17 October 2014

JOURNAL: Revue internationale d'histoire du notariat

Nomodôs signals the latest issue of the Revue internationale d'histoire du notariat, containing articles relevant to public as well as private law.

n°181 Octobre-Décembre 2014

  • Grandeur et decadenceJean-Pierre Clavel - President de l'IIHN
  • La protection des biens de la femme mariée en Lorraine au XVIIIe siècleNicolas Ruiz - Doctorant contractuel
  • L'hypothèse d'une dynastie royale de BourЬon-Vendôme, Angers, avril 1598Yves-Marie Bercé - Membre de l'lnstitut
  • La responsabilité notariale et la théorie du mandat legal au XIXe siècleJean-Philippe Borel - Docteur еп droit
  • Hippolyte Castel le notaire et l'inventaire..., Patrick Kararsi - Createur du site Lumineux Champollion
  • Remise des prix Frochot etFavard de Langlade, Pilippe Caillé - secrétaire général de l'IIHN
  • In memoriam Jean Favier (1932-2014), Alain Moreau

16 October 2014

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Global Humanitarianism Research Academy (Leibniz Institute Mainz/ICRC/Exeter)

(image source: ICRC)

The Leibniz Institute for European History (Mainz), the International Committee of the Red Cross and the University of Exeter announce the launch of the "Global Humanitarianism Research Academy", starting July 2015. The initiative is designed to offer training to young researchers in the field of human rights, international law or international relations.

Mission statement:
This international Research Academy will offer research training to a group of advanced international PhD candidates and early postdoctoral scholars selected by the steering committee. It will combine academic sessions at the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz and the Imperial and Global History Centre at the University of Exeter with archival sessions at the Archives of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. The Research Academy is open to early career researchers who are working in the related fields of humanitarianism,humanitarian law, peace and conflict studies as well as human rights covering the period from the 18th to the 20th centuries. It supports scholarship on the ideas and practices of humanitarianism in the context of international, imperial and global history thus advancing our understanding of global governance in humanitarian crises of the present.

 An official call will follow later on

WORKSHOP: The History and Theory of Treaty-Making with Indigenous Peoples (London, Queen Mary, 22 October 2014)

 International Law Reporter announced a workshop on "Treaty-Making with Indigeneous Peoples", organised by the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context at Queen Mary University (London), on Tuesday 22 October 2014.

The organisers describe their topic as follows:
The issue of indigenous peoples and treaties is one of the most interesting and intriguing questions of international law. The 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples mentions in several places of its Preamble and in Article 37 rights granted by ‘treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements between States and indigenous peoples are, in some situations, matters of international concern, interest, responsibility and character.’ The workshop will analyse the legacy of these historical treaties with indigenous peoples. It will also assess whether these instruments can play a role in fostering the rights of indigenous peoples within States at a present time.
 More information on Queen Mary's website.

15 October 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Mathias Kaufman, Alexander Aichele (eds.), A Companion to Luis de Molina (Nicole Reinhardt, Sehepunkte)

Nicole Reinhardt (Durham) reviewed the Companion to Luis de Molina published by Brill (Leiden) for In view of the links between early modern theology, philosophy of law and legal history, the work is of interest to our readers.

14 October 2014

JOURNAL: "The Journal of American History" (vol. 101, n. 2, 2014-2015)

The Journal of American History, vol. 101, n. 2, 2014-2015

The Journal of American History is the leading scholarly publication and the journal of record in the field of American history. Published quarterly in March, June, September, and December, the Journalcontinues its nine-decades-long career presenting original articles on American history. Each volume features pieces that deal with a wide range of American history topics and fields, including state-of-the-field essays, broadly inclusive book reviews, and reviews of films, museum exhibitions, and Web sites

All information here

ARTICLE: "Justice George Sutherland and the Business of Expression", by Samuel R. Olken

Samuel R. Olken, John Marshall Law School, on  Justice George Sutherland and the Business of Expression, forthcoming in Judging Free Speech: First Amendment Jurisprudence of U.S. Supreme Court Justices.  


In 1936-1937, Justice George Sutherland wrote his only two United States Supreme Court opinions about freedom of expression. Sutherland’s majority opinion in Grosjean v. American Press Co. (1936) and his dissent inAssociated Press v. NLRB (1937) set forth a novel and hybrid constitutional concept, the business of expression, which melded economic liberty and freedom of expression and reflected Sutherland’s aversion towards political factions and solicitude for private economic rights. In both cases Sutherland assessed economic regulations of the press through the prism of economic liberty and suggested that through partial laws – what Sutherland considered illegitimate class legislation – political factions sought to impede the business of expression. Sutherland’s analysis underscored the interplay between economic liberty and freedom of expression.

ARTICLE: "History in Law, Mythmaking, and Constitutional Legitimacy", by Patrick J. Charles (62, 2014)

History in Law, Mythmaking, and Constitutional Legitimacy, by Patrick J. Charles, forthcoming on the Cleveland State Law Review 62 (2014)

The article is “part of last spring's mini-symposium, ‘History and the Meaning of the Constitution,’ and that readers may respond to the article through Cleveland State Law Review's website, Et Cetera.  


