10 July 2016

EUtopia: We the people of the European Union...

Olivier Moréteau launched a new blog, EUtopia, to rethink the European Union in a context of crisis: 

"A fully independent place to rethink the European Union in the perspective of the people and in view of promoting a healthy debate on its future. The approach is meant to encompass multiple dimensions of European integration: historical, philosophical, spiritual, political, legal, economical, sociological, demographic, linguistic etc. in view of proposing elements for a Constitution of the EU, with a federalist inspiration."

08 July 2016



Logiques politique et sociale

Eric Ngango Youmbi

Préface de Frédéric Joël Aïvo
Études africaines - Droit

Le présent ouvrage, destiné aux enseignants, chercheurs, praticiens du droit, acteurs de la société civile, citoyens, est construit sur l'exploitation de 23 ans de jurisprudence. Il est une contribution déterminante à la connaissance et la vulgarisation des droits africains. L'auteur se positionne en précepteur enflammé de la doctrine de la « déconstruction-reconstruction », qui propose de construire sur les décombres des thèses classiques, un système de droit public bâti sur la lutte contre les immunités du pouvoir et tourné corrélativement vers la protection des droits et libertés individuels.

05 July 2016

Call For Papers: Special Issue of Canadian Journal of Women and the Law/Revue femmes et droit

Appel à communications – édition spéciale dans la Revue femmes et droit 
Commémoration des travaux de la professeure Nicole LaViolette
La Revue femmes et droit sollicite des observations rédigées en français sur l’intersection des LGBTQ et des réfugiés. Cette édition spéciale commémore les travaux de la professeure Nicole LaViolette dont le travail a contribué à mieux comprendre les croisements entre l’orientation et l’identité sexuelles et la migration forcée au Canada et à l’échelle internationale. Dans ce numéro spécial, on cherche à faire avancer les travaux de la professeure LaViolette. Les auteurs sont invités à puiser dans une bibliographie annotée que la professeure LaViolette et Mary Kapron ont compilée en vue de générer des idées ou de l’utiliser comme source (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2457503) Les articles, d’une longueur maximale de 10 000 mots, doivent être finalisés d’ici le 1er octobre 2016.
Call for papers – Special Issue in Canadian Journal of Women and the Law
Commemorating the work of Professor Nicole LaViolette
The Canadian Journal of Women and the Law is welcoming submissions written in French on the intersection of LGBTQ and refugees. The special edition is commemorating the work of Professor Nicole LaViolette whose work contributed to understanding the intersection of sexual orientation and gender with forced migration both in Canada and internationally. The edition hopes to further the work of Professor LaViolette. Writers are welcome to mine an annotated bibliography that Professor LaViolette and Mary Kapron compiled to generate ideas or use as source material (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2457503).  Papers no more than 10,000 words must be completed by October 1, 2016.

01 July 2016

Interpreting Law - The Role of Judges in Contemporary Democracies

Le droit comparé et... / Comparative Law and...

This volume gathers papers presented at the Juris Diversitas Annual Conference 2014, which was organized with and hosted by the Aix-Marseille University Faculty of Law. The general theme reveals the essence of Juris Diversitas as an international, interdisciplinary community originally composed of comparative law scholars, conversing with anthropologists, geographers, historians, philosophers, economists, linguists, sociologists, to explore the interaction of the law with all branches of human and social sciences. The chapters are arranged in sections that complete the title of the volume: comparative law and … methodology, sources, constitutions, history, liability, property, the courts, East Asia, and beyond.

Ce volume rassemble des contributions présentées au Congrès annuel de Juris Diversitas organisé avec la Faculté de droit d’Aix-Marseille Université en juillet 2014. Le thème général illustre l’essence de Juris Diversitas comme communauté internationale et interdisciplinaire composée à l’origine de comparatistes dialoguant avec des anthropologues, géographes, historiens, philosophes, économistes, linguistes, sociologues, pour explorer les interactions du phénomène juridique avec toutes les branches des sciences humaines et sociales. Les chapitres sont regroupés en sections complétant le titre du volume : le droit comparé et… la méthodologie, les sources, les constitutions, l’histoire, la responsabilité, les biens, le juge, l’Asie de l’Est et au-delà.

