More than 140 students from 34 countries assembled this week at Humboldt University in the heart of Berlin to learn about intercultural negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Led by a team of international experts from the U.S., Germany, Australia and Israel, they study negotiation and mediation techniques and apply their new insights in practical simulations. A separate segment of the Program focuses on international arbitration. The Berlin Summer School is a cooperation between Tulane Law School and the Institut für Anwaltsrecht at Humboldt University.
(November 2013 - updated April 2014)
Professor Jörg Fedtke met with human rights activists, members of the Constituent Assembly (C50 Committee), donor organizations, and members of the academic community at a series of events hosted by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), the World Bank, and The American University in Cairo (AUC) earlier this month. The trip, organized by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), focused on shortcomings of Egypt's 2013 Draft Constitution that is currently under discussion. The text is set to be finalized in December and will be presented to the people in a referendum next year.
See Professor Fedtke as a panelist of AUC Tahrir Dialoge Number 34 on YouTube.
The Protection Project at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (Washington, DC) in cooperation with the Eason Weinmann Center for Comparative and International Law, the World Society for Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists, and the Société de Législation Comparé (Paris) is organizing an international seminar titled Islamic Law and the French and European Legal Order: The Public Law and Private Law Issues. The event is scheduled to take place at the Westin Paris-Vendome on April 28 and 29, 2014. The seminar will serve as a forum for a discussion of Islamic law as evidenced in the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the European Court of Justice (ECJ), and the highest courts in France, and will cover questions such as Islamic finance, marriage and divorce, and successions under the French Code civil. The event will also serve to foster academic exchange and dialogue between European and Middle Eastern legal scholars, as well as scholars from the United States. Participants will include speakers from Egypt, Iran, Kuwait, France, and the U.S. For more information click HERE.
Jörg Fedtke worked for The Carter Center (Atlanta) as lead author of a statement on the 2014 Constitution of Egypt. The statement, published on March 12, 2014, provides a comprehensive analysis of the amendments to the 2012 Constitution that were voted into force by referendum in January 2014. Read the analysis at http://www.cartercenter.org/news/pr/egypt-031214.html.
The European Parliament in Brussels invited Professor Jörg Fedtke to brief members of the Committee for Foreign Affairs on constitutional developments in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. Professor Fedtke provided an analysis of the recently enacted settlements in Tunisia and Egypt as well as an overview of the constitutional options for Libya on March 31, 2014. He is a close observer of the Arab Spring and has in past years worked with several organizations, including IDEA and The Carter Center, to analyse constitutional developments across the region.
Dr. Teresa Rodriguez de las Heras Ballell, Associate Professor of Commercial Law (Profesora Titular) at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid/Spain and currently Coleman Visiting Professor at Tulane Law School, will give a student talk on contemporary privacy issues on October 17, 2013. The talk, titled Privacy in the Digital Space, will take place in the Faculty Lounge at 12:00 a.m. Light refreshments will be served. Professor Rodriguez de las Heras Ballell, who visited the Center last year, is an expert in company law, e-commerce, and electronic payment systems. She is teaching a 1-credit course on e-commerce (The Second Generation of Electronic Commerce Law) at Tulane this Fall.
Dr. Rodriguez's CV
Professor Joel Monéger of Paris Dauphine University in Paris/France gave a lunchtime lecture discussing the current European financial and economic crisis and the future of the European Union on September 24. Professor Monéger is currently visiting St. Louis. He is a former dean of the Faculté de Droit at the University of Orleans and holds the Jean Monnet Chair as a lifetime appointment at Dauphine. Professor Monéger is an expert on EU competition law. His new book in English, The Law of the European Union (with Levasseur and others), has just been published. Professor Monéger teaches on Tulane's Paris Summer Program.
Tulane Law's Berlin Summer Program in Intercultural Negotiation and Mediation will take place from July 20 to August 2, 2014 at Humboldt University in Berlin/Germany. It is likely to be followed by a two-day workshop on mediating political conflict. Tulane's ADR Student Society - in cooperation with the Berlin Program - will offer an introduction to mediation, followed by a skills workshop, in Weinmann Hall in October and November (dates to be confirmed). The 2013 Berlin Program attracted over 40 students from Tulane and across the United States. They were joined by 80 international students recruited by Humboldt University.
