LSU Law to Host the Juris Diversitas 4th Annual Conference



30 May to June 1, 2016

LSU Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Unity and/or Diversity

An International, Interdisciplinary Conference on Comparative Law

Unité ou diversité

Colloque international et interdisciplinaire de droit comparé

Co-sponsored by

Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Center of Civil Law Studies

 Link to Event Registration

Monday, May 30

8:30—9:15           Registration & Coffee


9:30—10:30        PLENARY—KEYNOTE     

  • The Problematic of Invisibility for Law in a Transnationalized World, Vivian Grosswald Curran, University of Pittsburgh (United States)

10:30—11:00      Break

11:00—12:30      PARALLEL SESSIONS I    

I.A          Remixing Legal Traditions

  • Canada’s Legal Traditions: Sources of Unification, Diversification or Inspiration?, Rosalie Jukier, McGill University (Canada)
  • Unity and Diversity in Legal History of the Commonwealth Caribbean, Asya Ostroukh, Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (Barbados)
  • Rebuilding the Somali Legal System: Towards a New Mixed Jurisdictions?, Salvatore Mancuso, University of Cape Town (South Africa)

I.B           Issues in Professional Liability: A Transnational Conversation

  • Unity and Diversity in European Product Liability Law, Ádám Fuglinszky, Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary)
  • Professional Liability in Civil Law and in Common Law, Domitilla Vanni Di San Vincenzo, University of Palermo (Italy)

12:30—14:00      Lunch

14:00—15:30      PARALLEL SESSIONS II   

II.A         The Struggle for Legal Identity

  • An Essay on Ideology and Legal Education in Tiny Jurisdictions: The Example of Jersey, David Marrani, Institute of Law (Jersey)
  • Albanian Civil Code — An Example of Unity and Diversity in the Civil Law Family, Juliana Latifi, University of Tirana (Albania)
  • Commerce, Commonality, and Contract Law: Legal Reform in a Mixed Jurisdiction, Christopher K. Odinet, Southern University (United States)

II.B         L’absence de modèle unique : l’uniformisation en question

  • Construction d’une démocratie multi-cultuelle au Bénin — Accommodements entre religion chrétienne et culte traditionnel vodou, Eric Ngango Youmbi, Université de Maroua (Cameroun)
  • Harmoniser la diversité en droit des successions : oui mais avec précaution, Francesco Paolo Traisci, Università degli studi del Molise (Italy)
  • Un droit au salaire minimum : l’impossible unité ?, Alexis Bugada, Aix-Marseille Université (France)

15:30—16:00      Break

16:00—17:30      PARALLEL SESSIONS III  

III.A        Diverse in Unity?

  • Anglophone and Civilian Convergence: The Question of Public Cultivation and Learning, Joseph P. Garske, (United States)
  • Global Legal Scholarship at Local Level, Bianca Gardella Tedeschi, University of Eastern Piedmont Amedeo Avogadro (Italy)
  • Good Faith, United in Diversity?, Olivier Beddeleem, EDHEC Business School (France)

III.B        Societal and Legal Tensions in Africa

  • Mapping Traditional Authority Structures in a Post-Apartheid South Africa: Exploring the Status and Role of Traditional Authorities in a Decentralised Governance Structure, Christa Rautenbach, North-West University (South Africa)
  • Developments in Child Custody under Customary Law in Nigeria and South Africa, Kagiso A. Maphalle, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
  • Judicial Protection of Women’s Matrimonial Property Rights in Nigeria, Anthony C. Diala, University of Cape Town (South Africa)

19:30                     Conference Dinner


Tuesday, May 31

9:15—10:30        PARALLEL SESSIONS IV 

IV.A        Competition Worldwide: Legal Strategies and Challenges

  • International Fragmentation of Competition Law: The Actual and Expected Contribution of BRICS Countries, Alexandr Svetlicinii, University of Macau (Macau)
  • Legal Diversity or Unity as a Product of Economic Strategies of Lawmakers under Regulatory Competition, Hugues Bouthinon-Dumas & Frédéric Marty, ESSEC Business School (Paris-Singapore) & GREDEG – CNRS / University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (France)

IV.B        Singular Voices in a Pluralistic Universe

  • Legal Transfers and National Traditions: Patterns of Modernization of the Public Administration in Polish Lands at the Turn of 18th and 19th Century, Michał Gałędek, University of Gdańsk (Poland)
  • Remedies for Trial Delay in Malta and Italy: a Laboratory for European Integration?, David Edward Zammit & Caroline Savvidis, University of Malta (Malta)

