE: "The Languages of Early Medieval Charters: Anglo-Saxon England and Eastern Francia, c.700–c.1100"


The Languages of Early Medieval Charters: Anglo-Saxon England and Eastern Francia, c.700–c.1100

all information here

Project team: 

'The Languages of Early Medieval Charters' is a project which began in late 2014 at the University of the Basque Country, in the Departamento de Historia Medieval, Moderna y de América, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. It is funded by the Spanish Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (HAR2014-51484-ERC) and the Universidad del País Vasco UPV/EHU.
Our research investigates the roles of language in the production and subsequent use of legal documents, or charters, in the early Middle Ages (c.700–c.1100). In particular, the project examines the relationship between Latin and the vernacular in these records. Charters from Anglo-Saxon England offer remarkable evidence for exploring this topic, as they contain Old English alongside the Latin. In comparison, charters from eastern Francia (an area roughly spanning the Rhineland, Switzerland and Bavaria) – which was non-Romance-speaking, like Anglo-Saxon England – were almost always written in Latin, never developing the bilingualism which characterises the Anglo-Saxon material. These linguistic features have largely been taken for granted. Taking our cue from recent work on sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, the interaction between oral and literary cultures, and the uses of the written word, we shall assess comparatively the appearance of vernacular language in Anglo-Saxon and Frankish charters in order to better understand the social, cultural and linguistic history of the early Middle Ages.

JOURNAL: PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review (May 2015, Volume 38, Issue 1)

VOLUME 38, ISSUE 1

John Conley and Justin B. Richland

"This is our final issue as co-editors. We will be succeeded in the summer by Heath Cabot and Will Garriott. As we leave, we want to emphasize how much we’ve enjoyed editing your journal. We want to express our gratitude to the many people who make PoLAR possible. A few words about the current issue: it features a Symposium organized by Melissa Demian, entitled ‘Internationalizing Custom and Localizing Law.’ As Demian writes in her Introduction, it is ‘an endeavor to re-evaluate and update what may at first blush appear to be a thoroughly old-fashioned or folkloristic set of ideas for anthropologists: the concept of custom, particularly as it is deployed in relation to the concept of law.’ As Demian explains in that Introduction, the articles explore the complexities and ironies suggested by the Symposium title."


POSITION: Two PhD / Post-doctoral Positions in the field of late medieval/early modern history, legal history or ecclesiastical history at Max Planck Institute (Frankfurt, July 1, 2015, or later)


WHAT Two PhD / Post-doctoral Positions in the field of late medieval/early modern history, legal history or ecclesiastical history, 3-year contracts, call for positions

WHEN starting July 1, 2015, or later 

WHERE Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt

all information here
deadline May 15 2015

Research project
A Collaborative Research Centre / CRC (‘Sonderforschungsbereich’ / ‘SFB’ in German) is an institution established at German universities for a period of up to twelve years that enables researchers to pursue an outstanding research programme, crossing the boundaries of disciplines, institutes and faculties. Financed by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), it facilitates scientifically ambitious, complex, long-term research by concentrating and coordinating the resources available at a university.

The CRC 1095 ‘Discourses of Weakness and Resource Regimes’ at the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, employs a transepochal and comparative approach in order to deal with the question of how discourses of weakness had an impact on the use of resources. These discourses can be observed in the history of all cultures at all times. Changes in the use of both material and immaterial resources constitute a special and important aspect of processes of historical transformation which will be addressed by historians, historians of science, anthropologists, philosophers, sinologists and legal historians within the framework of the new CRC 1095.

