Call for papers: Laws Across Codes and Laws Decoded, 28 – 30 June 2018

Laws Across Codes and Laws Decoded

28 June – 30 June 2018 at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris)

The Organising Committee of the 5th Biennal Conference and the Executive Council of the European Society for Comparative Legal History are pleased to call for papers for the upcoming conference to be held. The main theme picks up threads of thought from the earlier ESCLH conferences in Valencia (2010), Amsterdam (2012), Macerata (2014) and Gdansk (2016) to explore what codes and codification have meant and continue to mean for legal systems with codes, and for those without. Papers should be submitted, as set out below, by 15 November 2017.

The conference will focus on the issue of codes or alternatives to codes as instruments of transforming laws in Europe and in the world. While codes, and the process of codification, are at least familiar if not always completely understood, this conference challenges us to look deeper at what a code meant for the legal systems affected by it. The conference seeks to understand the whole process of codification, from political aspects to its conception, agreement and roll-out, through to technical matters of drafting and implementation and even to linguistic matters of expression and deeper meanings. Challenging the importance for legal rules to be inserted within or outside a code, the conference proposes to examine all sorts of codes, and not only the most known civil codes: general codes as special (such as penal, commercial, labour, family, military) codes, officious codes as official codes. The conference seeks also to study the effects the codified structure of the norms could have on their content and on the way law functions, notably through case law and law writing. All the historical situations in which law reform took place outside of codification and outside of codes can be questioned could be relevant in helping us to understand law reform through codes or its alternatives.

Papers should be novel, properly researched and referenced. They should address the conference theme, exploring doctrinal, theoretical, cultural or methodological aspects of comparative legal history. They must also be comparative, addressing more than one system of laws. The organisers particularly welcome addressing multiple legal systems or cultures. This includes where a similar legal system functions in different cultural circles.

Practical details:

  1. To offer a paper, please send the title of their paper, a short abstract (of 200-400 word, absolutely no more and a short CV (no more than 1 page) by 15 November 2017 to the organizing committee, c/o
  2. The presentations should be in English.
  3. It is also possible to submit a complete proposal for one or more panels (3 papers normally).
  4. The list of accepted papers will be announced by 8 December 2017.

Shortly, a conference website will be launched with fuller details of the conference. For the moment, some transport and accommodation information follows.

Paris offers many accommodation possibilities ranging from five-star hotels, through smaller hotels in the Quartier latin and private rooms to beds in youth and student hostels. For some postgraduates the Ecole Normale Supérieure could offer cheaper accommodation in student dormitories.

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New book: Comparing Legal Cultures



A new book on comparing legal cultures, written by our Norweigian colleagues Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde, Knut Einar Skodvin and Søren Koch.

The changes in communication technology have hugely increased the interaction over geographical distances; hence given rise to new kinds of social relations in need of legal regulation by transnational law law valid across the jurisdictional borders of the nation state, and applied within. Law is therefore no longer mainly a national matter, and without an understanding of different legal cultures, the perception of the contemporary legal order will be incomplete.

In the present era of internationalisation of law, the purpose of applying legal culture as an analytical tool is, in short, to make different notions of law and how law operates in society understandable to such an extent that they do not form obstacles for cooperation. This approach to legal culture takes it out of a purely academic setting and into the legal world outside the ivory tower. This means taking legal culture out of books and into action. This book aims at supplying the reader with tools to operationalize legal cultural knowledge in the everyday operations of law. In other words, the book you hold in your hands right now is produced with the ambition of managing the unmanageable concept of legal culture, and by this making it applicable when deciding the content of law.

More information here!

