10 October 2015


21-22 JANVIER 2016
Université de Nantes
Centre universitaire départemental de La Roche-sur-Yon



            La recherche a largement investi le champ des études juridiques ou historiques sur la question du contrôle des femmes et la façon dont ce contrôle agit de façon différentielle au regard des normes de genre.
            Alors que les inégalités entre hommes et femmes font preuve d’une résistance certaine depuis des siècles, bon nombre d’initiatives animées par des femmes ont mêlé et mêlent actions politiques et économiques, résistance et solidarités en vue d’un accès plus juste au Droit.
            Au croisement du droit, de l’histoire, de l’anthropologie et de la sociologie, l’objectif de cette journée d’étude est de susciter des échanges entre disciplines, autour de la question de la femme, de ses droits et de son rapport à la société et ce, depuis des siècles.
            Cet appel à communications propose d'explorer le processus de régulation sociale des normes de genre sous l’angle de la (re)production des différences et de l’altérité. Pour ce faire, plusieurs axes de réflexions sont proposés :
-          Les institutions judiciaires, politiques et religieuses face à la problématique du genre : analyser le fonctionnement de la justice s’impose pour mieux appréhender les obstacles que les femmes rencontrent depuis des siècles ;
-          Les femmes et leurs droits dans un contexte de pluralisme normatif : la justice étatique ne constitue souvent que le dernier recours pour les femmes, d’autres ordres normatifs tendant à s’imposer à elles en pratique depuis des siècles : quels ont-ils été ? Quels sont-ils ? Comment ont-ils cohabité avec le droit ? Quelles possibilités les femmes ont-elles eues pour jouer sur différents registres ?
-          Quels dispositifs sont mis en œuvre par les États, les associations et les organismes pour favoriser un meilleur accès à la justice ? Comment expliquer leur développement récent ? Quel est leur impact sur le rapport des femmes au droit ?

Contact : Ana Conde


08 October 2015

Juris Diversitas 2016 Annual Conference CALL FOR PAPERS

May 30 - June 1, 2016
Louisiana State University
Law Center, Baton Rouge, USA
Unity and/or Diversity
An International, Interdisciplinary Conference on Comparative Law

Theme: Comparative legal studies have long been perceived as an engine pulling legal traditions and systems towards convergence, harmonization, and unification. Today, legal pluralism pushes towards the recognition of human and social diversity. Does this mean that we have to choose between unity and diversity, Jus unum or juris diversitas?  To what extent do pluralistic societies embrace or reject harmonization and uniformity, or simply ignore them? Do we unify or add layers, increasing the complexity of legal orders? Does history reflect a move from diversity to unity or an ongoing conflict between the two? What makes unity successful or sustainable? This is an invitation to discuss, in an interdisciplinary way, the development of laws and social norms, in the dialectical tension between the ontological unity of human beings and mankind and the plurality of individual aspirations and social arrangements.

Submissions: 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 of three twenty-minute presentations will be used, we encourage more original session structures.
Proposals should be in English or in French. Proposals of circa 250 words (or 1000 words for panel proposals) should be submitted to Professor Salvatore Mancuso at JDLSU2016@gmail.comJDLSU2016@gmail.com by December 6, 2015, with a short biography 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 2016. Membership and fee payment information is available on the Juris Diversitas Blog (http://jurisdiversitas.blogspot.com/http://jurisdiversitas.blogspot.com/). Note that fees don’t cover travel, accommodation, or the conference dinner (€50).

07 October 2015

The Changing Landscape of History: Digital Initiatives in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The French American Chamber of Commerce – Gulf Coast Chapter will host a forum about “The Changing Landscape of History: Digital Initiatives in New Orleans,” Thursday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. in the Stibbs Room of the Lavin Bernick Center at Tulane University. Vicki Mayer, Ph.D., will give an introduction to digital initiatives, followed by 

Vernon Valentine Palmer, Ph.D., who will present 
“Through the Codes Darkly: Slave Law and Civil Law in Louisiana.”

“Just as social media is a large component of telling the contemporary stories of life in our city, digital initiatives such as curated digital exhibits and online portals are increasingly important tools in presenting and preserving the past,” Greg Lambousy, director of exhibits at the Louisiana State Museum, said. “Digitization of French and Spanish colonial documents, including the Code Noir, form a fundamental part of the city-wide historical campaign leading up to the tricentennial of the founding of New Orleans.”

