Andrew Whall sends News from South Africa

2L Andrew Whall emails from the University of Cape Town (UCT):

Hello Professor Moreteau,

I just wanted to say hello and let you know that my studies here at University of Cape Town are going well! I’m currently taking three LLM level courses, so it’s definitely a lot more challenging than I thought it would be, but that’s okay because I’m learning so much from a perspective that I would’ve never been able to get studying in the US. I’ve met so many fascinating people from all over the world who have left their countries to study law at this prestigious university. Each and everyone of them bring quite a unique view from their respective nations, and it is particularly apparent during a class discussion when everyone is sharing their knowledge. It’s so incredible how many different approaches there are to law out there!

As the only American law student, at UCT I’ve been doing my best to represent our legal system and policies to the rest of the class. It’s actually not that easy to answer their questions because I find that they’re all quite knowledgeable and tend to ask much more detailed questions than I am used to and it requires me to do some research. I have learned much more about the US in the past 3 months than I originally intended to, because the other foreign students are so curious and eager to learn about the US perspective just as much as I am to learn about theirs.

As they say in South Africa,


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Matt Dyson Shares Views on Tortious Apples and Criminal Oranges

Dr. Matthew Dyson, is a fellow of Trinity College, Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge (U.K.), where he teaches torts, contracts, Roman law, and comparative law. His research has been on how the borderline between tort and crime has changed in different jurisdictions in the last few hundred years.

During a one-day visit to the LSU Law Center, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Matt Dyson presented remarks on his present research: Tortious Apples and Criminal Oranges, a chapter of his forthcoming Comparing Tort and Crime. Dr. Dyson is the author of Unravelling Tort and Crime, Cambridge University Press, 2014, and a contributor to the Comparative Legal History book project (edited by A. Masferrer, K. Modeer, O. Moréteau), forthcoming in the Research Handbooks in Comparative Law, Edward Edgar. He is the Secretary General of the European Society for Comparative Legal History.

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The 38th Tucker Lecture in Pictures

On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, Professor Emerita Esin Örücü (University of Glasgow, Scotland), gave the 38th Tucker Lecture discussing the impact of Civil Code translations on the shaping of civil law systems, based on the Turkish and Louisiana experience, with reference to to other translated codes. The lecture will be published in the Journal of Civil Law Studies.

Professor Örücü enjoyed her visit at the LSU Law Center and was happy to discover the beauties of South Louisiana before flying back to Scotland this Friday.

Visit the Edinburgh Legal History Blog for more detail.

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Postcard from Israel: Greg Everett, First LSU Law Student to Study in Tel Aviv and Work at the Israeli Supreme Court

3L Greg Everett is spending the entire academic year at the University of Tel Aviv, ending with externship experience at the Israeli Supreme Court. He writes:

Greetings from Tel Aviv, Professor Moreteau!  The weather certainly feels as good as it looks in these photographs.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here in Tel Aviv.  The architecture in certain neighborhoods bears a close resemblance to New Orleans, but with the weather of San Diego.  The classes have been very interesting, as the students hail from all over the world, bringing insights from their respective judicial systems.  The coursework has been very demanding, but there is always time for a walk to the beach.

I’ve just started working at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, which requires me to make the bus commute about 3x/week.  From a comparative law perspective, the experience can’t be beat.  Thanks to yourself and the rest of the LSU team for making this possible.  I look forward to seeing you guys in May!

Greg, Holly, and Remy

More news to follow regarding the work at the Supreme Court. We wish Greg and his family all the best in this very inspiring experience!


Greg Everett with his son Remy

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38th Tucker Lecture by Prof. Esin Örücü, March 17

You are kindly invited to the Lecture and Reception to follow!2015 Tucker Lecture Dr. Esin Orucu

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The International Law Society invites you to Better Understand Islamic Law

“Understanding Islamic Sharee’ah” by Imam Abdelmadjid Mokhtari
of The Islamic Center of Baton Rouge
Tuesday, March 10th, 12:40 – LUNCH. Rm 110
Please join us for this special event!

“فهم الشريعة الإسلامية” للإمام عبد المجيد مختاري
من المركز الإسلامي في باتون روج
الثلاثاء 10 مارس، 12:40 – تناول طعام الغداء. RM 110
يرجى الانضمام إلينا لهذا الحدث الخاص!

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Want to be a General Counsel? International Experience “is a Huge Differentiator”

LSU Law Students, read this post published by Inside Counsel: “For many attorneys, the role of chief legal officer is the culmination of their professional career goals. During the recent Women, Influence and Power in Law Conference in Washington, D.C, several executive search professionals provided tips and advice on navigating the road to the GC position.”

“The panel also discussed the importance of international experience. According to Russell Reynolds research, of the Fortune 300, 15 percent of general counsel had prior international experience.

“Increasingly, we hear that companies want international experience,” Cynthia Dow, executive director of Russell Reynolds Associates, told the audience. “That is a huge differentiator.”

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Summer Program in Lyon: Additional Meeting

There will be another information meeting for the 2015 Summer Program in Lyon on Friday, February 27 at 11:30 am in Room 110.  All interested students who missed the February 11th meeting are urged to attend.

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38th Tucker Lecture, by Prof. Esin Örücü, March 17th

Mark your calendar: on March 17, 2015, world acclaimed comparative law Esin OrucuProfessor Esin Örücü, University of Glasgow (Scotland), will give the 38th Tucker Lecture, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Center of Civil Law Studies.

One into Three: Spreading the Word

Three into One: Creating a Civil Law System

Will be the topic of the lecture.

This lecture will consider “one into three”, since the now monolingual Louisiana Civil Code is being translated into French and Spanish, defining this as ‘spreading the word’. The Louisiana Civil Code Translation Project Conference in 2014 called this expansion, ‘enhancing visibility’. A well-known instance of this kind is also the monolingual Dutch Code being converted, by translation, into a trilingual Code (Dutch, French and English), that is another “one into three”. There is also the instance of the translation of the bilingual Quebec Code (originally in French and English) into Spanish, thus creating yet another trilingual Code, rivalling the Louisiana one, this time “two into three”. Then there is the Fisher’s translation of the Civil Code of Philippines from Spanish into English, “one into two”.

The lecture will start by looking at some general concerns such as language, culture, transpositions, neologisms, equivalence, mistranslations and then move onto illustrating these issues through the experience of Turkey with her process of total and global modernization, westernization, secularization, democratization and constitutionalism.

In this way, before considering the Louisiana case, the lecture will deal with the translation into Turkish from the already trilingual Swiss Civil Code, seemingly a “three into one” case, though only the French version was used by the Turkish translators. This is defined as ‘creating a civil law system’, converting within the span of five years, via five Codes, the efforts of reform resting solely on import and translation from major continental Codes both as to form and content, creating a civilian legal system out of a mixed one.

Finally, a crucial question related to all translated codes will be posed: why translate a code? Aims and reasons which vary will be analysed bringing the lecture to a close.

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