The Atakapa-Ishak: Introducing a Historic and Living Native American Tribe

The French American Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, of Louisiana and the Louisiana State Museum present

“Native Americans in Louisiana History and their Rights: The Atakapa-Ishak Experience”

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6-7 p.m.

Old U.S. Mint, New Orleans

“The Atakapa-Ishak: Introducing a Historic and Living Native American Tribe”
by Jeffrey Darensbourg
Tribal Council Member of the Alligator Band at Atakapa-Ishak Nation of Southwest
Louisiana and Southeast Texas
“The Linguistic Rights of les créoles sauvages”
Dr. Olivier Moréteau
Professor of Law, Russell B. Long Eminent Scholars Academic Chair, Director of the Center of Civil Law Studies,
Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center


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Uisdean “Hugh” Vass, LL.M., LSU 1985, Presents on the Ramifications of the Scottish Independence Referendum

Hugh Vass, a Scottish lawyer who graduated with an LL.M. in Comparative Law (focus: oil and gas) from the LSU Law Center in 1985, was invited by the LSU Law John P. Laborde Energy Law Center on Thursday, September 11th, 2014 to give a presentation on the possible outcomes of the Scottish Independence Referendum and its potential implications on the European Union, the U.S.A. and the oil and gas industry. Mr. Vass is a Partner in the Oil and Gas division of Bond Dickinson.

Hugh Vass is qualified as a Scots solicitor and Louisiana attorney who practiced in Louisiana, Venezuela, and Brazil. Mr. Vass has an extensive experience in the oil industry and has been recently very active in Africa in jurisdictions such as Morocco, Gambia, Senegal, Nigeria and Uganda. He has considerable expertise on the legal issues regarding the United Kingdom Continental Shelf and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.  Mr. Vass stated at the beginning of his presentation that he would not be where he is today without the knowledge he gained during his study at the Law Center, and specifically thanked Prof. Patrick Martin, his thesis advisor, for his assistance and guidance.

The LSU Law Center and LL.M. Program is proud to count such an outstanding lawyer and scholar as one of its own, and warmly thanks Mr. Vass for his extremely interesting presentation. It was a great success among students and professors at the law center.

Hugh Vass

Vlad Vidican (LL.M. from Romania), P. Moréteau, Hugh Vass (LL.M. 1985), Gaëlle Forget (Research Associate, LL.M. 2013)

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The CCLS Welcomes its New Research Associate

The Center of Civil Law Studies is welcoming its new Research Associate, Gaëlle Forget who is filling the position left vacated by Alexandru Daniel-On.

Gaëlle Forget is not new to the Law Center. She was an exchange student from Lyon during the year 2011 – 2012 and then integrated the LL.M. program for the year 2012 – 2013. We are proud to count her as the new team member of the CCLS for the year 2014 – 2015.

Gaelle Forget received her degree of LL.B from the Jean Moulin University in Lyon, France in 2011. She holds a LL.M. in Business Law (Jean Moulin Lyon III University, 2012), a LLM in comparative law (Louisiana State University, 2013) and a LL.M. in International Trade Law (Paris X Nanterre University, 2014). Her interests are focused on international law, business law and immigration law. She is planning on taking the New York Bar in February 2015. Gaëlle Forget is also an Assistant Managing Editor of the Journal of Civil Law Studies.

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Ms. Forget during her time as an exchange student, at the Louisiana Supreme Court in the rare books collection room.

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Catharine MacMillan Discusses Judah Benjamin and the Influence of Louisiana Civil Law on the English Common Law

On August 21, 2014, Catharine MacMillan, Professor of Law and Legal History at the University of Reading (U.K.), presented a paper on Judah Benjamin: The Louisianan’s Influence on British Law.

Judah P. Benjamin was the pre-eminent commercial attorney in 1840s New Orleans and a leading counsel before the United States Supreme Court of the 1850s.  Like many attorneys before and since him, Benjamin combined his legal career with one in politics.  It was his political involvement which led him to a senior role in the government of the Confederate States of America in the 1860s; this involvement, in turn, led to a self-described ‘political exile’ to England in 1865.  Between 1866 and 1883, Benjamin practiced law from London.