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Call for Papers: ”Inclusion and Exclusion in the History of Ideas”, Helsingfors december 2017



The Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History invites paper and panel proposals for its first international conference, which will take place 14-15 December 2017. Papers and panels should address intellectual history, broadly speaking, and relate to the general conference theme of ‘inclusion and exclusion’. While the theme of ‘inclusion and exclusion’ can be approached from many different perspectives and applied to many different topics, research in fields related to intellectual history has not prominently done so thus far. The conference organisers want to highlight a few ways of how this might be done, but the conference is also open to other suggestions:

  • Inclusion and exclusion in theorising on political representation. How has the lack of representation due to gender, income or status been historically addressed? How has the fulfilment of citizenship been treated in the history of political thought? How are conceptualisations of politics and forms of government related to mechanisms of exclusion?
  • Inclusion and exclusion in the recognition of social, cultural, religious or ethnic difference and the tradition of conceptualising tolerance. How have religious convictions and doctrines shaped the intellectual history of mutual recognition and toleration? Does the recognition of different identities and beliefs endorse or rather prevent the creation of cooperative and sociable societies?
  • Inclusive and exclusive mechanisms regarding the location of knowledge and intellectual life. How do travel and communication between intellectuals and translation processes shape thinking in different parts of the world? How can today’s attempts to move toward global intellectual history shape and transform the practices and outputs of the field?
  • Inclusion and exclusion through trade politics, institutions, and regulatory mechanisms. How were current international trade regimes shaped by forms of economic, fiscal, legal, and diplomatic inclusion and exclusion? How did different institutional and legal regimes develop in their usage of inclusion and exclusion mechanisms, thereby shaping trade patterns and political power relations?

Proposals for individual papers and panels of multiple papers are welcome at The deadline for submissions is 30 June. Notice of acceptance will be sent by 21 July. Paper presentations should not exceed 20 minutes with 10 minutes reserved for questions and comments. Panels may include up to four papers.

The conference is free of charge, but participants are expected to cover their travel and accommodation. We will provide information on discounted hotel rates and a list of recommended hotels. Lunches and a conference dinner will be provided for presenters.

The conference webpage can be found here!






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Dag Michalsen promoverad till hedersdoktor i Lund

Den 2 juni promoverades Dag Michalsen, professor i rättshistoria i Oslo, till hedersdoktor vid den juridiska fakulteten i Lund. Fakultetens motivering kan läsas här. På bilden ses Dag Michalsen tillsammans med fakultetsmarskalkarna Elsa Trolle Önnerfors och Martin Sunnqvist på väg till ceremonin i Lunds domkyrka. Foto: Mathilda Wadenbäck.


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Disputation i rättshistoria i Stockholm den 9 juni 2017

Den 9 juni 2017 disputerar Adam Croon i Stockholm på avhandlingen Jura Novit Curia: En rättsgenetisk undersökning av den juridiska metodlärans utveckling.

I avhandlingen behandlar Adam Croon principen jura novit curia (domstolen känner rätten), som innebär att domstolen ska känna till och grunda sin dom på gällande rätt. Croon undersöker begreppet gällande rätt och utvecklingen av detta till att bli centralt i den svenska juridiska metodläran. Han gör detta genom att i tur och ordning undersöka begreppets delar – jura (den gällande rätten), novit (den juridiska metoden och sättet att skaffa kunskap om den gällande rätten) och curia (domarkårens roll och frågan om den juridiska yrkeskompetensen).

Vidare information om tid och plats finns här.

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Summer course on Laws in antiquity” (Amsterdam, July 8-22, course starts Mon July 10)



Summer course on Laws in antiquity: Law and Legal Systems from Mesopotamia, Egypt, Rome and Byzantium

July 8-22, course starts Mon July 10

VU University Amsterdam Summer School (AMSS)

The VU Amsterdam Summer School offers interactive small-scale courses (max. 25 students). Our courses are designed to provide an intensive, in-depth look at your topic of study. You will engage in discussions with a unique group of peers, from all parts of the world.
Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is a historic city with a creative and modern feel. A true metropolis bustling with student life. Amsterdam welcomes you to experience it’s warm atmosphere and open society. The city has over 188 unique nationalities, making it one of the most international cities in the world. It is considered a safe and friendly city in a country where English is widely spoken.
All courses include built-in excursions to museums and institutes such as the Anne Frank House and the International Criminal Court. Personal guidance by your instructors, all excellent professors at VU Amsterdam, and a stimulating cultural environment provide a meaningful and lasting experience. A social programme is available if you wish to explore more outside of the course.


