16 April 2018

NOTICE: ESCLH 5Th BIENNAL CONFERENCE (Paris, 28-30 Jun 2018) - Laws Across Codes and Laws Decoded: updated program and registration information

Please find below the updated program and registration information for the ESCLH Conference coming June.

ESCLH 5th Biennal Conference, Paris, 28-30 June, 2018 : Laws Across Codes and Laws Decoded

Thursday, the 28th of June

1)    PhD presentations:

Ecole normale suéprieure, 48 Boulevard Jourdan, PhD presentations in two rooms (R1 07, R2 02), 9h00-12h30

1)    panel

-Tina Miletić (Split), Concept of testamentum in Medieval Dalmatia
- Łukasz Gołaszewski (Warsaw), Meandering way of the change of the civil and canon laws in 16th – 17th century Poland – a case of tithes and significance of legal practice
- Kaat Cappelle (Brussels), Married Women as legal agents in sixteenth-century Antwerp and Leuven
- Przemysław Gawron (Warsaw) and Jan Jerzy Sowa (Warsaw), Military Law between Codes and Realities of Early Modern Warfare. Codification and Decodification of Military Law in 17th Century England, Poland-Lithuania and Sweden
- Juan Manuel Hernandez-Velez (Paris), Emilien Petit (1713-1780) : a comparatist of codification avant la lettre
- Rafal Kaczmarczyk (Warsaw), The diverse model of codification, establishment or recognition of criminal law in Muslim countries
- Piotr Alexandrowicz (Poznan), The Code as an Instrument: the History of Canon Law and the Codification in the Church
- Naveen Kanalu Ramamurthy (Los Angeles), The Sublime Jurisprudence of Roman Law: British Jurists and the Codification of Islamic Law in Eighteenth-Century Colonial India
- Sebastian L. Spitra (Vienna), Codifying World Cultural Heritage: The Quest for New Narratives of a Global Legal History 

2)    panel
- Payam Ahmadi-Rouzbahani (Paris), Between Islamic Law and Civilian Tradition: The Particular Role of Codification in Making Iranian Civil Law through French Transplants
- Adrien Wyssbrod (Neuchâtel), The Supremacy of the Code in Continental Europe
- Omer Aloni (Tel Aviv), Whales, high seas and the codification of international law: the League of Nations and the whaling dilemma, a case study in comparative legal history – 1919-1939
- Evlampia Tsolaki (Thessaloniki), The Paradigm of the Hellenic Civil Code
- Elisabeth Bruyère (Ghent), Civil Code and Nature Law
- Kellen Funk (Princeton), An Empire in itself: the Migration of New Yorks Remedial Code
- Julie Rocheton (Paris), The 19th century American Definition of Civil Code
- Matthieu Juneau (Québec), The influence of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council on the interpretation of the Civil Code of Lower Canada
- Airton Ribeiro da Silva Junior (Firenze), Brazilian efforts on the codification of international law in the early twentieth century: the trajectory of the Epitácio Pessoa's draft code on public international law

Thursday 28th of June 14:00 – 19:00 PLENARY SESSION

Ecole normale supérieure, 45, rue d’Ulm, 75005 Paris, Dussane Room (Enter the main building, take the corridor to the left. The Dussane room is at the end on the left).

14h- 15h Registration and Greetings by the ESCLH President Aniceto Masferrer

15H 16h 30 Key Notes:

Catharine MacMillan (King’s College, London):
Why English law is not codified: the unsuccessful efforts of Victorian jurists

Pedro Barbas Homem (University of Lisbon):
Science of legislation and codification. The preparation of codification by legal literature in Portugal and Brazil

16h30 coffee break

17h-18h 30 First panel
- Luigi Lacché (Macerata), An impossible codification? Drafting Principles of Administrative Law: the Italian Experience in a Comparative perspective (19th-20th centuries)
- Matt Dyson (Oxford), Legal Change in Tort in the shadow of codification
- Dirk Heirbaut (Ghent), Past failures are no guarantee of a future flop: why Belgium's dismal codification record may enable radical change today

18h30- 19h Legal education in Paris, Jean-Louis Halpérin

Friday 29th of June, Beginning at 9h00 am, coffee break 10h30-11h, lunch buffet 12h30-13h30, concert and dinner 19h00)