CRC sub-project C 01 ‘Knowledge of the pragmatici. Presence and significance of pragmatic normative literature in Ibero-America in the late 16th and early 17th century’, led by Prof. Dr. Thomas Duve, reflects upon the significance of normative texts which addressed themselves primarily to practitioners – especially those who would nowadays be seen as part of moral theology or confessional literature. The respective texts were ‘weak’ insofar as they lacked theoretical complexity compared to erudite treatises; they were ‘strong’, however, in terms of pragmatic usefulness because they offered the reader adaptable bases of normative knowledge. There are some indications that these resources helped to establish, even minimally, conceptions of normative order in early modern empires such as the Spanish one. It is the objective of the sub-project to bring to light not only the practical significance but also the intellectual weight of a literary genre which has received little attention for a long time. Characteristic of this genre are condensation processes which might constitute a considerable achievement in abstraction.
Job description
In this context, the position holders are expected to research on one of the two following subjects: 

POSITION: Six Doctoral Students at Max Planck Institute (Frankfurt, October 1 2015)


WHAT Six doctoral students, call for positions

WHEN from October 1 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter 

WHERE Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt

all information here
deadline June 12 2015

for the following research fields in the department of Professor Stefan Vogenauer:
(1) Legal Transfer in the Common Law World;
(2) Legal History of the European Union
 

Your tasks
You will develop, co-ordinate and pursue a doctoral project in one of the two research fields. Your doctoral thesis will turn on
(1) the development of rules, principles, doctrines and institutions of English law outside England, for example in selected jurisdictions of the British Empire; or
(2) the legal history of selected areas of EU law, particularly in their interaction with the legal sys-tems of the member states.
You will publish your findings and actively participate in the research activities of the Institute under the guidance of Professor Vogenauer.
Your profile
You hold a first class degree in law, the humanities or the social sciences. You work independently, are fully proficient in the English language and willing to learn German if necessary.
Our offer

We offer an attractive and international work environment with an unparalleled research infrastructure and a good working atmosphere. Payment and social benefits are based on the German Civil Service Collective Agreement (TVÖD). Depending on your qualification, the annual salary before tax will amount to EUR 28,470 (EG13 band 1, 65%). The job is a full time position (currently 39 hours per week). The position is a fixed-term appointment for three years, with the possibility of renewal for a further year in exceptional circumstances.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with severe disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such persons.

The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are un-derrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Application procedure
You will be asked to submit the following documents:
1. Personal Statement:
- Cover letter with reference to your research proposal and an explanation as to how your profile matches the selection criteria
- Names and addresses (postal and electronic) of two scholars who have agreed to pro-vide a reference for you
2. CV: 
- Detailed CV
- List of publications
3. Other Documents:
- Research proposal (up to five pages)
- Transcripts
- A sample of writing of some 20 pages length (seminar paper, journal article, book chap-ters etc)

Please provide your referees with all the documents that you submit for your application and ask them to send their references direct to jobs@rg.mpg.de by the closing date of 12 June 2015. References may only be submitted by email. They do not have to be signed as long as they are emailed from the official mail address of the referee. Strong applicants will be invited for an interview.
Contact
Informal enquiries as to the substance of the research fields may be directed to Professor Stefan Vogenauer (vogenauer@rg.mpg.de).

Questions as to the terms and conditions of employment may be directed to Ms Sabrina Penczynski (jobs@rg.mpg.de).

Your application must be submitted online via the followed link by the closing date of 12 June 2015:

POSITION: Five Postdoctoral Research Associates at Max Planck Institute (Frankfurt, October 1 2015)


WHAT Five Postdoctoral Research Associates, call for positions

WHEN from October 1 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter 

WHERE Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt

all information here
deadline June 12 2015

for the following research fields in the department of Professor Stefan Vogenauer:
(1) Legal Transfer in the Common Law World;
(2) Legal History of the European Union
 

Your tasks
You will develop, co-ordinate and pursue an independent project in one of the two research fields. Your research will turn on
(1) the development of rules, principles, doctrines and institutions of English law outside England, for example in selected jurisdictions of the British Empire; or
(2) the legal history of selected areas of EU law, particularly in their interaction with the legal sys-tems of the member states.
You will publish your findings and actively participate in the research activities of the Institute under the guidance of Professor Vogenauer.

