Category Archives: ILCR Reading Group

ILCR Reading Group (IV) Natural Law and Rights

The next ILCR reading group takes place on Tuesday 28 February, introduced by Knud Haakonssen. Lunch will be available at 12.30 in room 9 (71 South St). The reading group will begin at 1pm in the Old Class Library (69 South Street).

The subject is Samuel Pufendorf, De officio hominis et civis juxta legem naturalem libri duo (1673), of which two English editions are readily available. One is a modern rendition by Michael Silverthorne that very accurately reflects the terseness of the original. The other is the first English translation from 1691, revised in the early 18th century, that renders Pufendorf’s text distinctly differently.

The selections listed below are recommended reading. The page numbers are those of the CUP edition; the chapters have the same numbering in the two editions.

Samuel Pufendorf, On the Duty of Man and Citizen According to Natural Law, ed. J. Tully, trans. M. Silverthorne (CUP 1991)

Alternatively The Whole Duty of Man, According to the Law of Nature, ed. I. Hunter & D. Saunders, trans. A. Tooke (Liberty Fund 2003), accessible here.

Author’s Preface: 6-13

Book I:

2. On the rule of human actions, or on law in general: 27-32

3. On natural law: 33-38

Book II:

1. On men’s natural state: 115-119

5. On the impulsive cause of constituting the state: 132-134

Reading more will of course help, especially Book I, chapters 1 and 4-7.

ILCR Reading Group (iii) Rights and Indigenous Peoples

The next reading group will take place on Tuesday 7 February at 1 pm in the Old Class Library (69 South Street). Lunch will be available from 12.30 in room 9 (71 South Street).

The reading group will be lead by Professor Ali Watson (School of International Relations). The reading is: Holder, C. & J. J. Corntassel. (2002). ‘Indigenous Peoples and Multicultural Citizenship: Bridging Collective and Individual Rights’. Human Rights Quarterly, 24(1): 126-151, available here.

Lorena Atzeri visit

The ILCR’s 2017 Candlemas semester events begin with a visit from Lorena Atzeri (Milan).

On Monday 30 January Dr Atzeri will deliver a lecture entitled ‘Infamy and Exclusion in Late Antiquity (Roman and Early Canon Law)’ (5.15, Old Class Library, Department of Medieval History).

On Tuesday 31 January Dr Atzeri will hold a workshop on ‘Religious dissidents and infamy in Late Antique legislation and Early Canon law’ (12.30pm for lunch in Rm 11, 71 South Street, workshop begins at 1pm in the Old Class Library).

The suggested primary reading for the workshop is a section of the Theodosian Code, available here and here (English trans).

The suggested secondary reading is: Banfi, Garnsey, and Humfress.

Professor Maria Macuch seminar and reading group

On Monday 17 October, Professor Maria Macuch (Freie Universität, Berlin) delivered the SAIMS seminar on Middle Persian Court Records from Tabarestān: Recent Evidence on Legal Proceedings in Eighth-Century Iran.

On Tuesday 18 October 2016, at 2pm in the New Seminar Room, St John’s House, Professor Macuch led a workshop entitled Legal Constructions of Consanguinity: Succession in Sasanian Iran.


Milos Vec (University of Vienna) Reading Group and Seminar

The next ILCR events take place on Monday 10 October, with the visit of Professor Milos Vec from Vienna  (Institut Für Rechts und Verfassungsgeschichte, Universität Wien)

(i) Reading group: Lunch will be available from 12.30pm in Room 9, 71 South St (Professor John Hudson’s office), and the reading group will begin at 1pm (Old Seminar Room, 71 South Street).

Professor Vec will lead the discussion on nineteenth-century sources of international law based on the attached paper: “Sources in the 19th Century European Tradition: The Myth of Positivism” from the OUP Handbook of the Sources of International Law. (Available here).

Relevant background reading can also be found in the attached chapter from the Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law: ‘”From the Congress of Vienna to the Paris Peace Treaties of 1919″. (Available here).

(ii) Seminar (jointly with Intellectual History): 5.15pm New Seminar Room, St John’s House, 65 South Street: ‘The “Family of Nations”: a rhetorical figure and its ideology’.