Defining what constitutes myth and history has been an ongoing debate among historians for over a century. The debate centers as to whether there can truly ever be such a thing as an objective historical account. Given that all historical inquiries grow out of the respective historian’s ideological mind, it is argued the writing of history is not so much about truth-seeking as it is about the ideological leanings of the respective historian. In other words, critics of objective history frequently claim that one historian’s truth is another’s falsity.
In any case there is an argument to be made that all history is myth and all myth is history. No matter how much of the evidentiary record is uncovered, no historian can ever fully reconstruct the past as it was. In their totality, those moments in history are lost forever. The best any historian can do is build upon those evidentiary remnants which remain. Still, at one level or another, historians will have to make a number of assumptions about the past. In some instances the assumptions will be small or minute because the evidentiary record is rich with information about the past, allowing the respective historian to recreate an event or time period in excruciating detail. In other instances the assumptions can be substantial, especially when the evidentiary record is barren, requiring the respective historian to fill the evidentiary gaps. But whenever historians make any assumptions about the past—whether they be minor or substantial—they are perpetuating myth in some form or another.

BOOK: "Making Race in the Courtroom: The Legal Construction of Three Races in Early New Orleans", by Kenneth R. Aslakson (2014)

 Making Race in the Courtroom: The Legal Construction of Three Races in Early New Orleans (Sept. 2014), by Kenneth R. Aslakson (Union College)

All information here
No American city’s history better illustrates both the possibilities for alternative racial models and the role of the law in shaping racial identity than New Orleans, Louisiana, which prior to the Civil War was home to America’s most privileged community of people of African descent. In the eyes of the law, New Orleans’s free people of color did not belong to the same race as enslaved Africans and African-Americans. While slaves were “negroes,” free people of color were gens de couleur libre, creoles of color, or simply creoles. New Orleans’s creoles of color remained legally and culturally distinct from “negroes” throughout most of the nineteenth century until state mandated segregation lumped together descendants of slaves with descendants of free people of color.

JOURNAL: "Law's Dominion in the Middle Ages: Essays for Paul Hyams" (Special issue, XXX, 2014)

Special issue - Law's  Dominion in the Middle Ages: Essays for Paul Hyams

Reading Medieval Studies, an annual published by the Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies of the University of Reading, has recently released a special issue, Law's  Dominion in the Middle Ages: Essays for Paul Hyams.  Here is its contents:

Professor Danuta R Shanzer (University of Vienna) 

Augustine's EPP. 77-78 (A Scandal in Hippo): Microhistory and Ordeal-by-Oath

Professor Thomas D Hill (Cornell University)

The Weight of Love and the Anglo-Saxon Cold Water Ordeals

Professor Richard Abels (US Naval Academy)

'The crimes by which Wulfbald ruined himself with his lord': The Limits of State Action in Late Anglo-Saxon England

Professor Stephen D White (Emory University)

Hic Est Wadard: Vassal of Odo of Bayeaux or Miles and Frater of St Augustine's, Canterbury

Professor Ruth Mazo Karras (University of Minnisota)

Telling the Truth about Sex in Late Medieval Paris

Assistant Professor Eliza Buhrer (Seton Hall University)

Law and Mental Competency in Late Medieval England

Professor Paul Brand (All Souls, Oxford)

New Light on the Expulsion of the Jewish Community from England in 1290

Dr Chris Briggs (University of Cambridge) and Professor Phillipp Schofield (Aberystwyeth University)

Understanding Edwardian Villagers' Use of Law: Some Manor Court Litigation Evidence

13 October 2014

SEMINAR: "Public-privé : une frontière floue entre la force de l'état et l'autonomie des individus" (Paris, 14 October 2014)

WHAT: Public-privé : une frontière floue entre la force de l'état et l'autonomie des individus, 1st meeting of the séminaire de droit et sciences humaines et sociales - CENJorganized by Emanuele Conte

WHERE:  École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Centre d'études des norme juridiques Yan Thomas (CENJ), Salle D & M Lombard, 96 boulevard Raspail, 75006, Paris

WHEN: 14 October 2014, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Desmond Manderson, Université d'Australie – Canberra, Spécialiste du rapport entre le droit et les arts du visuel, Not Waving, Drowning: Bodies in the Water in Law and Art

LECTIO MAGISTRALIS: "Il diritto come scienza alle origini del diritto comune" (Taranto, 27 October 2014)

WHAT: Il diritto come scienza alle origini del diritto comune, Lectio magistralis 

WHERE: Taranto, Convento di S. Francesco, Via Duomo 259, sala convegni - piano terra

WHEN: 27 October 2014, 11:30

Prof. Emanuele Conte, Roma Tre University

12 October 2014

CONFERENCE: History and Histories of International Law (Helsinki, 27-28 October 2014)


The Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights at Helsinki University organizes a two-day conference on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 October.