Table of contents / Table des matières

Fashion Law: Comparing Top Models

On Fashion: Introductory Remarks


With JURIS DIVERSITAS I am crossing boundaries: I am a lawyer and accountant from Buenos Aires University, Argentine; PHD in Law from Salamanca, Spain.  Europe and Latin America. Art and Law. We have decided to share and point out the work we’ve been doing in the field of fashion law.
When talking about a creative industry, such as fashion, as we are going to show today, the most important area within fashion law is Intellectual Property.
We can start by asking a question: What is fashion law?
First: what is fashion for you? A group of designers in Buenos Aires told me these words. Expression, culture, cycle, social event. I consider that these words can define fashion. EXPRESSION: because people express many things through clothes, for example. And also it is part of culture, of the values that a society considers relevant. It expresses the times that we live in, even our individuality.
Fashion is “a form of imitation and so of social equalization, but paradoxically, iit is changing continually, it differentiates one time from another and one social stratum from another”. This is a definition from  sociology.  And Georg Simmel, its author, is a sociologist.
But for one French woman, who is one of the ten most important persons of the last century, Coco Chanel, “fashion is not only…. something is present in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening”.
It operates both as a cultural phenomenon and as a highly complex business.
Let’s know more about the characteristics of the fashion business only in garments. Even if we consider there is fashion in music, education, books, architecture and more.
When it comes to garments, you know that fashion has different seasons and maybe you know about the fashion weeks. The most important of them stars in New York in September, and after that, the same event will take place again in London, Paris and the last one will be in Milano by October. Special weeks organized by brands like Mercedes Benz Fashion Week or by cities such as Buenos Aires Fashion Week.
Apparel manufacturers produce between four to six seasonal lines per year. This happens without taking into account the the speed of fashion phenomenon, where countless lines are produced throughout a year.
Generally, companies work on three seasonal lines at the same time: they check the sales of one, supervise the production of the second, and finally they design and cost the third one.
The fashion industry is among the most aspirational, industrious and dynamic of all industries.
It is very fragmentary. We have got designers, brands, retails, outsourcing manufacture, journalists, models and more people with their own specializations. Its supply chain is long and convoluted, and often involves travelling between factories and countries, contractors and subcontractors, investors and employees.
I want to take some minutes to analyze, as the marketing professor Bracey Wilson does in Chile, the Armani Galaxy of brands to show you the complexity of the industry. First, we find ARMANI PRIVÉ. This is haute couture and exclusive. It has only one shop in Milano and two Hotels: one in Milano and other one in Dubai. Second, we find GIORGIO ARMANI or ARMANI COLLECTION and its aspirational concept. Third, we find EMPORIO ARMANI for young people. Four: A/X ARMANI EXCHANGE for football players. And ARMANI JEANS for big stores, ARMANI juniors and Armani Home. And we can find the same Galaxy of brands in Ralph Lauren Group of companies.
Luxury fashion lasts four months, Fashion Basic only six, and Basic Basic Fashion where you find T-shirts and underwear, which lasts the whole year.
And also, you have different sizes and different colors. A typical jeans manufacturer will sell as many as 10,000 to 20,000 jeans for example. And a big manufacturer:  one million.
So the economic impact is very important. Let’s see the numbers: one trillion US dollars all around the world, all along the year. 20% of this is luxury market and 0,60% is eco luxury.
That is fashion…., but what is law? Law is rules.
When we refer to fashion, most of the rules are Intellectual Property ones, as the ones we find in trademark law, trade dress, patents, copyright. But there are other rules, for example, how to set up companies, commercial agreements, human rights (we think of this when we see a extremely thin model), contemporary slaves (when we see children working at a factory), pollution (when we look at the water disposition). The economic, political and cultural issues associated with the production are complex and the consumption of fashion impacts upon all sectors of law.
Many sciences take fashion as an object of study but Law centers have not studied it well enough. We do not expect to seek new legislation. We want to study the rules with a different glass: a fashion glass. We want to study the rules from all around the world because they are different. We started these studies in Argentina three years ago but it had already started in US back in 2007 with Susan Scafidi at Fordahm University.
As a consequence of our commitment with this study, we set up a non profit organization: Fashion law Institute Argentina. Link to our work.
  • “A survey of fashion law”, Fashion law, edited by Guillermo C. Jimenez & Barbara Kolsun, Fairchild Books, Second Edition, New York, 2014.
  • “Derecho y Moda”, edited by Susy Inés Bello Knoll & Pamela Echeverría, Marcial Pons, Buenos Aires, 2014.

17 June 2016

Juris Diversitas, 4th Annual Conference, Highlights

From Monday, May 30th to Wednesday, June 1st, 2016, over forty jurists from all continents convened at the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Baton Rouge, to attend and present at the Juris Diversitas 4th Annual Conference, on Unity and/or Diversity. Plenary sessions featured three keynote speakers: Professor Vivian Curran (University of Pittsburgh) for the opening, Professor Francisco Reyes (Government of the Republic of Colombia and UNCITRAL) for the 39th Tucker Lecture in Civil Law, and Professor Vernon Palmer (Tulane University) for the closing panel. 36 papers where presented in 13 parallel sessions, including two sessions entirely in French, featuring a great variety of themes and jurisdictions. 
Videos of the plenary events are available online: Opening and Keynote (Vivian Curran)Tucker Lecture (Francisco Reyes), and Closing Panel (Vernon Palmer and Bob Sloan as discussant). Conference Papers are to be published in a volume in the Juris Diversitas Book Series (Routledge).
Below is a selection of photos. Link to full album.

