Thursday, July 11, 2024

10th Asian Constitutional Law Forum: “Constitutional Change in Asia in the 21st Century”


10th Asian Constitutional Law Forum: “Constitutional Change in Asia in the 21st Century”

We are pleased to announce that the 10th Asian Constitutional Forum (ACLF) will be held in Hong Kong on December 9-10, 2024, under the auspices of the University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Law and its Centre for Comparative and Public Law, with the support of the Association for Asian Constitutional Studies. The event is also part of the celebration of the 55th anniversary of our Faculty of Law. The overarching theme of the Forum is “Constitutional Change in Asia in the 21st Century“. We are honoured that Madam Justice Beverley McLachlin, Professor Cheryl Saunders, Professor Gerald Postema and Professor Han Dayuan have agreed to deliver the keynotes for us at this Forum.

The ACLF is held once every two years under the auspices of the Association for Asian Constitutional Law Studies. Our Faculty of Law hosted the 4th ACLF in December 2011; the Institutum Iurisprudentiae of the Academia Sinica in Taipei hosted the 9th ACLF in May 2022. The Forums provide a forum for dialogue among scholars interested in constitutional law, constitutional theory and constitutional developments in Asia.

The 10th ACLF (“the Forum”) will be divided into plenary sessions and parallel sessions. We now invite proposals to present individual papers, proposals for fully-formed panels, and applications to simply attend the Forum. Applications and proposals may be submitted by filling in the forms below and e-mailing them to Mr. Max Hsu (ccpl@hku.hk).

Please note the following:

  • The closing date for submission of proposals is 31 July 2024.

  • The Forum will be mainly in English (with several designated parallel sessions in Chinese). Proposals to present papers at the Forum and panel proposals (to be further explained below) should be written in English or Chinese. Oral presentations at the Forum should be in English (except for the parallel sessions designated to be in Chinese).

  • The proposed papers may relate to any aspect of constitutional law in Asia or related fields, and need not be limited to the general theme of the Forum (“Constitutional Change in Asia in the 21st Century”).

  • Every participant at the Forum (including paper presenters, chairpersons and discussants at the panels mentioned below who are not presenting papers themselves, as well as those (“attendees”) not in any of these roles but would like to attend the Forum) should submit a ‘Participation Proposal Form’ (which, in the case of paper presenters, includes the title of the paper and an abstract of not more than 200 words). Paper presenters will make an oral presentation at the Forum (approximately 10-15 minutes depending on the total number of speakers at the relevant panel). Submission of full papers is welcomed but not required. Each participant at the Forum may propose to submit one or two papers (i.e. it might be possible for one person to present two papers at two different sessions of the Forum).

  • Proposals to form a panel at a parallel session are welcomed. Panel organizers should submit a ‘Panel Proposal Form’. As mentioned above, each member of a panel should also (separately) submit ‘Participation Proposal Forms’ as mentioned above. Both forms can be found below. The ‘Panel Proposal Form’ should include the topic/title/theme of the panel, a description (in not more than 200 words) of the theme of the panel, the name of the organizer/chair of the panel, the names of the presenters of papers, the title of each paper, and the name of the discussant (commenting on the papers presented at the panel). The chair may also serve as a discussant, and may also serve as a paper presenter. The total number of persons speaking at the panel (including those speaking to present a paper or speaking as the discussant) should not be more than 5. As mentioned above, the same person may serve as both chair and discussant. The duration of each parallel session will be 75 minutes.

  • Panel proposers are encouraged to bear in mind gender parity in organizing panels.

  • The conference registration fee is waived for those presenting papers at the Forum or serving as chairs and discussants in panels if they submit their ‘Participation Proposal Form’ before 31 July 2024. The conference registration fee for those who are simply attending the Forum (i.e. the “attendees” mentioned above) is US$50 (HK$390). All conference participants who would like to join the Conference Dinner (on 9 Dec 2024) will be required to make a payment. Conference participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses. A list of recommended hotels will be provided in due course.

  • Inquiries may be emailed to Mr. Max Hsu (ccpl@hku.hk).
The Forum will be an excellent opportunity for you to meet fellow scholars in the field of Asian constitutional law to discuss topics of common interest. We hope you will be able to join us in Hong Kong!


Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong
April 2024

Appendix:
1. Participation Proposal Form
Please either (1) download the form [Link] and email it to us as mentioned above, or (2) fill in the form online [Link]
2. Panel Proposal Form
Please either (1) download the form [Link] and email it to us as mentioned above, or (2) fill in the form online [Link]


第十届亚洲宪法学论坛: “二十一世纪亚洲的宪法变迁”

第十届亚洲宪法学论坛(10th Asian Constitutional Law Forum)将于2024年12月9至10日于香港大学举行。此次会议由香港大学法律学院及香港大学比较法与公法研究中心主办,为香港大学法律学院建院55周年的庆祝活动之一。本次大会主题是:“二十一世纪亚洲的宪法变迁”(Constitutional Change in Asia in the 21st Century)。

亚洲宪法学论坛每两年在亚洲不同城市举行,每次论坛都有数十名或过百名来自亚洲以至西方国家的学者参加。2024年12月在香港大学法律学院举行的此次论坛将分为全体会议以及分组会议,申请参加论坛的报名表格见于本通告的附件,请填写附件表格并电邮给 Max Hsu 先生(ccpl@hku.hk)。

会议主办方现公开征集参加此次论坛的论文建议(可用中文或英文撰写,内容包括论文题目以及不超过中文400字或英文200字的摘要)以及组织分组会议的小组的建议。如有意参加本次论坛,请注意以下几点:

• 提交报名表格(包括“参加论坛表格”和“组织小组表格”)的截止时间为2024年7月31日。

• 会议语言主要是英文,但部分分组会议可采用中文发言(但会议主办方不提供翻译)。

• 会议论文可以是关于亚洲宪法学研究或相关领域的任何方面,并不限於本次论坛的主题(“二十一世纪亚洲的宪法变迁”)。

• 所有参加会议的学者(包括论文报告人、下述主持人、评论人,以及参加本论坛但不担任论文报告人、主持人或评论人的其他参加者)须提交“参加论坛表格”。会议主办方特别欢迎参加者自行组成小组(panel)参加分组会议(parallel sessions)。“参加论坛表格”及“组织小组表格”均见于本通知的附件。

• 我们将安排参加本次论坛的论文报告人在会议中作口头发言(约10-15分钟,视乎有关分组会议的报告人人数而定);大会不硬性要求参加者提交论文全文。每位参加本论坛的学者最多可提交两篇论文建议(即可最多在两个分组会议上担任论文报告人)。

• 参加自行组织的分组会议的每位学者仍须提交“参加论坛表格”,并同时由组建该分组会议的小组的学者提交“组织小组表格”;“组织小组表格”的内容包括分组会议的题目和不超过中文400字或英文200字的简介、主持人(即组建该小组的学者)及评论人姓名丶各位报告人(在分组会议宣读论文者)的姓名丶每位报告人的论文题目。分组会议的主持人可以同时兼任该分组会议的评论人及/或报告人之一。主持人、评论人及报告人均须另外提交上述“参加论坛表格”。在分组会议以报告人或评论人身份发言者的总人数不应超过五人,分组会议的时间长度是75分钟。会议主办方特别鼓励组建有男女学者共同参加的分组会议。

• 本次论坛的报名费(登记费)为港币390元,在7月31日前提交“参加论坛表格”的论文报告人、主持人和评论人可获豁免报名费。12月9日会议晚宴的所有参加者须缴付有关餐费,详情稍后公布。参加本论坛的旅费及住宿费自理,稍后将提供港大附近的酒店的资料。

• 如有查询,请电邮香港大学法律学院徐皓(Max Hsu)先生(电邮地址:ccpl@hku.hk)。

本次论坛将是研究亚洲宪法学的中外学者共聚一堂并探讨共同关心的研究议题的宝贵机会。我们期待在香港见到您!

香港大学法律学院
2024年4月

附件:
1. 参加论坛表格
您可以 (1) 下载此表 [链接] 并将其直接发送到上述电邮, 或者 (2) 直接填写在线问卷 [链接]
2. 组织小组表格
您可以 (1) 下载此表 [链接] 并将其直接发送到上述电邮, 或者 (2) 直接填写在线问卷 [链接]

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

HKU Law Welcomes Prof. Weilin Xiao

Welcome to Prof. Weilin Xiao, who joins the Faculty of Law as an Assistant Professor.

Weilin Xiao’s academic interests include family law, comparative law, and legal history, with a focus on the East Asian region. In 2021, Weilin’s paper, “Expansion and Restriction: A Comparative Study of Modernization of Family Laws in Japan and China,” was awarded the Colin B. Picker Graduate Prize by the American Society of Comparative Law.

