09 July 2014

BOOK: Reasoning Rights

Comparative Judicial Engagement
Edited by Liora Lazarus, Christopher McCrudden and Nigel Bowles
This book is about judicial reasoning in human rights cases. The aim is to explore the question: how is it that notionally universal norms are reasoned by courts in such significantly different ways? What is the shape of this reasoning; which techniques are common across the transnational jurisprudence; and which are particular?
The book, comprising contributions by a team of world-leading human rights scholars, moves beyond simply addressing the institutional questions concerning courts and human rights, which often dominate discussions of this kind, seeking instead a deeper examination of the similarities and divergence of reasonings by different courts when addressing comparable human rights questions. These differences, while partly influenced by institutional concerns, cannot be attributed to them alone. This book explores the diverse and rich underlying spectrum of human rights reasoning, as a distinctive and particular form of legal reasoning, evident in the case studies across the selected jurisdictions.
Liora Lazarus is a Fellow in Law and Associate Professor in Law at St Anne's College, University of Oxford.
Christopher McCrudden FBA is Professor of Equality and Human Rights Law, Queen's University Belfast; William W Cook Global Professor of Law at University of Michigan Law School; and a member of Blackstone Chambers.
Nigel Bowles is Director of the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford.

CALL FOR PAPER: De-juridification: Appearance and disappearance of law at a time of crisis

UK IVR Annual Conference
25-26 October 2014 

De-juridification: Appearance and disappearance of law at a time of crisis
London School of Economics and Political Science
New deadline: 1 August 2014

It was not too long ago that many legal philosophers and sociologists were expressing deep concerns about juridification, i.e. law’s expansion as a mode of governance and its distorting effects on social relations. 
Now, however, under conditions of globalisation and in the midst of a global crisis, there are several indications that the trend of juridification is being reversed, that law is subsiding and giving way to other modes of governance. With governments offloading many of their central tasks to civil society, with international economic agencies exercising normative authority, with people seemingly recognising each other more as economic actors than as legal subjects, and with the interpretation of indeterminate laws being carried out not by courts but by actual power-holders, to mention only very few examples, it seems appropriate to ask questions regarding a process of de-juridification which seems to be afoot. 
The main aim of the conference is to explore various aspects of de-juridification. Contributions are invited from legal philosophy, socio-legal theory, legal anthropology, and other law-related disciplines to tackle questions such as the following: Is a process of de-juridification underway? In which contexts does law recede? What replaces it and how? Does less law mean more or less politics? Does it entail a shift in the meaning of legitimacy?

Keynote Speakers:
Professor Peer Zumbansen, Osgoode Hall School of Law
Professor Antje Wiener, University of Hamburg

Roundtable discussants
Professor Emilios Christodoulidis, University of Glasgow
Professor Dora Kostakopoulou, Warwick University
Dr Fernanda Pirie, Oxford University, Director of the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies

Abstracts of up to 200 words should be sent to the treasurer of the UK IVR executive, Dr Emmanuel Melissaris (e.melissaris@lse.ac.uk), by 1 August 2014.

The conference is supported by the Law DepartmentLondon School of Economics.

04 July 2014

JURIS DIVERSITAS: Programme - Annual Conference (17-19 July 2014)

We're pleased to note that the Draft Programme (and additional information) for the JURIS DIVERSITAS ANNUAL CONFERENCE is available here.

