Edinburgh Roman Law Group: 2015-16

The meetings will be as follows:

Paul Mitchell, November 6, 2015: “On the Legal Effects of Sponsalia”

March 11, 2016: Professor Caroline Humfress, University of St Andrews, “Natural Laws and the ‘Hypothetical Case’ in Roman Juristic Texts”

Both meetings will take place at 5.30 in the Neil McCormick Room

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James Thomson

As an eighteenth-century scholar, your blogger notes that today, 27 August, is the anniversary of the death of James Thomson (1700-48), noted Scottish poet and alumnus of the University of Edinburgh, where he had trained to become a minister of the Kirk. A rather handsome portrait of him, by John Medina after John Patoun, currently hangs in the University’s Elder Room (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/artists/john-medina). Thomson’s best known work is The Seasons, for which he was justly famous. Copies abounded in eighteenth-century libraries. His most familiar work nowadays is the song “Rule Britannia”, written for the mask “Alfred”, in which Thomson had collaborated with his fellow-Scot, David Mallet (or Malloch).

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Tony Thomas Seminar (London Roman Law Group)

20th November 2015: Halcyon Weber (Cambridge University and UCL): “The approach of the Eastern Roman emperor Justinian to the ius antiquum”.

26th February 2016: Dario Mantovani (University of Pavia): title to be confirmed.

The place and precise times of these papers will be announced later.

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Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History

Research Fellowship in the field of European Administrative History

“JEV-Fellowship for European Administrative History”

At the end of 2012 Prof. Dr. Erk Volkmar Heyen, Professor of Public Law and European Administrative History at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald until his retirement and the editor of the “Jahrbuch für europäische Verwaltungsgeschichte/Yearbook of European Administrative History” (JEV) published from 1989 to 2008, donated a research fellowship in the field of European Administrative History (“The JEV-Fellowship for European Administrative History”). The fellowship falls within the framework of the German University Foundation (Bonn, Germany).

The scholarship is intended to benefit the next generation of scientific researchers, particularly doctoral and post-doctoral students, and specifically for the final phase of their research project for a duration of no longer than 12 months. The scholarship is based on the usual rates for doctoral fellowships of the German Research Foundation (DFG). Should a fellowship be awarded for research abroad, the local conditions will be the determining factor. Marital status will not be deemed a consideration, and neither will travel- nor other costs be reimbursed.

The Board of the German University Foundation decides on and awards the fellowship based on a proposal by a jury. This jury is based at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (MPI) in Frankfurt, where the founder worked in the 1980s. Currently the permanent members of the jury are: the Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute, Prof. Dr. Thomas Duve, Prof. Dr. Stefan Brakensiek, Professor of Early Modern History at the Institute for History of the University of Duisburg-Essen, and Priv.-Doz. Dr. Peter Collin, Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute. The German University Foundation provides for the payment of the fellowships and informs the recipients about the terms and conditions and the legal requirements to be complied with by the recipients in their personal capacities. Early stage researchers from Germany and abroad are invited to apply.

In accordance with the thematic and methodological spectrum covered by the JEV, the scholarship is open to all historical disciplines, provided the research project addresses an aspect of European administrative history from the period of the sixteenth to the twentieth century. The importance of the research topic should impact beyond the national level. Comparative research questions are particularly welcome. First time applications for a scholarship commencing in January 2016 can be submitted until 30 September 2015; this deadline also applies to the succeeding years unless otherwise specified. Applications in English or German should be sent in electronic form to: Priv.-Doz. Dr. Peter Collin, collin@rg.mpg.de.

The application, which must also include an indication of the duration for which the fellowship should run, is to be accompanied by the following documents: a curriculum vitae in tabular form with detailed information on the nature and the chronology of university studies together with the respective examination results achieved (copies of results to be enclosed) and, where applicable, a list of scientific publications written or hitherto contributed to; a detailed description of the research project including a detailed outline of the contents of the intended publication, a detailed report on the current development of the project and the status of publication, including the reasons for any (possible) delay in its completion; extensive excerpts from the current document; information on the current financing of the research project as well as on past or pending applications for funding of the project; a precise timetable for the completion of the writing of the publication. Furthermore care is to be taken that at least one expert opinion from a university lecturer on both the individual researcher and the research project as such be submitted directly to the jury.