Runeberg Hall, University Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33 , 2nd floor
Monday 27 October
Martti Koskenniemi, University of Helsinki
Keynote address Anthony Anghie, University of Utah
10:30 – 11:00
11:00– 12:30

Panel I:
Methods of International (Global) Legal History
Anne Orford, University of Melbourne
Thomas Duve, MPI Frankfurt
Chair: Martti Koskenniemi, University of Helsinki

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 – 15:00
Panel II: Transformations of Empire in the 20 - 21 st Century
Nathaniel Berman, Brown University
Matthias Zachmann, University of Edinburgh
Chair: Walter Rech, University of Helsinki

15:00 – 15:30

15:30 - 17:00

Panel III: Histories of Human Rights
Lena Halldenius, Lund University
Vasuki Nesiah, New York University
Chair: Paolo Amorosa, University of Helsinki

Tuesday 28 October
9:00 – 10:30

Panel IV:
Non - European Histories of International Law
Lauri Mälksoo, University of Tartu
Kofi Quashigah, University of Ghana
Chair: Manuel Jiménez Fonseca, University of Helsinki

10:30 - 11:00

11:00 – 12:30

Panel V: Histories of International Institutions
Doreen Lustig, Tel Aviv University
Jan Klabbers, University of Helsinki
Chair: Mónica García - Salmones, University of Helsinki

10 October 2014

CONFERENCE: Treaties of Commerce. Balance of Power, Balance of Trade and the European Order of States (Pisa, 26-27 November 2014)

(image: the harbour of Leghorn, Wikimedia Commons)

The University of Pisa organises a very promising conference on the history of international law and trade on 26-27 November, at the palazzo Manfreducci. 


Wednesday 26 November
9:00-9:15, Antonella Alimento, Università di Pisa, Introduction: The PRIN Project on ‘The Liberty of the Moderns’ and Commercial Treaties
First Session 
Chair: Antonella Alimento, Università di Pisa
9:15-9:30, Koen Stapelbroek, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Commercial Treaties and the Historiography of Eighteenth-Century Politics and Trade: Preliminary Considerations
9:30-10:00, Eric Schnakenbourg, Université de Nantes, Les conditions de l’échange marchand: traités de commerce et droit maritime au XVIIIe siècle
Coffee break
10:30-11:00, Guillaume Calafat, Université de Paris I, Faut-il traiter avec les «Barbaresques»? Commerce, compétition et pouvoir au XVIIIe siècle 
11:00-12:00, Discussion
Second Session 
Chair : John Shovlin, New York University
14:30-15:00, José Luís Cardoso, Institute of Social Sciences Lisbon, The Anglo-Portuguese Treaties of Commerce of 1703 and 1810: Opportunities and Constraints of Economic Development
15:00-15:30, Maria Virginia León, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, El Tratado hispano-británico del asiento durante la primera mitad del siglo XVIII
Coffee break
16:00-16:30, Doohwan Ahn, Seoul National University, The Treaty of Utrecht Revisited: The Balance of Trade or the Balance of Power?
16:30-17:00, Koen Stapelbroek, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Global Trade and the Commercial Treaties of the Dutch Republic
17:00-18:00, Discussion
Thursday 27 November
Third Session 
Chair: Koen Stapelbroek, Erasmus University Rotterdam
9:00-9:30, Antonella Alimento, Università di Pisa, From the Balance of Power to the Balance of Commerce Strategy: the French Rejection of the Treaties of Commerce Policy (1713-1763) 
9:30-10:00, John Shovlin, New York University, Remaking the Franco-British Rivalry in India: The Godeheu–Saunders Treaty and the Political Economy of Peaceful Competition
Coffee Break
10:30-11:00, Pascal Dupuy, Université de Rouen, Jeux et enjeux autour du traité de commerce franco-britanique de 1786: les représentations françaises
11:00-11:30, Marc Belissa, Université de Paris 10, Quel commerce pour un peuple républicain? Les débats révolutionnaires sur les traités de commerce de la République française (1792-1799)
11:30-12:30, Discussion
Fourth Session 
Chair: José Luís Cardoso, Institute of Social Sciences Lisbon
14,30-15,00 Marco Cavarzere, Ludwig-Maximilian Universität (Munich), The ‘Convention préliminaire de commerce’ between France and Prussia (1753) and the Rise of a New Commercial Nation
15:00-15:30, Christine Lebeau, Université de Paris I, Négocier un traité de commerce en contexte impérial. L’exemple de la Monarchie des Habsbourg dans la deuxième moitié du XVIIIe siècle
Coffee break
16:00-16:30, Biagio Salvemini, Università di Bari, Dans le silence des traités: l’interventionnisme institutionnel dans le commerce entre le Royaume de France et le Royaume de Naples au XVIIIe siècle 
16:30-18:00, Final Discussion 
More information here:

09 October 2014

CFA: "Rechtskultur - European Journal of Legal History - Journal européene d'histoire du droit"

Redaktion der Zeitschrift Rechtskultur: Prof. Dr. Ignacio Czeguhn (FU Berlin) Prof. Dr. Lukas Gschwend (St. Gallen/Zürich) Prof. Dr. Dirk Heirbaut (Gent) Prof. Dr. Martin Löhnig (Regensburg) Prof. Dr. Antonio Sánchez Aranda (Granada)


