All LSU Law Students and Faculty on the Lyon Program are Safe

From Dean Tom Galligan to the LSU Law Center Family:

All LSU Law students participating in the study abroad program in France have been accounted for and are safe in the wake of the tragic events at the Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France, on Thursday.  Five LSU Law students were in Nice at the time of the event, but they were not in the immediate area of the attack and were protected at all times. According to our LSU Law students and professors in Lyon, four students took shelter in a hotel until the attack was over and another was far removed from the location of the attack.

All of our LSU Law students and faculty in France are fine.  Thankfully they are safe.

The students are in their fifth week of the six-week Summer in Lyon program, which runs June 13 to July 23.  About 45 students are participating in this year’s summer program, which has been held in Lyon, France, for the past 14 years.  As you know, the program gives students the opportunity to study international law and an opportunity to experience European cities. Nice is an approximately four-hour train ride from Lyon.

We have reached out to those students – and their families – affected by the attack in Nice and have offered counseling and other assistance. All five of the students in Nice are scheduled to return to Lyon to finish the program.

The LSU Law family offers our sympathy and good thoughts to the families of those killed and to the injured. We mourn for all victims of violence.


Link to The Advocate coverage.


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Visit the Louisiana Civil Code Online

Over the course of more than five years, the Center of Civil Law Studies at LSU produced a translation into French of the Louisiana Civil Code. It was progressively published on Louisiana Civil Code Online, a webpage giving full access to the Code in English and in French, as revised and updated by the state legislature. The French translation now fully appears on this site.

The French part of the translation project (a Spanish translation will follow) was completed in July 2016, with the support of a Partner University Fund grant, supporting transatlantic partnerships around research and higher education, by the FACE Foundation, supporting French-American cultural exchange in education and the arts, in partnership with Université de Nantes.

Under the coordination of the CCLS director, the project mobilized the effort of fourteen French students visiting from the University of Nantes for three-month internships, three CCLS research associates, two CCLS coordinators, several visiting scholars, and a few world experts in legal translation.

The LCCO page was developed by Sam J. Levy, Internet Applications Developer at LSU Law.


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The Louisiana Civil Code is Now Entirely Available in French

July 4th, 2016, marked the United States’ 240th anniversary.

Today, July 5th, is an important day at LSU Law:

  • We welcome Thomas Galligan as our new Dean;
  • We wish Professor Emeritus Robert A. Pascal a Happy 101st Birthday; and
  • We congratulate the CCLS Team for completing the French translation of the Louisiana Civil Code, today fully available in English and in French on Louisiana Civil Code Online!


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LSU Law Welcomes Dean Thomas Galligan

Welcome Dean Galligan

Thomas C. Galligan was the president of Colby-Sawyer College, New Hampshire. Prior to this, he served as dean and the Elvin E. Overton Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he also taught torts and admiralty. He also taught at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU, where he was named the Dr. Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law and was honored by the students as the Outstanding LSU Professor six times. He has served as a member and chair of the American Bar Association Accreditation Committee and is a frequent continuing legal education speaker on his areas of expertise. He holds an A.B. from Stanford University, a J.D. from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) School of Law and a L.L. M. from the Columbia University Law School.

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Comparative Law and…

This volume gathers papers presented at the Juris Diversitas Annual Conference 2014, which was organized with and hosted by the Aix-Marseille University Faculty of Law. The general theme reveals the essence of Juris Diversitas as an international, interdisciplinary community originally composed of comparative law scholars, conversing with anthropologists, geographers, historians, philosophers, economists, linguists, sociologists, to explore the interaction of the law with all branches of human and social sciences. The chapters are arranged in sections that complete the title of the volume: comparative law and … methodology, sources, constitutions, history, liability, property, the courts, East Asia, and beyond.


