Historiography and Sources of Commercial Law

Den 1-3 september 2014 hålls en konferens i Helsingfors på temat ”Historiography and Sources of Commercial Law”. Programmet och mer information finns här.

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Rättshistorieämnets framtid ur tyskt perspektiv

Thomas Duve, som är direktör för Max Planck-institutet för europeisk rättshistoria, har här publicerat en artikel om rättshistorieämnets framtid ur tyskt perspektiv. Detta är sammanfattningen:

”In this article, I review select institutional and analytical traditions of Legal History in 20th century Germany, in order to put forth some recommendations for the future development of our discipline. A careful examination of the evolution of Legal History in Germany in the last twenty-five years, in particular, reveals radical transformations in the research framework: within the study of law, there has been a shift in the internal reference points for Legal History. While the discipline is opening up to new understandings of law and to its neighboring disciplines, its institutional position at the law departments has become precarious. Research funding is being allocated in new ways and the German academic system is witnessing ever more internal differentiation. Internationally, German contributions and analytic traditions are receiving less attention and are being marginalized as new regions enter into a global dialogue on law and its history. The German tradition of research in Legal History had for long been setting benchmarks internationally; now it has to reflect upon and react to new global knowledge systems that have emerged in light of the digital revolution and the transnationalization of legal and academic systems. If legal historians in Germany accept the challenge these changing conditions pose, thrilling new intellectual and also institutional opportunities emerge. Especially the transnationalization of law and the need for a transnational legal scholarship offers fascinating perspectives for Legal History.”

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Brittiska rättshistorikerdagar 2015: Call for papers

Lagom efter det att den mycket intressanta och välorganiserade konferensen i Macerata (se här) har avslutats, kommer information om en sommarkonferens 2015, närmare bestämt den 8-11 juli 2015. Arrangörerna i Reading skriver:

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to attach the call for papers for the twenty-second British Legal History Conference to be held at the University of Reading between 8 and 11 July 2015.  The conference theme is ”Law: Challenges to Authority and the Recognition of Rights”.  The deadline for the submission of paper proposals is 30 September 2014.  

We welcome proposals which explore challenges of various types, and which are concerned with any period of history.  However, proposals concerned with Magna Carta, and especially with its impact beyond the UK, are particularly welcome.

In addition to all of the usual attractions of the main conference programme, we will be offering a special session for postgraduate and early career researchers.  To celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta we are also hoping to organise an optional trip to Runnymede. 

Please let colleagues know about the conference and we hope to see you there.

With all good wishes,

Charlotte Smith and Catharine MacMillan

Se call for papers: Call for papers BLHC 2015.


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Anförande om en rättshistorisk avhandling

På Juridiska fakultetens forskningsdag i Lund den 4 juni 2014 höll Martin Sunnqvist ett anförande utifrån sin avhandling i rättshistoria. Anförandet finns här.


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Konferenser 2014

Här finns länkar till intressanta konferenser under resten av året:

8-9 juli 2014: The 3rd European Society for Comparative Legal History Biennial Conference, Macerata, Italien. Länk här.

7-11 september 2014: 40. Deutscher Rechtshistorikertag, Tübingen. Länk här.

6-9 november 2014: Annual Meeting of the American Society for Legal History, Denver. Länk här.

Informationen finns även under fliken Kalendarium.


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Att se bakåt och framåt

I en ny bok Tänk i tid diskuterar historikern och museimannen Sten Rentzhog behovet av att kunna sin historia för att kunna se framåt. Vår förförståelse är formad av det förflutna, och nutiden är ingen slutpunkt för historien utan ligger någonstans i mitten i framtidens perspektiv… En P1-intervju som väcker intresse för boken finns här.

Tänk i tid

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“Totalitarianism, Law and the idea of Europe”. Conference 15-17 May 2014, University of Helsinki, Finland

FoundLaw Helsinki 2014

Program of the “Totalitarianism, Law and the idea of Europe” conference

15-17 May, 2014, University of Helsinki, Finland

Location: Porthania (Suomen Laki Hall), Yliopistonkatu 3

Thursday 15th 14.00-17.00

14.00-15.00 Keynote lecture

Chair: Jacob Giltaij

Wolfgang Ernst: Fritz Schulz. Reluctant hero – Roman lawyer in Nazi times

Coffee break

15.30-17.00 Roman Law and Romanists under Totalitarian Regimes

Chair: Tommaso Beggio

Valerio Minale: Fascism and Roman Law in Italy: Arangio-Ruiz as a Protagonist of the Purge

Marko Petrak: Roman Law and Ideological Disputes in the Independent State of Croatia (1941-1945)

Hesi Siimets-Gross & Marju Luts-Sootak: The Instrumentalization of the Ancient Roman Law in Totalitarian Regimes. The Example of the Tripartition of status

Friday 16th 09.00-18.00

09.00-10.00 Keynote lecture

Chair: TBA

Nancy Partner: Europe: New Narratives and Misplaced Plots

10.00-11.00 Keynote lecture

Chair: Kaius Tuori

Bo Stråth: The Social Dimension of Identity: an Ignored Connection. A Historical Perspective on the State of Europe and Its Nations

Coffee break

11.30-13.00 The Impact of Nationalism and Totalitarianism in Constitutional Discourse

Chair: TBA

Stephen Skinner: Law as Protection, Law as Power: Legal Certainty and Threats to the State in Fascist Italy and England in the 1920s-30s

David M. Seymour: Law, Rights and Totalitarianism: A Critical Review of the Early ‘Frankfurt School’

Donal Coffey: Nationalism and European Constitutional Catholicism in the drafting of the Irish Constitution of 1937

Lunch break

14.30-16.00 Law and the Idea of Europe

Chair: TBA

Janis Grzybowski & Walter Rech: The Constitution of Europe according to Carl Schmitt and Alexandre Kojève

Tommaso Beggio: The idea of Roman Law as a foundation of Europe after the Second World War in Paul Koschaker’s work

Jacob Giltaij: Fritz Schulz (1879-1957): Reinventing the principles of Roman law

Coffee break

16.30-18.00 Narrativity and Legal History

Chair: TBA

Christopher Tomlins: Historicism and Materiality in Legal Theory

Ville Erkkilä: Making sense of the death of ethics in society. Franz Wieacker and the narrative of European legal thought

Agata Fijalkowski: History, Narratives and Law: an Albanian biography

Saturday 17th 09.00-13.00

09.00-10.00 Keynote lecture

Chair: TBA

Peter Fritzsche: Dismantling the Fascist Self

10.00-11.00 Ideological and Historical Narratives of Civil War

Chair: Ville Erkkilä

Jukka Kekkonen: Civil wars and legal ideologies: the cases of Finland and Spain

Lauri Viljanen: Soviet-Finnish Historiography and Interpretations of the Finnish Civil War in the 1920-1930s

Coffee and light snacks at Porthania

11.30-13.00 Liberal Empires and their Others

Chair: TBA

Thomas Bennett: The production of a creole African law in South Africa

Stiina Löytömäki: International expertise and transnational history: the case of ILO’s conceptualization of slavery and forced labor

Alvise Schiavon: Does the Empire strike again? James Bryce and the EU integration process


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