“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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