The history of law is a promising domain. A number of legal disciplines, such as legal theory, the philosophy of law, the sociology of law and epistemology do not have their own history. Often they are perceived as elements of an immutable and coherent system of legal knowledge divided into branches, and not as projects … Continue reading O.V. Kresin – COMPARATIVE LEGAL STUDIES: 1750 TO 1835. APPROACHES TO CONCEPTUALIZATION (transl. 2019)
The worlds of law and of film share a phenomenon caused by the rise of fascism in Europe during the first half of the twentieth century. Law faculties (in the UK and in North America) and Hollywood studios saw an influx of emigres fleeing the Nazis and this influx had a profound effect both on … Continue reading Geoffrey Samuel – Cinema and Law – TEN DOUBLE BILLS FOR THE COMPARATIST (CONTINUED): IMITATING (FORMS OF) LIFE
When academics, policymakers, media commentators, and citizens talk about a European Union (EU) “democratic deficit,” they often miss part of the story. My new book, From the “Democratic Deficit” to a “Democratic Surplus”: Constructing Administrative Democracy in Europe (Oxford University Press, 2017), challenges the conventional narrative of an EU “democratic deficit.” It argues that EU … Continue reading From the “Democratic Deficit” to a “Democratic Surplus”: Constructing Administrative Democracy in Europe
This third blog on double bills for the comparatists comes with a very strong trigger warning – both metaphorical and literal. The two films about to be discussed will certainly not be to every comparative lawyer’s taste – they are bleak and violent – and indeed I have hesitated about including them in the top … Continue reading Geoffrey Samuel – Cinema and Law – Ten double Bills for the comparatist (continued) : I’d rather have the blues (than what I got)
Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context & Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS) Queen Mary University of London Comparative Disciplines Lecture Series Following the workshop of 8 March 2017 a series of lectures/workshops on the Methodology of Comparative Disciplines will be organised in the academic year 2017-18 again. What means … Continue reading Comparative Disciplines Lecture Series
In a previous blog I looked at four films (two double bills) whose themes for the comparatist were, first, the notion of persona and, secondly, the confrontation between cultures. In this third double bill I would like to suggest two Hollywood movies from the 1940s whose plots are very different at one level but, at … Continue reading Geoffrey Samuel – Cinema and Law – ten films for the Comparatist? (2) – Out of the Past and Letter From an Unknown Woman
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?
On March 8th 2017, the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC) hosted a workshop on “Comparative Law and Interdisciplinarity” at the Queen Mary University of London. This workshop was organised by Professors Mark Van Hoecke (Queen Mary) and Maurice Adams (University of Tilburg). It launched a series of lectures dedicated to … Continue reading Comparative Law and Interdisciplinarity