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Appel à contribution : La théorie de l’État au défi de l’anthropologie Revue Droit & Philosophie, vol. 12

Appel à contribution

La théorie de l’État au défi de l’anthropologie

Revue Droit & Philosophie, vol. 12

Date limite le jeudi 12 décembre 2019

L’objectif du présent volume est de mettre en évidence la tension qui caractérise les rapports entre deux projets scientifiques : d’une part, le projet d’une théorie juridique de l’État ; d’autre part, le projet anthropologique. Par anthropologie on entend ici l’étude empirique des sociétés non-occidentales (notamment des sociétés que l’on avait coutume d’appeler « primitives » ou « archaïques ») dans la mesure où elle vise, comme l’écrivait Claude Lévi-Strauss, à manifester l’existence de « propriétés générales de la vie sociale ». Or l’anthropologie ainsi entendue s’est largement constituée en miroir avec la théorie de l’État. Au moment même où celle-ci cherchait en Europe à s’isoler dans l’abstraction d’un système clos de concepts (la souveraineté, la constitution, le droit positif, les fonctions de l’État, etc.), les découvertes anthropologiques invitaient au contraire à réinscrire l’État moderne occidental dans une compréhension plus générale de la vie sociale. L’anthropologie n’a cessé depuis lors d’interroger la théorie de l’État, contribuant ainsi à une critique constructive des réflexions occidentales relatives au pouvoir et au droit.

Selon une première perspective relevant de l’histoire des idées, les contributions pourront porter sur de grandes figures ou de grands moments de cette confrontation. Des études monographiques pourraient par exemple examiner l’apparition conjointe, chez certains auteurs du XVIIIe siècle, des linéaments d’une théorie de l’État et des premiers signes d’une recherche anthropologique (Montesquieu, Rousseau, les Écossais) ; ou les premières tentatives faites par des anthropologues pour définir le droit indépendamment de la théorie de l’État (Malinowski, Hoebel). D’autres contributions pourraient mettre en évidence la façon dont des juristes ont eu recours à l’anthropologie pour renouveler la théorie abstraite de l’État : Sumner Maine, Duguit, Hauriou, Hayek, ont montré chacun à leur manière que la juridiction, la législation et l’exécution n’étaient pas seulement des « fonctions », mais aussi des dimensions invariantes des sociétés humaines dont la genèse et l’articulation pouvaient être mises en évidence.

Selon une approche relevant de la philosophie du droit et de la philosophie politique, les contributions pourront aussi analyser, sous divers angles, les multiples implications des enseignements anthropologiques pour la théorie de l’État. En s’appuyant sur ceux-ci, certaines études sont ainsi susceptibles d’infirmer les prétentions propres à l’« universalisme abstrait » auquel s’attachent diverses conceptions de l’État, en soulignant par exemple leur caractère potentiellement ethnocentrique. D’autres contributions pourraient également, à partir des leçons de l’anthropologie, refuser l’identification du droit en général avec le droit de l’État et, contre ce lieu commun du positivisme juridique, reconsidérer avec davantage de finesse la coutume et plus largement le pluralisme juridique ; songeons ainsi au « deep legal pluralism » de John Griffiths. Certains travaux, enfin, pourraient aborder de front l’enjeu politique que soulève cette confrontation, en mettant notamment en lumière les doctrines politiques qui, de manière parfois sous-jacente, s’affrontent à propos de la définition idoine du droit et du pouvoir. 

Selon ces deux axes, l’ambition de ce volume est de proposer un autre regard sur la théorie de l’État, afin de soumettre au doute ses bases les plus convenues en croisant les approches de juristes et de philosophes, conformément à la ligne éditoriale de la revue Droit & Philosophie.

Les résumés de propositions de contribution, en français ou en anglais, devront être envoyés à l’adresse de la revue : droitphilosophie@gmail.com jusqu’au jeudi 12 décembre 2019 (inclus). Leur taille ne devra pas excéder 6000 signes (espaces comprises). Ils seront accompagnés d’une bibliographie. En vue de leur anonymisation pour l’évaluation par deux rapporteurs selon le principe du double anonymat, les fichiers devront être envoyés dans un format modifiable (.doc, .docx, .odt).

Numéro coordonné par Tristan Pouthier (Université d’Orléans) et Pierre-Marie Raynal (Université de Cergy-Pontoise)

 

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Les notifications d’acceptation ou de refus seront données d’ici le 15 janvier 2020.

Les contributions complètes et définitives seront à remettre d’ici le lundi 15 juin 2020.