Dr. Sandra Hotz provided insight into the reform of the Japanese Civil Code on occasion of an Eason-Weinmann lunchtime talk on September 4, 2013. Dr. Hotz, a senior researcher and lecturer at the University of Zurich/Swizerland, is currently visiting Cornell Law School. Her areas of expertise include contract law, torts, comparative methodology, and legal philosophy.
The Center has invited Margarette May Macaulay, until 2012 Justice at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, to give a small series of talks about human rights protection in the Americas. Mrs. Macaulay will be giving a talk about the Court (composition, key cases, effect of decisions, and interaction with national courts) on Monday (4/8) at 10:00 a.m. in the Faculty Lounge. Interested students are invited to attend. A second talk is scheduled for Tuesday (4/9) at 1:00 p.m., again in the Faculty Lounge. This is a lunch event about the right to education in the jurisprudence of the Court.
Professor Jörg Fedtke will visit Chuo University Law School in Tokyo in May. Professor Fedtke will give lectures on U.S. and German tort law and offer a series of talks about recent constitutional developments in the Middle East. A second purpose of his visit is the study of legal transplants over time. Japanese private law, including the provisions of tort law, is much influenced by the German Civil Code (Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch) of 1900.
Margit Cohn, Senior Lecturer at Hebrew University's Federmann School, will give an Eason-Weinmann Talk about non-statutory executive powers in five countries on March 14. Dr. Cohn joined the Federmann School after teaching law at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom and, previously, at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her main research interests include public law and policy, regulation, and comparative constitutional law.
Professor Vernon Valentine Palmer will be awarded an honorary doctorate by the President of the Université Paris-Dauphine on March 27 in Paris. The title Doctor Honoris Causa is one of the most prestigious distinctions conferred by French universities upon foreign scholars with the approval of the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Professor Palmer will receive the doctorate in consideration of his very important contribution to comparative law and for a better understanding between common law and civil law, not only in Louisiana and the United States, but also in Asia and Europe.
Tulane's new Master in Law and Development will welcome its first graduate students in August 2013. The program is a pioneering first on the part of the Law School. Similar degrees exist in the United Kingdom and Australia, but at present U.S. students must go abroad for this kind of training - and even then will not receive the unique features offered in New Orleans.
In creating this integrated program, TLS draws upon two unique advantages - the School's own experience in the field of comparative and international law and the experience of the Payson Center for International Development, the only center of its kind operating within a law school in the United States. Payson, one of the first development studies centers in the U.S. (established in 1996), has its own field offices in developing countries, a large number of development projects underway, summer programs abroad, and opportunities for student internships in development work. Equally important, the Center offers a rich multi-disciplinary curriculum in international development, which includes a Master's and PhD program with around 100 students. Students taking the LLM will thus benefit from a unique combination of an integrated and multi-disciplinary training - a program that promises rich practical experience and bright career opportunities.
The new LLM, which can be completed in one year but may be extended over two, welcomes students from all developed and developing countries. Studies toward the degree will include courses such as Law, Sustainability and Development, International Human Rights, Economic Analysis, Comparative Environmental Law, and Comparative Constitutional and Private Law.
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Mahendra Pal Singh, BA, LLB (Agra), LLM (Columbia), LLM, LLD (Lucknow) has kindly agreed to give the Center's annual endowed Eason-Weinmann Lecture in early 2014. Professor Singh was the Vice-Chancellor of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, until 2011 and currently holds an appointment as Chairperson of the Delhi Judicial Academy. Professor Singh has delivered prestigious endowment and other lectures at several universities and academic institutions in India and abroad. His publications include over one hundred papers in leading legal journals and edited works, and ten books including German Administrative Law in a Common Law Perspective, Freedom of Trade and Commerce in India, Comparative Constitutional Law, Shukla's Constitution of India, Legal Dimensions of a Market Economy and Human Rights and Basic Needs. He has also been involved a number of national and international research projects. Professor Singh's major interests include comparative public law, constitutional law, administrative law, human rights, and legal systems.