Your profile
You hold a first class degree in law, the humanities or the social sciences and you produced an outstanding doctoral thesis or an equivalent portfolio of publications in a similar subject. Your CV shows the potential to produce outstanding research at an internationally advanced level. You work independently, are fully proficient in the English language and willing to learn German if necessary.
Our offer

SEMINAR: "Remarques sur les fondements d’une histoire normative de l’intériorité et de la subjectivité" (Paris, May 6 2015)

 

WHAT Remarques sur les fondements  d’une histoire normative de l’intériorité et de la subjectivité, Seminar Droitconsciencesubjectivité : approches casuistiques

WHEN May, 6 2015 h 11:00-13:00

WHERE Cenj- Centre d'Etudes des Normes Juridiques Jan Thomas, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, salle 10, 105 bd. Raspail, Paris

Speakers

Arnaud FOSSIER, maître de conférences à l'Université de Bourgogne
Clément LENOBLE, chargé de recherche au CNRS
Paolo NAPOLI, directeur d'études à l'EHESS
Julien THERY, professeur à l'Université Paul-Valéry (Montpellier-III)

POSITION: Part Time Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology (Claremont, Fall 2015-2016)


WHAT Part Time Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology, Position

WHEN fall semester 2015, spring semester 2016

WHERE Scripps University, Claremont, California, USA

all information here
deadline May 18, 2015


Scripps College, a women’s liberal arts college with a strong interdisciplinary tradition, invites applications for a part-time position as Visiting Lecturer to teach Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology during Fall Semester 2015 and two elective anthropology courses during Spring Semester 2016. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience and whose teaching foci complement the anthropology curricula at the Claremont Colleges. Ph.D. preferred, ABD considered. This position is contingent on approval.

Applicants should email a cover letter, CV, and the names/contact information for two referees to:

Lara Deeb, Chair
Department of Anthropology
Scripps College
Claremont, CA. 91711

Scripps College is one of seven members of The Claremont Colleges Consortium located 35 miles east of Los Angeles. In a continuing effort to build a diverse academic community and to provide equal educational and employment opportunities, Scripps College actively encourages applications from women and members of historically under-represented groups.

POSITION: One-year Lecturer in Gender, Race, and Identity (Reno,Nevada, fall 2015)


WHAT one-year Lecturer in Gender, Race, and Identity, position

WHEN fall 2015 (with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years)

WHERE University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89503, USA


The Gender, Race, and Identity (GRI) Program at the University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for a one-year lecturer position to begin Fall 2015 with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years. The GRI program offers a major in Women’s Studies, minors in Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, Religious Studies, and Holocaust, Genocide, and Peace Studies, and a graduate certificate in Gender, Race and Identity Studies. Area of study and discipline are open, but the successful candidate will have a background in feminist approaches and teaching interests in intersections of gender, race, class, ethnicity, and/or sexuality. The position includes a teaching load of 4-4 and some service commitments. The successful candidate should expect to teach introductory and advanced undergraduate courses, such as introduction to women’s/gender studies and courses in feminist theory and methods. The lecturer will also have the opportunity to develop courses in an area of expertise. Ability to teach courses in Ethnic Studies or other GRI programs is highly desirable. Applicants must have completed the Ph.D. and be eligible to work in the United States prior to the start of appointment on July 1, 2015.


The University of Nevada, Reno, requires that applications be submitted athttps://www.unrsearch.com/postings/17565. To apply, complete the brief form and submit a letter of application that outlines teaching excellence, CV with reference contact information, and two sample syllabi. All applications must be submitted electronically no later than May 18, 2015. Additional materials such as letters of recommendation may be requested later.



