05 January 2017

New from Oxford University Press

Separation of Powers in African Constitutionalism

Edited by Charles M. Fombad

Stellenbosch Handbooks in African Constitutional Law

  • The first book addressing all the constitutional traditions of the African continent
  • Permits the reader to compare constitutional developments across African nations and worldwide
  • Written from a range of African perspectives, offering expert knowledge of African constitutional law
  • Choice of Law

    Dean Symeon C. Symeonides

    Oxford Commentaries on American Law

    • Provides in-depth, sophisticated coverage of the choice-of-law part of Conflicts Law (or Private International Law) as practiced in the U.S., with necessary comparisons with foreign laws
    • Explains the doctrinal and methodological foundations of choice of law and then focuses on its actual practice, examining not only what courts say but also what they do
    • Identifies the emerging decisional patterns and formulates predictions about likely outcomes
    • Written by an award winning author and renowned expert in conflicts law
    • The Purse and the Sword

      The Trials of Israel's Legal Revolution

      Daniel Friedmann

      • Presents a critical analysis of Israel's legal system in the context of its politics, history, and society
      • Examines the extensive powers that Israel's Supreme Court arrogated to itself since the 1980s
      • Traces the historic transformation of Israel's legal system and the shifts in the balance of power between the branches of government
      • Developments are detailed in the context of major issues faced by a modern Israel
      • Analyzes the causes of public distrust of the Court and the rebalancing of power towards the political branches
      • Parliaments and the European Court of Human Rights

        Alice Donald and Philip Leach

        • Provides an authoritative exploration of democratic legitimacy in human rights interpretation, adjudication, and implemetation; combining new empirical data with theoretical insights
        • Offers a detailed investigation of five European states with differing records of compliance with ECtHR decisions
        • Analyses parliamentary actors in terms of their own actions, and their relationship with other domestic and supranational actors
        • Islamic Legal Revival

          Reception of European Law and Transformations in Islamic Legal Thought in Egypt, 1875DS1952

          Leonard Wood

          Oxford Islamic Legal Studies

          • A timely examination of the movement to revive Islamic law
          • Presents for the first time unknown aspects of the legal and intellectual history of the Islamic world and Islamic political movements.
          • Accessible to a wide audience, both specialist and non-specialist alike

19 December 2016

Juris Diversitas, 5th Annual Conference, Lyon, July 10-12, 2017



July 10-12, 2017

Lyon, France

In partnership with
EM Lyon & Université Jean Moulin

Law & Food
La cuisine juridique

The Theme:
For its 5th Annual Conference, Juris Diversitas revisits its culinary origins, expressed in the logo. The links between law and food are as old as the concept of law. Babylon, Egypt, Greece, and Rome cared about access to water resources and food, whether it came to trade or protection. Since times immemorial, Bhutan makes sure every citizen has access to a minimal acreage of land to secure food for the family. Whilst religions multiplied food prohibitions and prescriptions, customs redistributed land, shared its occupancy in creative ways, or favored communal property so that everyone had access to food. Laws have multiplied to facilitate food trade, security, safety, traceability, and also to promote and protect food and wine production, using trademarks and geographical denominations. In addition, the language of food and cooking offers legal thinkers and teachers mouth-watering metaphors, comparing rules to recipes, and their combination to culinary processes.

All law related food topics, whether liquid or solid, vegetal or animal, real or symbolic, tasty or toxic, old or new, home-made or industrial, fast or simmering, whether connected or not to the environment, sustainable development, climate change, literature, art, science, faith, beliefs, or any dimension of human experience may be revisited in an interdisciplinary perspective from the moment they intersect with rules, norms, or prescriptions of all kinds. You are invited to cook and share food for thought at every possible level, past, present, and future, local, regional, and global, topical and utopic, and feed at a two-day and a half worldwide intellectual banquet in a truly unique culinary capital of Europe.

Panel proposals and interdisciplinary presentations are strongly encouraged, as is the participation of doctoral students and scholars from outside of the discipline of law. While parallel sessions featuring three presentations of twenty-minute each will be the pattern, more creative arrangements are encouraged.

Proposals should be in English or in French. Proposals of circa 250 words (or 1000 words for panel proposals with three or more speakers) should be submitted to Professor Salvatore Mancuso at : jdlyon2017@yahoo.com by January 31, 2017, with a short biography paragraph listing major or relevant publications. Make this a single Word document with minimal formatting, so that proposal and biography can be copied easily into the conference program.