Various housing options are available to all students, both on and off campus. We are proud of our high student satisfaction. VU Amsterdam Summer School has been credited by its students with an average score of 8.5 out of 10. Be aware:
  • Early Bird Discount of €150 available if you apply and pay before 15 March 2017
  • Students of our partner universities receive a discount of €250
  • Follow 2 courses: €100 discount, follow 3 courses: €200 discount
  • 10 scholarships available that cover the full tuition fee of one course
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Program för det tredje nordiska rättshistorikermötet i Köpenhamn 24-25 april 2017

Det tredje nordiske retshistorikermøde

24.-25. april 2017

Videnskabernes Selskab, H.C. Andersens Boulevard 35, 1553 København V


Mandag den 24. april

14.00-14.15: Velkomst

14.15-15.45: Session I: Ytringsfrihed

  • Dag Michalsen: Presentasjon av forskningsprosjektet ”Offentlighet og ytringsfrihet i Norden 1815-1900”
  • Ruth Hemstad: Skandinavisk offentlighet og trykkefrihed
  • Lars Björne: Yttrandefriheten i Norden under ”det långa 1800-talet” – likheter och nationella särdrag


15.45-16.15: Kaffe

16.15-17.15: Session II: Reformation


  • Morten Kjær: Reformation og sædelighed i Danmark-Norge 1536-1648
  • Søren Koch: Ret og reformation – øvrigheden
  • Martin Sunnqvist: Lorenzo Tonti, Poul Klingenberg och en försäkringsrättslig innovation vid mitten av 1600-talet

18.00-20.00 Session III: Besøg på Rigsarkivet

  • Rigsarkivar Asbjørn Hellum: Om digitalisering af historiske arkiver


Tirsdag den 25. april

9.00-10.30: Session IV: Domstole og proces

  • Pia Letto-Vanamo: Domstolar och politik
  • Adam Croon: Processrättshistoria; rättsgenetisk metod; rättsstatlighet och civilprocess
  • Maria Astrup Hjort: Et riss av norsk prosessrettshistorie – med komparative utblikk til de andre nordiske landene

10.30-11.00: Kaffe

11.00-12.30: Session V: Retshistorie og retsbegreber

  • Marie Sandström: Rättsgenetisk metod; den juridiska metodlärans historia; rättsstatlighet
  • Henrik Forshamn: Rättsbegreppet i rättshistorien
  • Martin Dackling: Arvsrätt som politiskt problem: laglott, tvangsarv och pliktdel i historisk belysning

12.30-13.30: Frokost

13.30-14.45: Session VI: Jurister og retsvidenskab

  • Mia Korpiola & Elsa Trolle Önnerfors: De första kvinnliga juristerna i Sverige och Finland – vad blev de och varför?
  • Andreas Aure: Ludvig Holberg

14.30-14.45: kort pause

14.45-15.45: Session VII: Mellemkrigstiden



  • Harald Espeli: Debatten om den statlige tjenestepensjonens rettslige vern i Norge i mellomkrigstiden
  • Marju Luts-Sootak: Nordisk rätt och rättsvetenskap i mellankrigs-Estland

15.45-16.15: Kaffe

16.15- 18.15 Session VIII: Middelalderen

  • Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde: Lovgivning i middelalderen
  • Brage Thunestvedt Hatløy: Utvikling av formueretten i norsk mellomalder i skrivinga av Magnus Lagabøtes Landslov frå 1274
  • Per Norseng: Frihet, likhet og odelsrett? Komparativt blikk på odels- og åsetesretten i norsk historie


Book launch: Helle Vogt og Ditlev Tamm præsenterer den engelske oversættelse af de gamle danske landskabslove

18.30-21.00: Middag

Under middagen vil professor Niels-Henrik Gregersen, Det teologiske Fakultet tale om Luthers reformation

Frågor ställs till Anne Ladefoged.


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