McGill University, Faculty of Law, June 24-26, 2015.
Fourth Worldwide Congress
McGill University Faculty of Law, Montreal, Canada
June 24-26, 2015
“The Scholar, Teacher, Judge, and Jurist in a Mixed Jurisdiction”
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.
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Sarah Charlat, Delphine Drouard and Sara Vono are ending this weekend a very fruitful and enjoyable three-month internship, a crown on their Master’s Program in Trilingual Legal Studies at University of Nantes. The translation of the Louisiana Civil Code into French has gone a long way and will be completed next year, with the financial support of the Partner University Fund (PUF).
The CCLS is also hosting two French doctorate candidates, Julie Grangeon (Lyon) and Florian Thomas (Nantes). The top floors of the Old Law Building have truly become the French Floors!
On June 1, Prof. Olivier Moréteau gave a presentation at the Maastricht University European Private Law Institute as part of the M-EPLI Talks. 2 former LSU Distinguished Foreign Visitors, 3 LSU LL.M. graduates, 2 former CCLS Research Associates, 3 current CCLS Contributing Fellows were in attendance: Prof. Jan Smits, M-EPLI Director, Prof. Michael Faure, METRO Director, Dr. Agustin Parise, Julieta Marotta-Parise, Alexandru-Daniel On, and Dr. Matthias Martin (visiting from Nancy, a former M-EPLI speaker).
Prof. Moréteau jokingly said, before presenting on How Codes Connect to Legal Systems: Revisiting the Concept of Code through a Study of Peripheral Provisions (a draft chapter of his forthcoming Comparative Legal History research book), that it felt as if the Director of the LSU CCLS Baton Rouge annex was visiting the LSU CCLS headquarters in Maastricht!
Sara V. Pic, Reference Librarian at the Law Library of Louisiana (400 Royal Street, New Orleans), assembled a unique exhibition on the Italian translation of the Napoleonic Code. The Il Codice Civile exhibition can also be visited online.
School of Law, University of Limerick, Ireland
THE STATE OF/AND COMPARATIVE LAW
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
14:30 Welcoming Address
In memoriam Roderick A. Macdonald (1948-2014) and H. Patrick Glenn (1940-2014)]
14:45 Plenary – Keynote
Chair: Seán Patrick Donlan
16:30-18:00 Parallel Sessions I
I.A Legal Pluralism in Africa
I.B Views of Law and the Cities
I.C New Dimensions of Constitutionalism
18:00-19:00 Reception – Juris Diversitas Book Series Launch
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
9:00-10:30 Parallel Sessions II
II.A Law, Religion and Tradition
II.B Interaction and Convergence: Mixed Approaches
11:00-12:00 Parallel Sessions III
III.A Legal Cosmopolitanism in Territorialized and De-Territorialized Law
III.B Of Elites and their Influence
III.C Structuring Mixed Legal Systems
14:00-15:30 Parallel Sessions IV
IV.A Comparative law, Circulation and Transplants
IV.B Intercultural Integration: Cosmopolitism and Pluralism
IV.C Justified and Unjustified Enrichment
16:00-17:15 Plenary – Keynote
19:00 Conference Dinner
Thursday, June 4, 2015
9:00-10:30 Parallel Sessions V
V.A Indigenous Law and State Law
V.B Shifts in Transmitting Property and Nationality
11:00-12:00 Parallel Sessions VI
VI.A Challenging Legal Traditions
VI.B Pluralistic Views on Land Issues in Indonesia
VI.C Clash or Balance? Cyber Security v. Privacy, DNA v. Presumption of Innocence
14:00-15:30 Parallel Sessions VII
VII.A Panel – Buddhist Legal Traditions
VII.B Everyday Life, Gender and Happiness
16:00-17:00 Juris Diversitas General Meeting
17:00-17:30 Plenary – Closing Panel
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Congratulations to Bogdan Buta, LL.M. 2014, for his success at the Louisiana Bar exam. Bogdan is a law graduate of the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He was a recipient of the A. N. Yiannopoulos Endowed Scholarship for the academic year 2013-2014. We wish him a great future in our state and wherever his success will take him.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Center of Civil Law Studies is hosting three interns from the Université de Nantes Master in Trilingual Legal Studies, as part of the Training Multilingual Jurists Program, sponsored by the Partner University Fund.
Sarah Charlat, Delphine Drouard, and Sara Vono arrived in late March for a three month internship. They have already translated several dozen Louisiana Civil Code articles from English in to French, dealing with emancipation, interdiction, usufruct, and now successions.
On Friday, April 24, Prof. Olivier Moréteau took them to New Orleans for a tour of the Louisiana Supreme Court. Audrey Michenaud, an exchange student from Université de Nantes, and Jason Marcheux, visiting from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, joined the group.
The visit of the Rare Book Room was the highlight of the visit: these French students had to cross the Atlantic to hold the original edition of the Code Napoléon in their hands!
The CCLS thanks the Court and the Louisiana Law Library for their renewed hospitality, particularly Head Librarian Georgia Chadwick, Librarian Miriam Childs, Robert Gunn who gave the tour, and David Rigamer for these great photos.
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,