Registration Fees:
€200 or €125 for Juris Diversitas members paid up for 2017. Membership and fee payment information is available on the Juris Diversitas Blog (http://jurisdiversitas.blogspot.com/). Note that fees do not cover travel, accommodation, or the conference dinner (€50).

Juris Diversitas, 5e Congrès annuel, Lyon 10-12 juillet 2017



10-12 juillet 2017

Lyon, France

En partenariat avec
EM Lyon & Université Jean Moulin

Law & Food
La cuisine juridique

Le thème:
Pour son 5e Congrès annuel, Juris Diversitas revient sur ses origines culinaires qui apparaissent sur le logo. Les liens entre droit et nourriture sont aussi anciens que le phénomène juridique. Babylone, l’Égypte, la Grèce et Rome s’intéressèrent à l’accès à l’eau et aux ressources alimentaires. Le Bhoutan a de tous temps assuré à ses citoyens l’accès à une superficie minimale pour garantir l’alimentation de la famille. Alors que les religions multipliaient les interdits et les prescriptions alimentaires, la coutume redistribuait les terres, en partageait l’occupation de manière créative ou favorisait la propriété communale afin que chacun ait accès à la nourriture. Le droit s’est intensifié pour faciliter le commerce de la nourriture, la sécurité alimentaire, les normes sanitaires et de traçabilité, ainsi que pour promouvoir et protéger la production agricole et vinicole, par l’utilisation des marques et des appellations d’origine. De plus, l’activité alimentaire et culinaire offre aux penseurs et aux enseignants du droit de savoureuses métaphores, faisant des règles des recettes et de leur combinaison une cuisine juridique.

Tout thème juridique lié à la nourriture, qu’elle soit liquide ou solide, réelle ou symbolique, savoureuse ou toxique, ancienne ou nouvelle, domestique ou industrielle, instantanée ou élaborée, qu’il soit ou non lié à l’environnement, au développement durable, au changement climatique, à la littérature, l’art, la science, la foi, les croyances, ou toute dimension de l’expérience humaine peut être reconsidéré dans une perspective interdisciplinaire du moment qu’il entre en relation avec règles, normes ou prescriptions de toutes sortes. Vous êtes invités à cuisiner et nourrir la pensée sous toutes ses formes, au passé au présent ou au futur, sur le plan local, régional ou mondial, de manière topique ou utopique, et à partager pendant deux jours et demi un banquet intellectuel mondial dans une grande capitale gastronomique européenne.

Les propositions de tables rondes et présentations interdisciplinaires sont encouragées, de même que la participation de doctorants et d’universitaires non juristes. En plus des sessions parallèles avec trois orateurs parlant chacun vingt minutes, les organisateurs invitent à une organisation plus originale.

Les propositions, en anglais ou en français, de 250 mots environ (ou 1.000 pour une table ronde de trois présentateurs ou plus) sont à adresser au Pr Salvatore Mancuso à jdlyon2017@yahoo.com avant le 31 janvier 2017 avec une brève notice biographique donnant la liste des principales publications. Merci de composer la proposition et la notice biographique dans un seul document Word, avec le minimum de mise en forme, pour faciliter la composition du programme.

Droits d’inscription:
€200 ou €125 pour les membres de Juris Diversitas à jour de leur cotisation pour 2017. Les informations relatives à l’adhésion et l’inscription sont disponibles sur http://jurisdiversitas.blogspot.com/. Les droits ne couvrent pas les frais de voyage et de logement, ni le banquet du congrès (€50).

15 November 2016

InterGentes: McGill Journal of International Law & Legal Pluralism

The first issue of a new journal on international law and legal pluralism has been published. This journal is peer-reviewed and open-access, available at www.intergentes.com. Although it is based in the McGill University Faculty of Law, the journal is interdisciplinary in its approach.

Following the release of this issue, the Journal will be proceeding with a publication schedule that will include a second thematic issue on (In)tangible Ownership in the International Sphere in 2017 and a renewed focus on op-eds and non-thematic articles to be published on a rolling basis. In keeping with its commitment to developing multimedia content and to complement the first issue’s discussion of resistance in international law, the journal will be releasing a podcast on 'hacktivism’ (a combination of the words ‘hacking’ and ‘activism’) and international law in the coming weeks. While the first issue features only English contributions, InterGentes remain deeply committed to its vision of a trilingual publication and will have Spanish and French pieces forthcoming soon.

Submissions are warmly encouraged. Guidelines are posted on the journal’s website.