AA/EEO Women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. The University of Nevada is the state’s historic land-grant institution; it serves approximately 20,000 students. The university is ranked as a Tier 1 institution by “U.S. News and World Report” and offers an array of degree programs at all levels. Reno is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, a 30-minute drive from Lake Tahoe. Reno/Tahoe is recognized as a world-class outdoor recreation area. Additional areas of interest in the proximity include: The Black Rock Desert, Sacramento, Yosemite National Park, Napa/Sonoma, the Bay Area, and San Francisco. University of Nevada homepage: http://www.unr.edu 

CFP: American Society for Legal History Student Research Colloquium (Washington, DC, October 28-29 2015)


WHAT American Society for Legal History Student Research Colloquium, Call for papers

WHEN October 28-29 2015

WHERE Washington, DC

all information here
deadline June 1, 2015


The American Society for Legal History (ASLH) will host a Student Research Colloquium (SRC) on Wednesday, October 28, and Thursday, October 29, 2015, immediately preceding the ASLH's annual meeting in Washington, DC.  The SRC will offer a small group of graduate and law students an opportunity to work intensively on in-progress dissertations and law review articles with distinguished ASLH-affiliated scholars. 

The target audience for the SRC includes early post-coursework graduate students and law students interested in legal history.  Each participating student will pre-circulate a twenty-page, double-spaced paper to the entire group.  These papers will provide the foundation for discussion at the colloquium.  Stipends will either partially or completely cover the travel, hotel, and registration costs of attending the annual meeting.  Students working in all chronological and geographical fields, including non-U.S. history, are encouraged to apply.  Students who have not received any formal training in legal history, but whose projects engage legal-historical themes, also are encouraged to apply, as are students who have not previously participated in the Society's activities.  A student may be on the annual program and participate in the SRC in the same year.  

To apply to the ASLH's Student Research Colloquium, please submit: 

a cover letter;
a CV;
a letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor/advisor;
a two-page, single-spaced "research statement," describing an in-progress dissertation or law review article.

The application deadline is June 1, 2015.  Organizers will notify all applicants of their decisions by July 15, 2015.  Please direct questions and applications to John Wertheimer at the following e-mail address:  srcproposals@aslh.net.

CPF: "NGO-graphies” – the Second NGOs and Nonprofits Conference (Denver, November 17-18 2015)



WHAT NGO-graphies” – the Second NGOs and Nonprofits Conference, Call for Proposals

WHEN November 17-18 2015

WHERE Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado

all information here
deadline May, 15 2015

As non-governmental organizations (NGOs) take on roles and responsibilities that were traditionally in the hands of national governments, power has become increasingly denationalized and embedded in new configurations. While the scales of these mediations, service provisions, and representations have typically been categorized as local-regional-national-international, networks of NGOs now connect organizations at the grassroots directly to large-scale, transnational systems. The term “NGO-graphy” (Sampson and Hemment 2001) calls for a critical ethnographic approach to understanding non-governmental organizations and nonprofits. It also suggests a topographic image of NGO networks that both interact with and create human landscapes.

The purpose of this second NGOs and Nonprofits conference is to engage one another in thinking broadly about the patterns of NGO practices as they point to the role of coordination within networks and the factors that direct global flows of resources and knowledge. Together, we will examine how these networks are constituted through the personal interactions, cultural practices, and shifting discourses that give them meaning. Considering the power relations that shape and create NGO-graphies also allows us to problematize the ever-present methodological question of how researchers and practitioners can and should interact with NGOs, which become sources of information about local communities, points of entry, sources of income, and fieldsites themselves. We invite proposals for panels from anthropologists, related interdisciplinary scholars, and practitioners on topics including but not limited to the following questions:

01 May 2015

ARTICLE: "Black City and White Country. Immigration and Identity in the History of British Decolonization", by Benedikt Stuchtey


Black City and White Country. Immigration and Identity in the History of British Decolonization, by Benedikt Stuchtey