I)              Amphitheater Jourdan, 48 boulevard Jourdan 75014 Paris
9h-10h30 Panel Criminal Codification
Karl Härter (Darmstadt), Aniceto Masferrer (Valencia), Isabel Ramos-Vázquez (Jaén), Juan B. Cañizares-Navarro (Jaén), Criminal law and the Limits of State Power in the Era of Codification

11h-12h30 Why a Civil Code?
Hans Schulte-Nölke (Osnabrück), On the purposes of Civil Law Codification
Nir Kedar (Bar-Ilan), The Symbolic Aspect of Civil Code
Constantin Willems (Marburg), Advocating Codes – from Thibaut to European Contract Law

13h30 – 15h00 Panel Legal Practices and Legal Professions in the 19th Century Japan, China, the Ottoman Empire, and England
Murat Burak Aydin (Frankfurt), Lena Foljanty (Frankfurt), Yu Wang (Frankfurt), Zeynep Yazici Caglar (Frankfurt)

15h15-16h45 Panel Hungary Codification   
Judit Beke-Martos (Bochum), Zsuzsanna Peres (Budapest), Imre Képessy (Budapest), Modernization through Codification? External and Internal Comparison of the Hungarian Codification History    
17h00-18h30 Panel The Codification of Unjustified Enrichment in French Law
Eric Descheemaeker (Melbourne), Jan Hallebeek (Amsterdam), Matthew Campbell (Glasgow) and Pablo Letelier (Universidad de Chile)

II)            International University City of Paris (Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, Maison des Provinces de France, 59 boulevard Jourdan, salon Abreu)

9h-10h30 Medieval Law
Valerio Massimo Minale (Milano), Dušan's Zakonik: Codification in Maedieval Serbia and Byzantine Heritage
Tomislav Karlovic (Zagreb), et en fist assises et usages que l’on deust tenir et maintenir et user el roiaume de Jerusalem « Decoding the Laws of the Kingdom of Jerusalem »
Andreja Katančevi (Belgrade), The Mining Code of Despot Stefan
Helen F. Leslie-Jacobsen (Bergen), How Innovative is Innovative? Adaptations of Norwegian Law in New Law Codes in Iceland and Norway from the Tenth to Thirteenth Centuries

11h-12h30 Criminal Law
Stefano Vinci (Bari), Criminal law and Naples Supreme Court case law in the French decade Francesco Mastroberti (Bari), The Part II of the Code for the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies: an "excellent" criminal code in a despotic state
Emmanuel Berger (Paraiba), Le Code des délits et des peines du 3 brumaire an IV. Enquête sur les origines et les principes du code de procédure pénale de la Révolution

13h30-15h00 16th /17th centuries
Adam Moniuszko (Warsaw), ‘Codification’ of Polish and Lithuanian law in the 16th-17th centuries: successes, failures and impact on legal systems.
Marek Stary (Prague), The Role of the Monarch on the Codifications of Land Law in the Estates’ State
Adolfo Giuliani (Helsinki), Codes without natural law. The case of Jacopo Menochio's De praesumptionibus (1587)

15h15-16h45 Asia
Naoki Kanayama (Tokyo), Japan's "Success" in Codification in the Late 19th Century: By Code, with Code and beyond Code
Khohchahar E. Chuluu (Tokyo), Laws of Different Levels:
Central and Regional Codification in Early Modern Mongolia and Japan
Hiromi Sasamoto-Collins (Edinburgh), The Japanese Criminal Code of 1880: Convergence and Resistance in Cultural Exchange
Guliyev Emin (Baku), Jar-Tala Code of law (decree of the Agdam Majlis) as an act of systematization of the Islamic law and adats

17h00-18h30 Panel Criminal Codification Italy
Emilia Musumeci (Teramo), Monica Stronati (Macerata), Paolo Marchetti (Teramo), Riccardo Cavallo (Firenze), A colourful mosaic: doctrinal influences on Italian
penal codification in the long Nineteenth Century

III)          International University City of Paris, Maison de étudiants de l’Asie du Sud-Est (59 boulevard Jourdan), Salon Asie du Sud-Est

9h-10h30 Rights
Ivan Kosnica (Zagreb), Yugoslav Citizenship Law (1918 – 1941): Between Diversity and Unification
Marju Luts-Sootak, Hesi Siimets-Gross, Marelle Leppik (Tartu), Codification of basic rights in Estonian Constitution (1920) compared with imperial Russian and German republican models
Thomas Mohr (Dublin), Codes of Rights in the British Empire, 1865-1939                                         