10:30—11:00      Break

11:00—12:30      PARALLEL SESSIONS V   

V.A         La mondialisation et ses tensions

  • La fiducie québécoise : tensions et (r)évolution, Caroline Le Breton-Prévost, Université McGill (Canada)
  • Mondialisation et droit de la concurrence : vers une bipolarisation autant qu’une harmonisation des règles de droit ?, Anne M. Tercinet, EM Lyon Business School (France)
  • Comment la doctrine économique américaine a participé à l’harmonisation des règles de droit antitrust en Europe ?, Jean-Christophe Roda, Université de Toulon (France)

V.B         United in Diversity

  • Enantiosis and Comparative Law: The Case of Essentially Oxymoronic Concepts, Rostam J. Neuwirth, University of Macau (Macau)
  • Toxic Legal Thought Patterns: Cognitive Rhetoric Explains the Need for a Comparative Approach to Rhetoric in Law, Lucy Jewel, University of Tennessee (United States)
  • Dworkin on Legal Unity and Diversity, Christopher D. Boom, Tulane University (United States)

12:30—14:30      Lunch

14:30—16:00      PARALLEL SESSIONS VI 

VI.A       Fashion Law: Comparing Top Models

  • On Fashion: Introductory Remarks, Susy Inés Bello Knoll, Austral University (Argentina)
  • Intellectual Property in Argentina, Latin America and USA, Pamela Echeverria, Fashion Law Institute (Argentina)
  • Intellectual Property in France and the European Union, Alice Pezard, Conseiller honoraire à la Cour de cassation (France)

VI.B        Of Land, Blood and Race

  • Race and Nation. On Ius Sanguinis and the Origins of a Racist National Perspective, Carlos Amunátegui Perelló, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (Chile)
  • Land Reform and the Restructuring of Post-Apartheid Namibia with Specific Reference to Informal Settlements, Sam Kwesi Amoo, University of Namibia (Namibia)
  • “United in One Body:” Can ‘Black Lives Matter’ be Rousseau’s ‘Best Friends,’ Fernin F. Eaton, Baton Rouge (United States)

16:00—16:30      Break

16:30—17:30      JURIS DIVERSITAS GENERAL MEETING            

17:30—18:00      Break

18:00—19:30     TUCKER LECTURE                

  • The Proposed Organization of American States Model Law on Simplified Corporations: Perspectives and Challenges, Francisco Reyes, Chairman of UNCITRAL, Superintendent of Companies (Colombia)

19:30                     Reception


Wednesday, June 1

9:30—11:00        PARALLEL SESSIONS VII

VII.A      Beyond Universalism: Giving a Voice to the Unheard

  • The Emergence of Alternative Antidiscrimination Frameworks between Universality and Diversity, Raphaële Xenidis, European University Institute of Florence (Italy)
  • Beyond the Boundaries of Consensus: Comparative Law, Social Theory, and Dissent, Denis de Castro Halis, University of Macau (Macau)
  • Periodic Review of Human Rights: Does One Size Fit All in the Pacific?, Sue Farran, Northumbria University (United Kingdom)

VII.B      Revisiting Human Rights: What Room for Consensus and Dissent

  • Participation of Lay Citizens in the Criminal Trial in a Comparative Perspective — The Criminal Jury in France and Belgium, Claire M. Germain, University of Florida (United States)
  • The Ambiguous Role of Comparative Law in the European Court of Human Rights’ Case Law: Unity and Diversity in Succession Law, Filippo Viglione & Giovanni Cinà, University of Padua (Italy)
  • Human Rights in National versus International Criminal Justice: The Gravity of Crimes as a Legitimate Source of Legal Pluralism?, Christophe Deprez, University of Liège (Belgium)

11:00—11:30      Break

11:30—12:30      PLENARY—CLOSING PANEL  

  • Empires as Engines of Mixed Legal Systems, Vernon V. Palmer, Tulane University (United States)
  • [Participants to be announced]
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LSU French Visitors at the Louisiana Supreme Court

On the occasion of the visit of Dr. Enrica Bracchi and Dr. Dominique Garreau, Associate Professors at the University of Nantes (April 5 to April 15), a visit to New Orleans was organized, including a reception at the French Consulate and a tour of the Louisiana Supreme Court. This gave a chance to French intern Lucie Talet and the CCLS team to visit or revisit the Law Library of Louisiana and marvel at some of the rare books. Miriam Childs, Acting Director, had a chance to display the recently purchased original edition of the miniature French Civil Code printed, like the well known standard version, in the year 1804.

