Santiago Legarre on Natural Law and Constitutional Law

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Professor Santiago Legarre to give a Lecture at LSU

Prof. James R. Stoner, Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies,

Prof. Olivier Moréteau, Director of the Center of Civil Law Studies,

invite you to attend a lecture by:

Santiago Legarre

Professor of Law, Universidad Católica Argentina (Buenos Aires)

Natural Law and Constitutional Law

Tuesday, January 24, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Robinson Courtroom, LSU Law Center

Light refreshments will be served

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Juris Diversitas, 5th Annual Conference, Lyon, July 10-12, 2017

This event is announced by Prof. Olivier Moréteau, President of Juris Diversitas. It is co-organized with Université Jean Moulin and will take place in Lyon during the LSU Summer Program.






July 10-12, 2017

Lyon, France

In partnership with

EM Lyon & Université Jean Moulin

Law & Food

La cuisine juridique

The Theme:

For its 5th Annual Conference, Juris Diversitas revisits its culinary origins, expressed in the logo. The links between law and food are as old as the concept of law. Babylon, Egypt, Greece, and Rome cared about access to water resources and food, whether it came to trade or protection. Since times immemorial, Bhutan makes sure every citizen has access to a minimal acreage of land to secure food for the family. Whilst religions multiplied food prohibitions and prescriptions, customs redistributed land, shared its occupancy in creative ways, or favored communal property so that everyone had access to food. Laws have multiplied to facilitate food trade, security, safety, traceability, and also to promote and protect food and wine production, using trademarks and geographical denominations. In addition, the language of food and cooking offers legal thinkers and teachers mouth-watering metaphors, comparing rules to recipes, and their combination to culinary processes.

All law related food topics, whether liquid or solid, vegetal or animal, real or symbolic, tasty or toxic, old or new, home-made or industrial, fast or simmering, whether connected or not to the environment, sustainable development, climate change, literature, art, science, faith, beliefs, or any dimension of human experience may be revisited in an interdisciplinary perspective from the moment they intersect with rules, norms, or prescriptions of all kinds. You are invited to cook and share food for thought at every possible level, past, present, and future, local, regional, and global, topical and utopic, and feed at a two-day and a half worldwide intellectual banquet in a truly unique culinary capital of Europe.


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 featuring three presentations of twenty-minute each will be the pattern, more creative arrangements are encouraged.

Proposals should be in English or in French. Proposals of circa 250 words (or 1000 words for panel proposals with three or more speakers) should be submitted to Professor Salvatore Mancuso at : by January 31, 2017, with a short biography paragraph 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 2017. Membership and fee payment information is available on the Juris Diversitas Blog ( Note that fees do not cover travel, accommodation, or the conference dinner (€50).


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Louisiana Legal History at Tulane and LSU

On Friday, November 4, 2016, The Portalis Society, The Eason Weinmann Center, and The Tulane Law School organized an international conference in New Orleans on Early Louisiana and Her Spanish World: Legal Tradition, Laws and Customs in Luisiana and the Floridas. Two of the conference speakers traveling from other parts of the world made short visits to LSU Law.

Dr. Seán Patrick Donlan, LSU Law graduate, presently Professor and Deputy Head of Law at the University of the South Pacific (Port Vila, Vanuatu), presented on November 3 on Law in the Feliciana (West Florida).

Dr. John Cairns, Professor at the University of Edinburgh Faculty of Law, visited with Ms. Georgia Chadwick, former Head of the Louisiana Law Library in New Orleans, to present on The Printing of the Digest of 1808.


Matt Boles, Prof. Olivier Moréteau, Prof. Vernon Palmer, and Barlow Holley


Prof. John Cairns, Olivier Moréteau, and Sean Donlan


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Newsletter Online

The Russell Long Chair and CCLS Newsletter is available online, presenting the Louisiana Civil Code in French, the LL.M. Program, the Journal of Civil Law Studies, and other news.


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Journal of Civil Law Studies, Vol. 9 No. 1 is Online

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This issue of the Journal of Civil Law Studies features The Constitution as Code, by Prof. Paul R. Baier, with a Postscript by Justice Nicholas Kasirer, of the Court of Appeal of Quebec. Brazil is a guest of honor with articles by Prof. Sombra and Dias.

In addition to Civil Law in the World (Quebec) and a Book Review, the Journal also publishes a first installment of conference papers discussing the Louisiana Civil Code Translation Project (translation of the Code into French), held at LSU Law in April 2014. The French translation is now complete and fully available online.



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Professor Francois Du Toit Presents on South African Law

Prof. Francois Du Toit, Senior Lecturer at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, visited at the LSU Law Center (October 7 to 24) as a guest of the CCLS, to conduct comparative law research, in the areas of successions and trusts. He gave two presentations during his visit, one on the South African Trust, as a guest of Prof. Elizabeth Carter, and one on the legal system of South Africa, upon invitation of the International Law Society.

Prof. Du Toit is South Africa’s national correspondent for the Journal of Civil Law Studies, where he has published South Africa – Trusts and the Patrimonial Consequences of Divorce: Recent Developments in South Africa (Volume 8, 2015) and Criticism of the Testamentary Undue Influence Doctrine in the United States: Lessons for South Africa? (Volume 6, 2013).

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LLMs meet with Lousiana Judges

As part of the Introduction to United States Law class, Professor Moréteau invited three State Judges to present on criminal justice in Louisiana and the United States, sharing on their experience as judges, prosecutors, and also adjunct professors at the LSU Law Center, with our international law graduate students. The late Professor Cheney Joseph used to coordinate the event, and this year’s session brought his memory to the classroom.

The Law Center thanks Judge Doug Moreau, Judge Lou Daniel (19th Judicial District Court), and Judge Guy Holdridge (Louisiana Court of Appeal, 1st Circuit), who appear left to right on the photo, for their participation to what happened to be an animated, spirited, and at times passionate conversation, bringing comparative and cultural perspectives.

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LL.M. Wine & Cheese Party

On September 27, LL.M. candidates had an opportunity to meet with the faculty and mix with student members of the International Law Society and Hispanic Law Student Association, sharing happy moments.


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Ms. Raheel Ahmed visits from the University of South Africa

raheel-ahmedMs. Raheel Ahmed, a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Private Law, University of South Africa, is presently visiting at the LSU Law Center (September 18 to October 7) as a guest of the Center of Civil Law Studies (CCLS), in order to further her doctoral research on “The explicit and implicit influence of reasonableness on the elements of delictual liability.”

Raheel Ahmed obtained her Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of South Africa (UNISA) in 2003. After completing law school and articles of clerkship, she was admitted as an Attorney, Notary and Conveyancer of the High Court of South during 2005 and 2006. She practiced law in South Africa from 2006 to 2009. During 2008 she joined the Department of Private Law at UNISA as a lecturer and has since been involved in teaching law of third party compensation, law of delict, and law of damages. In 2012 she obtained her Master of Laws from UNISA and was promoted to Senior lecturer. She has authored 13 articles in accredited and non-accredited law journals in South Africa on the law of delict, damages and third party compensation. She has also delivered papers nationally and internationally. She is a lecturer for the Law Society of South Africa/ Legal Education and Development, UNISA distance school for legal Practice. She is also a consultant for the Law Society of South Africa/ Legal Education and Development for online course development. In 2014 she was awarded research funding (under the Academic Qualification Improvement Programme) from the University of South Africa for a period of three years in order to complete her doctoral studies. She is currently working on her doctoral thesis titled: “the explicit and implicit influence of reasonableness on the elements of delictual liability”.

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