Ian Cram – Travel Bans and the US Constitution: Executive Orders in the Federal Courts

Based on his research on comparative constitutional law, Professor Ian Cram (Leeds) gives here an analysis of the travel ban orders issued by President Trump. His analysis charters some of the constitutional arguments that may make their way to the US Supreme Court in the future. Introduction A serious criticism of the US Courts during … Continue reading Ian Cram – Travel Bans and the US Constitution: Executive Orders in the Federal Courts

Geoffrey Samuel – Cinema and Law – ten films for the Comparatist?

The editor has kindly invited me to make contributions to this excellent BACL site and I must start by thanking not just John Bell, who has of course reported here on what I call ‘My Saturday’ (see Professor John Bell’s blog), but all the contributors to the event in Paris organised by my colleague Dr … Continue reading Geoffrey Samuel – Cinema and Law – ten films for the Comparatist?

Paula Giliker – Penalty clauses in the private law courts of Europe – To enforce or not to enforce (or to modify)?

Should the courts be able to regulate contractual terms which impose a penalty for breach of contract?   This is a question which goes to the heart of the principle of freedom of contract.  We know that contracting parties will often seek to rely on penalty clauses to “discourage” the other party from breaking the contract … Continue reading Paula Giliker – Penalty clauses in the private law courts of Europe – To enforce or not to enforce (or to modify)?

Joint Seminar of the British Association of Comparative Law and the Irish Society of Comparative Law – ‘Comparing UK and Irish law: A special relationship?’

BACL/ISCL   ‘Comparing UK and Irish law: A special relationship?’   Joint Seminar of the British Association of Comparative Law and the Irish Society of Comparative Law   Room L248, Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin 9.30-12.00 on 5 September 2017   Welcome Professor Paula Giliker and Professor Steve Hedley, and sponsors, Intersentia. Session … Continue reading Joint Seminar of the British Association of Comparative Law and the Irish Society of Comparative Law – ‘Comparing UK and Irish law: A special relationship?’

Call for Applications – Summer School „Desire to have children and genome editing”

Extended deadline In July 2017, the University of Tübingen in Germany will organize a research retreat for PhD-students and early career researchers. Topic of the research retreat will be ethical, legal, and social aspects of genome-editing and in-vitro fertilization with a special focus on the comparison between the United Kingdom and Germany. We are looking … Continue reading Call for Applications – Summer School „Desire to have children and genome editing”

Chen, Deakin, Siems and Wang – Law, Trust and Institutional Change in China: Evidence from Qualitative Fieldwork

What has been the contribution of the legal system in general, and of contract, corporate and financial law in particular, to economic growth and development in China? The Chinese experience of rapid growth in recent decades appears to contradict the claim that ‘law matters’ for economic development. It can be argued that China incompletely recognises … Continue reading Chen, Deakin, Siems and Wang – Law, Trust and Institutional Change in China: Evidence from Qualitative Fieldwork

Adams and Van Hoecke – Comparative disciplines and comparative law: epistemological and methodological issues

Comparative Law has long been faced with a problem of methodology. Traditional national legal doctrine has always focused on the identification of the valid law and the interpretation of texts aiming at maintaining coherence within the legal system. At the same time adapting the law to changing circumstances and views in society has no doubt … Continue reading Adams and Van Hoecke – Comparative disciplines and comparative law: epistemological and methodological issues

24th March 2017 – Comparative public law in Europe – British Academy

This conference “Comparative public law in Europe – Opportunities and Challenges” is organized by the Essex School of Law and financially supported by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award. It is held at the British Academy (10-11 Carlton House Terrace, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5AH) on 24th March 2017 (from 8:45 to 17:30). This … Continue reading 24th March 2017 – Comparative public law in Europe – British Academy