14 June 2016

Music, Cultural Heritage and Law



Editor-in-chief: Anne WAGNER
Université Lille – Nord de France
Centre de Recherche Droits et Perspectives du Droit, équipe René Demogue

Special issue: Music, Cultural Heritage and Law

Working languages: English and French

Music is a space of possibilities, a realm of cross-cultural events where interpretation is deeply rooted in history and societal evolution. The main complexity is to analyze the coded meaning and view how the same signs, notions and concepts are appropriated, translated, rehistorized and read anew in songs, be they pop songs or national anthems.

This special issue will explore the richly complex manifestations of ‘Music, Cultural Heritage and Law’ in the following ways:
- How do we stimulate our senses with music?
- How do we combine music with national identity and law?
- Is music combined with other sign systems?
- How de we ‘hear’ music, national identity and law?
- What is the creatively approach perception of Music, National Identity and Law?

The International Journal for the Semiotics of Law/Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique invites further discussion into these related questions and welcomes a plurality of approaches, including those of legal studies, philosophy, music, social sciences, linguistics, history, cultural studies and the humanities.

All paper abstracts of 300 words (max) can be submitted by December 2016 to Anne Wagner (Guest Editor) with decisions made by February 2017. Full papers could be written in English or French (abstract and keywords must be in English) and should not exceed 15,000 words.

The Special Issue is expected to be published in 2017-2018.

07 June 2016


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25 May 2016

Juris Diversitas 4th Annual Conference: Updated Program

Monday, May 30

8:45—9:15          Registration & Coffee 

·         William R. Corbett, Interim Dean, Frank L. Maraist Professor of Law 
and Wex S. Malone Professor of Law, LSU Law Center
·         Olivier Moréteau, Russell B. Long Chair, LSU Law Center, 
President of Juris Diversitas
9:30—10:30        PLENARY—KEYNOTE  
·         The Problematic of Invisibility for Law in a Transnationalized World, 
Vivian Grosswald Curran, University of Pittsburgh (United States)

10:30—11:00     Break

11:00—12:30      PARALLEL SESSIONS I
I.A          Remixing Legal Traditions

·         Canada’s Legal Traditions: Sources of Unification, Diversification or Inspiration?
Rosalie Jukier, McGill University (Canada)
·         Unity and Diversity in Legal History of the Commonwealth Caribbean
Asya Ostroukh, Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (Barbados)
·         Rebuilding the Somali Legal System: Towards a New Mixed Jurisdictions?
Salvatore Mancuso, University of Cape Town (South Africa)

I.B           Issues in Professional Liability: A Transnational Conversation

·         Unity and Diversity in European Product Liability Law
Ádám Fuglinszky, Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary)
·         Professional Liability in Civil Law and in Common Law
Domitilla Vanni Di San Vincenzo, University of Palermo (Italy)
·         Liability of Internet Service Providers for the Invasion of (Data) Privacy
Unity in Terminology, Diversity in Content
Lukas Heckendorn, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (Switzerland)

12:30—14:00     Lunch

14:00—15:30      PARALLEL SESSIONS II

II.A         The Struggle for Legal Identity

·         An Essay on Ideology and Legal Education in Tiny Jurisdictions: The Example of Jersey
David Marrani, Institute of Law (Jersey)
·         Albanian Civil Code — An Example of Unity and Diversity in the Civil Law Family
Juliana Latifi, University of Tirana (Albania)
·         Commerce, Commonality, and Contract Law: Legal Reform in a Mixed Jurisdiction
Christopher K. Odinet, Southern University (United States)

II.B         L’absence de modèle unique : l’uniformisation en question

·         Entre unité et diversité : la construction d’un droit des biens transsystémique
Yaëll Emerich, Université McGill (Canada)
·         Harmoniser la diversité en droit des successions : oui mais avec précaution
Francesco Paolo Traisci, Università degli studi del Molise (Italy)

15:30—16:00      Break 

16:00—17:30      PARALLEL SESSIONS III

III.A        United in Diversity

·         Enantiosis and Comparative Law: The Case of Essentially Oxymoronic Concepts
Rostam J. Neuwirth, University of Macau (Macau)
·         Toxic Legal Thought Patterns: Cognitive Rhetoric Explains the Need for 
a Comparative Approach to Rhetoric in Law
Lucy Jewel, University of Tennessee (United States)
·         Dworkin on Legal Unity and Diversity
Christopher D. Boom, Tulane University (United States)