Black City and White Country. Immigration and Identity in the History of British Decolonization" is the title of a new publication by Benedikt Stuchtey. The article has been published in the e-journal "Global Europe - Basel Papers on Europe in a Global Perspective".
In his article, the author looks at the question of integrative and disintegrative elements of imperial rule in multiethnic societies and identifies lines of continuity between the imperial past and post-imperial realities: What influence did immigration have on the construction of self-image in Britain after the Second World War, and what historical continuities existed, particularly with respect to ethnic policies?
Benedikt Stuchtey holds the Chair of Modern History at the University of Marburg. His special field of interest is the history of colonialism and imperialism from the late eighteenth to the late twentieth centuries. In 2012/13, he held a Visiting Professorship at the University of Basel.
"Global Europe – Basel Papers on Europe in a Global Perspective" is an academic e-journal. It provides insights into the excellent research of graduates, as well as other young and senior scientists who analyze the global implications of Europe and the European Union. The journal is published in four issues per year by the Institute for European Global Studies at the University of Basel. Readers can subscribe to it by sending an e-mail to europa@unibas.ch. In addition, the publication is available on the website https://europa.unibas.ch/forschung/basler-schriften/ .

29 April 2015

CONFERENCE: the 69th session de la Société Internationale Fernand de Visscher pour l’Histoire des Droits de l’Antiquité (SIHDA) (Istanbul, 7-12 September 2015)



WHAT  the 69th session de la Société Internationale Fernand de Visscher pour l’Histoire des Droits de l’Antiquité (SIHDA), Legal education in Antiquity and Law of Antiquity in Today's legal curricola, Conference

WHEN September 2015, 7-12

WHERE MEF University, Istanbul, Turkey
all information here

The conference will be held at MEF University in Maslak. The University is within walking distance of the ITU Ayazaga station on the M2 Metro Line (passing from Taksim).
On Monday, September 7, registration and welcome cocktail will take place at the University between 16.00-18.00. On Tuesday, September 8, following the opening conferences in the morning, conferences in parallel sessions will begin. The theme of
the opening conferences will be "Legal Education in Antiquity and Law ofAntiquity in Today's Legal Curricula". The conference will end on Friday September Il with the general assembly in the afternoon and the gala dinner in the evening. The opening conferences and general assembly will take place at another campus of MEF University. We will give more detailed information regarding shuttles and transportation in August.

Online Registration

Online registration for participants (including accompanying persons) and speakers, submission of the abstracts, and choice of excursions should be made through "www.sihdaistanbu12015.com" until June 20th. Speakers should fill in both the participant and speaker registration forms.
We would like to remind you that French is the official language of SIHDA but papers may also be presented in English, German, Italian, or Spanish. The speakers are kindly requested to mention the language they will speak while submitting the abstract.

28 April 2015

BOOK: Richard HELMHOLZ, Natural Law in Court (Harvard UP, 2015, May 2015), 288 p. ISBN 9780674504585, € 40,50

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Prof. dr. dr. h.c. Richard Helmholz (Chicago), member of this Society's Board of Advisors since 2011, publishes a new work over at Harvard University Press, next month.

Abstract:
The theory of natural law grounds human laws in the universal truths of God’s creation. Until very recently, lawyers in the Western tradition studied natural law as part of their training, and the task of the judicial system was to put its tenets into concrete form, building an edifice of positive law on natural law’s foundations. Although much has been written about natural law in theory, surprisingly little has been said about how it has shaped legal practice. Natural Law in Court asks how lawyers and judges made and interpreted natural law arguments in England, Europe, and the United States, from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the American Civil War.