La publication numérique interviendra en novembre 2020 et la publication papier chez Dalloz au printemps 2021.

conférence de Baudouin Dupret : « Le droit à proprement parler : avènement historique et pratiques contemporaines du droit positif, à partir de sa marge musulmane » (11 oct. 2019, Univ. de Bordeaux)

Université de Bordeaux
Faculté de droit et de science politique
Institut de recherche Montesquieu
Avenue Léon Duguit
Bâtiment recherche droit
Salle Manon Cormier
33608 PESSAC

Contact : laetitia.guerlain@u-bordeaux.fr

 

 

 

clio@themis, n°16 : Droit et anthropologie : archéologie d’un savoir à la renaissance

  • GÉRALDINE CAZALS ET MARIE HOULLEMARE

    Les juristes et l’anthropologie à la Renaissance

    À lire certains ouvrages consacrés à la naissance et au développement de l’anthropologie, il semblerait que la question soit tranchée : ce seraient les travaux des naturalistes (Linné, Buffon) ayant permis de classer l’homme au sein des espèces naturelles, l’influence des philosophes (de Rousseau à Kant) ayant proposé une théorie de la nature humaine, et les récits et les observations issus de la seconde grande vague d’exploration (en Afrique, en Amérique, dans le Pacifique), qui auraient permis de (…)

     
  • RACHEL DARMON

    L’institution des dieux : mythologie, anthropologie et humanisme juridique à la Renaissance

    Résumé : Si l’anthropologie moderne diverge, par la systématicité de sa méthodologie, de pratiques d’écriture érudites au statut encore erratique, ses préoccupations n’étaient pas absentes de la démarche des humanistes, à l’intérieur, bien sûr de certaines limites. Au XVIe siècle commence à émerger une étude du fait religieux compris comme un fait de culture, comme une technique élaborée et institutionnalisée. L’humanisme juridique apporte à la tradition mythologique un cadre de réflexion sur le rôle des (…)

     
  • GÉRALDINE CAZALS

    Mens emblematica, mens juridica, mens anthropologica. Réflexions autour de la contribution des jurisconsultes humanistes auteurs d’emblèmes à l’anthropologie (premier XVIe siècle)

    Résumé : Cet article se propose d’analyser la place prise par les savoirs et les questionnements intéressant l’anthropologie dans le cadre des travaux liés au développement de l’emblématique dans la première moitié du XVIe siècle. Via l’étude de divers emblèmes composés notamment par André Alciat, Guillaume de La Perrière, Barthélemy Aneau ou Pierre Coustau, il s’attache à démontrer non seulement les liens entre emblématique, étude des rites antiques et analyse de différents phénomènes sociaux et humains, mais (…)

     
  • GAËLLE DEMELEMESTRE

    Les Dominicains et les Indiens

    Résumé : La conquête du Nouveau Monde a très rapidement suscité dans l’Espagne du XVIe siècle de violents débats, centrés autour de deux interrogations majeures portant sur le droit des Espagnols à la conquête et à la domination des Indes et sur leur droit à réduire les Indiens à l’esclavage. Pour y répondre, les théologiens et juristes espagnols de l’ordre de saint Dominique ont procédé à deux grandes innovations, que le présent article entreprend de développer. La première a été d’appuyer et de conforter leur (…)

     
  • GRÉGOIRE HOLTZ

    De l’« ensauvagement » à l’observation participante : archéologie d’une catégorie anthropologique

    Résumé : Cet article montre comment la notion d’observation participante, théorisée au XXe siècle, trouve ses origines dans les récits de voyages de la Renaissance qui expérimentent déjà l’enquête en immersion dans des sociétés étrangères. Si la légitimité de ces témoignages est héritée du paradigme judiciaire, les écrits juridiques empruntent réciproquement de nombreuses références aux récits pré-ethnographiques pour autoriser leur propos. Ces premières formes d’observation participante sont à la fois légitimées (…)

     
  • ANDREA DAHER

    Le Sauvage convertible dans l’alliance amicale franco-tupi (XVIIe siècle)

    Résumé : Ce texte porte sur l’inscription des « codes relationnels » établis avec les Indiens Tupinamba dans les récits des capucins Claude d’Abbeville et Yves d’Évreux, au début du XVIIe siècle, dans une perspective comparative par rapport au livre du huguenot Jean de Léry, dont ils sont tributaires. Il s’agit de répondre à la question de l’historicité de la notion de sympathie, dans la mise en place de critères d’identification (atribution de similitude) et de relation (hiérarchie) entre les hommes. (…)

     
  • CÉLINE ROYNIER

    L’anthropologie et le droit dans les conflits historiographiques de l’Angleterre prémoderne : l’exemple du Philadelphus de R. Harvey (1593)

