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38th John H. Tucker, Jr. Lecture in Civil Law Scheduled for March 17

The Center for Civil Law Studies (CCLS) will present the 38th John H. Tucker, Jr. Lecture in Civil Law on Tuesday, March 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the McKernan Auditorium at the LSU Law Center. Professor Emerita Esin Örücü will present, “One Into Three: Spreading the Word, Three Into One: Creating a Civil Law System.”

About the Lecture

In the lecture, Professor Örücü hopes to spread the word that the once monolingual Louisiana Civil Code is being translated into French and Spanish. The Louisiana Civil Code Translation Project Conference in 2014 called this expansion, “enhancing visibility”. A similar project occurred with monolingual Dutch Code which was translated into a trilingual Code of Dutch, French and English. Additional translations of the bilingual Civil Code of Québec (originally in French and English) was done in Spanish, and a translation of the Civil Code of Philippines was completed from Spanish into English.

The lecture will start by looking at some general concerns such as language, culture, transpositions, neologisms, equivalence, mistranslations and then move onto illustrating these issues through the experience of Turkey, a country experiencing a global modernization, westernization, secularization, democratization and constitutionalism.

Before considering the Louisiana case, the speaker will discuss the translation into Turkish from the already-trilingual Swiss Civil Code, and the creation of a civil law system.

Finally, a crucial question related to all translated codes will be posed: why translate a code? Various aims and reasons will be analyzed.

About the Speaker

A graduate of Robert College of Istanbul and a law graduate and doctor in law of the University of Istanbul, Professor Esin Örücü started her academic career at her alma mater before joining the University of Glasgow in 1976, where she became Professor of Comparative Law. She has taught as visiting professor at the University of Leiden, the University of Utrecht, the Yedi Tepe University of Istanbul, the Free University of Amsterdam, and the European Academy of Legal Theory (Brussels).

Now Professor Emerita of Comparative Law at the University of Glasgow, Professor Esin Örücü is also Professor Emeritus of Comparative Law, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, and visiting professor at the Okan University, Istanbul. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Uppsala, is a titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, and a member of the advisory board of Juris Diversitas. She served as a Vice-Chair of the Scottish Association of Comparative Law.

Professor Örücü has authored and edited several prominent books and an impressive number of articles and book chapters, dealing with comparative law in general, mixed jurisdictions, multiple aspects of Turkish law including family law, constitutional law, and historical aspects of the Ottoman Empire. Her scholarship visits the intersection of law, society, religion, language, translation, etc., with a truly multicultural approach.

Please RSVP by March 10, 2015 to or 225/578-7831.