01 November 2016

Books from Hart

New from Hart Publishing
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Comparative Law in Practice
Contract Law in a Mid-Channel Jurisdiction
Duncan Fairgrieve

This book provides a comparative study of contract law, examining the interaction of common law and civil law approaches to contract law. Drawing extensively upon English, French and European law, the book explores how the law of contract of Jersey, Channel Islands, has been influenced by both civil law and common law sources. It is argued that this jurisdiction is a striking example of comparative law in action, given that Jersey contract law is made up of a blend of common law and civil law approaches. Jersey law is premised upon a subjective approach to contracts, in which civil law concepts such as cause (rather than consideration) and vices de consentement are the foundational aspects, but is nonetheless highly influenced by the common law in areas such as remedies (damages, termination, etc). 
The book analyses a series of key issues from a comparative and European perspective, including the principles underlying contract law (comparing and contrasting civil and common law approaches), the formation of contract, requirements of reciprocity (cause vs consideration), the structure and approach of precontractual liability, the role of good faith in a mixed system, the architecture of remedies, and more.

Duncan Fairgrieve is Senior Research Fellow in Comparative Law at the  British Institute of International and Comparative Law and Professeur  Associé at Université Paris Dauphine PSL, France.

October 2016     9781782257219     208pp     Hardback     RSP: $108


A Comparative Examination of Multi-Party Actions
The Case of Environmental Mass Harm
Joanne Blennerhassett

This monograph addresses the phenomenon of mass harm and how it may be resolved through collective redress. It examines particularly how such redress may be achieved through mechanisms such as multi-party actions (MPAs). In order to do this, an analytical framework is created against which to evaluate various multi-party procedures.  This is illustrated through the experience of a selection of common law jurisdictions in dealing with mass harm – namely that of England and Wales, Canada, Australia and the United States, as well as that of EU collective redress. It examines multi-party action laws benchmarked against the objectives identified in the analytical framework.  The phenomenon of environmental mass harm in particular is explored as a case study, as it illustrates some of the difficulties that may arise in mass harm litigation. Also, this work explores where the best solutions for mass harm redress may lie in the future – perhaps in collective actions or through alternatives such as regulation and alternative dispute resolution or a combination of these. Finally, the experience of mass harm litigation in Ireland is examined, as currently this jurisdiction does not have an effective mechanism for dealing with mass harm.

Joanne Blennerhassett  is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas (La Sorbonne), University College Dublin, the Law Society of Ireland and University College Cork. She is a College Lecturer in the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin, where she has lectured since 2003, specialising in Environmental Law, Tort Law, and Dispute Resolution. She has a background as a practitioner having practiced as a solicitor. She is also a qualified mediator and arbitrator. She was recently awarded a PhD in collective redress which formed the background research for this monograph.

October 2016     9781509905294     344pp     Hardback     RSP: $108

A co-publication between Hart Publishing and CH Beck


12 October 2016

New Comparative Law Titles from Hart Publishing

Temporary Labour Migration in the Global Era
The Regulatory Challenges
Edited by Joanna Howe and Rosemary Owens

In the global era, controversies abound over temporary labour migration; however, it has not previously been subjected to a sustained socio-legal analysis on a comparative basis, critiquing the underpinning concepts conventionally accepted as fundamental in this area. This collection of essays aims to fill that void. Complex regulatory challenges arise from temporary labour migration. This collection examines these challenges and the extent to which temporary labour migration programmes can be ethical, equitable and efficacious and so deliver decent work for workers. Whilst the tendency for migration law to divide labour law’s worker-protective mission has been observed before,  the authors of the chapters comprising this collection seek not only to interrogate why and how this is so, but to go further in examining the implications and effects of a wide range of regulatory mechanisms on temporary labour migration.

Joanna Howe is Senior Lecturer and Rosemary Owens is Emerita Professor, both at the University of Adelaide.

October 2016     9781509906284     440pp     Hardback     RSP: $114


Nationalism and Private Law in Europe
Guido Comparato

While the internationalisation of society has stimulated the emergence of common legal frameworks to coordinate transnational social relations, private law itself is firmly rooted in national law. European integration processes have altered this state of affairs to a limited degree with a few, albeit groundbreaking, interventions that have tended to engender resistance from various actors within European nation-states.  Against that background, this book takes as its point of departure the need to understand the process of legal denationalisation within broader political frameworks.  In particular it seeks to make sense of opposition to Europeanisation at this point in the evolution of European law when, despite growing nationalist attitudes, great efforts have been made to produce comprehensive legal instruments to synthesise general contract law - an area that has traditionally been solely within the ambit of nation-states.  Combining insights from the disciplines of law, history and political science, the book investigates the conceptual and cultural associations between law and the nation-state, examines the impact of nationalist ideas in modern legal thought and reveals the nationalist underpinnings of some of the arguments employed against and, somewhat paradoxically, even in support of legal Europeanisation.
The author's research for this book has been supported by the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law.