    Résumé : Richard Harvey, astrologue anglais du XVIe siècle, est un auteur assez méconnu. Pourtant, c’est dans son texte intitulé Philaldelphus, paru en 1593, qu’apparait pour la première fois en langue anglaise le terme d’« anthropology ». L’objet de cet article est de tenter de dégager le sens dans lequel est employé ce terme – qui est défini par l’auteur comme l’étude de la généalogie et des actes des personnes – à partir des éléments culturels de l’époque et notamment, d’éléments de culture juridique ainsi (…)

     
  • GILDUIN DAVY

    Par-delà les brumes du Nord : remarques sur la caractérologie juridique dans l’Historia om de nordiska folken d’Olaus Magnus (1555)

    Résumé : À bien des égards, Olaus Magnus – comme son frère Johannes – peut être considéré comme un père du gothicisme, entendu comme un mouvement d’idée engendrant une nouvelle approche anthropologique du Nord. Son Historia om de nordiska folken amorce en effet une nouvelle perception des peuples scandinaves (principalement les Suédois) dans laquelle est mis en lumière tout un faisceau de valeurs primaires qui configurent leur identité à la fois politique et juridique commune. En tout état de cause, sa (…)

     
  • JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC SCHAUB

    Le sang, notion politique et régulateur social sous l’Ancien Régime. Pour une histoire longue de la race

    Résumé : Un des arguments des historiens qui avancent que la question raciale ne prend forme qu’à l’époque contemporaine consiste à montrer que l’évocation du sang est métaphorique avant l’avènement du racisme dit scientifique. Il se serait agi d’évoquer la place de l’identité lignagère à travers une image, celle du sang qui coule de génération en génération. Le présent article, s’appuyant sur des sources à la fois normatives et littéraires, entend montrer au contraire que, dès la fin du Moyen Âge, le sang réel (…)

     
  • MARIE-CLARTÉ LAGRÉE

    Des apprentis anthropologues au Levant à la fin du XVIe siècle (Nicolay, Regnault, Giraudet, Villamont) : conditions de contact et questionnement

    Résumé : En s’appuyant sur quatre voyageurs français de la seconde moitié du XVIesiècle qui se sont rendus au Levant et ont publié leur récit, cet article étudie la vision anthropologique qui pouvait être la leur. Après avoir présenté les conditions de contact, d’un point de vue juridique et diplomatique, et avoir démontré que ces occasions étaient réelles, cette étude souligne la force de la croyance en l’unité du genre humain et avance que l’intérêt des voyageurs se porte non sur l’homme, mais davantage (…)

     

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  • CARLOS PETIT

    John H. Wigmore and European Culture in the Progressive Era

    Résumé : Nous nous intéressons ici aux initiatives de John Henry Wigmore (1863-1943), doyen de la faculté de droit de la Northwestern University. Depuis le début du dernier siècle, Wigmore a promu plusieurs collections (en anglais) d’œuvres de renommés juristes européens, en matiére du droit pénal, de l’histoire du droit, bref, de la philosophie du droit. Ces pages proposent des clefs pour procéder à une interprétation des collections et pour déveler les stratégies adoptées dans une dynamique de (…)

Colloque : Les peuples autochtones : quels droits ? quelle protection ? (24-25 mai, Aix-Marseille Université)

Colloque

Les peuples autochtones : quels droits ? quelle protection ?

Du vendredi 24 mai 2019 au samedi 25 mai 2019


Présentation

Un colloque sur un sujet très actuel mais qui n’attire malheureusement pas assez l’attention. Cet évènement a pour but de sensibiliser à la cause de la protection et de la reconnaissance pleines et entières des peuples autochtones et de leur patrimoine.

Nous mettons un point d’honneur sur la recherche d’intervenants de qualité et concernés par ces problématiques : ONG en contact direct avec les peuples, représentants d’autochtones, juristes, chercheurs spécialistes, etc.

Des temps d’échange seront organisés entre le public et les intervenants.

Se tiendra également une exposition de grands photographes professionnels dans le Hall principal de la Faculté de droit d’Aix-en-Provence, du lundi 20 mai au samedi 25 mai 2019.