View the Table of Contents

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Congratulations to the LL.M. Class of 2016

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Left to right: Kemi Iyun, Prof. Moréteau, Amalia Ciolpan, Sara Vono, Alina Ciortea, Alexandru Gociu

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Marina Biragova with John Bel Edwards, Governor of the State of Louisiana, who gave an inspiring Commencement speech

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Modupe “Kemi” Iyun with Prof. Marlene Kroussel

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LL.M. Class and friends with Dean Bill Corbett and Prof. Olivier Moréteau

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Proud LL.M. Graduates

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Research Assistant Position Available on Roman Legal Thought (Remote Work)

Research Assistant sought for approximately 120-150 hours of remote work on Roman Legal thought. Some familiarity with Roman law, particularly in the Eastern provinces, is desirable. Compensation is $21.33-$26.67 CAD depending on highest degree achieved.

Research is for a project that engages ancient Jewish legal thought in its Roman context from a Law & Humanities perspective.

Work can be done from anywhere in the world as long as the researcher has access to library materials. Work must be completed before April 30, 2017. If the hours are completed before October 1, 2016, there is the possibility of applying for a top-up grant for an extra 50 or so hours. Checks can be issued in Canadian or US dollars.

Please contact if you are interested!
From Chaya Halberstam
Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies
King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario
286 Epworth
London, Ontario N6A 2M3 CANADA
(519) 433-3491 x 4367
fax (519) 433-0353

(communicated by Prof. Christine Corcos)

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Juris Diversitas, 4th Annual Conference, Highlights


From Monday, May 30th to Wednesday, June 1st, 2016, over forty jurists from all continents convened in Baton Rouge to attend and present at the Juris Diversitas 4th Annual Conference, on Unity and/or Diversity. Plenary sessions featured three keynote speakers: Professor Vivian Curran (University of Pittsburgh) for the opening, Professor Francisco Reyes (Government of the Republic of Colombia and UNCITRAL) for the 39th Tucker Lecture in Civil Law, and Professor Vernon Palmer (Tulane University) for the closing panel. 36 papers where presented in 13 parallel sessions, including two sessions entirely in French, featuring a great variety of themes and jurisdictions. 400dpiLogo

Videos of the plenary events are available online: Opening and Keynote (Vivian Curran), Tucker Lecture (Francisco Reyes), and Closing Panel (Vernon Palmer and Bob Sloan as discussant). Conference Papers are to be published in a volume in the Juris Diversitas Book Series (Routledge).

Below is a selection of photos. Link to full album.

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Tucker Lecture by Professor Reyes in Video

You may now view the entire 39th Tucker Lecture by Professor Francisco Reyes with introductions by Dean Bill Corbett and Professor Olivier Moréteau in video: click here!



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Professor Francisco Reyes gives the 39th Tucker Lecture

Tuesday, May 31, 2016, Prof. Francisco Reyes, Superintendent of Companies for the Republic of Colombia and Chairman of the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) for the period 2015-2016, delivered the 39th Tucker Lecture. His topic was “The Proposed Organization of American States Model Law on Simplified Corporations: Perspectives and Challenges.” The lecture was built on Prof. Reyes’s comparative study of the models of simplified corporation and its successful adoption in Colombia legislation, in 2008. He discussed ongoing harmonization efforts and the obstacles that need to be surpassed before a model law is adopted. The Lecture was well attended and well received, particularly by members of the law faculty and participants in the 4th Juris Diversitas Annual Conference, taking place at the same time at the LSU Law Center.

In his opening remarks, Interim Dean Bill Corbett expressed his joy in welcoming a longtime friend of the Law Center, and Prof. Olivier Moréteau gave a vibrant homage to the speaker and his unique achievements.


Prof. Francisco Reyes delivering his lecture


Interim Dean Bill Corbett welcoming Prof. Francisco Reyes


Prof. Olivier Moréteau introducing the event and the speaker.


Dean Bill Corbett, Ana Maria and Prof. Francisco Reyes, and Prof. Olivier Moréteau


A most lively Lecturer





A very attentive audience

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