Professor Olivier Moréteau taught his annual Comparative Tort Law class in the LL.M. in International and European Business Law this week, at Université Jean Moulin, Lyon, France, November 25-29, an intensive 18-hour class. He also held meetings on legal studies in the United States, presenting the LSU LL.M. in Comparative Law, at Université Jean Moulin in Lyon (two sessions) and at Aix-Marseille University in Aix-en-Provence.
On December 9, 2019, Professor Olivier Moréteau was the guest speaker of Friends of French Studies at LSU at a campus event taking place at the French House. A Board Member of FFS since his arrival at LSU in fall 2005, Dr. Moréteau holds a courtesy appointment at the Department of French Studies. He discussed with many enthusiastic attendees his translation work of the Louisiana Civil Code conducted at the Center of Civil Law Studies, making it available in English and in French on the web and in print (click here to visit the Louisiana Civil Code Online).The Louisiana Civil Code is again available in French, something that had not happened since 1825.
On October 17, 2019, Professor Moréteau made a short visit to Panama City where he was the guest of Dr. Oscar Leon, Rector of the Quality Leadership University (QLU). His Excellency Mario Jaramillo, the former Ambassador of Panama to the United States, attended the visit. An LSU graduate, Ambassador Jaramillo facilitates the development of a strong cooperation between LSU and Panama.
QLU has a long experience of hosting North American and international graduate programs, making them available on site in Panama. The visit was an opportunity to explore the feasibility of outsourcing the LSU LL.M. in Comparative Law program to Panama. In addition to QLU officers, several prominent Panama lawyers also participated in an open discussion, including two LSU Law graduates, Diego Anguizola, J.D./D.C.L. 2015 and Gustavo Gordon, LL.M. 2006. It is hoped that “a winning formula will come up,” to quote Ambassador Jaramillo.
Professor David Bosco, the former director of the Business Law Institute at the Aix-Marseille University Faculty of Law, visited at LSU Law to teach a one-credit course on American and European Antitrust Law, from September 30 to October 11, 2019, as part of the Distinguished Global Visitors Program. On October 8, he gave a presentation as part of the Faculty Scholarship Program, addressing “European Antitrust vs Tech Giants, An Inspiration for the United States?”. Professor Olivier Moréteau thanked Professor David Bosco for having channeled nine excellent Aix-Marseille candidates to our LL.M. program in the past three years.
Congratulations to Gabriel Colombani, Henri Haguet and Nancy Maurice, LL.M. 2019, and Laura Potvain, LL.M. 2018, for passing the New York Bar in July 2019. Congratulations to Carole Scieller, LL.M. 2018, who passed in February 2019. This year again, though with the largest number in the program’s history, our LL.M. proves to be a great gateway to the New York Bar, with LSU candidates reaching a 100% success rate, well above the 40-45% average rate for foreign trained lawyers.
On September 26 and 27, Professor Olivier Moréteau was a guest of the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands, to present at the Symposium on Law and Language, organized by the International Association of Legal Science and the Netherlands Comparative Law Association. He presented on “Two Centuries of Legal Translation in Louisiana: Development and Promotion of the Civil Law in English,” explaining how in the course of the past two centuries, Louisiana has contributed a legal terminology to express the civil law in English, and why this terminology must be preferred to common law terminology when producing or translating legal texts conveying concepts that belong to the civil law tradition.
The Center of Civil Law Studies of the LSU Law Center presents the
42nd John H. Tucker, jr. Lecture in Civil Law
The European Court of Justice at Work:
Comparative Law on Stage and Behind the Scenes
Professor Michele Graziadei
University of Turin — Italy
Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 12:40 p.m.
Louisiana State University, Law Center
Robinson Courtroom, 201
Reception to follow in the Student Lounge
Michele Graziadei is a full professor in the Department of Law at the Università di Torino, where he has been teaching comparative law since 2008.