Programme

Vendredi 24 mai 2019

13h30 : Accueil des participants et allocution de bienvenue

14h00 : Conférence introductive

Peuples autochtones et environnement : Écocide, biopiraterie, appropriation des expressions culturelles – Exemple du peuple Kanak en Nouvelle- Calédonie 
Mme. Subama Mapou, porte-parole IKAPALA et Comité Rhéébù Nùù

Reconnaissance et statut juridique des peuples autochtones 
Mr. Daniel Arboleda, doctorant AMU

15h30 : Pause

Table ronde n°1 – Droit à la terre

15h45 : Le droit de propriété des peuples autochtones 
Pr. Aurélie Laurent, université du Mans

Les menaces aux territoires – l’affaire Montagne d’Or 
Mme. Marine Calmet, représentante ONG Nature Rights

17h20 : Exposition et buffet

Discussions informelles entre les différents intervenants et le public autour d’un buffet et d’œuvres photographiques professionnelles

19h30 : Clôture

Samedi 25 mai 2019

9h00 : Accueil des participants / petit-déjeuner

Table ronde n°2 – l’importance des cultures autochtones

09h15 : Opportunités et contraintes du patrimoine culturel immatériel pour les cultures autochtones 
Pr. Laurent  Sébastien Fournier, Université AMU

La notion de “génocide culturel” – Le cas des residential schools au Canada 
Mme. Lorraine Dumont, doctorante AMU

10h45 : Pause

Table ronde n°3 – Les actions menées en faveur des peuples autochtones

11h00 : Les actions pour la préservation de la Culture – ACCB Bordeaux et les arrivants de Nouvelle- Calédonie 
Mme. Rachelle Hnawia, représentante Association ACCB

Protection des expressions culturelles, symboles et artisanat traditionnel 
Mme. Marine Calmet, représentante ONG Nature Rights

12h30 : Clôture et restauration

Accès gratuit, tout public

Faculté de droit et science politique
Amphithéâtre Favoreu
3 Avenue Robert Schuman
13100 Aix-en-Provence

Source : https://univ-droit.fr/actualites-de-la-recherche/manifestations/31603-les-peuples-autochtones-quels-droits-quelle-protection

Book Review: An Anthropology of Marxism by Cedric J. Robinson

In An Anthropology of Marxism, reissued posthumously, Cedric J. Robinson provides a novel lens for deconstructing the work of Karl Marx by challenging Marx’s assertion that capitalism is an essential precondition for socialism. Robinson’s account holds great potential as a tool of political praxis, writes Eric Loefflad, and its critique of Marxism offers a new dimension of Marxist strategy for today’s world. An Anthropology of Marxism. Cedric J. Robinson. Pluto Press. 2019. 
In the decade following the 2008 financial crisis, global inequality is rising, climate disaster is impending and far-right authoritarianism is enjoying one political victory after another. As existing institutional logics fail to explain, let alone rectify, these situations, it is unsurprising that Karl Marx’s critique of capitalism, long marginalised after the fall of the Soviet Union, is experiencing a resurgence. However, this renewed Marxist interest is accompanied by claims that Marxism is prone to rigidity/exclusionism in its theory of universal emancipation. Diverse in its manifestations, this line of critique has portrayed the Marxist tradition as flawed in its primary location of transformative agency in a predominantly white male industrial working class whose exploitation is facilitated by their status as formally equal agents. What is lost in this account is capitalism’s reliance on inequality-based structures that include: the uncompensated labour of women in the domestic sphere, racialised colonial dispossession and the coerced extraction of value from slaves, serfs and peasants.

Against this backdrop, Cedric J. Robinson’s An Anthropology of Marxism (hereinafter ‘Anthropology’) provides a novel lens for deconstructing the work of Marx and the critiques lodged against it. Reissued from its original 2001 edition with a foreword from HLT Quan and a preface by Avery Gordon, the central argument of the now deceased Robinson is that Marx was incorrect in his assertion that capitalism is an essential precondition for socialism. Here he frames Marx’s theoretical synthesis of German philosophy, English political economy and the French revolutionary legacy as failing to interrogate its own cultural and intellectual presumptions. Rather, by rejecting pre-Enlightenment emancipatory endeavours as inconsequential instances of ‘primitive socialism’, Marx embraced the very conceits of bourgeois ideology he purported to critique. From this premise, Robinson offers an alternative genealogy of socialism by turning to eleventh-, twelfth- and thirteenth-century Europe. According to this narrative, peasant uprisings against the power of merchants, feudal lords and the hierarchy of the Catholic Church were driven by interpretations of Christianity that, in varying form, called for radical distributional and gender equality. This foundational eruption of socialism prompted the existing order to suppress these efforts through a reconfiguration of previously pluralistic Christian doctrines that labelled these popular movements as ‘heretical’. Yet, despite this concerted suppression, a formative socialism lived on through religious orders such as the Franciscans, and later the Jesuits, who attained influence as dispute resolvers and charity-providers throughout Europe and later its overseas colonies.