Professor Márcia Bernardes, an accomplished scholar and Professor of Law at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, currently holds Tulane's Coleman Visiting Professorship. She is author of numerous articles in prestigious journals and an expert on human rights protection. Professor Bernardes is teaching a mini-course on Law, Human Rights and Social Change in the Americas during her stay at Tulane. She will discuss current issues of human rights protection in Brazil during a student talk on January 29, 2013. The event will take place in WH 151 at 1 PM.
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) invited Jörg Fedtke to review the protection of human rights and the system of decentralization in the current Draft Constitution of Tunisia. Professor Fedtke addressed members of the National Constituent Assembly, legal advisors to the drafting process, representatives of interested NGOs, and members of the general public on Chapters 1, 2 and 6 of the Draft Constitution at a workshop in Tunis on November 1, 2012. Professor Fedtke's reports are available in Arabic.
Human Rights - Arabic
Decentralization - Arabic
The second edition of of Elgar Publishing's Encyclopedia of Comparative Law, edited by Jan Smits (Maastricht University), features three contributions from Tulane faculty members. Professors James Gordley, Vernon Palmer and Jörg Fedtke provided entries on consideration (Gordley), mixed jurisdictions (Palmer) and legal transplants (Fedtke). Jörg Fedtke also contributed to the entry on privacy (together with Colm O'Cinneide and Myriam Hunter-Henin, both University College London). The volume is due to appear in November 2012.
The International Criminal Court Moot Competition (North America) round is held at Pace Law School in White Plains, New York, every year at the beginning of February. The top two teams from each country will argue in the international final competition at the ICC Court in The Hague in 2013. The 2011-2012 team, the first Tulane team to compete, made it to semi-finals and brought home a second place award for the Memorial for the Prosecution. Don't miss out on this opportunity!
To participate: Add ICC Moot Competition to your course list on Twen. Sign-up for an oral argument slot under the "Sign-Up Sheets" section (you will not be registered until you sign-up for an oral argument). Download the problem, directions, and notes on jurisdiction available in the "Course Materials" section. Read all instructions provided. There will be a 1 point penalty for each violation of the rules.
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Close to 90 Students from all over the world enjoyed perfect weather, hard work, and the wonders of Schloß Sanssouci in Potsdam just outside Berlin at Tulane's Summer Program in Berlin/Germany this year. Organized together with the School's long-standing partner institution in Berlin, the Institut für Anwaltsrecht of Humboldt University Law School, the Program focuses on negotiation, mediation, and international arbitration. Humboldt Law School, located at Unter den Linden in the heart of Berlin, has hosted this event for 14 years.
Vernon Palmer will first address a meeting of the International Academy of Comparative Law in Taipei/Taiwan on May 25. The title of his topic is The Role of the Judge in Codified Systems. He will then speak on Mixed Legal Systems and Japanese Law at the annual meeting of the Japanese Society of Comparative Law at Kyoto University on June 2. His three-week research visit in Japan is sponsored by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science and will also include public lectures at Niigata University, Kyushi University , and the University of Tokyo.
The Tulane Organization for Global Affairs (TOGA) held an evening symposium on the Arab Spring on Monday, February 27, 2012. Accompanied by an exhibition of photographs by Salwa Rashad and a reading by poet Andy Young, four panelists discussed cultural, political, legal and economic dimensions of the Arab Spring. Speakers included: Dr. Reda Bakeer (Tulane Professor emeritus for Civil Engineering), Khaled Hegazzi (journalist), Dr. Jörg Fedtke (Tulane Law School) and Dr. Christopher Fettweis (Tulane Department of Political Science).
Justice Tanvir Khan, Director General of the Punjab Judicial Academy, and Justice Amir Hani Muslim from the Supreme Court of Pakistan visited the Law School on February 13, 2012 in the course of a study tour through the United States. Accompanied by Helen Berrigan, an Article III Federal Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, the judges met with interested students and members of the Faculty in a series of events in Weinmann Hall.
Primer on Pakistan
Pakistan Supreme Court Background
Professor Lihong Zhang from East China University visited the Law School on March 2, 2012. He gave a presentation titled The Study of Comparative Law in China: History, Current Situation and Future Perspectives. The visit was timely. TLS is currently in the process of reviewing the School's links with China.