R. H. Helmholz sees a remarkable consistency in how English, Continental, and early American jurisprudence understood and applied natural law in cases ranging from family law and inheritance to criminal and commercial law. Despite differences in their judicial systems, natural law was treated across the board as the source of positive law, not its rival. The idea that no person should be condemned without a day in court, or that penalties should be proportional to the crime committed, or that self-preservation confers the right to protect oneself against attacks are valuable legal rules that originate in natural law. From a historical perspective, Helmholz concludes, natural law has advanced the cause of justice.
Table of contents:
Introduction
1. Legal Education in Continental Europe
2. The Law of Nature in European Courts
3. Legal Education in England
4. The Law of Nature in English Courts
5. Legal Education in the United States
6. The Law of Nature in American Courts
Conclusion
(source: Legal History Blog)

24 April 2015

BOOK: Benjamin STRAUMANN, Roman Law in the State of Nature. The Classical Foundations of Hugo Grotius' Natural Law [Ideas in Context] (Cambridge: CUP, 2015), 283 p. ISBN 9781107092907, £ 65

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Benjamin Straumann (NYU) published a new work on roman law and early modern law of nature at Cambridge University Press.

Abstract:
Roman Law in the State of Nature offers a new interpretation of the foundations of Hugo Grotius' natural law theory. Surveying the significance of texts from classical antiquity, Benjamin Straumann argues that certain classical texts, namely Roman law and a specifically Ciceronian brand of Stoicism, were particularly influential for Grotius in the construction of his theory of natural law. The book asserts that Grotius, a humanist steeped in Roman law, had many reasons to employ Roman tradition and explains how Cicero's ethics and Roman law – secular and offering a doctrine of the freedom of the high seas – were ideally suited to provide the rules for Grotius' state of nature. This fascinating new study offers historians, classicists and political theorists a fresh account of the historical background of the development of natural rights, natural law and of international legal norms as they emerged in seventeenth-century early modern Europe.
Table of Contents:
Introduction
1. Natural law in historical context
2. A novel doctrine of the sources of law: nature and the classics
3. Proving natural law: the influence of classical rhetoric on Grotius' method
4. Social instinct or self-preservation?
5. Justice for the state of nature: from Aristotle to the Corpus Iuris
6. Grotius' concept of the state of nature
7. Natural rights: Roman remedies in the state of nature
8. Natural rights and just wars
9. Enforcing natural law: the right to punish
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index.
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22 April 2015

COLLOQUIUM: "Critique sociale et critique sociologique du droit en Europe et aux Etats-Unis: le "Moment 1900" (Paris 29-30 May 2015)


WHAT Critique sociale et critique sociologique du droit en Europe et aux Etats-Unis: le "Moment 1900", colloquium

WHEN 29-30 May 2015

WHERE Paris, Université Paris 2 - Panthéon-Assas, Centre de Droit public comparé (CDPC EA n°7320)
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Présentation
«Autour de 1900, la 'méthode juridique' a fait l'objet de vives controverses dans le monde occidental. De nombreuses approches critiques du droit ont dénoncé la cécité du formalisme juridique à l'égard des réalités individuelles et sociales. Elles furent entendues, elles ont changé nos méthodes de penser le droit et, aujourd'hui encore, elles interrogent nos théories et nos pratiques, nos doctrines et nos jurisprudences».

BOOK: "L’État du droit administratif" byJacques Caillosse


L’État du droit administratif, byJacques Caillosse 

Paris, LGDJ (Droit et société, t. 56), 2015, 346 p.