III.B        Societal and Legal Tensions in Africa

·         Mapping Traditional Authority Structures in a Post-Apartheid South Africa: 
Exploring the Status and Role of Traditional Authorities in 
a Decentralised Governance Structure
Christa Rautenbach, North-West University (South Africa)
·         Developments in Child Custody under Customary Law in Nigeria and South Africa
Kagiso A. Maphalle, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
·         Judicial Protection of Women’s Matrimonial Property Rights in Nigeria
Anthony C. Diala, University of Cape Town (South Africa)

19:30                     Conference Dinner

Tuesday, May 31

9:15—10:30        PARALLEL SESSIONS IV

IV.A        Competition Worldwide: Legal Strategies and Challenges

·         International Fragmentation of Competition Law: 
The Actual and Expected Contribution of BRICS Countries
Alexandr Svetlicinii, University of Macau (Macau)
·         Legal Diversity or Unity as a Product of Economic Strategies of Lawmakers 
under Regulatory Competition
Hugues Bouthinon-Dumas & Frédéric Marty, ESSEC Business School (Paris-Singapore) 
& GREDEG – CNRS / University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (France)

IV.B        Singular Voices in a Pluralistic Universe

·         Legal Transfers and National Traditions: 
Patterns of Modernization of the Public Administration 
in Polish Lands at the Turn of 18th and 19th Century
Michał Gałędek, University of Gdańsk (Poland)
·         Remedies for Trial Delay in Malta and Italy: a Laboratory for European Integration?
David Edward Zammit & Caroline Savvidis, University of Malta (Malta)
·         “United in One Body:” Can ‘Black Lives Matter’ be Rousseau’s ‘Best Friends,’ 
Fernin F. Eaton, Baton Rouge (United States)

10:30—11:00      Break 

11:00—12:30     PARALLEL SESSIONS V

V.A         La mondialisation et ses tensions

·         La fiducie québécoise : tensions et (r)évolution
Caroline Le Breton-Prévost, Université McGill (Canada)
·         Mondialisation et droit de la concurrence : 
vers une bipolarisation autant qu’une harmonisation des règles de droit ?
Anne M. Tercinet, EM Lyon Business School (France)
·         Comment le juriste français projette sa vision du droit dans 
le contexte de la mondialisation : une affaire d’influence ?
Olivier Moréteau, Louisiana State University (United States)

V.B         Diverse in Unity?

·         Anglophone and Civilian Convergence: 
The Question of Public Cultivation and Learning
Joseph P. Garske, (United States)
·         Global Legal Scholarship at Local LevelBianca Gardella Tedeschi
University of Eastern Piedmont Amedeo Avogadro (Italy)
·         Good Faith, United in Diversity?
Olivier Beddeleem, EDHEC Business School (France)

12:30—14:30     Lunch

14:30—16:00      PARALLEL SESSION VI

VI.A       Fashion Law: Comparing Top Models

·         On Fashion: Introductory Remarks
Susy Inés Bello Knoll, Austral University (Argentina)
·         Intellectual Property in Argentina, Latin America and USA
Pamela Echeverria, Fashion Law Institute (Argentina)
·         Intellectual Property in France and the European Union
Alice Pezard, Conseiller honoraire à la Cour de cassation (France)

16:00—16:30     Break


17:30—18:00      Break

18:00—19:30      TUCKER LECTURE

·         The Proposed Organization of American States Model Law 
on Simplified Corporations: Perspectives and Challenges, 
Francisco Reyes, Chairman of UNCITRAL, 
Superintendent of Companies (Colombia)

19:30                     Reception

Wednesday, June 1

9:30—11:00        PARALLEL SESSIONS VII

VII.A      Beyond Universalism: Giving a Voice to the Unheard

·         The Emergence of Alternative Antidiscrimination Frameworks 
between Universality and Diversity
Raphaële Xenidis, European University Institute of Florence (Italy)
·         Beyond the Boundaries of Consensus: Comparative Law, Social Theory, and Dissent
Denis de Castro Halis, University of Macau (Macau)
·         Periodic Review of Human Rights: Does One Size Fit All in the Pacific?
Sue Farran, Northumbria University (United Kingdom)

VII.B      Revisiting Human Rights: What Room for Consensus and Dissent

·         Participation of Lay Citizens in the Criminal Trial in a Comparative Perspective
The Criminal Jury in France and Belgium
Claire M. Germain, University of Florida (United States)
·         Human Rights in National versus International Criminal Justice: 
The Gravity of Crimes as a Legitimate Source of Legal Pluralism?
Christophe Deprez, University of Liège (Belgium)

11:00—11:30      Break


·         Empires as Engines of Mixed Legal Systems
Vernon V. Palmer, Tulane University (United States)
·         DiscussionRobert Sloan, Louisiana State University (United States)
·         ConclusionOlivier Moréteau, President of Juris Diversitas

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