2015 wird der vierte Band der Zeitschrift "Rechtskultur - European Journal of Legal History - Journal européene d'histoire du droit" erscheinen. Themenschwerpunkt ist die Wirtschaftsrechtsgeschichte.
Die Herausgeber laden Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aller einschlägigen Fachdisziplinen zur Einreichung von Beiträgen für Rechtskultur 4 (2015) ein.
Die Beiträge sollen einen Umfang von 85.000 Zeichen nicht überschreiten und bis zum 31. Juli 2015 bei der Redaktion eingehen, die unter erreichbar ist.
"Rechtskultur" steht Autoren aller einschlägigen Wissenschaftsdisziplinen ohne Ansehen des universitären Status offen. Kriterien sind allein Themenbezug und Qualität eines Aufsatzes. Alle eingehenden Aufsätze werden einer beiderseits anonymen Begutachtung unterzogen.

1) Rechtskultur ist eine Zeitschrift mit europäischem Charakter. Das wird bereits durch die Dreisprachigkeit des Blattes deutlich. Die Zeitschrift bietet also ein Forum
für eine wirklich europäisch verstandene Rechtsgeschichte genauso wie für die Vergleichende Rechtsgeschichte. Sie möchte die nationalen Wissenschaften weiter
aus ihrer Beschränkung herausführen und dabei helfen, Anknüpfungspunkte für grenzüberschreitende Zusammenarbeit auszuloten.
2) Rechtskultur ist strikt themenbezogen. Jedes Heft ist einem Oberthema gewidmet und gibt auf diese Weise die Möglichkeit, verschiedene Forschungsansätze auf einem Feld kennenzulernen. Jedes Heft wird am Ende einen rapport de synthèse enthalten, den ein ausgewiesener Wissenschaftler liefern wird und der die Verbindungslinien zwischen den einzelnen Beiträgen herstellt.
3) Rechtskultur ist transdisziplinär ausgerichtet; sucht also bewusst den Kontakt zu Nachbarwissenschaften, die sich mit verwandten Fragestellungen befassen oder identischen Quellenbeständen arbeiten. Jedes Themenheft enthält deshalb Beiträge von Wissenschaftlern verschiedener Disziplinen.

1) “Rechtskultur” is a journal with a definite European character. It is multilingual and features the three major European languages. The journal offers a platform for
European legal history in the true sense of the word from a shared as well as from a comparative perspective. Bringing together the various national disciplines and finding more ways of working together transnationally is the mission of this journal.
2) “Rechtskultur” is strictly by theme. Each issue is devoted to a single topic, providing the opportunity to get to know the various research methods in one specific field. At the end of each issue, there will be a summary by an expert on the topic, highlighting connections between the individual contributions.
3) “Rechtskultur” is a transdisciplinary endeavour. It is geared towards providing a forum for researchers from related areas of study trying to find answers to similar questions and working with the same sources. Each of the theme-oriented journals therefore features contributions by researchers from a variety of disciplines.

SEMINAR: "La schiavitù dei moderni. Diritto, natura, cultura" (Rome, 16 October 2014)

WHAT: La schiavitù dei moderni. Diritto, natura, cultura

WHERE: Roma Tre University, Law Department, room 278

WHEN: 16 October 2014, 5:00 pm


Alessandro Tuccillo on "Il pregiudizio del colore", 2012, by M. Fioravanti
Marco Fioravanti on "Il commercio infame", 2013, by A. Tuccillo

Stefania Gialdroni, Università degli Studi Roma Tre
Dario Ippolito, Università degli Studi Roma Tre
Giuseppe Marcocci, Università degli Studi della Tuscia
Chiara Lucrezio Monticelli, Deutches Historisches Institut in Rom - Università Tor Vergata
Paolo Napoli, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, EHESS - Paris

INAUGURAL LECTURE: "The Pirate and the Admiral" by Prof. dr. L. Sicking (VU Amsterdam) (Amsterdam, 14 November 2014)

Prof. dr. F.A. van der Duyn Schouten (rector magnificus) and Prof. mr. E. van Sliedregt (dean) invite all persons interested to the inaugural lecture on 14 november 2014 by Prof. dr. L Sicking as Aemilius Papinianus-Professor of the History of Public International Law at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The lecture ("De piraat en de admiraal", "The Pirate and the Admiral") will be held in Dutch.

The event, followed by a reception, will take place in the Vrije Universiteit's Aula, at 15:45. Togati are kindly invited to present themselves in formal dress.

Address: De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam.

07 October 2014

CONFERENCE on the legacy of Beccaria 250 years after the piblication of "Of Crimes and Punishments" (Rome, 29-30 October 2014)

What: Conference: "Passato e futuro del garantismo". A conference organized to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the publication of "Of Crimes and Punishments" by Cesare Beccaria. 

Where: Roma Tre University, Law Department, Via Ostiense 159, Sala del Conisglio (first floor).

When: October 29th at 3:00 PM and October 30th at 9:30 AM. 