11h-12h30 19th/20th centuries
Filippo Rossi (Milan), Dismissal across codes and laws decodes.
Italian and European legal science dealing with the termination of the employment relationship (latter half of the 19 century-first years of the 20 century)
Frederik Dhondt (Brussel), Permanent Neutrality, Stepping-Stone for a Code of Nations
Michal Galedek (Gdansk), Comparative analysis as the method of building the Polish civil law from scratch in the interwar period 
Dolores Freda (Napoli), The Italian emigration code” of 1919

13h30-15h00 20th century
Martin Sunnqvist (Lund), The “Rule of Life”. The Functions of Legislation and Adjudication according to Wilhelm Sjögren in a Comparative Historical Context 
Fernando Gil González (London), The theory of Cappelletti in the review of comparative legal history systems in Europe
Hesi Siimets-Gross and Katrin Kiirend-Pruuli (Tartu), Changes of Estonian and Latvian Divorce Law after WWI: in Draft, in Civil Code and outside of them
Valdis Blūzma (Turiba), History of the Codification of Civil Law in Latvia (19th-20th centuries): Overcoming the Territorial and Estate Particularism of Law

15h15-16h45   America
Agustin Parise (Maastricht), Stepping Stones for Law and Society: An Exploration of the Generations of Civil Codes in Latin America (19-21 Centuries)
Joshua Tate (Dallas), Codification of Texas Trust Law, 1943-2017
Diego Nunes (Santa Catarina), Codification, Recodification and Decodification of Law:a History of Legal Dimensions of Justice in the Imperial Brazil by the “Codigo de Processo Criminal” of 1832

17h00-18h30   Civil Law
Piotr Pomianowski (Warsaw), The national codification of civil law in Poland at the beginning of the 19th century. Sources and inspirations
Manuel Gutan (Sibiu), Codification as a Tool of Social Engineering in Modern Romania (!?) The Case of Civil Code Alexandru Ioan
Emőd Veress (Cluj-Napoca), Abrogation of the 1887 Romanian commercial code and the survival of its institutions and concepts, in the context of the new civil Code

19h00 Piano Concert and Buffet in salon Abreu, Maison des Provinces de France

Saturday the 30th of June, light buffet 12:30 to 13:30

I)              Amphitheater Jourdan, 48 boulevard Jourdan 75014 Paris

9h-10h30 Codification Movement

Mingzhe Zhu (Pekin), Notions of Law in the Era of Codification
Dmitry Poldnikov (Moscow), Codifying the Laws of the Late Russian Empire: Legal Unification through Contested Western Legal Tradition?
Ditlev Tamm (Copenhagen), To codify or not to codify – the Nordic discussion
11h00-12h30 Legal Periodicals Panel
Marju Luts-Sootak, Merike Ristikivi (Tartu), Sebastiaan Vandenbogaerde (Ghent), Legal Periodicals as Alternative to Codes?     
13h30-15h00 Commercial Law
Dave de Ruysscher (Tilburg), Pre-Insolvency Proceedings (France, Belgium and the Netherlands, 1807-c 1910)
Annamaria Monti (Milano), Commercial Codes: the Italian Example in a comparative perspective
Efe Antalyali (Istanbul), Ottoman Jurisprudential Shift: Recpetion of French Commercial Law (1807)    

15h 15-16h45 Final Plenary (for all participants)

II)            International University City of Paris (Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, Maison des Provinces de France, 59 boulevard Jourdan, salon Abreu)

9h-10h30 20th century
Raffaella Bianchi Riva (Milano), Legal Ethics in the 19th and 20th centuries: A code of conduct for Italian and European lawyers?
Dalibor Cepulo (Zagreb), Local court in Croatia: transplant and challenges of modernity
Marcin Lysko (Bialystok), Main problems of the codification works on substantive misdemeanour law in People’s Poland

11h00-12h30 Overseas 
Anna Taitslin and Murray Raf (Canberra), Codification or Transplantation? The Case of Absolute Ownership
Ricardo Sontag (Minais Gerais), Models, examples and antimodels: representations of foreign penal codes within the Brazilian codification process (1928-1940)
Paul Swanepoel (KwaZulu-Natal), Codifying Criminal Law in East Africa, 1920-1945

13h30-15h 00 20th century 
Coding Authoritarianism: Law, State, Ideology and World War 2
Cosmin Sebastian Cercel (Nottingham), Discontinued Dictatorships: (Re)Coding Authoritarianism in Antonescu's Romania; David Fraser (Nottingham), Decoding the Jew: Vichy's National Legal Revolution;  Simon Lavis (Open University), Codes, Codification and Encoding Nazism in the Legal System of the Third Reich; Stephen Skinner (Exeter), Central Authority in Codified and Non-Codified Legal Systems: Law in the Shadow of the State, or the State in the Shadow of the Law?