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Présentation éditeur
Il est ici question de l’État du droit administratif, parce que la matière juridique de ce droit trouve dans l’État sa raison d’être.
L’État n’est-il pas origine et finalité d’un droit administratif tout entier tendu vers ces objectifs d’intérêt général hors desquels l’action publique serait sans justifications ?
Avec le droit administratif, l’État dessine sa cartographie. Il y construit son histoire en donnant à ses choix leur expression juridique : jusqu'où serait-il pensable, sans ce travail d’écriture juridique ? Il s’agit de rechercher, depuis le droit administratif, les empreintes de cette entreprise.
S’il faut se garder de penser que l’État ne serait qu’une production du droit administratif, force est d’admettre que les réalisations de ce dernier appartiennent à l’histoire de l’État. Ainsi sont ici entendus les « récits » du droit administratif : avec eux l’État se rend plus intelligible. On y trouve les traces de sa continuité par-delà ses transformations.
Le droit administratif participe des mutations d’un État voué à changer ses façons d’être et d’agir. Qu’il s’agisse pour lui de questionner ses performances, de repenser ses rapports avec le(s) territoire(s), ou encore de chambouler le modèle de contrôle de l’administration.
Ce programme exige que soient sollicités avec la même attention les figures centrales du droit administratif – service public, puissance publique, justice administrative – et tout un outillage juridique dont l’usage semble éloigné des dispositifs grâce auxquels l’État se reproduit : de la création du déféré préfectoral, à l’expérimentation de formes nouvelles de démocratie locale, en passant par le traitement non juridictionnel des conflits internes à l’administration. Si l’analyse de l’État du droit administratif est inconcevable hors des élaborations politiques de ce droit, elle n’est crédible qu’à la condition qu’en soient reconnus et décrits les supports techniques. L’État se fabrique jusque dans les « détails » du droit administratif.

BOOK: "L'imaginaire de la Commune", by Kristin Ross



L'imaginaire de la Commune, by Kristin Ross

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Présentation éditeur
William Morris, Élisée Reclus, Pierre Kropotkine : ce ne sont pas les premiers noms qui viennent à l’esprit s’agissant de la Commune de Paris. S’ils tiennent dans ce livre un rôle important, c’est que pour Kristin Ross, la Commune déborde l’espace-temps qui lui est habituellement attribué, les 72 jours écoulés et les fortifications sur lesquelles elle a combattu. L’Imaginaire signifie que cet événement révolutionnaire n’est pas seulement international mais qu’il s’étend bien au-delà du domaine de la politique, vers l’art, la littérature, l’éducation, la relation au travail. Ce n’est pas un hasard si les trois personnages principaux du livre sont un poète-artiste, un géographe et un scientifique-anarchiste russe: la Commune n’est pas un simple épisode de la grande fable républicaine, c’est un monde nouveau qui s’invente pendant ces brèves semaines, un monde qui n’a pas fini de hanter les uns et d’inspirer les autres.

Auteure
  • Kristin Ross est professeur de littérature comparée à la New York University. Ses livres publiés en français: Mai 68 et ses vies ultérieures (Complexe, 2005) et Rouler plus vite, laver plus blanc (Flammarion, 2006). A paraître prochainement:Rimbaud et la Commune (Textuel).

BOOK: "Mentir à Rome:"mentiri" ou "mendacium dicere"? L'inhospitalité des sources juridiques" by Patrick Vassart



Mentir à Rome: "mentiri" ou "mendacium dicere"? L'inhospitalité des sources juridiques" by Patrick Vassart

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Présentation éditeur
Pourquoi la prohibition du mensonge résulte-t-elle d’une norme éthique et sociale qui ne fait l’objet que d’un nombre restreint de transpositions? Peut-on retrouver l’origine de ce paradoxe à la lumière des sources romaines du droit contemporain?

  • Patrick Vassart: Docteur en Sciences juridiques, chargé de cours à l’Université de Mons, maître de conférences à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles, avocat au barreau de Bruxelles.

BOOK: "Manuel de droit romain" by Patrick Vassart


Manuel de droit romain, by Patrick Vassart

Bruylant, 2015, 424 p.

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Présentation éditeur
Ce Manuel se propose d'initier des étudiants en droit aux notions remémorées de la jeunesse de notre droit: le Droit romain, en particulier les normes dont il a irrigué le droit privé depuis plus de vingt-cinq siècles. Avec un seul parti-pris de méthode: envisager la découverte comme une promenade de prospection archéologique à travers le fécond champ gallo-romain du Code civil.

Auteur
  • Patrick Vassart: Docteur en Sciences juridiques, chargé de cours à l’Université de Mons, maître de conférences à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles, avocat au barreau de Bruxelles.