The Conference is organized by the Department of Law of the Roma Tre University, the Master in Prison Law and Constitution and the NGO "Antigone". It will be opened by Laura Boldrini, President of the Italian Chamber of Deputees, and Mario Panizza, Dean of the Roma Tre University. Emanuele Conte, the Chiar of medieval and modern legal history at the RomaTre University (October 29th) and Patrizio Gonnella, President of the NGO "Antigone" (October 30th), will introduce and coordinate the speakers. 

For more information, click HERE

06 October 2014

CFP: "Woman, politics and institutions"

Book on the subject: "Woman, politics and istitutions"

Deadline 30 november 2014 

All essays will be submitted to the procedure refereed according to the system of peer review

All information here (section "Notizie")

03 October 2014

BOOK: Jan Hallebeek, Martin Schermaier, Roberto Fiori, Ernest Metzger, Jean-Pierre Coriat (eds.), Inter cives necnon peregrinos. Essays in honour of Boudewijn Sirks (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014) ISBN 978-3-8471-0302-8

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht published a consistent volume of essays (856 p.) assembled by Jan Hallebeek (VU Amsterdam), Martin Schermaier (Bonn), Roberto Fiori (Tor Vegata), Ernest Metzger (Glasgow) and Jean-Pierre Coriat (Paris II Panthéon-Assas) in honour of Prof. em. dr. Boudewijn Sirks (Regius Professor of Civil Law and Emeritus Fellow All Souls, Oxford), who recently retired. The book was presented at Prof. Sirks' valedictory lecture in July 2014.

Editor presentation:
The contributions to this volume are concerned with the Roman law of antiquity in its broadest sense, covering both private and public law from the Roman Republic to the Byzantine era, including legal papyrology. They also examine the reception of Roman law in Western Europe and its colonies (specifically the Dutch East Indies) from the Middle Ages to the promulgation of the German Bürgerliche Gesetzbuch in 1900. They reflect the wide interests of Professor Boudewijn Sirks, whom the volume honours on the occasion of his retirement and whose work and career have transcended frontiers and nations.

(source: Rechtshistorische Courant, October 2014 and Glasgow Legal History)

PRIZE CEREMONY: Eike von Repgow Preis 2014 to Prof. dr. D. Heirbaut (Ghent) (23 October 2014, 17:00 Johanneskirche, Magdeburg)

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On Thursday 23 October 2014, the City and University of Magdeburg (Germany) will award the 'Eike von Repgow Preis' to Prof. dr. D. Heirbaut (Ghent).

The Prize is awarded for outstanding research on Saxony or Eike von Repgow, compiler of the Sachsenspiegel, a document of crucial importance to the history of German customary and feudal law.  More information on the Prize and its past recipients can be found on the City of Magdeburg's website. The Kuratorium expressed its high appreciation of Prof. Heirbaut's influential studies on medieval feudal law in Western as well as Central Europe (e.g. Prof. Heirbaut's contribution in the 2011 Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte (G.A.), "Zentral im Lehnswesen nach Ganshof: das flämische Lehnsrecht, ca. 1000-1305").

(image source: wikimedia commons)

At 17:00, the Johanniskirche will be the setting for a public ceremony whereby Prof. em. dr. dr. h.c. Bernhard Diestelkamp (Frankfurt am Main) will pronounce a laudatio. Prof. Heirbaut will then hold a lecture on the 'Feudal origins of the democratic rule of law (England, Flanders, Saxony)' ('Lehnrechtliche Wurzeln des demokratischen Rechtsstaats (England, Flandern, Sachsen)').

(source: Rechtshistorische Courant, October 2014)

02 October 2014

LECTURE: Farewell Lecture by Prof. em. dr. Marc Van Hoecke (Ghent University, 24 October, 17:00)

 (image source: JurisDiversitas)

On Friday 24 October 2014, Ghent University organises a public lecture in its Aula Magna in honour of Prof. em. dr. Marc Van Hoecke, former rector of the Katholieke Universiteit Brussel and President of the European Academy of Legal Theory.

The lecture (in Dutch) starts at 17:00 and will discuss "The evaluation of legal scientific research". Prof. em. dr. Baudewijn Bouckaert (former dean) and Prof. dr. Michel Tison (current dean of the Law faculty) will introduce the speaker and conclude the day.

Togati are expected in the Aula Magna's salons at 16:30.

RSVP by 22 October on

COLLOQUIUM: Society of Burgundian Scholarly Societies, Section for Legal History (Dijon, 25-26 October 2014)

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The Société d'histoire du droit et des institutions des pays flamands, picards et wallons announces its partnership with the Société pour l'histoire du droit et des institutions des anciens pays bourguignons, comtois et romands. Both categories of former subjects under the rule of the Dukes of Burgundy will work together in the field of legal history.

The Burgundian society hosts a section at the upcoming colloquium of the Asssociation bourguignonne des Sociétés savantes in the ancient ducal capital of Dijon (25-26 October 2014).