The MPI provides fellowship recipients with work opportunities in its library. Fellows are given the opportunity to present their research projects to the public at the Institute and to discuss the projects with the latter. With the expiration of the fellowship the recipient is to submit a report on the status of the publication/book. The MPI provides for the publication of the funded book in one of its publication series, provided the Institute’s required quality standards are met. The book is to make reference to the support provided by the “JEV-Fellowship for European Administrative History” in the imprint or in the preface. Donations to financially support and, if possible, extend the level of support of the fellowship are most welcome. These can be paid into the following account of the German University Foundation: Bank für Sozialwirtschaft, account number: 1140200 (BLZ: 37020500; BIC: BFSWDE33XXX; IBAN: DE47370205000001140200), Password: “Spende Erk-Volkmar-Heyen-Stiftungsfonds”. The German University Foundation will issue the required receipt confirming the donation, if the postal address is provided. Should a permanent increase of fund assets be preferred, the password to be used is „Zustiftung Erk-Volkmar-Heyen-Stiftungsfonds“.

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Law and Classics

Our colleagues in History, Classics and Archaeology have notified us of an interesting collaboration between them and various Japanese scholars on the topic of ‘Law and Classics’. Details below:

Edinburgh Law and Classics Conference 25 August
Department of Classics, School of History, Classics, and Archaeology,
William Robertson Wing G16, Teviot Place, Edinburgh

10.45-11am: convene

11am-12 noon: session 1, Chair Professor D. L. Cairns
1. Miku Nakagawa (PhD student, Tokyo University)
An Unpublished Fragment from Oxyrhynchus
2. Hiroshi Notsu (Professor of Classics, Shinshu University)
Traductions japonaises d’Homère

12 noon-1pm: session 2, Chair Dr M. Canevaro
3. Yasunori Kasai (Professor of Law and Classics, Tokyo University)
Hybris and Defamation in Greek and Roman Law (and Japanese Law)
4. Yumi Uchikawa (PhD student, Tokyo University)
‘I shall kill by vote’: Trial as a means of killing in classical Athens

1pm-2pm: lunch

2pm-3pm: session 3, Chair, Dr D. O’Rourke
5. Taro Tomoi (PhD student, Tokyo University)
Mentula in Catullus: an example of Catullan invective
6. Shintaro Chiba (PhD student, Tokyo University)
Propertius 3.6 and the Greek Anthology

3pm-3.30pm: session 4, Chair Professor L. J. Llewellyn-Jones
7. Yuki Kontani (PhD student, Tokyo University)
Castration in Roman Law

3.30pm-4pm: tea and coffee

4pm-5.30pm: session 5, Chair tba
8. Tomoyo Yoshimura (Professor of Roman Law, Hiroshima International University)
alumnus and fideicommissum in Roman Law
9. Emi Matsumoto (Professor of Comparative Law, Aoyama Gakuin University)
The idea of the law-giver in J.J. Rousseau’s contrat social and the difficulty in Japanese translation
10. Masami Okaue (Professor of Criminal Law, Tsukuba University)
Sentencing and theories of punishment in Japan

5.30pm-7.00pm: reception, Jim McMillan Room, School of History, Classics, and Archaeology (sponsored by the Young Academy of the Royal Society of Edinburgh)

8pm dinner (for those who have reserved in advance), Bread St Brasserie, Point Hotel, Bread St.

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Our good friends in Pavia have released information about the next CEDANT.

The Center for Studies and Research on Ancient Law CEDANT of the University of Pavia (Italy) is organizing for the academic year 2015-2016 the XIII «Collegium of Roman Law» on the theme «The Institutes of Gaius: adventures of a bestseller. Transmission, use and transformation of the text».