From here, Robinson shows how the legacies of formative socialism shaped the thought of both Immanuel Kant and Georg Hegel, yet were excluded from Marx’s depiction of these theorists. Following this, Anthropology turns to Marx’s usage of Aristotle. Here Robinson claims that Aristotle’s conception of a political society of formally equal citizens, and its erasure of women and slaves, is reproduced in Marx’s conception of proletariat agency and its emphasis on formal equality as constitutive of capitalist social relations. For Robinson, this exclusion of medieval socialist formulations that centred the plight of formally unequal subjects was symptomatic of Marx’s investment in bourgeois Enlightenment conceptions of linear progress through rationality. Thus, under Marx’s influence:the originated discourse in Western socialism became subjugated knowledges. In their place socialism acquired an alternative and secularized natural history, one drawn from the discursive practices of scientific discourse and bourgeois hagiography (111).In evaluating Robinson’s argument, we must understand the intervention he was making in the context of Anthropology’s original 2001 publication. As Quan notes in the foreword, Robinson can be read as a response to the anti-socialist ethos of the post-Cold War era that purported to discard Marxism into the world-historic repository of failed ideas. Thus, in continuing the socialist project by unmooring it from its Marxist baggage, Robinson’s claim was ‘an unwavering act of faith in the ability and role of ordinary women and men to make their society anew’ (p. ix, notes omitted). While this may clarify Robinson’s purpose, it raises the question of how his analysis should be treated in our current moment in which Marxist critique has regained its relevance.That said, one means of engaging Robinson’s Anthropology is to understand it through the same modes of Marxist analysis it critiques. WhileAnthropology decries dialectical materialism as bourgeois intellectual arrogance that deprived socialism of its original promise, ironically Anthropology can be interpreted as presenting an extraordinarily innovative dialectic in its own right.  Here, if socialism, i.e. spiritual anti-hierarchical medieval communalism, was a ‘thesis’ that found its ‘antithesis’ in the individualistic rationality of the bourgeois Enlightenment, then Marxism can be understood as a ‘synthesis’ of the socialist ethic with Enlightenment analytical methods.This interpretation is supported by William Robert’s recent contextualisation of Capital within the workers’ movement of Marx’s time, which shows how Marx’s theory stemmed from claims that labour’s political goals required a sufficiently radical understanding of its distinct arena of struggle. If the medievally-rooted socialist ethic informed this backdrop of labour activism, then, far from ‘intellectual conceit’, Marx’s mastery over bourgeois theory for the purpose of levying an all-pervasive critique acted to prevent workers’ assertions from being co-opted by ultimately futile capitalist offerings of reform. While this view preserves Robinson’s premise that the existence of socialism is not contingent on the emergence of capitalism, it does add the caveat that perhaps socialism, at least in Marx’s context, required Marxism to resist capitalism.Nothing about this interpretation should detract from Robinson’s overarching point that we must decentre the agency of Marx’s privileged white male industrial working class when theorising anti-capitalist resistance. Although the Marxist tradition is certainly not without chauvinism in this regard, it has also been remarkably adaptive to self-critique. A key illustration of this is Onur Ince’s demonstration of how capitalist domination is a globally interconnected force, but its exploitation is experienced (and resisted) in different ways across varying temporal and spatial contexts that include wage labour, involuntary servitude and colonial dispossession. In taking this multi-layered perspective to the next level, Anthropology shows how postcolonial/decolonial critiques of Marxist orthodoxies regarding the non-European world also apply to Europe itself.Beyond its analytical value, Robinson’s account holds great potential as a tool of political praxis.  For what Anthropology confronts is the question of how exactly are we to make sense of the cultural and political significance of Europe’s medieval period in our current global moment? Especially in Europe and settler offshoots, this historical period is susceptible to being problematically invoked by both the liberal centre and the far right. For liberal centrists, this era can be characterised as an alleged ‘dark age’ of ignorant barbarism, and the fact that it was transcended justifies the narrative of linear progress. For the far right, this era acts as an alleged ‘golden age’ of pure white Christian identity that justifies the resurrection of violent, and potentially genocidal, fascism. Both of these narratives mischaracterise the material dynamics of the current global crisis and, in varying capacities, both are rooted in the belief in Western superiority over all other peoples. Through Robinson’s account, we are provided with a third option for understanding the contemporary meaning of Europe’s middle ages: a legacy of ordinary people struggling for emancipation against unjust material conditions. Thus, paradoxically, Anthropology’s relentless critique of Marxism offers great potential in forging an entirely new dimension of Marxist strategy in the actually-existing world.