This free event is open to the public and sponsored by the FACC-GC, Ogletree Deakins, Tulane University and Sodexo. Partners are The Friends of the Cabildo, Amistad Research Center and University of New Orleans Midlo Center and the Francophone Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association.

For more information or to RSVP, email info@facc-gc.com.

06 October 2015

Journal of Civil Law Studies: Volume 8 No. 1



Golden Jubilee of the Center of Civil Law Studies: 
Celebrating the Development of Legal Science in Louisiana (Agustín Parise)

Drawing the Line of the Scope of the Duty of Care in American
Negligence and French Fault-Based Tort Liability (Karel Roynette)

Les unions (il)légalement reconnues: approches internationales
(Il)legally Recognized Unions: International Approaches
La Roche-sur-Yon, December 6, 2013

China (Yuan Fang), France (Dominique Garreau), Italy (Enrica Bracchi & Carolina Simoncini), Spain (Ana Conde), and the United States (Olivier Moréteau)


An Analysis in Empathy: Why Compassion Need Not Be Exiled from the
Province of Judging Same-Gender Marriage Cases (Kacie Gray)

Chile (Carlos Felipe Amunátegui Perelló)

Poland (Ewa Bagińska)

Also in this issue:

03 October 2015

Who Owns the World’s Land? 

A global baseline of formally recognized indigenous & community land rights

In recent years, there has been growing attention and effort towards securing the formal, legal recognition of land rights for Indigenous Peoples and local communities. Communities and Indigenous Peoples are estimated to hold as much as 65 percent of the world’s land area under customary systems, yet many governments formally recognize their rights to only a fraction of those lands. This gap—between what is held by communities and what is recognized by governments—is a major driver of conflict, disrupted investments, environmental degradation, climate change, and cultural extinction. While community land rights are garnering greater attention in national and international circles, the actual status and extent of legal recognition has not been well understood. This report seeks to contribute to this field as the first analysis to quantify the amount of land formally recognized by national governments as owned or controlled by Indigenous Peoples and local communities around the world. The study includes data from 64 countries comprising 82 percent of global land area. It builds on the ongoing work of the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) to track ownership and control of the world’s forests, and expands that research to identify lands that are owned and controlled by local communities across all terrestrial ecosystems in the countries studied, including such diverse lands as grasslands in China, taiga in northern Canada, and rainforests in Brazil.

THE RIGHTS AND RESOURCES INITIATIVE RRI is a global coalition of 13 Partners and over 150 international, regional, and community organizations advancing forest tenure, policy, and market reforms. RRI leverages the strategic collaboration and investment of its Partners and Collaborators around the world by working together on research, advocacy, and convening strategic actors to catalyze change on the ground. RRI is coordinated by the Rights and Resources Group, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit www.rightsandresources.org.

01 October 2015

Western Legal Traditions by Martin Vranken

Western Legal Traditions

A Comparison of Civil Law and Common Law

By Martin Vranken

Federation Press – 2015 – 208 pages
The rule of law constitutes the hallmark of contemporary Western society. However, public perceptions and attitudes to the law can vary in space and time. This book explores legal solutions to selected problem scenarios in their broader historical, economic, political and societal context. The focus is on the legal traditions of civil law and common law.
The book is premised on the assumption - indeed, the conviction - that use of the comparative method both facilitates and promotes a deeper understanding of the society in which we live and the rules by which it is shaped. Major 'threads' that run through the book are the relationship between law and morality, the role of the state in regulating human interaction, as well as the relationship between the state and the individual.
As a practical matter, the text is divided into 3 Parts. A first Part provides various building blocks for a discussion of 'the law in action' in the second and main Part of the book. A final Part addresses the issue of regional globalisation and its impact on the traditional divide between civil law and common law. An Appendix contains the full text of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
Martin Vranken is a Reader in the Faculty of Law at the University of Melbourne.

24 September 2015

The International Organization for Judicial Training

About the International Organization for Judicial Training 
The International Organization for Judicial Training (IOJT) was established in 2002 in order to promote the rule of law by supporting the work of judicial education institutions around the world. The mission of the IOJT is realized through international and regional conferences and other exchanges that provide opportunities for judges and judicial educators to discuss strategies for establishing and developing training centers, designing effective curricula, developing faculty capacity, and improving teaching methodology.