Guiguo Wang, Dean and Professor of Chinese and Comparative Law at City University of Hong Kong School of Law, has kindly agreed to give the Eason-Weinmann Lecture in 2012. Professor Wang, who holds an SJD from Yale and an LLM from Columbia, is an expert on Chinese law, international trade and arbitration, and comparative law. The date of the lecture, which is scheduled to take place in Fall 2012, will be announced soon.
The Center was able to make a second contribution of over 80 volumes to the steadily growing Eason-Weinmann Collection of the Tulane Law Library. The books cover a wide range of contemporary issues in the areas of foreign, comparative and international law.
Tulane Law School is pleased to host Dr. Viviana Kluger, an exchange visitor from the University of Buenos Aires, one of our most prestigious partner institutions in South America. Dr. Kluger, an expert in civil law, legal history and international economic transactions, will give a talk to Faculty and LLM students on November 1, 2011. Her presentation will address Hispanic America and its legal framework, especially the Derecho Indiano phenomenon. The Derecho Indiano, a unique legal system that governed the Spanish colonies of the New World (Las Indias), prevailed in these territories throughout the prolonged colonial period and also survived the early decades of the XIX century, long after the victories of independence were secured. This body of law - which was based, inter alia, on diverse sources of both Iberian and New World derivations and clear distinctions between different social groups - played a crucial role in shaping the societies of Hispanic America and their political and economic structures.
Once a year, usually in March, a most distinguished scholar is invited by the Center for Civil Law Studies of the LSU Paul M. Herbert Law Center to give a lecture on a civil law topic. This Series is given in recognition of Colonel John H. Tucker Jr.'s civil law scholarship, and in appreciation of his long career dedicated to law reform. Colonel Tucker was one of Louisiana's foremost legal scholars and distinguished citizens. He served the Bar of Louisiana with great ability for many years, both through the Bar Association and as chairman of the Louisiana State Law Institute. His writings in legal periodicals did much to illuminate the history and present-day viability of the civilian system in Louisiana.
Professor Palmer is the 36th speaker in the Series. His lecture is titled The Quest to Implant Civil Law Method and Restrain Judicial Lawmaking: Tracing the Origins of Judicial Lawmaking in Louisiana. The event will take place on November 17, 2011, at 5.30 p.m. in the McKernan Auditorium of the Louisiana State University Paul M. Herbert Law Center.
Tulane University School of Law is hosting a new international scholar on campus as part of the U.S. Department of State's Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program. Huseyn Aliyev, from Azerbaijan, joined the law school in August. He is supervised by the Center's Co-Director, Professor Jörg Fedtke.
Established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to encourage economic and democratic growth in Eurasia, the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State, and administered by IREX. By selecting emerging leaders from 12 countries of the former Soviet Union, the Muskie program aims to promote mutual understanding, build democracy and foster the transition to market economies in Eurasia through intensive academic study and professional training. In addition to their academic programs, Muskie fellows gain exposure to American values through a community service experience and develop professional skills through a full-time internship in their field of study.
The Muskie program is highly competitive, averaging nearly 4,000 applications per year with a 4% rate of acceptance. For more information, visit http://www.irex.org/programs/muskie. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations, as mandated by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchanges Act of 1961. ECA accomplishes its mission through a range of programs based on the benefits of mutual understanding, international educational and cultural exchange, and leadership development.
For more information about ECA exchanges, visit http://exchanges.state.gov.
The Payson Center for Development and Tulane Law School will offer a two-day workshop on international humanitarian law on November 5 and 6, 2011. Topics covered include an introduction to IHL and the Geneva Conventions, the role of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), means and methods of warfare, non-state actors and direct participation in hostilities, the position of humanitarian workers, and issues of domestic and international enforcement. The event will take place in Weinmann Hall. Participation is free of charge. Applications should be submitted to email@example.com.
Tulane Law School and Loyola University College of Law are proud to be hosting the National Latino Law Student Association Conference this September 30 to October 1. The theme of the 2011 Conference, Crossroads: Changing Faces in New Beginnings, recognizes the moment where a new culture full of color and life enters a community in a time of growth and recovery. It highlights the many contributions that Latinas/os make in rebuilding efforts taking place in New Orleans - which is itself a reflection of an increasingly diverse nation experiencing tremendous change.