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LL.M. Class visits the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge

Marina Biragova, LL.M. Candidate 2016, reports:

The trip to the 19th JDC was a complete success: students were very excited to observe American civil procedure. We attended a jury trial  and LL.M. students were introduced to the judge during the hearing (now LL.M. Candidates 2016 will stay forever on the court record).

Then we met with Hon. Judge Holdridge, and we went trough the trial procedures from A to Z and did a mock trial. The students were amazed how different the procedure was from what they saw back home. After the mock trial,  judge Holdridge stayed with  the LL.M. Students to answer our questions.

All Judges were very excited to meet LL.M. Students.

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LSU Law Student Adrian Smith studies in French at Université de Nantes

FACE_LOGO_MASTER_PROGRAMS2L Adrian P. Smith grew up in Cajun Louisiana where, despite a French language and culture revival, too many young people speak English only. With a French mother and some elementary school experience in Western France, he speaks very good French. He is the first LSU law student to study a full semester at Université de Nantes, one of our partner schools in France. For this he receives scholarship money from the Partner University Fund “Training Multilingual Jurists.”

In addition to his course work, he started this week an internship at Clyde & Co, a law firm specialized in maritime law. He has plans for another significant work experience this summer at Cheuvreux Notaires, the largest firm of notaries in Paris, where he will work with some of the finest real estate attorneys in the country.

Adrian’s story proves the relevance of the LSU legal education model in a global world: the combination of a civil law and common law based training with the practice of foreign languages can take you a long way, especially when embarking on our study abroad programs and seeking guidance for some professional experience overseas.




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French Consul General Grégor Trumel Receives LSU Law French visitors

Dr. Enrica Bracchi and Dr. Dominique Garreau, Associate Professors at the University of Nantes, are visiting at LSU Law from April 5 to April 15. Dr. Garreau is the founder and head of the Nantes Master’s program in Trilingual Legal Studies, combining legal education with the study of two foreign languages and legal systems. Within the partnership agreement between LSU Law and University of Nantes, more than ten Nantes students have done an internship at the LSU Center of Civil Law Studies (CCLS), to do legal translation (Louisiana Civil Code from English to French; translation of doctrinal texts) and interpretation work on academic and professional conferences. The visit of Drs. Bracchi and Garreau coincides with the presence of Lucie Talet, who interns at the CCLS between March and July. Two Nantes students have already joined the LL.M. at LSU: FACE_LOGO_MASTER_PROGRAMSAnouk Guéroult-Bellone (class of 2015) and 2015-intern Sara Vono (class of 2016). The program is sponsored by the Partner University Fund, supporting transatlantic partnerships around research and higher education, a collaboration between the French government, American private donors and the FACE Foundation.

On April 7, 2016, Mr. Grégor Trumel, Consul General of France, met with the LSU Law French visitors at the French Consulate in New Orleans, insisting on the cultural and economic importance of vibrant academic and professional cooperation between France and Louisiana.

Photo: from left to right, Dr. Olivier Moréteau, CCLS director, Nana Agyemang, Nantes student interning with Louis Koerner, Lucie Talet, CCLS intern, Dr. Enrica Bracchi, University of Nantes, Grégor Trumel, Consul General of France, Anouk Guéroult-Bellone, LSU LL.M., Dr. Dominique Garreau, University of Nantes, and Jason Maison-Marcheux, CCLS research associate.

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Café Français – International Table

Our last meeting this semester is scheduled for Friday, April 1, 12:40, W326B.

Last call

last order

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LL.M. Candidates Present Research Projects

All LSU LL.M. Candidates attend a Legal Research Workshop which concludes in March with oral presentations of individual research projects, allowing candidates to get feedback from faculty supervising the project and stimulating discussion with their peers.

