Catherine Valcke – Comparing Law: Comparative Law as Reconstruction of Collective Commitments (forthcoming Cambridge University Press, 25th October 2018)

Traditional comparative law is doing just fine. At any rate much better than has been claimed. It is not theoretically random, scientifically aimless and/or methodologically void, thus an intellectually empty and socially inconsequential form of entertainment, on a par with stamp collecting and baseball statistics hoarding. Only, comparative lawyers have historically been remarkably tight-lipped about … Continue reading Catherine Valcke – Comparing Law: Comparative Law as Reconstruction of Collective Commitments (forthcoming Cambridge University Press, 25th October 2018)

New Publication: Mathias Siems, Comparative Law, 2nd edition (Cambridge University Press 2018)

According to the late John Henry Merryman ‘lawyers are professionally parochial. Comparative law is our effort to be cosmopolitan’. This statement may seem exaggerated, but there is also a good deal of truth in it. Most lawyers are almost entirely trained and specialised in the law of their domestic jurisdiction. Thus, as soon as lawyers … Continue reading New Publication: Mathias Siems, Comparative Law, 2nd edition (Cambridge University Press 2018)

From the “Democratic Deficit” to a “Democratic Surplus”: Constructing Administrative Democracy in Europe

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

Editing a Handbook on European Union Tort Law – Brexit, Language and Deadlines

October 2017 marked the publication of the Edward Elgar Research Handbook on EU Tort Law.  This is part of the series of Research Handbooks in European Law published by leading Law publishing house, Edward Elgar, which offer authoritative reference points for academics, students, and practitioners studying or working in EU law, private law and comparative … Continue reading Editing a Handbook on European Union Tort Law – Brexit, Language and Deadlines

“Law, Society and Administration in a Changing World” – Account

On 10th and 11th July 2017, Professor Peter Cane (Cambridge and Australian National University), Professor Jeff King (UCL) and Dr Hayley Hooper (Cambridge) organized a very stimulating workshop on “Law, Society and Administration in a Changing World”. Financially supported by the WG Hart Workshop Fund, the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, and the Society of … Continue reading “Law, Society and Administration in a Changing World” – Account

BACL Annual Seminar 2016: ‘Bernard Rudden – Comparativist, Legal Scholar, Polymath’

Law Academics Unblocked

Professor Paula Giliker (Bristol) writes about how aseminar held by the British Association of Comparative Law before the SLS Conference at Oxford in homage to Professor Rudden brought for her wider questions about the direction in which comparative law research is going.

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The British Association of Comparative Law (BACL) held its annual seminar at St Catherine’s College, Oxford on 6 September 2016. Its theme was the work of the late Professor Bernard Rudden, Professor of Comparative Law at the University of Oxford from 1979-1999, who passed away in March 2015.  Bernard Rudden was a leading figure in comparative private law, who published a number of important texts and articles in the field of contract law, torts law, property law, in addition to publishing one of the first texts on EU law following the UK’s entry into the European Economic Community in 1973.  His seminal monograph, The New River: A…

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Transnational judicial conversations

  Annual Seminar of the British Association of Comparative Law Nottingham University 9 September 2014 (9.30-12.30) Session 1: Judicial conversations in the field of criminal justice Professor Paul Roberts (Nottingham), “Cosmopolitan Criminal Jurisprudence: Beyond Comparison?” Professor Dirk van Zyl Smit (Nottingham), “Transnational judicial conversations about punishment.”   COFFEE BREAK (kindly sponsored by Intersentia)   Session … Continue reading Transnational judicial conversations

BACL Constitution

BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF COMPARATIVE LAW (formerly the UNITED KINGDOM NATIONAL COMMITTEE OF COMPARATIVE LAW) CONSTITUTION (As Revised 17 December 1998)   I. Name The name of the Committee shall be the United Kingdom National Committee of Comparative Law.   II. Objects The object of the Committee is to advance education by promoting and encouraging the … Continue reading BACL Constitution