The topics presented at the Conference will focus, inter alia, on immigration reform, education, workers' rights, and Latinas/os in the judiciary. The event is an opportunity to bring together various sectors of the legal profession in order to better understand and tackle these important issues. The organizers are proud to welcome, among other distinguished guests, Thomas Saez (President and General Counsel of MALDEF), Dr. Pedro Rosselló-González (a former Governor of Puerto Rico), and Justice Eva Guzmán (Supreme Court of Texas).
For more information visit http://www.law.tulane.edu/tlscenters/conferences/nllsa/
Professor Fedtke, Co-Director of the Center, accompanied a delegation of lawmakers from the Provincial Council of Kirkuk/Iraq on a study tour to Berlin/Germany. The delegates met with representatives of the German Senate (Bundesrat), the German Foreign Office, Members of the State Parliament of Brandenburg, and expets from various municipalities to discuss the provision of services such as water, electricity, health, and education. Kirkuk, one of the most troubled governorates in post-Saddam Iraq, is engaged in an effort to improve municipal and regional administration. The initiative is funded by the German Foreign Office and organized by the Friedrich Nauman Foundation (FNF) in Amman/Jordan
Professor Vernon Palmer presented a paper on Slavery and Louisiana Civil Law, 1825-1860 at a conference dedicated to the legal history of Louisiana at the University of Edinburgh School of Law on May 20/21. Palmer began with a brief survey of laws relating to slavery from Louis XIV's 1685 Code Noir to the final removal of all slavery provisions in the Louisiana Civil Code in 1870. Laws relating to slavery were unique to Louisiana and came from French, Spanish, Spanish-Roman, and American sources. The 1808 Code had included forty-five provisions relating to slavery but after 1808 a new form of emancipation by prescription emerged. Of the 1200 appeals cases contested in the Louisiana Supreme Court, 25% were slave-related. Slaves could sue their masters for freedom but many of the cases concerned buyers' rights: New Orleans had the biggest slave marketplace. The laws of France and Spain were spliced together and, as it expanded, slavery was woven into the fabric of the law.
For more details see http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/elhblog/blogentry.aspx?blogentryref=8663.
Professor Fedtke was recently invited to discuss election laws and other constitutional challenges that Egypt is facing at an event hosted by the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF) on April 6, 2011, in Cairo. He gave a first-hand account of the most important legal issues discussed on the occasion during an EWC lunchtime talk on April 19, 2011.
Twelve scholars from different South American countries and disciplines (political science, sociology and law) examine institutions in the region – how do representativeness and effectiveness work in congress, judicial institutions, and civil society? Are some more important when building a strong democracy? How do these variables relate to each other? The Symposium is a one-day event hosted by the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) on March 24, 2011 in 100a Jones Hall, Greenleaf Conference Room, on Tulane's Uptown Campus.
Tulane Law School students raise funds to help victims in Japan
In response to the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the Human Rights Law Society is hosting a fundraising event to support the relief efforts. All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross - the key aid organization in the disaster response.
The event will be a karaoke contest (non-contestants will be asked to participate as judges) at Igor's Buddha Belly Bar & Grill, 4437 Magazine Street, on Thursday, March 24th, at 7:30 p.m. The suggested donation is $5 for students and $10 for community members. Please make checks payable to "Tulane Law School."
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What role does ethnicity play in how people view themselves and their relations with the government? Todd A. Eisenstadt argues ethnicity may have less impact than is usually assumed and outside influences, marked by socioeconomic conditions and land tenure institutions, can trump ideology when framing social movements. What really unites indigenous and non-indigenous communities? How are political identities in the region formed?
These questions will be addressed by Professor Eisenstadt in a talk presented by the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research. Based on his most recent book (Cambridge University Press 2011), this study draws on an original and comprehensive survey of more than 5,000 respondents in dozens of rural indigenous communities in Southern Mexico.
Prior to joining American University as Department of Government Chair, Professor Eisenstadt was principal researcher of USAID's Higher Education and Development Program grant, and consultant to the US government and other private development companies. A recipient of Fulbright and National Security Education Program "Boren" fellowships, Eisenstadt's research has been funded by the Ford and Mellon foundations, and published in several books and journals. He has been a visiting scholar at El Colegio de México in Mexico City, Harvard's Center for Latin American Studies, the Japan Institute for International Affairs, the University of California, San Diego's Center for US-Mexican Studies, and, in 2010, at the Latin American Faculty on Social Sciences (FLACSO), in Quito, Ecuador.
