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).
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!
Carolina Academic Press just published
Deciphering a Civil Code
Sources of Law and Methods of Interpretation
by Alain A. Levasseur
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.
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.
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).
The seven LL.M. Candidate in the Senate, Louisiana State Capitol (Baton Rouge).
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Anthony Pascal, A Priest of Right Order (O. Moréteau ed.), including a selection of his best articles and a so-far unpublished memoir (Recollection of a Life Studying and Teaching Law).
Prof. Moréteau visiting with Prof. Pascal on the occasion of his 100th birthday
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
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”
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
When 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)