Eric Loefflad is a PhD candidate in Law at the University of Kent, Canterbury. His current research focuses on the intertwined material histories of law, empire and the emergence of modern political consciousness.

Note: This review gives the views of the author, and not the position of the LSE Review of Books blog, or of the London School of Economics. 

bOOK REVIEW : Aboriginal Peoples and the Law: A Critical Introduction. Jim Reynolds. UBC Press. 2018.

Book Review: Aboriginal Peoples and the Law: A Critical Introduction by Jim Reynolds

Posted: 14 May 2019 06:13 AM PDTIn Aboriginal Peoples and the Law: A Critical IntroductionJim Reynolds offers an excellent new encapsulation of Canadian Aboriginal law, discussing 163 cases stretching from 1823 up until the present day and covering topics including sovereignty, Aboriginal title and treaties. Reynolds draws on his wealth of experience to provide a compendious summary of the development of Aboriginal law in Canada, writes Sarah PikeAboriginal Peoples and the Law: A Critical Introduction. Jim Reynolds. UBC Press. 2018.

‘Thoughtful and well-written (though brief!) analysis…’. This was part of the feedback I received in law school in 1993 on my Aboriginal Law paper about ‘Aboriginal title’, an Indigenous interest in land recognised by the common law. It occurs to me now, after practising Aboriginal law for much of the last 25 years and recently reading Jim Reynolds’s excellent new encapsulation of Canadian Aboriginal law, Aboriginal Peoples and the Law: A Critical Introduction, that my haste may not have been the only contributor to my brevity. In my defence – I now realise – there simply was a dearth of judicial decisions on my topic. Aboriginal Peoples makes clear from its very first page – a helpful one-page list of leading cases in Canadian Aboriginal law, stretching from 1823 (an American case) to 2016 – that there has been an explosion of Canadian judicial decisions concerning Aboriginal peoples and interests since the 1990s.
Of the 36 cases Reynolds lists on this opening page – his book discusses 163 overall – only ten had been decided when I was in law school. With respect to Aboriginal title, the subject matter of my paper, there were only two. The first was St. Catherine’s Milling (1888), decided by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in England sitting in appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court of Canada (as it did then) but not involving any Indigenous parties. The second was Calder (1973), the first case brought by Indigenous plaintiffs for a declaration of Aboriginal title. The Supreme Court of Canada decided the case in 1973 but not on the merits, as the majority of the court held that the plaintiffs had not obtained the Crown’s consent to sue it – a fiat – as was required at the time. Reynolds discusses these two cases in several places in his book, most notably in a section entitled ‘History of the Law of Aboriginal Title’ (94-102).
Reynolds obtained his undergraduate law degree in 1967 and his PhD in law in 1970, both from the London School of Economics; he then taught at LSE for several years and qualified as a barrister in England, before becoming a barrister and solicitor in British Columbia in 1980. Over the last 40 years, he has had a front-row (and occasionally a driver’s) seat to many of the developments in Canadian Aboriginal law. Reynolds has now bestowed on us the benefit of his experience, teaching ability, concise writing and learned synthesis of how we got to where we are today in Canada with respect to the subject matters of his title: Aboriginal Peoples and the Law.
Aboriginal Peoples, as the publisher blurb explains, is aimed at ‘students taking both introductory and specialist courses in Aboriginal law, Indigenous studies, or the social sciences; lawyers with an interest in Aboriginal law; and journalists, government officials, business people, and other members of the public who want a better understanding of where the law stands today and where it should go in the future’. As a lawyer with several decades behind me, I learned something on nearly every page. Most importantly, I appreciated Reynolds’s explanation of the context in which the law has been made through judges’ decisions and also of the relationships between the history and the present and between various sub-fields of Aboriginal law. But I also used this book as my course textbook when I recently taught a law school Aboriginal Law course. My students, I believe, found Aboriginal Peoples a straightforward and easily-comprehensible explanation of the law that enabled them to get up to speed quickly and to begin to analyse current legal issues.
Each of the book’s eight chapters averages just under 30 pages and is well-written in plain English. Reynolds assumes the reader’s intelligence, but not that she is coming to the book with years of experience in Aboriginal law: indeed, his first chapter is entitled ‘What is Aboriginal Law?’. Reynolds includes an important second chapter on the ‘Historical Background’ to Aboriginal law in Canada, a topic indispensable to a proper understanding of Aboriginal law. Reynolds then adds a third foundational chapter, ‘Sovereignty and Aboriginal-Crown Relations’, again providing the reader with this essential overarching perspective.
