22 June 2015

Call for Papers: 'Urban Africa' - Turin, October 2015

Turin, 16-17 October 2015


Urban Africa Economy,

populations, cultures 


Call for papers 


The Centre for African Studies (CSA) and the Association for African Studies in Italy (ASAI), in collaboration with the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society of the University of Turin and the Department of Architecture and Design of the Polytechnic University of Turin, organize an interdisciplinary conference on “Urban Africa”

See the call for papers at http://urbanafrica.it and download in English from this link

BOOK: Cairns on Codification, Transplants and History


John Cairns (Edinburgh)'s Codification, Transplants and History: Law Reform in Louisiana (1808) and Quebec (1866) (The Lawbook Exchange, 2015) is now available:


When Louisiana enacted its Digest of the Civil Laws in 1808 and Quebec its Civil Code of Lower Canada in 1866, both jurisdictions were in a period of transition economic, social and political. In both, the laws had originally been transplanted from European nations whose societies were in many ways different from theirs.


This book offers the first systematic and detailed exploration of the two new codes in light of social and legal change. Cairns examines the rich, complex, and varying legal cultures French, Spanish, Civilian and Anglo-American on which the two sets of redactors drew in drafting their codes. He places this examination in the context surrounding each codification, and the legal history of both societies.

Cairns offers a detailed analysis of family law and employment in the two codes, showing how their respective redactors selected from a defined range of sources and materials to construct their codes. He shows that they acted relatively freely, attempting to inscribe into law rules reflecting what they understood to be the needs of their society from an essentially intuitive and elite perspective. While not propounding a universal theory of legal development, Cairns nonetheless shows the types of factors likely to influence legal change more generally. xlv, 559 pp.

16 June 2015

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: Annual International Conference on Comparative Law 2015 - Law of Obligations Surrounded by Other Normative Systems

Subject areas:

  1. Morality, customs, praxeology and the content of an obligation.
  2. Agreements which are not contracts, relevant to the law of obligations. 
  3. Obligations of the creditor: are they just correlates of the obligations of the debtor, or do they constitute a functionally separate category?
  4. The history of the relationship of contract law and other normative systems. Interpretation, law-making and science of law.
  5. "Socialist law" in the capitalist reality (and vice versa). Interaction of the legal system with the extra-legal environment. The impact of socio-political formations on the shape of state, the content and the evolution of the law.
  6. The future of the state law in terms of economic globalization.
  7. The nature of the obligations in terms of the various normative systems.
  8. Facts as obligations vs legal systems.
  9. Cultural diversity - a challenge to the law of obligations?

Registration is open until June 30, 2015.
Draft programme will be available on July 31, 2015.

Click here for further information.

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