His J.S.D. dissertation, currently undergoing revision for publication as a monograph, concerns the divergent approaches toward modernizing family laws in Japan and China. Through a comparative perspective, Weilin seeks to answer why Japan and China coordinated legal transplantation and their own customary family laws differently, and how such choices shaped the modernization of those countries in the twentieth century.

Weilin obtained his J.S.D. degree from Yale Law School in 2024, following his LL.M. degree earned in 2019. Weilin was a Yale Legal History Forum Fellow in 2023. During the 2022–2023 academic year, Weilin was a Yale Fox International Fellow at the School of Law, Waseda University. He spent the 2019–2020 academic year as a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo, under the International Dissertation Research Fellowship awarded by the Yale MacMillan Center. Prior to Yale, Weilin completed his LL.B. and first LL.M. degree at Peking University.

Monday, July 8, 2024

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Wednesday, July 3, 2024

RGC Awards $4.6 Million in Research Funding to HKU Law 2024/25


Congratulations to our seven colleagues who were successful in the 2024-2025 round of research grant funding by Hong Kong's Research Grants Council (RGC). The seven General Research Fund (GRF) projects that were funded cover a wide range of topics, from China’s plea leniency system to the work conditions of early-career lawyers in China to the problem of animal rescue hoarding in Hong Kong. The details of the new funded projects are as follows:

GRF:



Professor John Zhuang Liu


Saturday, June 29, 2024

Sida Liu et al on Digital Habitus and Age-based Earnings Differentials in Online Legal Services (BJIR)

"Where rookies prevail: Digital habitus and age-based earnings differentials in online legal services"
Sida Liu, Yao Yao
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Published online: June 2024

Abstract: This research investigates how and why the digitalization of work can disrupt age-based earnings stratification in an occupation. Analysing a service archive dataset from a major online legal service platform in China, the study finds that, contrary to the traditional patterns of income inequality, younger lawyers earn more than older lawyers in the digital legal field. Further analyses of the platform's service records and interviews with lawyers working on this platform suggest that the platform's work content and work distribution mechanism make mature lawyers’ human, social and symbolic capital less useful. Meanwhile, the preferences of platform clients place added value on younger lawyers’ digital habitus and turn it into a new form of cultural capital, manifested in their proficiency and effectiveness in digital communication. By examining habitus and capital in the emerging digital legal field, this research deepens the understanding of the impact of digital technologies on knowledge-intensive occupations.

Friday, June 28, 2024

"Reining in Tech Platforms" (Marcelo Thompson Profiled in HKU Bulletin)

"Reining in Tech Platforms"
Marcelo Thompson
HKU Bulletin
Published in May 2024

Fake news and misinformation are easily published and circulated on platforms such as Google, Facebook and YouTube. There are moves to make these media responsible for the message they convey.

In 2022, US courts ordered American talk show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay more than US$1 billion in damages to the parents of several of the 20 children murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School by a gunman in 2012. Jones had been claiming online since 2014 that the deaths were a ‘hoax’ and the parents ‘crisis actors’ and, until 2018, platforms such as Facebook and YouTube allowed his content to be posted and shared. They removed him that year for a range of offensive content, but the question lingered: what obligation did those platforms have to keep such fake and harmful information out of the public arena?

To Dr Marcelo Thompson, Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, the answer is clear – platforms must do more to moderate their content. Unfortunately, while many platforms are global and their content circulates worldwide, the laws that govern them are set locally, impeding convergence, he said.

Click here to read the full text.

Thursday, June 6, 2024

HKU Law Welcomes Prof. Craig Purshouse

Welcome to Prof. Craig Purshouse, who joins the Faculty of Law as an Associate Professor. Craig is also a Research Fellow in the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law at the University of Hong Kong. Before joining HKU, he was a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Liverpool and, before that held lectureships at Liverpool and the University of Leeds.

Craig’s research interests are in the law of torts and medical law, with a particular focus on the area where they overlap: medical negligence. He has published widely on his research interests in a range of leading generalist and specialist law journals, as well as editing and contributing to edited collections of essays.

Craig’s research has been cited by the UK Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal of Singapore, the High Court of England and Wales, the English and Scottish Law Commissions and in the UK Parliament. While at Liverpool, Craig was the joint editor-in-chief of the journal Medical Law International and remains a member of the editorial board. He was also previously on the editorial board of the Medical Law Review.