Professor Graziadei graduated with a law degree (cum laude) from the Università di Torino in 1984. He began his career at the Università di Trento and taught civil and comparative law at the Università dell’Insubria (Como), and at the Università del Piemonte Orientale, where he was the head of the law department. He has been a Visiting Professor at Cornell Law School, Université Paris 2 Panthéon Assas, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Université du Luxembourg. He is a Past President of the European Association of Law Schools (ELFA), a Titular Member of the International Academy of Comparative law, and the President of the Società italiana per la ricerca nel diritto comparato. He has participated in several international and European research programs and is the author of over a hundred publications. His recent publications include: Comparative Property Law: Global Perspectives (M. Graziadei & L. Smith eds., 2018); Personal Autonomy in Plural Societies: A Principle and its Paradoxes (M-C. Foblets, M. Graziadei & A.D. Renteln eds., 2018).
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has often been hailed as an engine of European integration. Entrusted with the task of securing the uniform interpretation of the law of the European union—among other functions—the ECJ makes use of comparative law for a variety of purposes. The very composition of the Court and its peculiar linguistic regime make the Court a major comparative law laboratory. Under the Treaties, the Court is explicitly authorised to resort to comparative law as a method of judicial interpretation with regard to certain aspects of European law. But comparative law is an essential tool for the Court in several other contexts as well. This lecture will be the occasion to take a closer look at the role that comparative law plays in the development of the jurisprudence of the Court, and to showcase some salient applications of it. Quite often, the Court limits references to comparative law arguments to a few lines in its judgements. Nonetheless, comparisons that go far beyond the merely technical aspects of the law are part and parcel of the everyday business of the Court. Even when the language of comparative law is not overtly spoken, those comparisons define the ethos of the European union, and show how the Union sets out to challenge, and change, the laws of the member states.
Friday, August 9, 2019, marked a highlight in the LL.M. Orientation, with a field trip to New Orleans including a visit to the Supreme Court of Louisiana, located in the superbly renovated court building at 400 Royal Street. With five J.D. students driving our international students, team-building opportunities were optimal, and even improved as a former LL.M. and a group of legal interns from France and Quebec joined the group both for lunch and a walking tour of the French Quarter.
LSU Law thanks Trina Vincent and Robert Gunn for the tour of the Museum and Court Building, Miriam Child, Director of the Law Library of Louisiana, for the visit of the Rare Books Room, and David Rigamer for the photos.
Monday, August 5, 2019 marked the beginning of a two-week orientation program for our 2020 LL.M. in Comparative Law class. With eleven candidates, this is the largest class, only equaled in 2006-2007 in over 80 years of existence of the program. Candidates from Argentina, Ecuador, France, Nigeria, and Venezuela met the first time and sit side by side to be introduced to the United States Law School experience and life at LSU and Louisiana. The orientation includes visits to New Orleans (Supreme Court of Louisiana, walking tour of the French Quarter) and Downtown Baton Rouge (State Capitol, Capitol Park Museum, Old State Capitol). LSU Law proudly welcomes these fine and enthusiastic international law students.
From the Prime Minister website, “Justice Kasirer has led an exceptional career as a judge and professor, earning the esteem of his peers in Canada and around the world. He served for a decade as a judge of the Court of Appeal of Quebec, where he was appointed in 2009. Prior to that, he led a twenty-year career as a professor of law at McGill University, including as dean of the Faculty of Law. Justice Kasirer is perfectly bilingual.”
On July 25, 2019, Justice Kasirer gave a glorious introductory speech to members of the House of Commons Standing Committee and of the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, and answered questions. Here is a link to the video recording.
Justice Nicholas Kasirer is a great friend of LSU Law. A Founding Board Member of the Journal of Civil Law Studies, he is published in the Louisiana Law Review and gave the 37th Tucker Lecture in Civil Law in April 2014. He sends greetings to all his friends at LSU who express warmest congratulations and encouragements.