General Program:

& 24e Colloque
Sociétés savantes de Bourgogne d’hier et de demain : quelle place dans la cité ?
DIJON, 25 et 26 OCTOBRE 2014
Samedi 25 octobre 2014 9h accueil des participants : Bibliothèque municipale, cour du n°5 rue de l’École de
9h30 allocutions de bienvenue par Christine LAMARRE, présidente de l’Académie
des sciences, arts et belles-lettres de Dijon et Gérard MOTTET, président de l’Association bourguignonne des Sociétés savantes.
9h40-10h10 : Monsieur Jean-Pierre CHALINE, président du colloque : conférence

Séance du samedi matin : Sociabilités des sociétés savantes sous la présidence de Daniel-Henri Vincent
10h10-10h30 : Françoise VIGNIER : « Les débuts de l'ABSS ou comment créer une solidarité entre les sociétés savantes des départements de l'ancienne Bourgogne »
10h30-10h50 : Éliane LOCHOT : « Quand Dijon recevait le Congrès national des Sociétés savantes »
Questions, réponses et pause
11h10-11h30 : Bernard LÉGER : « Les relations entre sociétés savantes de l'Yonne, de leur création à la fondation de l'ABSS »
11h30-11h50 : Gérard MOTTET : « Le patrimoine géomorphologique de la Bourgogne »
Questions, réponses12 heures : déjeuner aux « caves de la Cloche ».

Séance du samedi après-midi : Les sociétés savantes dans leur milieu sous la présidence de Françoise Vignier
14h-30-14h50 :  Jean-François  BLIGNY :  « La  cité ?  Les  édiles,  les  structures  ou  la  population? Orientations contradictoires pour les sociétés savantes »
14h50-15h10 : Alain BOUTHIER : « Cosne-sur-Loire, la seule ville de la Nièvre dépourvue de société savante jusqu'à la fin du XXe  siècle ! »
15h10-15h30 : Jean-Michel DULIN : « Scientifiques reconnus ou amateurs éclairés, leurs recherches ont fait l'Académie de Mâcon : qui sont-ils ? »
Questions, réponses et pause
16h-16h20 :  Samuel  MOURIN : « La  Société  artistique  de  la  Haute-Marne  (1888-1939) :  une société langroise plutôt que départementale »
16h20-16h50 : Madeleine BLONDEL : « L’Académie de Dijon en peinture : la représentation par le peintre Galliac »
16h50-17h10 : Gilles BERTRAND, Christine LAMARRE : « Académie et société : construction et perte partielle d’un patrimoine, l’exemple de l’Académie de Dijon, 1792-1847 »
Questions, réponses.
18 heures : vin d’honneur offert par la mairie de Dijon (le lieu sera communiqué ultérieurement) suivi, pour ceux qui le désirent, d’un dîner pris en commun. Un courrier ultérieur sera envoyé aux inscrits.

Séance du dimanche matin : Sociétés savantes et rayonnement scientifique sous la présidence de Gérard Mottet
9h-9h20 : Carmen DELAHAYE : « Recherche archéologique et thermalisme aux Fontaines-Salées : un projet novateur mais sans suite »
9h20-9h40 :  Philippe  MÉNAGER :  « Les  sociétés  savantes  face  à  la  conservation  des  objets archéologiques, en particulier périssables »
9h40-10h : Jérôme BENET : « 1842-2012 : l'apport de la Société des Sciences à la connaissance du patrimoine semurois »
Questions, réponses et pause
10h30-10h50 : Vincent  LAUVERGNE : « Le rôle de l'Académie de Mâcon, aujourd'hui, dans la cité »
10h50-11h10 : Gérard TAVERDET : « Les sociétés savantes et le classement des publications »
11h10-11h30 :  Michel  ROPITEAU :  « Révolution  digitale,  réseaux  sociaux :  une  opportunité inattendue pour les sociétés savantes »
Questions, réponses
11h45 : conclusions du colloque par Monsieur Jean-Pierre CHALINE.
12h30 :  déjeuner  officiel  du  colloque :  salon  Napoléon  à  l’hôtel  de  la  Cloche.
L’assemblée générale de l’ABSS aura lieu ensuite sur place.
Trois promenades seront proposées aux personnes accompagnant les participants : une visite guidée des aménagements récents du Musée des Beaux-arts, la visite du Puits de Moïse (ouvert au public depuis 2012) et de son environnement ; une promenade dans le centre de Dijon à la découverte des hôtels particuliers de l’époque classique.