III)          Ecole normale supérieure, 48 boulevard Jourdan, R 3-46.
9h-10h30, 19th and 20th centuries
Arthur Barrêtto de Almeido Costa and Ricardo Sontag (Minais Gerais), Change Through Mercy. Royal Pardon and Criminal Law Reforms in Late 19th Century in Brazil and France
Anna Klimaszewska (Gdansk), Code de commerce of 1807 as an instrument of transforming legal reality - the Polish point of view 
Sara Pilloni (Trieste), “Roman Legal Heritage and Codification Processes: the Role of Italian Roman Law Scholars in the Codification of Civil Law”

11h00-12h30 Civil Law
Asya Ostroukh (West Indies), An Unlimited Number of Limited Real Rights: A Story of an Adaptation of French Property Law in Francophone Switzerland, Quebec, and Louisiana in the Nineteenth Century 
Katharina Kaesling (Bonn), Codified Conditions vs. Judicial Discretion in Family Law: What codification means for the adaptation of maintenance law to social change 
Maria Lewandowicz (Gdansk), How to make impossible possible? On the unification of inheritance law in Switzerland in the 19th century   
13h30-15h00 Comparisons
Marianna Muravyeva (Tampere), Gendering the Law or Codifying Gender: Family Law in Early Modern Europe
Raphaël Cahen (Brussels), Joseph Marie Portalis (1778-1858): from comparatism to the idea of a European code of Citizenship
Pim Oosterhuis (Maastricht), Is there something like the ‘Great Litigation Increase’?


Ecole Normale Supérieure
Campus « Quartier latin », 45 rue d’Ulm, 75000 Paris (on the 28th of June, afternoon)
Campus Jourdan 48 boulevard Jourdan 75014 Paris
On the other side of Boulevard Jourdan (number 59), Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris
The two campus are linked through Underground RER B (stations Luxembourg and Cité Universitaire)
Arrival from Paris airports: Stations Charles de Gaulle Etoile (RER A), Montparnasse (Underground)
Plan of Paris Underground :
École normale supérieure
45, rue d’Ulm / 29 rue d’Ulm / 24 rue Lhomond
F-75230 Paris cedex 05
Tél. +33 (0)1 44 32 30 00 (standard)
Campus Jourdan
48, boulevard Jourdan
75014 Paris
Tél. +33 (0)1 43 13 61 00 (standard)
Campus Montrouge (with some possible rooms for PhD candidates)
1, rue Maurice Arnoux
92120 Montrouge
Tél. +33 (0)1 58 07 65 00 (standard)

Recommended hotels near the venues of the Conference (approximate price for a night):

Ibis Paris Porte d’Orléans
Adresse : 33 Rue Barbès, 92120 Montrouge, France
Téléphone : +33 1 42 31 67 00
Around 75 €

Hôtel Cujas-Panthéon
Adresse : 18 Rue Cujas, 75005 Paris, France
Téléphone : +33 1 43 54 58 10
Around 150 €

Hôtel de Senlis
Adresse : 9 Rue Malebranche, 75005 Paris, France
Téléphone : +33 1 43 29 93 10
Around 100 €

Hôtel Observatoire Luxembourg
Adresse : 107 Boulevard Saint-Michel, 75005 Paris, France
Téléphone : +33 1 46 34 10 12
Around 230 €

Hotel Novotel Paris 14 Porte d’Orléans
Adresse : 15, 17, 21 boulevard Romain, Rolland, 75014 Paris, France
Téléphone : +33 1 41 17 26 00
Around 125 €

Hotel Mercure Paris Alesia
Adresse : 185 Boulevard Brune, 75014 Paris, France
Téléphone : +33 1 45 39 68 50
Around 140 €

Hôtel du Midi
Adresse : 4 Avenue René Coty, 75014 Paris, France
Téléphone : +33 1 43 27 23 25
Around 120 €

Hotel Max
Adresse : 34 Rue d'Alésia, 75014 Paris, France
Téléphone : +33 1 43 27 60 80
Around 170 €