Professor Eisenstadt will speak on March 17, 2011 in 100a Jones Hall, Greenleaf Conference Room at 5pm. To RSVP or for more information contact Angela Reed at email@example.com or 504.862.3141
A number of leading Central and South American lawyers are set to speak at events hosted by the Center in the Fall. These include Justice Margarette May Macaulay of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica, who has accepted an invitation to visit the Center in October, and Eugenio Hernández-Bretón of the Universidad Monteavila Law School in Venezuela, who will feature in the Center's Lunchtime Talk Series.
Tulane Law School placed top four out of 24 law schools at the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition's Rocky Mountain Super Regional on February 27, 2011. Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. The competition involves the simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case. Ranking seventh after the preliminary rounds of appellate arguments, Tulane went on to beat Washington University - the only upset of a higher seed in the quarter-finals. Team members in 2011 are William Dunn, Arly Smith-Pearson, Jacklina Len, Lee Rudin, and Jillian Petrella. Their coach is Monica Ledermann.
Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
The Payson Center Graduate Student Association is organizing a teach-in on the so-called 'Arab Spring' which is currently sweeping the Arab region. The event will be moderated by Dr. Stanley Samarasignhe, Adjunct Professor at the Payson Center and Chairman and Executive Director of Global Vision, an independent think tank in Kandy, Sri Lanka. The teachin-in will kick off at 7pm on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, in Dinwiddie Hall Room 102 on Tulane's Uptown Campus.
Vernon Palmer will present a paper titled "Comparative Interpretative Techniques in Civil and Common Law" on occasion of a workshop sponsored by John Hopkins University at the Academy of European Law in Trier/Germany on March 7. This international workshop will bring together American academics and professorial colleagues from the University of Qom/Iran. The other panels of this one-day event will discuss 'Methods of Interpretation in Islamic Law' (II), 'Qur'anic Legal Reinterpretation and Islamic Reformation' (III), and 'Methods of Interpretation in Islamic Law' (IV).
The Center and the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town (UCT) are currently exploring possibilities for a number of joint projects such as videolinked presentations, academic visits, collaborative research and - in 2012 - a Payson Summer Institute on law and development in Cape Town. UCT, located within view of the Table Mountain, is home to one of the oldest and most respected law schools in Africa.
University of Cape Town - Faculty of Law
Seán Patrick Donlan, Lecturer in Law at the University of Limerick/Ireland, will visit the Center from January 24 to February 10, 2011. He is, among many other things, General Secretary of the European Society for Comparative Legal History, Chairperson of Juris Diversitas, and Vice-President of the Irish Society of Comparative Law. Dr Donlan, whose research interests include public law, jurisprudence, legal history, and comparative methodology, will present his research project Mediterranean Legal Hybridity to TLS faculty and students on occasion of his visit.
The Tulane Journal for International and Comparative Law is organizing a symposium titled "The European Union 20 Years after Maastricht - Transatlantic Perspectives" on March 25, 2011. This event, supported by the Center, will bring together experts from both sides of the Atlantic to discuss issues of transatlantic trade, currency and the financial crisis, models of multileveled governance, and the role of the European Union as a player in a multipolar world. Further details, including a full list of confirmed speakers, will be available soon.
Announcement by the Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law
Vernon Palmer is editing a new series of monographs on comparative law to be published by Edward Elgar Publishing. The Series hopes to stimulate fresh approaches and methods to comparative law, and to bring new subjects into the fold of comparative law literature.
Book proposals and manuscripts are invited.
Tulane's Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR), Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and Department of Political Science are co-organizing a one-day symposium on the current constitutional and political situation in Venezuela. 17 national and international experts will discuss from a comparative perspective a wide variety of issues including principles of democracy, election law, the role of the media, and oil policies. The event will take place on Friday, January 28, 2011, from 8.30am to 6.30pm in the Lavin-Bernick Center on Tulane's Uptown Campus.