Journal of the International Organization for Judicial Training

The journal Judicial Education and Training publishes topical articles on the education and training of judges and justice sector professionals around the world. This journal aims to stimulate a community of learning in judicial education by showcasing selected papers presented to the biennial conferences of the International Organization for Judicial Training (IOJT). Additionally, it solicits original research, practical experience, and critical analysis on issues and trends in judicial education. It also provides a medium for informed discussion, the exchange of professional experience, and the development of knowledge in judicial education for a global readership. Contributions are invited from chief justices and senior judges, judicial educators and academic researchers with an interest in this field. Earlier issues of this online journal may be found at: http://www.iojt.org/journal/page~journal.html.

7th IOJT Conference to be Held in Recife, Brazil

November 8-12, 2015

14 September 2015

NEW in Juris Diversitas Series: The Diffusion of Law

The Diffusion of Law

The Movement of Laws and Norms Around the World

  • Edited by Sue Farran, Northumbria Law School, UK, James Gallen, Dublin City University, Ireland, Jennifer Hendry, University of Leeds, UK and Christa Rautenbach, North-West University, South Africa
  • In considering diffusion from a global perspective, this book provides timely new insights into its application in a variety of fields and at many levels of both legal and non-legal orderings. This collection contributes to the wider theoretical debate concerning the movement of law and legal norms by engaging with concrete examples of legal diffusion, in jurisdictions as diverse as Albania, the Czech Republic, Poland and Kuwait. These examples, taken together, provide a comprehensive illustration of the theoretical debates concerning the diffusion of laws and norms in terms of both process and form.

    This international, multi-disciplinary and multi-methodological volume brings together scholars from law and social science with experience in mixed and hybrid jurisdictions, and advances the conversation about legal and normative diffusion across the academy. It represents a robust challenge to many preconceived ideas about legal movement and, as such, will be of interest to academics and students working in the fields of Law, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Legal Education and comparative method.
  • More information on the book

Call for Papers, Human Rights in Translation, St. Louis, March 31--April 1, 2016

"Human Rights in Translation: Intercultural Pathways" conference at Saint Louis University's Center for Intercultural Studies, St. Louis, March 31--April 1, 2016. 
When defining human rights, we often invoke certain beliefs--deemed to be universal--on which such rights are based: dignity inherent to every person, common humanity, and natural state of liberty. However, the norms and values of many cultures are incommensurable, or even incompatible, with these "universal" principles.
One way out of this quandary, rooted in the concept of organic wholeness of humanity, has been to call for a convergence of world cultures around the universal idea of human rights, presumed to be shared by all people at a "deeper" level. The problem with this view is that homogenizing world cultures implies eradicating their diversity, in itself a denial of the right to uphold one's culture. Another solution has been to acknowledge the cultural differences in interpreting human rights, and to treat them as mere variations of the basic, universal set of standards. This approach necessitates drawing a line beyond which the universal would be invalidated by the local, a problematic undertaking at best. Both methods tend to assume timeless universality, and thus run the risk of ahistoricism.
The goal of this conference is to encourage reflection on the intercultural translation of human rights. Instead of using such rights as yardsticks to measure diverse cultures on compliance with them, we welcome papers that translate the differences between cultures through the prism of human rights, illuminating different cognitive contexts that produce different meanings of rights, identifying spaces of intercultural crossing where differences can coexist, and offering usable narratives and metaphors that could serve as interfaces between distinct cultures. Ideally, these translations should view human rights not as an integral and finite goal but as a dynamic process of trying to achieve them.

Proposals should include: a one-page abstract of the paper, with a title and name of the author; the author's brief curriculum vitae; postal address; email address; and phone number.  Complete proposals should be emailed as attachments in MS Word to: Mary Bokern at bokernmp@slu.edu with a subject line "Human Rights in Translation"." The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2015.

08 September 2015

Deciphering a Civil Code, Alain Levasseur

Deciphering a Civil Code

Sources of Law and Methods of Interpretation

The primary purpose of this book is to dispel some misunderstandings —  or even erroneous views — on what a “code” is and, more specifically, how one can work with a “civil code.” The text explains that in a civil law system, codification is the product of the combination of three sources of law: legislation, jurisprudence or court cases, and doctrine or legal scholarship. It then analyzes the many different methods of reasoning and interpretation that can be used under a civil code and illustrates these methods as applied to code articles and to three decisions of the Louisiana Supreme Court. Thus, the book explains and justifies the “long lasting life” of civil codes, particularly the French Civil Code of 1804 (also referred to as the Code Napoléon) and the Louisiana Civil Code of 1825. 

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