BACL Newsletter 2021-22

In this newsletter, we look back at another extraordinary year. Notwithstanding the ripple effect of the Covid-19 pandemic and a global economic crisis, BACL activities have continued to attract new audiences online. We have carried on many discussions of Comparative law research and methods and have taken pride in gradually expanding the range of themes … Continue reading BACL Newsletter 2021-22

Social Rights and the Constitutional Moment: Learning from Chile and International Experiences (Hart 2022), edited by Koldo Casla, Magdalena Sepúlveda, Vicente Silva and Valentina Contreras

In the 1990s, Bruce Ackerman defined ‘constitutional moments’ as historic milestones of intense deliberation and change in a country’s politics, change that reflects in the country’s constitutional settlement. Since October 2019, Chile has been going through its own constitutional moment, a moment that began with popular resistance against rising public transport fees in the capital Santiago. Social Rights and … Continue reading Social Rights and the Constitutional Moment: Learning from Chile and International Experiences (Hart 2022), edited by Koldo Casla, Magdalena Sepúlveda, Vicente Silva and Valentina Contreras

Bulgarian Private Law at Crossroads (Intersentia 2022), by Radosveta Vassileva

Literature on East European legal systems, and especially on Bulgarian law, in the English language is incredibly scarce. Bulgarian Private Law at Crossroads, which marks the beginning of Intersentia’s new ‘Private Law around the World’ series and which is forthcoming in August 2022, responds to this gap in knowledge by surveying the development of the … Continue reading Bulgarian Private Law at Crossroads (Intersentia 2022), by Radosveta Vassileva

Structure and Rulemaking in English, Japanese and Quebec Trusts, by Joyman Lee

I have recently defended my PhD thesis at UCL, which focuses on trusts law in Japan as well as Quebec from an English legal perspective. The thesis has two parts: first, I aim to show that the structures of Japanese and Quebec trusts are highly similar to English express trusts, understood as a set of … Continue reading Structure and Rulemaking in English, Japanese and Quebec Trusts, by Joyman Lee

FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC CONTRACTS: A COMPARATIVE VIEW (EDWARD ELGAR 2022), BY JOSÉ GUILHERME GIACOMUZZI

Public contracts have been rarely subjected to comparative legal research. Foundations of Public Contracts: A Comparative View is a contribution to start filling this gap by studying US, French, and Brazilian laws. The choice of these three legal systems is not casual. Comparative law, being essentially dialectical, develops by antagonisms. Among the influential Western liberal … Continue reading FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC CONTRACTS: A COMPARATIVE VIEW (EDWARD ELGAR 2022), BY JOSÉ GUILHERME GIACOMUZZI

Outsourcing Rulemaking Powers, by C Jenart

Introduction Imagine a statute that confers powers on an independent regulator to decide on technicalities related to electricity and gas. Imagine a statute or statutory instrument that incorporates articles of a code against doping in sports developed by a privately notarized Swiss organization (World Anti-Doping Agency). Imagine, finally, a labour rule that was made by … Continue reading Outsourcing Rulemaking Powers, by C Jenart

Assisted dying: A subject at the heart of legal and societal issues, by L MILLESCAMPS

On October 16, 2021, David Peace, a terminally ill patient, claimed that the English legislation had ‘failed' him. Diagnosed in 2019 with a disease affecting his motor skills, this Londoner travelled to Switzerland to benefit from a dignified end to his life without fearing “intolerable” pain. English laws do not allow people near death to … Continue reading Assisted dying: A subject at the heart of legal and societal issues, by L MILLESCAMPS

La vulnérabilité en droit international, européen et comparé, edited by Augustin Boujeka and Marjolaine Roccati

« Vulnerability in International, European and Comparative law » collects the proceedings of a conference that the Research Centre on European and Comparative Legal Studies (CEJEC) organised at the University of Paris Nanterre in October 2019. This symposium gathered academics, including young researchers (doctors and PhD students from the CEJEC), and practitioners to reflect on the legal … Continue reading La vulnérabilité en droit international, européen et comparé, edited by Augustin Boujeka and Marjolaine Roccati

Three Liability Regimes for Artificial Intelligence – Algorithmic Actants, Hybrids, Crowds (Bloomsbury 2022), by Anna Beckers and Gunther Teubner 

Who is liable when autonomous digital systems are going astray and causing significant damage? Who should bear the consequences when algorithmic interaction on financial markets causes so-called flash crashes? Who is responsible when robo-advisors give wrong advice for investment decisions? And how should liability be determined when machines interact so closely with humans that it … Continue reading Three Liability Regimes for Artificial Intelligence – Algorithmic Actants, Hybrids, Crowds (Bloomsbury 2022), by Anna Beckers and Gunther Teubner