Education and scholarly activities will be held in Pavia at Almo Collegio Borromeo, partner of the Center, under the direction of Ulrike Babusiaux (University of Zürich) and Dario Mantovani (University of Pavia) from 11 to 29 January 2016.

We would be very grateful if you could circulate the announcement to scholars interested in the topic.

For any further information and for applications please visit our website cedant.collegioborromeo.eu.

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Scottish Legal History Group Annual Conference 2015

The 35th Annual Conference and AGM of the Scottish Legal History Group will be held in the Law Room of the Advocates’ Library, Parliament House, Edinburgh, on Saturday 3 October 2015. All welcome.

All those wishing to attend are requested to send a registration form (download here) together with the Conference fee of £10.00 (£5.00 for students) to the Secretary, Dr Adelyn Wilson, at the address indicated.


10.30 Coffee

11.00 First Session

Professor Dauvit Broun and Ms Joanna Tucker (University of Glasgow)
“The earliest central judicial records”

Dr Jenny Wormald (University of Edinburgh)
”’And so it follows … that the Kinges were the authors & makers of the lawes, and not the lawes of the Kings’ [James VI, Trew Lawe of Free Monarchies]. Did he mean it?”

12.30 Sherry. Break for Lunch.

2.15 Second Session

Annual General Meeting … to be followed at 2.30 approximately by:

Mr Stephen Bogle (University of Glasgow)
“David Dalrymple and the South Sea bubble crisis”

3.30 Third Session

Dr Chloe Kennedy (University of Edinburgh)
“Nothing to declare?: Reconsidering the history of the declaratory power”

Mr James Hamilton (WS Society Signet Library)
“The Signet Library, 1815-2015”

5.00 Close

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This day, on 138 AD, the Emperor Hadrian died in Baiae. He is remembered as a great Emperor. All lawyers will recall his general argument in favour of liberty, as well as his employment of the great jurist Julian to consolidate the Praetor’s edict. In this part of the world he is also remembered for the wall, the meaning which is complex.

File:Bust of Hadrian in the Musei Capitolini MC817.jpg

Image: Wikimedia Commons (Following Hadrian)

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Postdoctoral Position at Passau

The Chair of Civil Law, German and European Legal History at the University of Passau in connection with the research project ReConFort, Reconsidering Constitutional Formation. Constitutional Communication by Drafting, Practice and Interpretation in 18th and 19th Century Europe seeks applications for a Postdoctoral fellow Jurist with specialization in the field of constitutional law, legal historian or historian with specialization in the field constitutional history (pay scale TV-L Entgeltgruppe 13 f) with 50% of the regular working time for immediate start. The employment is at first limited to two years. There is an option for an extension up February 2018.

The English position within an international team of scientists from Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain focuses on the research of the British correspondences with the Spanish Cortes 1812. ReConFort is an ERC Advanced Grant dealing with the comparative constitutional history of the 19th century concentrating on the public discourse around historic constitutional assemblies. We expect the ability to work with historical sources (e.g. correspondences of MPs and member of the House of Lords, diplomatic sources). Concerning the research in various libraries and archives a high amount of mobility is required. An intended habilitation or other publication qualifying for an university career are welcome.

The employment is requiring a completed doctoral study (or equivalent) in the fields of history of law or humanities. Fluency in the English language is taken for granted. Language skill in the other ReConFort areas (Dutch, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish) will award to a surplus.

The University of Passau wishes to increase the proportion of its female staff and expressly encourages women to apply. Furthermore, the positions are suitable for candidates with disabilities, who will be given preference if the personal aptitudes and qualifications are equal.

To apply, please send your full application as a single pdf file to the Chair of Civil Law, German and European Legal History, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Müßig (E-Mail: ls-muessig@uni-passau.de) until the 31st of July 2015.


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Roman-law conference in Trento

This blogger has been alerted to a very interesting conference to be held in Trento in September 2015. The conference is primarily aimed at younger scholars in the field and is well worth attending. Details: locandina

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