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Louisiana Law Review Symposium on the Future of the Civil Law

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Louisiana—as the lone civil law jurisdiction in the United States—has been instrumental
in developing and maintaining one of the major legal traditions in the world, the civil law, in the English language. Indeed, having as its source Roman and Canon law, with Spanish and French influences dating back centuries, the civil law has developed over time to best suit the needs of the citizenry at the relevant time period. The development of this venerated legal tradition in English, particularly in Louisiana, has contributed to its influence and accessibility around the globe.
The continued viability of the civil law in Louisiana is possible because of the hard work of scholars throughout the state, and particularly the work of the great legal minds of the LSU Law Center. One such legal scholar is our very own Alain Levasseur, who has worked diligently to ensure that the civil law is accessible in English in Louisiana and abroad. This accessibility enables legal scholars from around the globe to share experiences and ideas regarding the history and future of the civil law tradition.
Please join the Louisiana Law Review, the  Center of Civil Law Studies, and the Paul M. Hebert Law Center as we celebrate the development of the civil law in Louisiana, the accomplishments of Professor Levasseur, and the future of the civil law around the world.
For more information and to register,

go to: symposium/ Registration is required

Schedule of Events
Opening Remarks
8:00 AM – 8:15 AM

Panel 1: The Law of Obligations in Louisiana and Abroad
8:15 AM – 10:00 AM

Break 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Commentator: Civil Code Drafting Styles and Conflicts of Law
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Lunch 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Panel 2: Translation of the Civil Law
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Commentator: Challenges and Rewards of Teaching Comparative Law in the Commonwealth Caribbean
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Break 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Commentator: U.S. Discovery and Foreign Blocking Statutes
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM


Opening Remarks
Melissa Lonegrass: Professor, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University

Panel 1: The Law of Obligations in Louisiana and Abroad
Participants will discuss the development of the law of Obligations in Louisiana and in France.
Ronald Scalise: A.D. Freeman Professor of Civil Law, Tulane Law School
David Gruning: Professor, Loyola University College of Law
Michel Séjean: Professor, Université de Bretagne-Sud, France
Mustapha Mekki: Professor, Université Paris 13

Commentator: Civil Code Drafting Styles and Conflicts of Law
Professor Symeonides will discuss the extent to which judges may deviate from the text of a statute by examining recent statutes in which the legislature itself authorizes such a deviation.
Symeon Symeonides: Professor, Willamette University College of Law

Panel 2: Translating the Civil Law
Participants will discuss how the civil law was translated using French and Spanish sources and how the law has been translated contemporarily.

Agustín Parise: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Randy Trahan: Professor, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University

Commentator: Challenges and Rewards of Teaching Comparative Law in the Commonwealth Caribbean
Professor Ostroukh will discuss the challenges she has faced in teaching comparative law at a university in the West Indies, and will focus on how certain characteristics of the region have shaped her experience of teaching comparative law.
Asya Ostroukh: Senior Lecturer, Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies in Barbados

Commentator: U.S. Discovery and Foreign Blocking Statutes
Professor Curran will discuss the relationship between U.S. discovery practices and
blocking statutes in France and Germany that have for decades impeded discovery efforts by U.S. entities.
Vivian Grosswald Curran: Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Also featured in Volume 76, Issue IV of the Louisiana Law Review, Liber Amicorum: Professor Alain A. Levasseur, without presentation:
Nicholas Kasirer: Justice of the Court of Appeal for Québec
Jean-Louis Baudouin: Counsel, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

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Cafe francais – International Table

Meeting this Friday, February 12, at 12:40 in Room W326B. A demain! Hasta Manana! Bis Morgen!


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French Ambassador to Speak at LSU


LSU will host the Hon. Gérard Araud, France’s Ambassador to the United States on February 23rd. The entire campus community is invited to attend his lecture, “France In An Unstable World” at 11 am in the French House. To register, please click here.


Gérard Araud, 62, a career diplomat, was appointed Ambassador of France to the United States in September 2014. He previously held numerous positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, notably including that of Director for Strategic Affairs, Security and Disarmament (2000-2003), Ambassador of France to Israel (2003-2006), Director General for Political Affairs and Security (2006-2009), and, most recently, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in New York (2009-2014).

Over the course of his career, Mr. Araud has developed specialized knowledge in two key areas: the Middle East and strategic & security issues. As regards the latter, he was the French negotiator on the Iranian nuclear issue from 2006 to 2009. In New York, at the Security Council, he notably contributed to the adoption of resolutions on Libya (#1970 and #1973), Côte d’Ivoire (#1975), the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and the Central African Republic, and participated in debates on the Syrian and Ukrainian crises.

He has written numerous journal articles, including recently in ‘’Commentaire’’, two on the outbreak of WWI and one on the French foreign policy between 1919 and 1939, and another in ‘’Esprit’’, on the search for a new world order. He is working on an article on the treaty of Versailles.

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