Upcoming events in May

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.

Abstract:
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.

A presentation by Dr. Tommaso Beggio

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!

Call for Papers: Totalitarianism, Law and the idea of Europe. 15-17 May, 2014, University of Helsinki, Finland

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 foundlaw@gmail.com

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.

FoundLaw welcomes Tommaso Beggio as our new post-doctoral researcher

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.