While it has long been recognized that the common law of contract borrowed or transplanted various concepts from French civilians, notably Pothier, it is only infrequently identified that Benjamin was the instigator of some of these borrowings.  Some of the common law of contract’s French borrowings came to England via Louisiana.  Prof. MacMillan has carefully researched this process and presented it in the most lively fashion. Her forthcoming book on Judah P. Benjamin will be greatly appreciated in Louisiana.

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Prof. Catherine MacMillan with Prof. Olivier Moréteau and Chancellor Jack Weiss

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Alexandru-Daniel On to Follow Advanced Scholarly Pursuits in Europe

 The CCLS announces with regret that Alexandru-Daniel On, our outstanding Research Associate, dear friend and promising scholar left to engage in advanced scholarly pursuits in Romania (Cluj-Napoca) and The Netherlands (Maastricht).

 Alexandru-Daniel On received an LL.B (Bachelor of Laws) from the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in 2010. He holds an LL.M. in Private Law (Babes-Bolyai University, 2011) and an LL.M. in Comparative Law (Louisiana State University, 2013). He is the recipient of the first A. N. Yiannopoulos Endowed Scholarship (for the academic year 2011-2012). His research and publications are focused on the law of torts, the law of obligations, and legal translation.

 Formerly a Research Assistant for Dr. Moréteau (2012), Alexandru-Daniel On then served as CCLS Research Associate from January 2013 to June 2014. He was a Managing Editor of the Journal of Civil Law Studies during this period, contributing to the creation and development of the Civil Law in Louisiana feature. He will no doubt remain an active associate member of the CCLS.

We wish him the best of luck for his future doctoral studies and we will follow his forthcoming steps in comparative law scholarship!

Agustin & Dan

Alexandru-Daniel On and Agustín Parise, former CCLS Research Associates

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Back to the April 2014 CCLS Conference & Tucker Lecture Events

On April 10th and 11th, 2014, the Center of Civil Law Studies hosted an international conference on The Louisiana Civil Code Translation Project: Enhancing visibility and promoting the Civil Law in English.

International experts in legal translation from all parts of the world, including USA, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Bailiwick of Jersey, met in Baton Rouge to discuss

various topics such as:

–          Common Law vs. Droit civil: an odd couple?

–          Why translate a Code?

–          The challenges of promoting French civil law into English…

The 37th Tucker Lecture in Civil Law was the keynote event: Justice Nicholas Kasirer, of the highest court in Québec, former Dean of the McGill Law School, discussed That Montreal Sound: The Influence of French Legal Ideas and the French Language on the Civil Law Expressed in English.

The events ended with a wonderful reception at beautiful Nottoway Plantation.

The conference was a great success and the papers will be published in the Journal of Civil Law Studies. The CCLS team is delighted to share a few pictures.


Left to right, Prof. Olivier Moréteau, Prof. Michel Séjean, Prof. Jean-Claude Gémar with Justice Nicholas Kasirer, 37th Tucker Lecturer

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A well-attended Tucker Lecture


Prof. Moréteau introducing Justice Kasirer


Justice Nicholas Kasirer delivering the 37th Tucker Lecture


Listening to that Montreal sound

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Dr. Agustin Parise, former CCLS Research Associate, with Jennifer Lane, CCLS Coordinator, who organized all details of the events: thank you, Jennifer!


Dr. François-Xavier Licari, Mr. Jean-Claude Brunet, Consul General of France in New Orleans, and Prof. Moréteau at the Tucker reception


Inaugurating the conference and welcoming participants

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Prof. Moréteau inviting Prof. Emeritus Robert Pascal to comment on the publication of the Compiled Edition of the Civil Codes of Louisiana, now available online


Alexandru-Daniel On, CCLS Research Associate, giving his remarks


Dr. Agustin Parise, Prof. Sylvie Monjean-Decaudin & Prof. Michel Séjean


Dr. Dominique Garreau and Dr. François-Xavier Licari (front) and the three CCLS translators Giorgia Fabris, Oriane Defoix and Melissa Richard (back)


A quartet of panelists: Dr. Matthias Martin, Mr. Stephen Pallot, Prof. Claire Germain & Prof. Randy Trahan

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A. Parise, J. Lane, A.D. On, M. Séjean & O. Moréteau

Group in front of law school

Several steps higher with Jean-Claude Gémar, Sylvie Monjean-Decaudin, Dominique Garreau, Enrica Bracchi & Matthias Martin