The heart of Aboriginal Peoples – at least, perhaps, from a law student’s or lawyer’s perspective – is its middle chapters about ‘Aboriginal Rights and Title’, ‘Treaties’ and ‘Consultation, Accommodation, and Consent’. Here, Reynolds discusses the historical development of the caselaw on each broad legal topic, bringing the reader right up to the most recently-decided cases (as of mid-2018). He synthesises both judicial decisions and scholarship, enabling the reader to see the fabric that the law has woven, rather than only the threads making up that fabric.
Reynolds’s penultimate chapter addresses two vast topics:  ‘Indigenous and International Law’.  Indigenous law, in particular, is a rapidly-developing field as Indigenous peoples recover and develop their own laws and legal systems, many of which settler societies and legal systems around the world almost eradicated. Those who are interested in this field – in which there has been a bounty of Canadian legal academic writing in the last decade or more – might be disappointed that Reynolds does not provide more in this chapter. Some might also argue with his assertion that Indigenous laws ‘do not form part of the Canadian law except to the extent that they have been incorporated into Canadian common law’ (175). Yet Reynolds was relying on a judge’s decision in drawing that conclusion, and those who wish to read more about this topic – or any other that Reynolds so ably canvasses – can investigate further by following the plethora of footnotes accompanying each chapter.
In his final chapter, ‘A Just Society?’, Reynolds – appropriately – provides more questions than answers about the future of Aboriginal law in Canada, including ‘probably the most important question for non-Aboriginal people in areas such as British Columbia’ – Reynolds’s home and mine – ‘where treaties have not been signed and Aboriginal title still exists’. This question is: ‘what does Aboriginal title mean for private property rights?’ (200). Indeed, this aspect of Aboriginal title is now a topic for law school papers, and Reynolds’s book is an excellent place to start in understanding this still-unresolved conflict between two legal interests that both appear to ‘confer exclusive use and possession’ of land (201). Aboriginal Peoplesbrings the reader up-to-date with respect to the current caselaw on Aboriginal title, explaining the Supreme Court of Canada’s decisions in Delgamuukw (1997), then Marshall; Bernard (2005) and, finally, Tsilhqot’in (2014) (see especially Chapter Four), thereby helping him to more fully understand the intricacies of the remaining questions.
Reynolds concludes Aboriginal Peoples with a section entitled ‘Evaluation of Existing Law’, writing in the first person, as he does on occasion through the book. In my experience, one of the difficulties in analysing Aboriginal law – whether a court decision or academic commentary – is perceiving the writer’s perspective, and I appreciated knowing when Reynolds was attempting to objectively explain the law and when he was commenting on it. His approach, I believe, contributes to the reader’s comprehension of the extent to which individual perspective affects Aboriginal law in Canada; indeed, this matter of ‘who is doing the writing?’ is itself one of the final topics Reynolds addresses. He provides his opinion that some of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decisions in Aboriginal law favour ‘liberal discourses of rights’, which include ‘an approach to equality that ignores, among other things, disparities in resources, political and social power, and social inequality generally’ (212-13). If a mark of a great book is that it makes one want to read further in the topic, then Reynolds has done a fine job. As is evident from this brief example, the questions and issues that Reynolds raises in his final pages are ones that not only law students and lawyers must consider, but also all citizens of Canada and many other settler nations as well.
That Reynolds provides us with his perspective occasionally in Aboriginal Peoples gives us a chance to reflect on how lucky we are as readers to be able to receive this, in addition to his compendious summary of the development of Aboriginal law in Canada. Were I to go back in my time machine to 1993 to discuss my paper with my law professor, I would keep Aboriginal Peoples and The Law: A Critical Introduction in my back pocket to help me better understand where we were in 1993, where we would be in 2018 and where we might very well end up in the years to come.

Sarah Pike is a lawyer in Vancouver, where she has worked since being called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1995. She has worked in a big firm, a small firm and government.  She has also been a graduate student in law and taught at a law school. Sarah is now a freelance lawyer practising Aboriginal and constitutional law through her own law firm, SPIKE Law.
Note: This review gives the views of the author, and not the position of the LSE Review of Books blog, or of the London School of Economics. 

Latest issue of the Journal of legal anthropology, Volume 2 (2018): Issue 2 (Dec 2018)

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call for writing-up fellowships at the Department “Law & Anthropology” at the Max planck institute for Social Anthropology in Halle

Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology is one of the leading centres for research in socialanthropology. Common to all research projects at the Max Planck Institute is the comparative analysis of social change; it is primarily in this domain that its researchers contribute to anthropological theory, though many programmes also have applied significance and political topicality.

