Professor Norma Dawson awarded CBE

We are delighted that one of our former presidents, Professor Norma Dawson, was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to legal education and the development of the legal profession in Northern Ireland.
Norma Dawson

Professor Dawson is a distinguished legal historian and holder of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship. She was President of the Irish Legal History Society from 2009-2012. She is also a former Head of the Law School at Queen’s University Belfast. Last year she was made an Honorary Bencher of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland.

Her research interests are intellectual property law, especially the law of trade marks, cultural property law, and legal history. She has taught in areas including Equity and Trusts, Trade Mark Law, Land Law, Charity Law, Landlord and Tenant Law, Irish Legal History, Planning Law and Introduction to Property Law. She has published widely in these areas, and her list of publications can be viewed here.

Call for Papers: Brussels 2018

Papers are invited for an upcoming conference The Use of Law by Social Movements and Civil Society, which will be held March 22-23, 2018.

The issue of how social movements and civil society orgnanizations make use of law has long been neglected by the sociology of social movements. This is probably partly due to the fact that law as such has been largely disregarded by sociologists in general throughout the 20th century, despite the fact that it did represent a privileged object of study for some of the founders of the discipline, such as Durkheim and Weber. But under the influence of Marx and Bourdieu, many sociologists have considered law as a mere mystification serving to mask inequalities and power relations as well as to reproduce economic and social domination.

This call is addressed to sociologists, lawyers, philosophers, anthropologists, political scientists, criminologists, historians, etc. who are interested in social movements and civil society in general and in the study of the use of law by activist groups in particular.

See the call for proposals for further details.

Proposals (max. 500 words) should be sent in English or French by 1 October  2017 to arc-strategiclitigation[@]ulb.ac.be.

Please include name, institutional affiliation and a brief CV.

The conference will lead to the publication of a special issue in a leading journal. Some articles could also be published on opendemocracy.net/ openmovements. Acceptance of papers for presentation at the conference does not automatically imply their selection for publication. Papers selected for publication will be subject to a separate process of peer review.

Legal History Conference in Barbados

“Legal History and Empires: Perspectives from the Colonized”.

This conference  will take place on July 11-13, 2018 at the Cave Hill, Barbados Campus, University of the West Indies.

Jointly sponsored by the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Humanities at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados and an international group of legal historians and historians of the law.
This is a conference for anyone with an active interest in research in the areas of the legal history of empires and colonies

.For preliminary inquires  or to register your interest, please contact Shaunnagh Dorsett (shaunnagh.dorsett@uts.edu.au) or Asya Ostroukh (asya.ostroukh@cavehill.uwi.edu). a full call for papers will follow.

See conference poster here.

 

 

Comparative Constitutional History – Bologna, Italy

The Third Annual Illinois-Bologna conference on Constitutional History: Comparative Perspectives will be held in Bologna, Italy, from 13-14 November 2017.

The event is sponsored by the University of Illinois College of Law, the University of Bologna School of Law, and the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development. Proposals submitted by 1  July will receive priority.

The conference keynote speaker will be Giuliano Amato, Judge of the Constitutional Court of Italy, former Prime Minister of Italy, and Professor Emeritus of the European University Institute and the University La Sapienza.

 

Legal History in Las Vegas

The 2017 annual meeting of the American Society for Legal History will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada from 26-29 October.

The Plenary Lecture will be delivered by Tomiko Brown-Nagin of Harvard Law School and the preliminary program will be available on the Society’s website from 1 September. The conference hotel is the Red Rock Casino Resort Spa. The University of Nevada Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law is the principal sponsor of the meeting, and part of the meeting will be held at the School. For further details see the ASLH website.

 

 

The 2018 ASLH Annual Meeting will take place in Houston, Texas from 8-11 November 2018.

The 2019 ASLH Annual Meeting will take place in Boston, Massachusetts from 21-24 November  2019.

 

The life and times of Arthur Browne in Ireland and America, 1756–1805

The life and times of Arthur Browne in Ireland and America, 1756–1805

ISBN: 978-1-84682-622-1

Coming July 2017. 304pp; colour ills.

Born in Rhode Island, Arthur Browne was a lawyer, a scholar, and a politician in the Ireland of the late eighteenth century and established a brilliant reputation in all three areas at a time of enormous conflict and upheaval. The pre-eminent maritime lawyer of his era, Browne was also an MP in the Irish parliament, and the Regius Professor of Civil and Canon Law at Trinity College Dublin, where he has been described as ‘one of the most able and learned academic lawyers ever to teach there’. A brilliant and forceful debater, Browne opposed violent revolution, supported the Catholic cause, and became one of the most powerful liberal voices in the Irish parliament in the 1790s. His international reputation as a legal scholar was established by his two-volume study on the civil law and the law of the admiralty published in 1797 and 1799, a work that had a major influence around the world and especially on American maritime law. This new book explores how the American-born Browne became a leading figure in Irish law, academia and politics, and it provides a new perspective on his role in parliament during the controversial passing of the Act of Union in 1800.

Joseph C. Sweeney is the John D. Calamari Distinguished Professor of Law at Fordham University, New York.

80 Years of the Irish Constitution

To mark the 80th anniversary of Bunreacht na hEireann, an international interdisciplinary conference will take place in Waterford on 30 June and 1 July.

The event will not only mark the eighty years of the Constitution, but will also evaluate its ability to serve all the people of Ireland. The conference programme and booking information is available here. Concessions are available for students.