Book publication – Handbook on notarial deeds (FR/ES)

Today it is a pleasure to inform you of the recent publication of a comparative study of notarial deeds issued in the French and Spanish legal systems “Manual de traducci√≥n jurada de documentos notariales en materia de sucesiones entre los sistemas jur√≠dicos franc√©s y espa√Īol“.

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Book review – Contract Law, A Comparative Introduction

contractlawI’m sure that many¬†of you¬†will¬†be interested in a book published in 2014 by Edward Elgar Publishing entitled “Contract Law:¬†A Comparative Introduction“. The author is the estimable¬†Jan M. Smits, Professor of European Private Law, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

“This book offers a unique introduction to contract law by means of a comparative approach. It treats contract law as a discipline that can be studied on the basis of common principles and methods without being tied to a particular jurisdiction or legal culture.”

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Comparative law – Unmissable videos (FR)

conseil_d_etatThe French Conseil d’Etat has made available, online, the full¬†video recording of¬†the inaugural symposium in a series entitled¬†“Droit compar√© et territorialit√© du droit“.

The website also includes some short interviews with the¬†highly respected figures participating in the symposium: √Črik Orsenna, Mireille Delmas-Marty, Dominic Grieve &¬†Horatia Muir Watt.

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Monday smile – How is cheese like comparative law?

cheddarEvery industry has its own¬†specialized terms¬†– and the world of cheese is no exception. A glossary is always helpful for ‘outsiders’ too.

A research project originating in Ireland even carried out a terminological study on one particular cheese РCheddar.

But, I hear you cry, what on earth is the connection with comparative law?¬†Well, dear readers, for the answer… read on!

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Before & after the DSK affair – Review

A few weeks ago, I was invited by Jonathan Goldberg of the blog Le mot juste en anglais to review a paper, Les conceptions juridiques du harc√®lement sexuel en France et aux USA – Avant et apr√®s l’affaire DSK¬Ļ, comparing the way in which the law sees sexual harassment in the United States and in France. I am thus in the slightly odd position of reviewing a paper originally written in English, but finalized in its French version, where my review itself is to be written in both English and French! Anyway, back to the point.

One of the opening statements in Abigail Saguy‚Äôs article is the affirmation that the Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) scandal could only have erupted in the USA¬≤. She then analyses the laws, legislative debate and case law over a period from the 1960s (in the US and rather later in France) to the present, in support of her argument that the scandal has also changed the ‚Äúpolitical and legal landscape‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúmight influence the way in which France deals with sexual harassment cases in the future‚ÄĚ.

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