The Law & Anthropology Department invites applications for Dissertation writing-up fellowships

Background

One of the aims of the Law & Anthropology Department is to offer a stimulating interdisciplinary forum whereboth anthropologists and lawyers can engage with one another and conduct cutting-edge, policy-relevant research linked to the intensification of exchanges and encounters among and between societies, communities and cultures in today’s world. This calls for an in-depth assessment of the ways in which different normative orders and systems of morality coexist at various levels of decision-making.

The Law & Anthropology Department offers writing-up fellowships to enable doctoral candidates in the final stage of their programme to spend up to 6 months at the Institute to take advantage of its resources while finalizing their dissertations. The topic must be of immediate relevance to the Department’s research programme (see: www.eth.mpg.de/2951631/department_foblets). The fellow must be prepared to participate in the activities of the Department during the fellowship period, and is expected to submit a working paper that addresses the topic of his or her research. A presentation of the doctoral research will be included in the Department’s seminar series.

A clear understanding must be reached in advance between the Director of the Department and the candidate’s principal supervisor regarding how the candidate can take fullest advantage of this period and how the home university and the Max Planck Institute can collaborate in the best interests of the candidate and of both institutions.

The writing-up fellowships can begin either in September 2019 or January 2020. The grants will be awarded for a period of 3 – 6 months. The Institute provides successful candidates with a monthly living stipend that is not taxable and is free of social security obligations.

The Max Planck Society is committed to an equal opportunity policy.

Application procedure

Applicants are asked to submit the following materials:

– cover letter;
– curriculum vitae;
– writing sample (chapter of the PhD dissertation);
– 1-2 page summary of the PhD work;
– photocopies of university degrees and transcripts;
– a letter of recommendation from the principal supervisor confirming that the applicant is in a position to complete the doctoral manuscript within the 3- to 6-month period (to be sent directly to the Department at marencakova@eth.mpg.de).

Please submit your application materials electronically by 30 April 2019 by following the link for vacancies onour homepage (under ‘Career’), or by going directly to the online application form using the link below.

If you have further questions regarding the application procedure, please contact:
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Personnel Administration
Janka Diallo (jdiallo@eth.mpg.de)

We look forward to receiving your completed online application under https://recruitingapp 5034.de.umantis.com/Vacancies/364/Application/New/2%3Flang=eng .

Further information on the research agenda of the Max Planck Institute is availableon our website: http://www.eth.mpg.de


Conférence de Laetitia Guerlain “Droit et Anthropologie dans la France des XIXe et XXe siècles. Un programme de recherches” (Rennes, 14 mars 2019)

Dans le cadre des Rencontres de l’IODE. Séminaire interdisciplinaire sur et autour du droit. Jeudi 14 mars 2019, à 12h30, en salle 10.

Cette conférence sera l’occasion de découvrir les rapports qu’entretient la discipline juridique avec les autres sciences humaines et sociales. Plus précisément, dans une perspective historique, elle présentera les interactions anciennes qui ont pu concourir à rapprocher l’anthropologie et le droit.

More information : https://iode.univ-rennes1.fr/agenda/les-rencontres-de-liode-avec-laetitia-guerlain https://iode.univ-rennes1.fr/agenda/les-rencontres-de-liode-avec-laetitia-guerlain

CALL FOR PAPERS: Law in Context Early Career Workshop, 17-18 September 2019

The International Journal of Law in Context and the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford jointly invite early career scholars to participate in a workshop to be held in Oxford, September 17-18, 2019. The purpose of this international workshop is to bring together scholars at a relatively early stage in their careers to support them in developing research projects and preparing publications to submit to scholarly journals in the field of socio-legal studies. 

During the workshop scholars will make a presentation, take part in discussion, and receive feedback on their work from senior research staff at the Centre and the editorial team of the Journal. The best papers presented at the workshop will be considered for publication in the International Journal of Law in Context.

​Deadline
The deadline for applications is 10 July 2019.

​Eligibility
To be eligible to apply, the submission of a doctoral thesis is expected in 2019. Applications from inside and outside the UK are welcome. The ten best submissions will be selected and applicants will be invited to the workshop.
To make an application you should send a 1500-word extended abstract together with a cover letter with your name and contact information, details about your place of study or work, and the date of your expected or past doctoral submission. Abstracts may be on any contextual work dealing with law and its relationship with other social science disciplines.

Please send applications to Katie Hayward, admin@csls.ox.ac.uk

Meals and accommodation for one night in Oxford will be provided by the organisers. We expect that participants will pay for their own travel expenses.