The conference takes place from 17 July (evening) to 19 July 2014; its theme is ‘Comparative Law and …/Le droit comparé et …’

We hope to see you there …

LECTURE: Nassare-Aznar on The 2007 Credit Crunch and its impact on Housing

''The 2007 Credit Crunch and its impact on Housing:
A Civilian Perspective''
Prof. Sergio Nassare-Aznar (University of Tarragona)
Date: Friday 11th July, 10:30am-12:00pm
Venue: University of Malta Valletta Campus


The public seminar on Tenancy and Mortgages being held on the 11th July by the Maltese Society For Comparative Law in collaboration with the Civil Law Department will be dealing with the legal aspects surrounding the origination of the 2007 international crisis in the United States, the international credit crunch and subsequent global economic and legal developments. Its negative impact in Europe in relation to access to housing will be considered, including the evolution of European mortgage and lease markets. Although the catalyst of the global crisis was the deficient legal framework of the US mortgage securitization process, the consequences have gone beyond, causing massive repossessions and evictions in many countries. Some innovative developments are examined, such as increased protection for mortgage consumers, the new Directive 17/2014/EU, an increased role of the "right to housing" and new types of housing tenures.

23 June 2014

CONFERENCE: Law and Responsibility

Yale Law School hosts the 4th Doctoral Scholarship Conference on Law and Responsibility, which will be held on November 14-15, 2014.

The conference aims to provide doctoral students and recent graduates with a forum to present, share and discuss their work beyond conventional academic boundaries. It seeks to promote quality research and to facilitate discussion across diverse subject areas and methodological approaches, with a view towards fostering a community of aspiring legal scholars.

The conference is open to current doctoral candidates, in law or law-related disciplines, and those who graduated during the previous academic year (2013-2014). Submissions engaging any area of law are welcomed.

Papers will be selected based on quality and their capacity to provoke fruitful debate with other submissions. Selection will be informed - but not strictly bound - by fidelity to the theme.

Abstracts of 300-500 words (with your institutional affiliations) should be submitted to yls.doctoralconference@gmail.com by August 1st, 2014.

Selected applicants will be informed of acceptance in late August, and presenters will be asked to submit their papers of up to 10,000 words in length by October 10, 2014.

20 June 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS: Ninth Annual General Conference of the European China Law Studies Association

Ninth Annual General Conference of the 
European China Law Studies Association 
Call for Papers 
“Making, Enforcing and Accessing the Law” 
Hong Kong, 15-16 November 2014 

The 9th Annual General Conference of the European China Law Studies Association
(欧洲中国法研究协会 www.ecls.eu) will be held at the Faculty of Law, The Chinese University
of Hong Kong. The conference will bring together Western and Chinese scholars, professionals,
policy makers, and the like, to reflect on and advance the broader themes of law-making, law
enforcement, and access to law in China from a variety of perspectives.

For further information, please click here

CONFERENCE:Process and Substance in Public Law

The Centre for Public Law at the University of Cambridge will hold a major international conference—the first, it is hoped, of a series of conferences that will become the pre-eminent forum for the discussion of public law related matters in the common law world. 
Following an outstanding response to the call for papers, the conference convenors have put together a programme that will bring together around 60 speakers—along with approximately 100 other participants—from across the common law world.

Please see http://www.publiclawconference.law.cam.ac.uk/ for the website including the full programme and registration details.

SEMINAR:Transnational judicial conversations

The annual seminar of the British Association of Comparative Law  University of Nottingham
9 September 2014 (9.30-12.30)
Please see http://gallery.mailchimp.com/47624183ad52dd8428c97d3f6/files/b838c5cf-4e4d-4e53-86df-a6f966efe641.pdf for details of the programme. This event is free and all are welcome to attend.

PhD Studentship – Queen Mary

The Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context at the Department of Law, Queen Mary University of London is calling for applications to a studentship in the history of ideas about law and society in a global context. Details here: http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProgrammeDetails.aspx?PGID=2235&LID=1732 and http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AIX131/dept-of-law-studentship-law-and-society-in-a-global-context/

SUMMER SCHOOL: Middlesex University School of Law

One-week professional course analysing the impact of international and national politics on human rights mechanisms: ‘Confidence Crisis in Human Rights: Implications for the UK’
Hendon Campus, London - 30 June to 4 July 2014.
The five-day courses, led by 10 renowned human rights experts
Places are limited. A detailed programme, full list of speakers and information about how to register for the course can be found at::

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