Guido Comparato is a postdoctoral researcher in the Law Department of the European University Institute.

August 2016     9781509907410     332pp     Paperback     RSP: $52.95


Global Order Beyond Law
How Information and Communication Technologies Facilitate Relational Contracting in International Trade
Thomas Dietz

‘A study like the one presented in this book is highly interesting for research on the use of international trade law and the actual needs of traders … Dietz presents a highly interesting spectrum of information about the actual problems and their solutions that business people encounter in this globalised world.’
Maren Heidemann, European Business Law Review

‘Thomas Dietz’s book will be enjoyable to any reader interested in contract law theory, in the specificities of complex software development agreements, in international commerce and trade, in sociological approaches to law, or in institutional economics, among other fields. Readers will find in Dietz’s work a fascinating study of contract law in action that forces all of us to be less attached to formal contracting rules and to consider other alternative mechanisms that work in the shadow of contract law or in its absence.’
Antoni Rubí-Puig, European Review of Contract Law

Well-functioning contract law is a crucial prerequisite for economic development. However, even though international trade has increased enormously in recent decades, we still know little about the contract enforcement mechanisms that exist in today's globalised markets. The aim of this work is to shed light on the governance of complex cross-border contracts by developing a comprehensive theoretical framework for understanding the relevance of both formal and informal institutions. This framework is then applied to an empirical study of cross-border software development contracts. Combining a unique data set of 41 qualitative expert interviews with statistical data and surveys, the author demonstrates that state contract laws show fundamental signs of dysfunction across borders. Companies engaged in globalised exchange therefore rarely use this mechanism. Even the European Union's supranational enforcement order is, in practice, insignificant. Against all expectations, international commercial arbitration also turns out to be limited in its ability to provide a workable legal infrastructure for global commerce. With global trade lacking a reliable formal legal order, companies have reacted by creating their own informal governance structures. This book explains how complex exchange in global markets has emerged in the absence of a global legal order.

Thomas Dietz is Associate Professor for Politics and Law at the University of Muenster.

August 2016     9781509907434     270pp     Paperback     RSP: $43.95


Perpetrators and Accessories in International Criminal Law
Individual Modes of Responsibility for Collective Crimes
Neha Jain

‘Jain's book is invaluable… her work serves as an excellent companion for an introduction to the subject, both for the newly initiated as well as for the expert in international criminal law… Jain presents an abundance of information while venturing a critical approach that leads her to present her own theory. [The book] is infused with interesting and cautiously articulated ideas that invite us to think critically about its core concepts - perpetration, principal-accessory distinction, the basis for high-level perpetrator liability, and the peculiarities of international crimes that have to be accommodated in a truly international criminal law.’
Dafni Lima, The Cambridge Law Journal.

‘Jain's book is essential reading not just for scholars and students of international criminal justice, but for anyone who cares about how domestic criminal law - in any system - treats principals and accessories.’
Jens David Ohlin, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Online.

International criminal law lacks a coherent account of individual responsibility. This failure is due to the inability of international tribunals to capture the distinctive nature of individual responsibility for crimes that are collective by their very nature. Specifically, they have misunderstood the nature of the collective action or framework that makes these crimes possible, and for which liability may be attributed to intellectual authors, policy makers and leaders. In this book, the author draws on insights from comparative law and methodology to propose doctrines of perpetration and secondary responsibility that reflect the role and function of high-level participants in mass atrocity, while simultaneously situating them within the political and social climate which renders these crimes possible. This new doctrine is developed through a novel approach which combines and restructures divergent theoretical perspectives on attribution of responsibility in English and German domestic criminal law, as major representatives of the common law and civil law systems. At the same time, it analyses existing theories of responsibility in international criminal law and assesses whether there is any justification for their retention by international criminal tribunals.

Neha Jain is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. She has held research positions at Georgetown University Law Center, and at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, Germany. Professor Jain completed her BCL and DPhil in law from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar and Jowett Senior Scholar at Balliol College. She served as a law clerk to former Chief Justice VN Khare of the Supreme Court of India and has interned with the Office of the Prosecutor at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and with the Legal and Treaties Division of India’s Ministry of External Affairs.