Craig completed his LLB in Law at the University of Sheffield and his MA and PhD at the University of Manchester.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Douglas Arner et al on The financialisation of Crypto: Designing an international regulatory consensus (CLSR)

"The financialisation of Crypto: Designing an international regulatory consensus"
Douglas Arner, Dirk A Zetzsche, Ross P Buckley, Jamieson M Kirkwood
Computer Law and Security Review, Volume 53
Published online: May 2024

Abstract: Bitcoin was presented in 2008 as a technology-driven alternative to the weaknesses of the traditional monetary, payment and financial systems dramatically highlighted by the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. The underlying technology – blockchain and distributed ledger technology – was posed as a technological solution to the problems of trust, confidence, transparency and behaviour traditionally addressed in finance through a framework of law, regulation and institutions (including markets and the state). Cryptocurrencies, blockchain, distributed ledger technology and decentralised finance were designed to address the weaknesses and risks in traditional finance. Yet fifteen years of evolution culminating in the Crypto Winter of 2022–23 have demonstrated that crypto is neither special nor immune and has come to feature all the classic problems of traditional finance. As the crypto ecosystem has evolved, the market failures and externalities of traditional finance have emerged – a process we term the ‘financialisation’ of crypto. These include conflicts of interests, information asymmetries, centralisation and interconnections, over-enthusiastic market participants, plus agency, operational and financial risks. We argue that (a) in order to develop successfully going forward, the crypto ecosystem needs to assimilate the centuries of experience of underpinning traditional finance with law and regulation, and (b) in the aftermath of the Crypto Winter, an international consensus is crystalising in respect of the regulation of the crypto ecosystem. We argue regulatory systems are now being instituted to ensure the proper functioning of crypto and its interconnections with traditional finance. The lessons of the financialisation of crypto also apply more broadly: appropriately designed regulatory systems are central to financial market functioning and development.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Sida Liu and Sitao Li on Rights in China: Myths, Abuses, and Politics (Annual Reviews)

"Rights in China: Myths, Abuses, and Politics"
Sida Liu and Sitao Li
Annual Review of Sociology
Published online: May 2024

Abstract: This article presents a sociological perspective on understanding rights in China, examining the interplay between multiple myths of rights, rights abuses, and the politics of rights within various social and physical spaces. It highlights competing myths of rights held by the state, ordinary citizens, rights activists, and legal professionals. The article examines how rights abuses contribute to rights consciousness and mobilization across different human rights domains in a repressive political context. By analyzing the politics of rights in interconnected spaces, such as the street, the legal system, the global arena, and cyberspace, it emphasizes the importance of continuous engagement between domestic and overseas actors in shaping China's human rights future. The article encourages social science researchers to thoroughly examine the myths, abuses, and politics of rights before making normative judgments about China's human rights conditions.


Monday, May 27, 2024

Hui Jing on Third-Party and Bankruptcy Effects under Chinese Trust Law: Comparisons with English Trust Law (Asian Journal of Comparative Law)

"Third-Party and Bankruptcy Effects under Chinese Trust Law: Comparisons with English Trust Law"
Hui Jing
Asian Journal of Comparative Law
Published online: April 2024

Abstract: In English law, the trust's third-party and bankruptcy effects contribute significantly to its wide use in commercial transactions. In view of the trust's attractiveness in conducting commercial dealings, China has also introduced the trust model into its domestic legal system to enhance its financial infrastructure. However, given the extent to which Chinese law has been influenced by the Roman-Germanic tradition, China's replication of the trust's third-party and bankruptcy effects has encountered doctrinal obstacles. Drawing upon the experience of its Northeast Asian forerunners, China has established two mechanisms to achieve the third-party and bankruptcy effects: the regime of trust fund independence and the granting of the right of rescission to beneficiaries. These two mechanisms represent the adjustments made by Chinese legislators in the process of transplanting the trust model into the Chinese legal context. Adopting a comparative law perspective, this article examines these mechanisms in the Chinese law setting for two reasons: first, to explore the mechanisms’ constituent elements and their operation, as well as the roles of both mechanisms in the Chinese trust law system; and second, to furnish comparative law scholarship with broader insights into rule transplantation and reconciliation.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

New Chinese book by Michael Ng: Political Censorship in British Hong Kong: Freedom of Expression and the Law (1842–1997) (Joint Publishing)

噤若寒蟬:港英時代對媒體和言論的政治審查(1842-1997)
(Political Censorship in British Hong Kong: Freedom of Expression and the Law (1842–1997))
吳海傑 (Michael Ng)
三聯書店(香港) (Joint Publishing)
出版日期 (Publication date):April 2024

簡介(Description): 今天,法治已經成為香港人的核心價值之一,並且以為在英國管治下,香港的言論自由與新聞自由比回歸後更有保障。作者在支持香港需要保障法治和自由的基礎下,反對這種建基於錯誤的歷史觀的說法。本書廣泛而深入地分析各種解密歷史檔案史料,質疑這一老生常談,對於英國在香港的法律制度提出新的詮釋。

The English version of the book was published in September 2022, click here for more details.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Call for registration: Giving a voice to the unheard victims of environmental crime (22 May 2024)

Illegal wildlife trade is the fourth most lucrative black market for transnational crime. Smuggling of endangered species is a low risk, high-profit crime, made all the more attractive to criminals in the absence of deterrent sentencing and effective enforcement.