BOOK: "Richelieu et l'écriture du pouvoir. Autour de la journée des Dupes" by Christian Jouhaud


Richelieu et l'écriture du pouvoir. Autour de la journée des Dupes, by Christian Jouhaud

Paris, Gallimard (L'Esprit de la cité), 2015, 352 p.

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Présentation éditeur
On a beaucoup écrit sur la journée des Dupes, souvent la même chose : un jour Richelieu est congédié, le lendemain il triomphe, élimine ses ennemis et poursuit son éclatante carrière au cœur des rouages du pouvoir monarchique. Mais cet épisode ne se réduit pas à la narration qui prétend le restituer. Il s'insère dans une suite d'événements, qui le produit et lui donne sens. 
Christian Jouhaud reconstitue cette crise politique dans sa longue durée. Il en retrouve les protagonistes célèbres ou moins connus, scrute les décors et les lieux, met au jour les enjeux visibles, les passions dissimulées, les non-dits et les arrière-pensées. Défilent ainsi sous un éclairage parfois surprenant les figures attendues de Louis XIII, roi de cérémonie et de violence, de la reine mère, d'un Richelieu tacticien de sa propre histoire autant que de la puissance de l'État ; mais encore les vaincus de la crise, un Marillac, un Bassompierre, qui en portent témoignage du fond de leur défaite. 
L'histoire du pouvoir politique n'a de meilleure voie d'accès que de disséquer l'Événement, comme dans une autopsie, pour en explorer les ramifications et les replis. Mais cette histoire n'est intelligible que dans les traces écrites qui disent les actions du pouvoir et dans le travail d'écriture conçu par le pouvoir pour s'inscrire dans le temps.


DEBATE: "Il ruolo delle Costituzioni tra storia e diritto" (Rome, 23 April 2015)


WHAT Il ruolo delle Costituzioni tra storia e diritto, debate within the project I confini del diritto

WHEN 23 April 2015, 17:30

WHERE Università la Sapienza, Law Faculty, piazzale Aldo Moro, Rome

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speakers

Maria Rosaria Ferrarese
Luigi Lacchè
Gunther Teubner

Le costituzioni negli ultimi duecento anni sono state il prodotto più “alto” di quelle formazioni sociali chiamate Stati. Abbandonato l’universalismo che si propugnava alle origini del costituzionalismo moderno, la dimensione statale ha rappresentato il perimetro entro cui si sono pensate e, poi, fatte valere le garanzie dei diritti costituzionali. La concreta macchina costituzionale entra in gioco, da un lato, per assorbire il potere costituente, potere “terribile”, posto alla base dell’ordinamento ma sempre eccedente i suoi confini istituzionali; dall’altro, per sostituire alla processualità aperta dal momento costituente uno stabile quadro di tutele e di garanzie. Guardando al presente, si potrebbe ipotizzare che i processi di globalizzazione abbiano ormai privato le costituzioni del loro presupposto: lo Stato. Nei tempi recenti prevalgono, in effetti, i discorsi sul dominio, non più delle costituzioni intese come “leggi supreme”, bensì dei mercati globali, dei gruppi sociali diffusi entro l’intero pianeta. In molti si dedicano alla ricerca di una nuova dimensione − non più statale, ma sociale − delle costituzioni. A essere messa in discussione non è una delle particolari declinazioni del concetto moderno di costituzione − intesa, alternativamente, come grande decisione, complesso di principi e valori sovraordinati o norma fondamentale − ma la costituzione sans phrase. Tuttavia, una costituzione senza Stato, forse anche senza politica, rimessa esclusivamente alle determinazioni della società nei suoi diversi segmenti (s’è parlato di costituzioni settoriali) quale ruolo svolge? Può porsi ancora come limite ai poteri e garanzia dei diritti ovvero si deve limitare a descrivere le emergenze spontanee dei diversi segmenti che vanno a comporre le nostre società globali?