August 2016     9781509907397     250pp     Paperback     RSP: $52.95


11 October 2016

La dénationalisation de l'enseignement juridique

Dans un contexte mondialisé, l'enseignement du droit change aussi. Sous quelles formes change-t-il ? Doit-on parler d'internationalisation ou de dénationalisation, voire de transnationalisation de l'enseignement du droit ? Ces différents termes laissent percevoir plusieurs options possibles. Les expériences pédagogiques sont variables selon les contextes universitaires nationaux. Par exemple, l'enseignement du droit reste fortement national en France ou en Allemagne, même si l'européanisation a permis de décloisonner les systèmes juridiques et donc, aussi, les systèmes universitaires. La discipline juridique reste liée à des caractéristiques nationales : 
le droit concerne l'État dans sa structure et ses fonctions. 
Dans d'autres pays, les expériences de décloisonnement sont plus anciennes, comme au Canada, et, parfois, cherchent de nouveaux chemins, tels qu'au Japon. 
Cet ouvrage a pour objectif de prendre comme objet d'étude l'enseignement juridique dans le contexte global et de faire comprendre que le droit ne se réduit pas aux seules règles de droit national. Au-delà des règles de droit positif, il faut faire toute sa place à la pensée juridique et donc au rôle des universitaires dans la construction de la discipline juridique. Ce qui suppose de s'intéresser aux méthodes de raisonnement, aux méthodes d'interprétation, à l'analyse des discours doctrinaux et aux méthodes d'enseignement. Ne pouvant embrasser toutes ces questions, cet ouvrage cherche avant tout à comprendre ce qu'il faut ouvrir et comment l'ouvrir au sein de la formation juridique. Cette publication constitue le premier acte du programme de formation-recherche « Inventivité juridique et monde global. Les frontières du droit (constitutionnel) », CIERA, 2015-2017.

Christian Legal Society National Conference

The scholar’s symposium of this year's national CLS conference (Washington, DC, October 21-22) is built around the book Law and the Bible: Justice, Mercy, and Legal Institutions (InterVarsity Press), which I edited with David Van Drunen.  I and several other authors (Randy Beck, Tremper Longman, Bill Brewbaker, and David Smolin) will speak on three separate panels about our chapters (Genesis, OT Law, OT history, Jesus, and NT letters).  The details are below this message.  Here is the link to the scholars' portion of the conference: 

10 October 2016

Call for Papers, Journal of Law and Criminal Justice

Call for Papers
Journal of Law and Criminal Justice
ISSN: 2374-2674 (Print) 2374-2682 (Online)
Journal of Law and Criminal Justice is a refereed international journal that seeks to publish high quality research papers in the areas of socio-legal studies and the psychology of law, criminology and social justice studies. The Journal invites papers based on empirical research, theoretical analysis and debate, and policy analysis and critique. The journal is dedicated to presenting system-wide trends and problems on law, crime and justice throughout the world. It provides a forum for social scientists to report research findings for policy making with respect to crime and justice through innovative and advanced methodologies.
The journal is published by the American Research Institute for Policy Development that serves as a focal point for academicians, professionals, graduate and undergraduate students, fellows, and associates pursuing research throughout the world.
The interested contributors are highly encouraged to submit their manuscripts/papers to the executive editor via e-mail at editor@aripd.org. Please indicate the name of the journal (Journal of Law and Criminal Justice) in the cover letter or simply put ‘Journal of Law and Criminal Justice ’ in the subject box during submission via e-mail. 
The journal is Abstracted/Indexed in CrossRef, CrossCheck, Cabell's, Ulrich's, Griffith Research Online, Google Scholar, Education.edu, Informatics, Universe Digital Library, Standard Periodical Directory, Gale, Open J-Gate, EBSCO, Journal Seek, DRJI, ProQuest, BASE, InfoBase Index, OCLC, IBSS, Academic Journal Databases, Scientific Index.
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DOI® number
Each paper published in Journal of Law and Criminal Justice is assigned a DOI® number, which appears beneath the author's affiliation in the published paper.
JLCJ is inviting papers for Vol. 4, No. 2. The online publication date is December 31, 2016. Submission Deadline: October 31, 2016.
For any additional information, please contact with the executive editor at editor@aripd.org
Professor Dr. Billy Long, Ferrum College, USA.
Journal of Law and Criminal Justice

Website: www.jlcjnet.com

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