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Law’s Picture Books (2017)

Your blogger recently mentioned the paintings in what was once the consistory court room in Dunkeld Cathedral. Such matter is very important for legal historians, as the material relics and material culture of the law an be very informative. For … Continue reading →

Published on 14th October 2017

Peter Chiene Lecture, 2017

The Peter Chiene Lecture, 2017, will be delivered by Professor Michel Morin, Université de Montréal, on 3 November, 2017. The title will be: “The Survival and Vitality of The Civil Law Tradition in Quebec, 1760-2017” It will be held in … Continue reading →

Published on 6th October 2017

What Future for the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the UK?

Despite the EU Withdrawal Bill’s premise to incorporate EU law into UK law, the exclusion of the Charter of Fundamental Rights but the inclusion of general rights principles in EU law has created confusion, writes Tobias Lock. He argues that the current approach of the bill will result in legal uncertainty over which EU fundamental …

Published on 6th October 2017

Louis V de la Vergne (1938-2017)

Some years ago this blog had an entry on the de la Vergne manuscript or volume, with photographs of it and Louis V de la Vergne, its possessor. Mr de la Vergne has recently died. He was a man who … Continue reading →

Published on 5th October 2017

Talking Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in the Context of Migration Negotiations

Dr Kasey McCall-Smith, Chair of the Association of Human Rights Institutes and member of the Global Justice Academy, discusses Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in the context of the UN Global Compact for Migration. In a previous post, I gave general overview … Continue reading →

Published on 12th September 2017

Smuggling or Trafficking? Defining the Terms in the UN Migration Compact

Dr Kasey McCall-Smith, Chair of the Association of Human Rights Institutes and member of the Global Justice Academy, discusses recent steps towards a UN Global Compact for Migration. This is the first of two blogs from Dr McCall-Smith on the … Continue reading →

Published on 6th September 2017

Early Modern Moveable Texts and Minotaurs

Guest blog by Ross Macdonald  Anyone studying early modern legal texts knows that the text, and its authorship, may be “moveable”; they may appear successively under the nominal authorship of different jurists, so that identifying the true writer may be … Continue reading →

Published on 25th August 2017

Dispute Resolution after Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit ‘red line’ on a role for the European Court of Justice has been a major source of complication in the early stages of the negotiations, writes Tobias Lock. Analysing the recent UK government negotiating paper on dispute resolution, he argues that its shift in emphasis from no ECJ jurisdiction to …

Published on 25th August 2017

What are the Politics of Sports Protests in Trump America?

The Global Justice Academy recently attended an event at the Academy of Sport with visiting professor, Professor Lucia Trimbur (City University of New York; John Jay College of Criminal Justice), on the politics of sports protests in Trump America. The … Continue reading →

Published on 23rd August 2017

A Newly-discovered Medieval Legal Manuscript

Guest blog by Ross Macdonald  Readers with an interest in undiscovered antique legal texts will be fascinated by a recent report by scholars from Northwestern University, Illinois into a medieval law text discovered in the binding of a 16th century … Continue reading →

Published on 19th August 2017