Hôtel Terminus Orléans
Adresse : 197 Boulevard Brune, 75014 Paris, France
Téléphone : +33 1 45 39 71 44
Around 80 €

Hôtel Best Western Nouvel Orléans Montparnasse
Adresse : 25 Avenue du Général Leclerc, 75014 Paris, France
Téléphone : +33 1 43 27 80 20
Around 160 €

Hôtel Les Jardins du Luxembourg
Adresse : 5 Impasse Royer-Collard, 75005 Paris, France
Téléphone : +33 1 40 46 08 88
Around 170 €

Hôtel Elysa-Luxembourg
Adresse : 6 Rue Gay-Lussac, 75005 Paris, France
Téléphone : +33 1 43 25 31 74
Around 180 €

Hôtel Claude Bernard Saint Germain
Adresse : 43 Rue des Écoles, 75005 Paris
Téléphone : 01 43 26 32 52
Around 150 €

Hotel Best Western Bretagne Montparnasse
Adresse : 33 Rue Raymond Losserand, 75014 Paris
Téléphone : 01 45 38 52 59
Around 130 €

Hotel Montparnasse Daguerre
Adresse : 94 Rue Daguerre, 75014 Paris
Téléphone : 01 43 22 43 54
Around 130€

The attendance to the Conference is free for every member of the ESCLH. It needs the payment of a fee for non-members. Please inform jean-louis.halperin@ens in case of attendance to the Conference.


15 April 2018

CONFERENCE: Les acteurs européens du "printemps des peuples" 1848 (Paris, 31 May – 2 June 2018)


Sorbonne Université, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, Centre d’histoire du XIXe siècle and LabEx EHNE are organising a colloquium on the Revolutions of 1848 coming May, several panels include legal historians.


Colloque international du cent soixante-dixième anniversaire
31 mai – 2 juin, Sorbonne Université, Amphi Guizot (17 rue de la Sorbonne, 75005 Paris)

Organisateurs : Sorbonne Université, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, Centre d’histoire du XIXe siècle, LabEx EHNE

Après le colloque du cent cinquantième anniversaire de 1848 organisé par la Société de 1848 et des révolutions du XIXe siècle qui a marqué un important jalon historiographique, il a paru important, exactement vingt ans plus tard, de porter un nouveau regard sur cet événement majeur du XIXe s., et cela en répondant d’abord au souhait maintes fois formulé par Maurice Agulhon d’en mieux connaître les acteurs, au moment précis où le Dictionnaire des dirigeants français de 1848 du Centre d’histoire du XIXe s. de Sorbonne Université et de Panthéon-Sorbonne, publié sous son patronage, constitue une nouvelle étape qui permet d’aller plus loin ; mais il s’agit aussi d’élargir la focale pour s’intéresser cette fois à l’ensemble du printemps des peuples. La question centrale de ces journées est ainsi : Qu’est-ce qu’être un acteur du printemps des peuples 1848 ? On s’appuie notamment ici sur la notion de protagoniste telle que définie par Haïm Burstin à propos de la Révolution française de 1789, tout en étant extrêmement attentif aux effets de positions dans l’espace géographique, social et culturel. Le programme, établi, après un appel international, propose une quarantaine d’interventions portant sur toute l’Europe. La table ronde conclusive doit permettre de dresser les profils-types d’acteurs européens du printemps des peuples et de répondre à la question centrale du colloque.

Inscription obligatoire pour accéder au bâtiment :

Contact et informations :

The programme can be found here

For more information, please visit the conference’s webpage  

BOOK: Jens MEIERHENRICH, The Remnants of the Rechtsstaat : An Ethnography of Nazi Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018). ISBN 9780198814412, $54.95

Oxford University Press will publish a new book on Nazi Law and the legal origins of dictatorship next month. The book can be pre-ordered with the publisher.


This book is an intellectual history of Ernst Fraenkel's The Dual State (1941, reissued 2017), one of the most erudite books on the theory of dictatorship ever written. Fraenkel's was the first comprehensive analysis of the rise and nature of Nazism, and the only such analysis written from within Hitler's Germany. His sophisticated-not to mention courageous-analysis amounted to an ethnography of Nazi law. As a result of its clandestine origins, The Dual State has been hailed as the ultimate piece of intellectual resistance to the Nazi regime.

