Professor Thomas Bennett (University of Cape Town), a noted expert of customary law and international law, will give a paper titled “Ex Africa semper aliquid novi: Ubuntu, the African doctrine of equity” on Wednesday, May 14 at 2 pm at the Faculty of Law, Suomen Laki -hall in Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3). The lecture is open for all.
Ex Africa semper aliquid novi: Ubuntu, the African doctrine of equity
Although an afterthought in South Africa’s Interim Constitution (1993), the term ‘ubuntu’ proved to be a vital means for giving the country’s majority African population a sense of ownership of the country’s new constitutional order. Ubuntu has been appropriated by courts and law-makers to function as a foundational principle in the South African legal system. The concept is obviously general and polysemous, and, as such, provides an idea of equity – previously lacking in South African law – that has been used to reconcile conflicts between rules and to decide hard cases. The development of an ubuntu jurisprudence is noteworthy because it marks the first time in Southern Africa that an indigenous concept has been introduced into the imported colonial laws (a precedent that has not gone unnoticed in other countries on the continent).
Oula Silvennoinen, the controversial historian of holocaust, will be coming to speak about “Holocaust Studies and the European Politics of Memory” on Tuesday, May 20 at 6 pm in the faculty room at the 5th floor of Porthania.
The final programme of the “Totalitarianism, Law and the idea of Europe” conference in Helsinki is announced. Please see the event page for details.
On April 10th, at 4.15 pm, Dr. Tommaso Beggio (Dr. Univ. Pavia) will give a presentation on “Observations on the aes Italicense (or Senatusconsultum de pretiis ludorum gladiatorum minuendis, ILS 5163)”. The location of is the seminar room of Classical Philology in Metsätalo (Unioninkatu 40/Fabianinkatu 39, A-wing, 2nd floor. Entrance through the 3rd floor). Welcome!
We have added some practical information about the May 2014 conference and visiting Helsinki on the Helsinki 2014 page.
Deadline: February 15, 2014.
The purpose of the project “Reinventing the Foundations of European Legal Culture 1934-1964″ (foundlaw.org) is to trace the genealogy of the idea of a common European legal past, its creation, influence and implications of the theory as an ideological project.
As the project’s first major event, we are organizing a workshop in Helsinki on the history of totalitarianism, nationalism and legal tradition(s). We therefore invite papers that explore the complex relationship between history and law from a variety of perspectives to advance our understanding of how legal traditions are created. Confirmed keynote speakers are Wolfgang Ernst (Zürich), Peter Fritzsche (Illinois), Nancy Partner (McGill), and Bo Stråth (Helsinki).
Potential themes include but are not limited to:
- Totalitarian ideologies and individual identities
- History and narratives
- Nationalism and law
- The discovery of Europe as a theme
- Continuity and discontinuity of the European (legal) tradition
The conference is organized by the FoundLaw project, funded by the European Research Council.
Please submit your abstract (300 words) as a [word/pdf] file to Heta Björklund at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include your name, academic affiliation and address in your email.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 15, 2014. We will inform of the selections by the end of February.
There is no registration fee. The organizers are unfortunately unable to aid in the travel arrangements or accommodation of participants.
The project has hired Dr. Tommaso Beggio for the second position of a post-doctoral researcher. Dr. Tommaso Beggio holds a PhD from the University of Pavia. His research interests include Roman Law, Latin Epigraphy and History of Roman Law, with a particular attention to the topics of the Roman Public and Criminal Law. His dissertation deals with the so-called Aes Italicense or Senatusconsultum de sumptibus ludorum gladiatorum minuendis, an epigraphical source, and it was composed partially during two research visits, one to the Leopold-Wenger Institut of the Ludwig-Maximilian Universität at Munich, the other to the Institut für geschichtliche Rechtswissenschaft of the Ruprechts-Karls-Universität at Heidelberg.
The project has hired Mr. Ville Erkkilä for a position of a doctoral student. Mr. Erkkilä holds an M.A. from the University of Helsinki and is currently working on his dissertation on the use of historiography in defining the idea of a common European law. His research interests include gender history, history of emotions and trauma and memory studies.
The project has hired Dr. Jacob Giltaij for the position of a post-doctoral researcher. Dr. Giltaij holds an LL.M. and a Ph.D. from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has worked as an assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam and has a background in both legal theory and legal history.
The project is now hiring one post-doctoral researcher and two doctoral students. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2013. Follow the links to find out requirements and how to apply.