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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LSU Law will Host the Juris Diversitas Annual Conference

Juris Diversitas was founded in 2007 as an international, interdisciplinary community for the study of legal and normative mixtures and movements. Originally composed of comparative law scholars, the group has opened interdisciplinary conversations with anthropologists, geographers, historians, philosophers, economists, linguists, sociologists, both within the law and beyond, to explore the interaction of the law with all branches of human and social sciences. Members are to be found on all continents and in many fields, expanding the outreach of comparative legal studies way beyond the limits of the western world.

After Lausanne, Switzerland (2013), Aix-en-Provence, France (2014) and Limerick, Ireland (2015), Baton Rouge will host the 2016 Annual Conference, under the leadership of Prof. Olivier Moréteau, President, and Prof. Salvatore Mancuso (University of Capetown), Vice President.

Dates and venue: May 30 – June 1, 2016, LSU Law Center, Baton Rouge

Unity and/or Diversity

Theme: Comparative legal studies have long been perceived as an engine pulling legal traditions and systems towards convergence, harmonization, and unification. Today, legal pluralism pushes towards the recognition of human and social diversity. Does this mean that we have to choose between unity and diversity, Jus unum or juris diversitas?  To what extent do pluralistic societies embrace or reject harmonization and uniformity, or simply ignore them? Do we unify or add layers, increasing the complexity of legal orders? Does history reflect a move from diversity to unity or an ongoing conflict between the two? What makes unity successful or sustainable? This is an invitation to discuss, in an interdisciplinary way, the development of laws and social norms, in the dialectical tension between the ontological unity of human beings and mankind and the plurality of individual aspirations and social arrangements.

Submissions: Panel proposals and interdisciplinary presentations are strongly encouraged, as is the participation of doctoral students and scholars from outside of the discipline of law. While parallel sessions of three twenty-minute presentations will be used, we encourage more original session structures.

Proposals should be in English or in French. Proposals of approximately 250 words (or 1000 words for panel proposals) should be submitted to Professor Salvatore Mancuso at by January 31, 2016, with a short biography listing major or relevant publications. Make this a single Word document with minimal formatting, so that proposal and biography can be copied easily into the conference program.

Registration fees: €200 or €125 for Juris Diversitas members paid up for 2016. Membership and fee payment information is available on the Juris Diversitas Blog ( Please note that fees don’t cover travel, accommodation, or the conference dinner (€50).



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Summer Program in Lyon 2016 Information Meeting

We will be having a Lyon Informational Meeting at 3 pm on Thursday, January 21 in Room 106.  We will discuss the academic program, finances, travel plans, housing, etc….  The meeting is not mandatory and it will be repeated.  However, now is the time to begin planning.  We look forward to seeing you and encourage anyone interested in the program to attend.

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Café Français – International Table

The Cafe Français and International Table will resume this Friday, January 15, 12:40 to 1:40 pm, in the CCLS Conference Room (W326B). Whether student, staff, or faculty, bring your lunch, good humor, and be ready to converse in French, German, Spanish, or any language you bring to the table. Coffee will be served.

Expect one meeting every other week: January 15 and 29, February 12 and 26, March 11, April 1 and 15.

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CCLS Newsletter

Click here to download and read the December 2015 Newsletter of the Center of Civil Law Studies.

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Publishing Opportunities in French or in German

LSU Law students may publish short articles in French or in German in The Trinity College Law Review, with the possibility to gain prize or award. Click here for more information.


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Congratulations to Dr. Agustín Parise, LSU LL.M. 2006, on his second doctorate!

Dr. Agustín Parise received his law degree from the University of Buenos Aires and a LL.M. in Comparative Law from the LSU Law Center. From 2006 to 2010, he worked as a Research Associate at the Center of Civil Law Studies, and is the Executive Editor of our Journal of Civil Law Studies. He received a Doctorate in Law from the University of Buenos Aires, and after a year in Germany (Max Plank Institut in Frankfort and Hamburg), he joined the faculty of the University of Maastricht School of Law. A widely published scholar of comparative law and legal history, Dr. Agustín Parise received a second doctorate from the University of Maastricht, having publicly defended, on November 10, 2015, his dissertation on “Ownership Paradigms in the Legislation of Louisiana, Chile, and Argentina (16th -20th century).” 

Our sincere congratulations to Agustín Parise and his wife Julieta Marotta (LSU LL.M. 2007 and doctorate candidate at the University of Maastricht), with our best wishes for a great future: the LSU Law community is so proud of their achievement!

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Dan Stigall to Address LSU Law Students on Comparative Law Job Opportunities

All LSU Law Students, particularly the 1Ls, are invited to join the International Law Society on Tuesday, November 10th at 3:30pm in Room 106 to hear Dan Stigall speak while enjoying Insomnia Cookies!

Dan E. Stigall, Coordinator for International Security Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice, will give a presentation on Comparative Law and the International Order.

He will also talk about employment opportunities in the field of International Law, particularly with the Departments of State, Justice, Commerce, and federal agencies in general.


Dan E. Stigall is an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs, where he serves as Coordinator for International Security Affairs. He previously served on active duty in the U.S. Army JAG Corps from 2001-2009, serving in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. LL.M., 2009, George Washington University School of Law; J.D., 2000, Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center; B.A., 1996, Louisiana State University.

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Jason Maison-Marcheux Joins the CCLS Team

Jason Maison-Marcheux is a graduate of the Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) University Faculty of Law. He wrote his Master’s research paper on the centrality of the Louisiana Civil Code and French cultural influences. He joins the Center of Civil Law Studies as our new Research Associate, and will work at the implementation of the Louisiana Civil Code Translation Project and the publication of the papers of last year’s conference on “The Louisiana Civil Code Translation Project: Enhancing Visibility and Promoting the Civil Law in English,” all projects sponsored by the Partner University Fund (PUF).




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