Contributions by Jörg Fedtke on damage caused by genetically modified organisms in Germany and developments in German tort law (with Florian Wagner-von Papp) have appeared in recent publications of the European Center for Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL) in Vienna/Austria. The two volumes - Bernhard Koch (ed), Damage Caused by Genetically Modified Organisms and Helmut Koziol and Barbara Steiniger (eds), European Tort Law 2009 - were published by De Gruyter (Berlin/New York).
Horst Eidenmüller of Ludwig Maximilian University (Munich/Germany) will be visiting Tulane Law School for three weeks from mid-February to the beginning of March 2011. He is teaching a course on European company and bankruptcy law. Professor Eidenmüller is a distinguished scholar in the area of private law, international business law, economic analysis of the law, and mediation. He has published extensively in all of these areas.
Jörg Fedtke has joined an international effort to support regional politicians and civil servants in developing a more responsible and constructive system of administration and good governance in the troubled region of Kirkuk/Iraq. The first workshop took place in Broummana near Beirut/Lebanon and brought together members of the Regional Council, the Deputy Governor, and representatives of Kirkuk in the National Assembly. As a first result, participants were able to agree on the so-called Beirut Initiative, a set of common aims mainly in the area of regional economic development. The 18-month project is funded by the German Foreign Office and organized by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNS).
The Payson Center for International Development, part of Tulane Law School, is conducting a PhD Research Colloquium this Fall. The events are open to all law students.
Topics and dates for Fall 2010.
Emi Matsumoto, Professor of Legal History and Comparative Law at the School of Law, Niigata University (located on the Western coast of Japan's main island Honshu) will visit the Eason Weinmann Center in late September. Professor Matsumoto will conduct research on campus and give a lecture on Japan as a Mixed Legal System.
Professor James Gordley, a leading figure in the areas of legal history and comparative law, has recently been elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. This high honor is reserved for scholars who do not teach in the United Kingdom. Professor Gordley joined Tulane Law School from Berkeley in 2007 and is closely connected to the activities of the Center. Other U.S. Corresponding Fellows of the Academy include Richard Posner and Guido Calabresi.
Comparative law, as a tool today indispensible in many areas of legal research and practice, has found a new home at the Tulane Law Library. Co-funded by the Library and the Center, the Eason-Weinmann Collection brings together a wide range of important classical and contemporary books on comparative methodology and foreign legal systems. Students, researchers and practicing lawyers with an interest in comparative law will find this growing resource conveniently located on the top floor of the Law School in Weinmann Hall on Freret Street.
Two new volumes are due to appear in the UT Austin Series in Foreign and Transnational Law, a line of books co-edited by Jörg Fedtke and Sir Basil Markesinis: Human Rights and the Protection of Privacy (by Professor Dr Hans-Joachim Cremer, University of Mannheim) and Legal Sources in European Financial Markets (by Dr Noah Vardi, Roma Tre). Authors interested in publishing their work in the Series should contact Professor Jörg Fedtke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vernon Palmer will give a paper at a conference on the protection of personality rights in Shanghai on October 14-16, 2010. The paper is provisionally entitled The Development of Privacy Rights in the United States in Comparative Perspective. The conference (Protection of Personality Rights: Roman Foundations, Contemporary Evolution and Challenges) is sponsored jointly by Remin University in Beijing and the East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai.
State liability in 25 European Countries, all Member States of the European Union, as well as the EU itself is under review by an international group of administrative and tort law experts under the leadership of Professor Oliver Dörr of the European Legal Studies Institute at the University of Osnabrück/Germany. Jörg Fedtke is the national reporter for the United Kingdom. The project, funded by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, is due to be published in 2011.
Vernon Palmer will train Iranian comparative law professors at a workshop in Qom. The event will take place at the University of Mofid on September 18-22, 2010. The sessions, arranged as an outreach program by the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced Legal Studies, will deal with four topics – damages in contract and tort cases; judicial review and constitutionalism; inheritance law; and the death penalty.
The World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists has extended the deadline for a call for papers for its Third International Congress in Jerusalem to June 15, 2010. Vernon Palmer, President of the Society, will present a paper entitled Double Reasoning in Codified Mixed Systems – Code and Case Law as Simultaneous Methods.
Vernon Palmer will present a paper entitled Empires as Engines of Mixed Laws in the Modern World at the Juris Diversitas conference on Mediterranean Hybridity in Malta (June 10-11, 2010).