En route to White Castle with Prof. Vivian Curran and Prof. David Gruning (front)


Three promising comparative law scholars, Alexandru-Daniel On, Agustin Parise & Serban Vacarelu, proud LSU LL.M. graduates


Conference crowd at Nottoway Plantation


Taking the tour at Nottoway Plantation


V. Curran, M. Martin, A.D. On, M. Séjean & S. Monjean-Decaudin


M. Martin, A.D. On, M. Séjean, S. Monjean-Decaudin & Anne Wagner at Nottoway Plantation


Vivian Curran, Claire Germain and her husband Stuart Basefsky, at the closing dinner at Nottoway Plantation. Our apologies to Alain Levasseur and Anne-Sophie Hulin who do not appear on the forefront of our pictures: like all others they gave great presentations and also emptied their glass!

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LSU LAW welcomes the LL.M class of 2015

The LSU Law Center warmly welcomes its new LL.M class of 2015. This year the class is small but the candidates are very engaging and strongly motivated.

During the two-week orientation program held from August, 4th to August 15th, 2014, the class among other activities had the opportunity to attend a private tour of the Louisiana Supreme Court in New Orleans, guided by Robert Gunn and Louisiana Law Library Director Georgia Chadwick.

Florent Brémens (Lyon, France), Vlad Vidican (Cluj-Napoca, Romania), Anouk Guéroult-Bellone (Nantes, France) and Haseeb Qadir (Pakistan) were especially impressed by the Louisiana Supreme Court rare books’ collection.

We wish them a lot of success for this new challenging academic year!

The LL.M class of 2015 with Jennifer Lane and Professor Olivier Moréteau in front of the Law school


At the Louisiana Supreme Court with Ms. Georgia Chadwick


The group in front of the Louisiana Supreme Court in New Orleans


Anouk Guéroult-Bellone and Florent Bremens from France in the rare books collection room


Future Judges?


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The 2014 Lyon Summer Program: LSU Law Students under New Horizons

45 LSU Law Students had a chance to broaden their intellectual horizons learning about Comparative Media Law, Slavery and Human trafficking, Comparative law and Religion, Topics in Comparative Company Law, Comparative Tort Law, and International Environmental law. This was for many a unique opportunity to discover places such as Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, London, Munich or Rome. All enjoyed Lyon, like those taking a walking tour of Vieux Lyon (see photos).

Other pics may be emailed to Prof. Moréteau who will be happy to post them.


A happy group in front of the Court of Appeal building in Vieux Lyon.


Walking tour of Vieux Lyon with a local guide… Prof. Moréteau.

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Prof. Moréteau teaching Topics in Comparative Tort Law


The old Courthouse (ancien Palais de justice) hosting the Court of Appeal.

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CCLS French Translators Visiting the Louisiana Supreme Court and Law Library

On June 25, 2014, Prof. Olivier Moréteau drove the CCLS translation team to New Orleans for a tour of the Supreme Court of Louisiana. The visit of the Rare Books Room of the Louisiana Law Library was a highlight, with the thrill of the direct contact with original versions of Civil Codes and other historical documents, under the guidance of Library Director Georgia Chadwick and Associate Library Director Miriam Childs. Many thanks to Robert Gunn for the tour and to David Rigamer for the photos.


Library Director Georgia Chadwick showing rare Egyptian prints


Prof. Moréteau, Director Chadwick and Associate Director Childs with the first Italian translation of the French Civil Code


The original edition of the French Civil Code acting as a magnate


The Supreme Court temporarily recomposed?


At the Court Museum, with Robert Gunn


Martin v. Martin? Dr. Matthias Martin with C.J. François-Xavier Martin

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French Visitor in Residence

From January to June 2014, the CCLS hosts Dr. Matthias Martin (Université de Lorraine, Nancy). Dr. Matthias Martin recently defended his doctorate on “L’annotation des codes, étude et comparaison en droits français et monégasque.” He presently works on the concept of annotation in the Louisiana Civil Code and contributes to the revision of the translation of the Louisiana Civil Code and other CCLS projects. Dr. Matthias Martin was a panelist on the April conference discussing the Louisiana Civil Code Translation Project.Matthias Martin 2

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