To help legal professionals counter wildlife crime, Professor Amanda Whitfort of the Law Faculty has developed an international tool to help judges and prosecutors better understand the harms caused by illegal wildlife trade.  Bringing together law and science, her Species Victim Impact Statements initiative sets out the impacts of wildife crime for over 150 species, providing a voice for animals, plants and ecosystems in the criminal justice system. The SVIS initiative has been endorsed as an effective tool to combat wildlife crime by the United National Office on Drugs and Crime and has been included in the Nigerian Rapid Reference Guide for Prosecutors published in 2023. Professor Whitfort will talk about her approach to educating law enforcement officers in a seminar with the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime this Wednesday 22 May at 4pm. Registration is free and please click here for registration online.


Giving a voice to the unheard victims of environmental crime

A Talk By Amanda Whitfort , Prof Ray Jansen , Alastair MacBeath , Diana Chilambwe , Edward Banda (ACAZ, LLB, Cert) And Ashleigh Dore

22 May 2024
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM HKT

About This Talk

Animals and other species are often voiceless victims of environmental crimes. Such crimes were often marginalized in the legal sphere, treated as minor infractions with little regard for the impact on species and ecosystems. However, a new legal approach is reshaping how these offences are prosecuted and perceived. Species victim impact statements articulate the harm caused by environmental crimes from an animal rights perspective, the detrimental effects on species populations, the broader ecological damage as well as the associated impact on human populations.

This in an innovative approach that introduces eco-centric concerns into anthropocentric legal systems. It has grown into an effective body of practice, leading to increased sentences for environmental crimes in countries where academics and civil society organizations promoting this tactic are operating. The GI-TOC recently published a guide on the experience of those who have successfully developed and used species victim impact statements in Hong Kong, South Africa and Zambia.

This event brings together these experts to discuss why species victim impact statements are necessary, the particular challenges for their respective jurisdictions while offering guidance to assist those looking to develop these statements for use in court.

James Fry et al on Aristocrats in Arbitration: Did Class Affect Inter-state Arbitration Before or After the 1899 Hague Peace Conference? (Hague Journal on the Rule of Law)

"Aristocrats in Arbitration: Did Class Affect Inter-state Arbitration Before or After the 1899 Hague Peace Conference?"
James Fry, Arthur L. W. Cheung, Bryane Michael 
Hague Journal on the Rule of Law
Published online: April 2024

Abstract: This article explores whether the aristocratic status of arbitrators or disputants affected the outcome of inter-state arbitrations either before or after the 1899 Hague Peace Conference. This article takes a longue durée approach to the topic by including all inter-state arbitrations between 1794 and 1989. The research shows a statistically significant relationship between respondent-appointed aristocratic arbitrators on a tribunal and the outcome against the aristocratic party, as well as a statistically significant relationship between no respondent-appointed aristocratic arbitrators and outcome in favor of the claimant, but only in inter-state arbitrations before the Conference for both of these relationships. This article brings into question whether aristocratic arbitrators from before the Conference were fully committed to the international rule of law. Moreover, it highlights how such arbitrators stopped making their decisions based on class after the Conference, which should reassure users of inter-state arbitration that worry about such biases.


Friday, May 17, 2024

Yating Lin Awarded the 2nd Runner-up of the 2024 Young ITA Writing Competition and Award

Congratulations to Yating Lin (PhD candidate), whose one chapter of her doctoral thesis was awarded the 2nd Runner-up of the 2024 Young ITA Writing Competition and Award by the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Young ITA. The thesis was supervised by Professor Weixia Gu and co-supervised by Professor Yun Zhao

     Background on the prize: The writing competition organized by Young ITA is a unique opportunity for young professionals to contribute actively to the research of international arbitration and to be recognized as qualified voices in this area, as well as to get involved in the activities of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration. 