In this book, Jens Meierhenrich revives Fraenkel's innovative concept of "the dual state," restoring it to its rightful place in the annals of public law scholarship. Blending insights from legal theory and legal history, he tells in an accessible manner the remarkable gestation of Fraenkel's ethnography of law from inside the belly of the behemoth. In addition to questioning the conventional wisdom about the law of the Third Reich, Meierhenrich explores the legal origins of dictatorship elsewhere, then and now. The book sets the parameters for a theory of the "authoritarian rule of law," a cutting edge topic in law and society scholarship with immediate policy implications.


Jens Meierhenrich, Associate Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science

Jens Meierhenrich is Associate Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and previously taught for a decade at Harvard University. His books include The Legacies of Law, which won the American Political Science Association's 2009 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book in politics, government, or international affairs; and, as co-editor, The Oxford Handbook of Carl Schmitt.


Introduction: The Remnants of the Rechtsstaat
1. Behemoth and Beyond: Theories of the Nazi State
2. The Making of a Cause Lawyer
3. The Debate about the Rechtsstaat in Nazi Germany, 1933-1936
4. An Ethnography of Nazi Law: The Gestation of The Dual State, 1936-1941
5. "A Rational Core within an Irrational Shell": An Institutional Theory of Dictatorship
6. The Decline of a Classic: Explaining the Reception of The Dual State
Conclusion: Authoritarian Rule of Law

For more information, see the publisher’s website

13 April 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS: Family and Justice in the Archives: Histories of Intimacy in Transnational Perspective (Montreal, Canada 6-7 May 2019), DEADLINE 31 MAY 2018

Via the Canadian Legal History blog, we have the following call for papers:

Family and Justice in the Archives will bring together historians, legal scholars, and others for a discussion about the challenges and opportunities offered by the use of legal records for exploring the intimate worlds of family life. The intimacies that interest us were located initially in the private spaces of lineage, estate, family, household, and bedroom; they are both dramatic and quotidian, material and emotional, and invariably tied up in gendered and generational hierarchies of power and privilege. At the same time, they are made accessible – years, generations, or centuries later – through the written traces left by public proceedings that occurred in legally sanctioned spaces of social regulation, from the notary’s office to the criminal or civil courtroom to the legislative arena. We are especially interested in the ways in which historians and other scholars have been unpacking the stories of intimacy revealed in processes of legal regulation to develop rich new insights about family, gender, sex, power, culture, identity, and daily life throughout history and across the planet.

Through this two-day symposium, we seek to encourage transnational conversations about families, the law, and the archives. The conveners have been exploring Quebec’s rich judicial archives with the following questions in mind: How did the judicial system transmit and reinforce hegemonic notions of class, race, ethnicity, and gender? How, when, and why did family disputes over property, honour, rights, or reputation cross the judicial threshold to become the object of court proceedings? What levels of intra-familal violence were tolerated and at what point were state authorities called upon to intervene? How did a particular blend of legal codes and cultures reflect the society’s wider assumptions about acceptable and respectable conduct for women and men, especially in the area of sexuality, courtship, family formation, and sexual identity? How and when did judicial rulings and court proceedings diverge from legal code or custom in response to local circumstances? Did some litigants manage to manoeuvre, manipulate, challenge, or even change the law through their encounters with the judicial apparatus? And what happened when individuals crossed the boundaries of the acceptable and respectable into transgressive, deviant, or criminalized behaviour?

Family and Justice in the Archives seeks to broaden those discussions radically outwards towards a wide range of times, places, cultures, and legal systems. Participants are invited to present work on how stories of intimacy – sexual, emotional, domestic, or otherwise – are revealed in and shaped by the legal archives they use. We hope to foster discussion of these questions across as broad a range of historical and geographical contexts as possible, pre-modern and modern, settler-colonial and Indigenous, with special attention to situations (like Quebec) where some form of legal pluralism prevailed. We welcome proposals for papers that engage with these questions and on a wide range topics that may include adoption, bigamy, child custody, divorce and separation, domestic violence, family honour, filial duty, inheritance, juvenile justice, marital obligations, parental authority, reproductive rights, sexual diversity, sexual violence, and sibling relationships, to name just these few.

Family and Justice in the Archives will inaugurate a new, biennial series and is presented in partnership with the Centre interuniversitaire d’études québécoises (Université Laval/Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières) and the Centre d’histoire des régulations sociales (Université du Québec à Montréal). The program committee is co-chaired by Professors Eric Reiter and Peter Gossage in the Department of History at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Those interested in participating are invited to please send a 250-word abstract and a one-page curriculum vitae (or brief author biography) to by 31 May 2018.