Program for the Legal History section:

Samedi 25 octobre 2014 
10 h 30 -  Rudi BEAULANT, « Les mots pour le dire : le vocabulaire des lettres de rémission des ducs de Bourgogne à la fin du Moyen Âge ». 
10 h 50 -  Cédric MOTTIER, « Les châtelains de Gex de la Maison de Savoie (1353-1536) ».
11 h 10 -  Pierre GRESSER, « Les recettes forestières de la gruerie du bailliage d’Amont sous les deux derniers Valois ».
11 h 30 -  Fabrice HOARAU, « Les crimes religieux dans la pensée de Domat ».
14 h 30 -  Anne  PEROZ,  « Le  rôle  des  tribunaux  consistoires  dans  l’encadrement  de  la société civile vaudoise (XVIII e  siècle) ».
14 h 50 -  Jean-Edouard  POUX,  « La  Lorraine  et  l’enquête  royale  sur  les contrefaçons  de 1777 : aperçu des ouvrages les plus usités chez les juristes ».
15 h 30 -  Sébastien  EVRARD,  « L’édition  juridique  et  la  contrefaçon  en Bourgogne  sous Louis XVI (1777-1790) ».
15 h 50 -  Xavier FRANÇOIS-LECLANCHÉ, « Un conflit territorial entre deux communes sous la Restauration et la monarchie de Juillet ».
Dimanche 26 octobre 2014
9 h 30 -  Pierre  BODINEAU,  « Les  préoccupations  d’un  Conseil  général  au  début  de  la III e  République ».
9 h 50 -  François-Xavier  GERVASONI,  « L’administration  pénitentiaire  dans  le
département du Doubs au XIX e  siècle ».
10 h 30 -  Georges  VAYROU,  « Sociétés  savantes  et  Grande  guerre: essai  pour  deux commémorations  en  une  seule  communication  (À propos de la réparation  des
dommages de guerre) ».
10 h 50 -  Claude-Isabelle BRELOT, « Entre Bourgogne et Franche-Comté, les réseaux inter-régionaux des historiens (1800-1960) ». 

More information on the Burgundian Society for Legal History's website.

BOOK REVIEW: Wolfgang Erik Wagner reviews Marek WEJWODA, Die Leipziger Juristenfakultät im 15. Jahrhundert. Vergleichende Studien zu Institution und Personal, fachlichem Profil und gesellschaftlicher Wirksamkeit

 (image source: posted a review by Wolfgang Erik Wagner (Münster) of Marek Wejwoda (Leipzig)'s institutional and prosopographical study of the Leipzig Law Faculty in the 15 century (Stuttgart: Steiner Verlag, 2012, 174 p.). The review was originally published in the journal Mitteilungen des Österreichisches Institut für Geschichtsforschung.

Fulltext available here.

PRIZE: Sarton Medal for Legal History (Ghent University) for Prof. em. dr. J. Monballyu

 (George Sarton; image source: UGent Memorie)

The Sarton Committee at Ghent University, devoted to the History of Science sensu lato, has decided to attribute the medal for Legal History for the academic year 2014-2015 to Prof. em. dr. Jos Monballyu (KULeuven), on proposal from the Law Faculty. The Sarton Chair yearly commemorates George Sarton (1884-1956), alumnus of Ghent University, professor at Harvard University, chemist and historian.

Past Sarton medallists for the Ghent Law Faculty include Randall Lesaffer (Tilburg/KULeuven), Anne Lefèbvre-Teillard (Paris II Panthéon-Assas), Emmanuele Conte (Roma III), Heiner Lück (Halle-Wittenberg), Robert Feenstra (Leiden), Fred Stevens (KULeuven), Raoul Van Caenegem (UGent), Laurens Winkel (Rotterdam), Sean Patrick Donlan (Limerick), Serge Dauchy (Lille-2), Ditlev Tamm (Copenhaguen), Jean-Louis Thireau (Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne), Alain Wijffels (UCLouvain) or Jürgen Weitzel (Würzburg).

Prof. Monballyu will be handed the medal on Thursday 16 October 2014 in the Ghent Law Faculty (aud. NB III, 4-6PM). At this occasion, a laudatio will be pronounced, as well as a lecture, entitled "Overcoming the First World War and the Rule of Law" (In Dutch: "De Rechtsstaat en zijn verwerking van de Eerste Wereldoorlog").

The Legal History Institute at Ghent University cordially invites all persons interested in the history of law as a science to attend Prof. Monballyu's lecture. RSVP:

01 October 2014

BOOKS: Bryson and English Reports (1714-1727)

Report of Cases in the Court of Chancery from the Time of Lord Harcourt (1710-1714)Following from his earlier, related work, Hamilton Bryson (Richmond) has recently published Reports of Cases in the Court of Exchequer in the Time of King George I (1714-1727) and Reports of Cases in the Court of Chancery from the Time of Lord Harcourt (1710-1714).

BOOK: "Suzanne Noël: Cosmetic Surgery, Feminism and Beauty in Early Twentieth-Century France", by Paula J. Martin

Suzanne Noël: Cosmetic Surgery, Feminism and Beauty in Early Twentieth-Century France, by Paula J. Martin, Georgia Southwestern State University, USA

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Working at the forefront of cosmetic surgery at the turn of the twentieth century, Dr Suzanne Noël was both a pioneer in her medical field and a firm believer in the advancement of women. Today her views on the benefits of aesthetic surgery to women may seem at odds with her feminist principles, but by placing Noël in the context of turn-of-the-century French culture, this book is able to demonstrate how these two worldviews were reconciled. Noël was able to combine her intense convictions for gender equality and anti-ageism in the workforce with her underlying compassion and concern for her female patients, during a time when there were no laws in place to protect women from workplace discrimination.

