LL.M. Faculty Reception, September 24, 2015

From left to right, Alexandru Gociu (Romania), Alina Ciortea (Romania), Amalia Ciolpan (Romania), Jennifer Lane (LL.M. Coordinator), Modupe Iyun (Nigeria), Prof. Olivier Moréteau (LL.M. Director), Thakshila Jayasinghe (Sri Lanka), Marina Biragova (Russia), and Sara Vono (France).

LLM Class 2015-2016

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Upcoming Events: LL.M. Reception & Café Français

Thursday, September 24, 4:30 to 6:00 pm, LL.M. Reception (wine & cheese), Tucker Room: all are welcome!

Friday, September 25, 12:40 to 1:40 pm, Café Français, CCLS Conference Room (W326B): bienvenue à toutes et à tous!

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LL.M. Students visit the Louisiana Supreme Court

On August 7, as part of the LL.M. orientation, Professor Moréteau, drove the seven LL.M. candidates to New Orleans for a field trip including a visit to the Louisiana Supreme Court and a tour of the French Quarter. The group had the privilege of meeting with Justice Scott J. Crichton and to visit the rare-book room of the Louisiana Law Library. 

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Bienvenue au Café Français!

The Café français opened its doors to our francophone law students: while some of them speak fluently, others are happy to activate the limited knowledge they may have. The cafe francaisconversation is lively and language skills get activated by the good coffee brewed by Ms. Marie-Antoinette Moréteau.

Next Café français: Friday, September 25, 12:40 to 1:40 pm, CCLS Conference Room (W326B).

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Deciphering a Civil Code, by Alain A. Levasseur

Carolina Academic Press just published

Deciphering a Civil Code

Sources of Law and Methods of Interpretation

by Alain A. Levasseur

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The primary purpose of this book is to dispel some misunderstandings —  or even erroneous views — on what a “code” is and, more specifically, how one can work with a “civil code.” The text explains that in a civil law system, codification is the product of the combination of three sources of law: legislation, jurisprudence or court cases, and doctrine or legal scholarship. It then analyzes the many different methods of reasoning and interpretation that can be used under a civil code and illustrates these methods as applied to code articles and to three decisions of the Louisiana Supreme Court. Thus, the book explains and justifies the “long lasting life” of civil codes, particularly the French Civil Code of 1804 (also referred to as the Code Napoléon) and the Louisiana Civil Code of 1825.

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Welcome to the 2016 LL.M. Class!

The LSU Law Center proudly welcomes the 2016 LL.M. in Comparative Law Class, composed of seven candidates from France, Nigeria, Romania, Russia, and Sri Lanka. We wish them all a fulfilling year, full of success.

LLM Class of 2016

From left to right, Marina Biragova (Russia), Alina Ciortea (Romania), Sara Vono (France), Thakshila Jayasinghe (Sri Lanka), Amalia Ciolpan (Romania), Modupe Iyun (Nigeria), Prof. Olivier Moréteau (LL.M. Director), and Alexandru Gociu (Romania).

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The seven LL.M. Candidate in the Senate, Louisiana State Capitol (Baton Rouge).

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Professor Emeritus Robert A. Pascal Turned 100

Professor Emeritus Robert Anthony Pascal celebrated his 100th birthday on July 5, 2015. A long time LSU law professor, his scholarship spanned over 72 years, with a first article in the very first issue of the Louisiana Law Review in 1938 and an electronic book in 2010: see Robert Anthony Pascal, A Priest of Right Order (O. Moréteau ed.), including a selection of his best articles and a so-far unpublished memoir (Recollection of a Life Studying and Teaching Law).

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Prof. Moréteau visiting with Prof. Pascal on the occasion of his 100th birthday

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The 4th Worldwide Congress of the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists in Pictures

McGill University, Faculty of Law, June 24-26, 2015.


Prof. Melissa (Missy) Lonegrass giving her remarks


L’Honorable Nicholas Kasirer, Justice of the Court of Appeal of Quebec, delivering his keynote speech


Prof. Olivier Moréteau and Paul Baier with Justice Kasirer


Prof. Paul & Mrs. Barbara Baier with Justice Nicholas Kasirer



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Three LSU Faculty to Present at the Fourth Worldwide Congress of The World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists

The World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists

Fourth Worldwide Congress

McGill University Faculty of Law, Montreal, Canada

June 24-26, 2015

“The Scholar, Teacher, Judge, and Jurist in a Mixed Jurisdiction”

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Professors Paul Baier, Missy Lonegrass and Olivier Moréteau are presenting papers:

  • Teaching Justinian’s Code, Scalia’s Constitution, and François Gény, Louisiana and Beyond: Par la Constitution, mais au-delà de la Constitution – Paul R. Baier
  • Code and Commentary in a Mixed Jurisdiction—The Louisiana Experience – Melissa T. Lonegrass
  • Teaching the Civil Law in Louisiana: Should the Professor Be System-Neutral or Militant? – Olivier Moréteau

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History of Codification in Louisiana and Quebec

John Cairns (Edinburgh)’s Codification, Transplants and History: Law Reform in Louisiana (1808) and Quebec (1866) (The Lawbook Exchange, 2015) is now available:

CairnsWhen 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.

(Posted by Sean Patrick Donlan on Juris Diversitas)

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