Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I have been traveling through Europe for several weeks. I began my travels in Germany making presentations at Justus-Liebig-Universitaet in Giessen, Germany and the Universitaet Hannover on my recent booking the German Prosecution Service. I was encouraged by the enthusiastic questions from the German law students about how their own system works in practice. My next stop was the Juris Diversitas conference in Aix en Provence, France. Juris Diversitas is a relatively new organization dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of "legal and normative mixtures and movements." According to their own descriptive materials: "Our interest is in comparison broadly conceived, extending beyond law narrowly understood to related fields. Titles might be geographical or temporal comparisons. They could focus on theory and methodology, substantive law, or legal cultures. They could investigate official or unofficial ‘legalities’, past and present and around the world. And, to effectively cross spatial, temporal, and normative boundaries, inter- and multi-disciplinary research is particularly welcome." More information on the organization may be found on their blog at: http://jurisdiversitas.blogspot.ie/ While I enjoyed the rich exchange of ideas at their 2014 conference, I was dismayed by the program's lack of topics devoted to criminal law. This lack of interest may reflect the interests of their current membership as the panel that I participated on was poorly attended. In any case, for those scholars looking for a more manageable interdisciplinary conferncd than the annual law and society conference may wish to explore participating in this conference.