She was also responsible for several advances in cosmetic surgery, a thriving industry, and is today best known for her development of the mini facelift. This book, therefore, sheds much valuable light on advances in aesthetic surgery, twentieth-century beauty culture, women and the public sphere, and the ‘new woman’.

Paula J. Martin is Assistant Professor of History and Director of Women and Gender Studies at Georgia Southwestern State University, USA

BOOK: "Crime, Courtrooms and the Public Sphere in Britain, 1700-1850", edited by David Lemmings

Crime, Courtrooms and the Public Sphere in Britain, 1700-1850, edited by David Lemmings,  University of Adelaide, Australia

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Modern criminal courts are characteristically the domain of lawyers, with trials conducted in an environment of formality and solemnity, where facts are found and legal rules are impartially applied to administer justice. Recent historical scholarship has shown that in England lawyers only began to appear in ordinary criminal trials during the eighteenth century, however, and earlier trials often took place in an atmosphere of noise and disorder, where the behaviour of the crowd - significant body language, meaningful looks, and audible comment - could influence decisively the decisions of jurors and judges. 

This collection of essays considers this transition from early scenes of popular participation to the much more orderly and professional legal proceedings typical of the nineteenth century, and links this with another important shift, the mushroom growth of popular news and comment about trials and punishments which occurred from the later seventeenth century. It hypothesizes that the popular participation which had been a feature of courtroom proceedings before the mid-eighteenth century was not stifled by ‘lawyerization’, but rather partly relocated to the ‘public sphere’ of the press, partly because of some changes connected with the work of the lawyers.

Ranging from the early 1700s to the mid-nineteenth century, and taking account of criminal justice proceedings in Scotland, as well as England, the essays consider whether pamphlets, newspapers, ballads and crime fiction provided material for critical perceptions of criminal justice proceedings, or alternatively helped to convey the official ‘majesty’ intended to legitimize the law. In so doing the volume opens up fascinating vistas upon the cultural history of Britain’s legal system over the ‘long eighteenth century'.

David Lemmings was born in London and educated at the Universities of Sussex, London and Oxford before coming to Australia as a Research Fellow of the University of Adelaide in 1987. He then moved to the University of Newcastle in 1990 where he became Head of the Department of History in 1998 and Associate Professor in History in 2000. In 2008, Professor Lemmings moved to the University of Adelaide where he is Professor of History and leader of the Change Program in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

BOOK: "Crime, Gender and Consumer Culture in Nineteenth-Century England", by Tammy C. Whitlock

Crime, Gender and Consumer Culture in Nineteenth-Century England, by Tammy C. Whitlock, University of Kentucky, USA

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Whilst the actual origins of English consumer culture are a source of much debate, it is clear that the nineteenth century witnessed a revolution in retailing and consumption. Mass production of goods, improved transport facilities and more sophisticated sales techniques brought consumerism to the masses on a scale previously unimaginable. Yet with this new consumerism came new problems and challenges. 

Focusing on retailing in nineteenth-century Britain, this book traces the expansion of commodity culture and a mass consumer orientated market, and explores the wider social and cultural implications this had for society. Using trial records, advertisements, newspaper reports, literature, and popular ballads, it analyses the rise, criticism, and entrenchment of consumerism by looking at retail changes around the period 1800-1880 and society's responses to them. By viewing this in the context of what had gone before Professor Whitlock emphasizes the key role women played in this evolution, and argues that the dazzling new world of consumption had beginnings that predate the later English, French and American department store cultures. It also challenges the view that women were helpless consumers manipulated by merchants' use of colour, light and display into excessive purchases, or even driven by their desires into acts of theft. 

Tammy C. Whitlock is Professor of the Department of History at the University of Kentucky, USA

BOOK: "Women in Law and Lawmaking in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Europe", edited by Eva Schandevyl

Women in Law and Lawmaking in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Europe

edited by Eva Schandevyl, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

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Exploring the relationship between gender and law in Europe from the nineteenth century to present, this collection examines the recent feminisation of justice, its historical beginnings and the impact of gendered constructions on jurisprudence. It looks at what influenced the breakthrough of women in the judicial world and what gender factors determine the position of women at the various levels of the legal system.

Every chapter in this book addresses these issues either from the point of view of women's legal history, or from that of gendered legal cultures. With contributions from scholars with expertise in the major regions of Europe, this book demonstrates a commitment to a methodological framework that is sensitive to the intersection of gender theory, legal studies and public policy, and that is based on historical methodologies. As such the collection offers a valuable contribution both to women's history research, and the wider development of European legal history.

Eva Schandevyl is Assistant Professor of modern history at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. She is the editor of ‘In haar recht? Vrouwe Justitia feministisch bekeken’ (VUB Press, 2009) and author of ‘Tussen revolutie en conformisme. Het engagement en de netwerken van linkse intellectuelen in België 1918-1956’ (VUB Press, 2011). Her articles on the history of law and gender, social and intellectual history, and migration have appeared in ‘European Review of History’, ‘National Identities and Revue Belge de Philologie et d’Histoire’. She is presently working on a comparative project that examines the feminisation of justice in the twentieth century.