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Report Launch Event: Designing a Legal Framework for Carbon Neutrality in the HKSAR

How can we design a climate law for Hong Kong?

This is the topic of a new report co-authored by Ms Jane Chan (HKU-UCL LLB Student). Join her at the report presentation and panel event, ‘Designing a Legal Framework for Carbon Neutrality in the HKSAR’ with Mr Tommy Liu (Hogan Lovells Partner), Mr Lawrence IU (Civic Exchange, Executive Director) and Dr Agnes Tai (Climate Governance Initiative, Governing Board) on 21 May 2024 at 3 pm at the Hogan Lovells office.

Report Background
Civic Exchange and Hogan Lovells (as this project’s pro-bono partner) are working together with the objective of improving Hong Kong’s climate governance accountability and transparency by proposing recommendations for the establishment of a legal framework. The aim of a legal framework is to govern the achievement and progress of Hong Kong’s carbon neutrality targets and to provide a basis for enhanced monitoring, reporting, and enforcement of compliance.

Our recommendations were informed by the insights of 20+ solicitors, barristers, academics, Government officials, and legislators across Hong Kong, UK, Singapore, Germany, and China.

The expected outcomes of this project is to:

  • Establish discussion between key stakeholders, such as legal professionals, academics, legislators, and industry experts, on improving Hong Kong’s current climate governance to enhance overall accountability and transparency.
  • Propose recommendations to establish a legal framework for climate governance in Hong Kong.
  • Identify key parameters and considerations for incorporation into the legal framework.

Event Details
Date: 21 May 2024
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm (Registration and set-up of cameras begin at 14:30)
Venue: Hogan Lovells Office, 11th Floor, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong

Event Rundown
2:30 pm: Registration and set-up of cameras
3:00 pm: Opening speech and commence of the discussion
4:30 pm: Conference concludes, Teas/Coffees and snacks are served

This is an event organized by the Civic Exchange.

Please register here for an exclusive entry, as walk-ins won’t be allowed. 

Monday, May 6, 2024

Peter Chau on Tort Law and Contractualism (Law and Philosophy)

"Tort Law and Contractualism"
Peter Chau
Law and Philosophy
Published online: April 2024

Abstract: How can tort law be justified? There are well-known difficulties with the three traditional theories of tort law dominating the literature (namely, economic theory, corrective justice theory, and civil recourse theory). Recently, some have turned to moral contractualism in search of tort law’s foundation. One of the most prominent attempts was made by Gregory Keating. Keating’s account, however, has been subjected to powerful objections. In a recent paper, John Oberdiek, through a sympathetic critique of Keating’s account, develops a new version of contractualist tort theory that is alleged to be at once superior to the three traditional theories of tort law and immune to the objections to Keating’s account. The aim of my paper is to critically assess Oberdiek’s account; I will argue that, while Oberdiek’s account does improve upon Keating’s in some important respects, it is ultimately unsatisfactory.

Friday, May 3, 2024

Valeria Vázquez Guevara Awarded the Harold Luntz Graduate Research Thesis Prize 2023

Congratulations to Valeria Vázquez Guevara, whose PhD Thesis “Truth Commissions: The Authority of International Law and the State after Conflict” was awarded the Harold Luntz Graduate Research Thesis Prize 2023 by the Melbourne Law School. The thesis was supervised by Professor Sundhya Pahuja and Professor Shaun McVeigh. The thesis forms the basis of Valeria's forthcoming monograph, Truth Commissions and International Law: Jurisdiction, Representation, Authority (under contract, Cambridge University Press).

     Background on the prize: The Harold Luntz Graduate Research Thesis Prize is awarded annually to the Melbourne Law School graduate research student judged to have presented the best thesis in the previous year, provided that the nominee meets an overall level of excellence required for the award. It is named for Emeritus Professor Harold Luntz, a world expert on torts law and a former dean and professor at Melbourne Law School.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Alec Stone Sweet Co-Authored article "Reversing delegation? Politicization, de-delegation, and non-majoritarian institutions" achieved the top 10 most-cited papers published in Governance

Congratulations to Alec Stone Sweet whose co-authored the article "Reversing delegation? Politicization, de-delegation, and non-majoritarian institutions", achieved the top 10 most-cited papers published in Governance during the period 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2023. Governance provides a forum for the theoretical and empirical study of executive politics, public policy, administration, and the organization of the state. Published in association with International Political Science Association's Research Committee on the Structure & Organization of Government (SOG), it emphasizes peer-reviewed articles that take an international or comparative approach to public policy and administration.