Call for Nominations Richard M. Buxbaum Prize for Teaching in Comparative Law

The Younger Comparativists Committee (YCC) of the American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL) invites nominations, including self-nominations, for the annual Richard M. Buxbaum Prize for Teaching in Comparative Law.  The YCC created the Buxbaum Prize in the summer of 2014 in honor of Professor Richard […]

Recent Comparative Law Scholarship

Comparative Law Methodology: Catherine Valke, Comparing Law (Cambridge University Press 2018)  Law and Method Special Issue on Comparative Law Methodology General Comparative Law Materials:   Fernanda Nicola, Bill Davies, (eds.) EU Law Stories, Contextual and Critical Histories of European Jurisprudence (Cambridge University Press, 2017) Mark Van Hoecke inaugural lecture at QMUL  “Do […]

YCC ASCL 8th Annual Global Conference at McGill School of Law

The 8th Annual Conference of the Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law was held on May 10th-11th at McGill School of Law. The event was a great success. Prof Maximo Langer (UCLA, ASCL Vice President) delivered a keynote speech on “Plea Bargaining and the Global Administration of Criminal Convictions”. The Conference offered the opportunity to 60 early stage comparative law scholars from all over the world to discuss their work in a supportive and constructive spirit. Participants were selected following a rigorous peer review process. Here is a link to the program: 

The Society’s paper prizes were also awarded at the event. 

Colin B. Picker Graduate Prize:

Awarded in recognition of the best paper submitted by a graduate student to the annual YCC Global Conference. Named in honor of the founding chair of the YCC. The Scholarship Advisory Group organises the relevant competition.

Recipient:   Achalie M. Kumarage, American University

Paper Title: “Oversimplifying Legal Realities: Gender Indicators and Aspiring Law Reforms Based on Skewed Outcomes”

Honorable Mention:    Rafi Reznik, Georgetown University

Paper Title: “Purposive Originalism: The Rise of American Conservatism in Israel”

Phanor J. Eder Prize in Comparative Law:

Awarded in recognition of the best paper written by an undergraduate law student, J.D. or LL.B., in response to an open Call for Papers. Named in honor of the founding president of American Society of Comparative Law. The Affiliates Advisory Group organises the relevant competition. 

Recipient:   Emily Hazen, Gonzaga University School of Law

Paper Title: “Restructuring US Military Justice Through a Comparative Analysis of Israel Defense Forces”

Honorable Mention: Samridda Sen and Atreya Chakraborty of the Department of Law, University of Calcutta

Paper Title: “Regulating Political Financing in India: A Legal Perspective on the Case Study of Electoral Reform”

The event coincided with the award of prizes for the Baxter Competition on Federalism at McGill School of Law organised by Prof. Johanne Poirier. 


1.         Jan Raeimon Nato (First Prize)

Paper Title: “Duties of Federal Loyalty: Lessons to Learn, Conversations to be Had”

2.         Berihun Gebeye (Second Prize)

Paper Title: “Federal Theory and Federalism in Africa”

3.         Catherine Mathieu (Third Prize ex aequo)

Paper Title: “L’initiative constitutionnelle comme élément déclencheur de la réforme du fédéralisme canadien”

4.         Rafael Viotti Schlobach (Third Prize ex aequo)

Paper Title: “Homogeneity Clauses in Federal countries: A Comparative Analysis”

2019 Annual YCC Conference Program Committee 


Vincent Forray (McGill) 

Ioanna Tourkochoriti (NUI, Galway) (YCC Chair) 


Rehan Abeyranthe (Hong Kong)

Antonia Baraggia (Milan) (YCC Board)

Michael Da Silva (McGill) 

Vera Korzun, (Akron)

Mélisandre Shanks (McGill)

Jurgen Goosens (Tilburg)

Claudia Haupt (Northeastern)

Akshaya Kamalnath (Deakin) 

Kish Parella (Washington & Lee)

Valentina Rita Scotti (Koç)

Safa Ben Saad, (Sherbrooke) (QC)

Sarbani Sen (Jindal Global Law School)

Kyriaki Topidi (Freiburg)

YCC Board:

Antonia Baraggia (Milan) (Vice Chair)

Vera Korzun, (Akron)

Kish Parella, (Washington & Lee) 

Valentia Rita Scotti, (Koç) 

Ioanna Tourkochoriti (NUI, Galway) (Chair)

Scholarship Advisory Group:

Sofia Ranchordas (Groningen) (Chair)

Francisco de Elizalde Ibarbia (IE)

Claudia Haupt (Northeastern)

Alyssa King (Queens)

Bilyana Petkova (Maastricht)

Sarbani Sen (Jindal)

Se-shauna Wheatle (Durham)

Affiliates Advisory Group:

Sara Gwendolyn Ross (UBC Allard) (Chair)

Katayoun Alidadi (Bryant)

Gabriel Eidelwein Silveira (U Federal do Rio Grande do Sul)

Michael Da Silva (McGill)

Alexandra Horváthová Andhov (Copenhagen)

Kyriaki Topidi (Freiburg)

Linkages & Engagement Advisory Group:

Jurgen Goossens (Tilburg) (Chair)

Ezgi Fulya Akkus (Afyon Kocatepe)

James Fisher (Tokyo)

Rana Lehr-Lehnardt (Missouri)

Neliana Rodean (Verona)

Juliane Sant’Ana Bento (Rio Grande do Sul)

Yueh-Ping (Alex) Yang (Taiwan)

CfP AALS Works-In-Progress Panel on European and Comparative Law

AALS Section on European Law CALL FOR PAPERS  Works-in-Progress (WIP) Panel AALS, Washington, DC, January 2020  The AALS Section on European Law invites submissions for a works-in-progress panel at the January 2-5, 2020 Annual Meetingto be held in Washington, DC.  Papers may concern any matter related to […]

Cambridge ASCL Studies in Comparative Law

We are delighted to announce publication of the latest volume in the Cambridge ASCL Studies in Comparative Law Series by Catherine Valcke (University of Toronto).

Conference: Adversarial CrimPro in Italy, Mexico & United States

From January 21 to January 23, 2019, the University of Illinois, College of Law and the ASCL will co-host a conference, Adversarial Criminal Procedure in Italy, Mexico, and the United States.

The conference program is attached.

Website Advisory Committee

The ASCL continues to grow its global outreach efforts. Under the guidance of ASCL President Richard Kay, the ASCL has constituted a new Website Advisory Committee, comprised of the following members: Richard Albert Shawn Boyne Josh Karton Boris Mamlyuk (ex officio) Fernanda Nicola Yaniv Roznai […]

CFP: YCC’s 8th Annual Conference

The deadline for submitting proposals to the 8th Annual Conference of the Younger Comparativists Committee of the ASCL is fast approaching — January 31, 2019. We encourage everyone to spread the CFP.

Remembering Alan Watson

The Society notes with sadness the passing on November 7, 2018, of Professor Alan Watson at the age of 85. He was a giant in the fields of Roman and comparative law, as the Society recognized when it awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. In 2005, his colleagues at the University of Belgrade established in his honor the Alan Watson Foundation, dedicated to international cooperation in the fields of comparative law and legal history. Curiously his given name was actually William Alexander Jardine Watson, but he was known to everyone as Alan Watson, and that is the name under which most of his numerous articles and books were published.

Alan was a prodigious scholar, publishing nearly 150 books and articles, and he was well-equipped to be a comparative scholar with his mastery of more than a dozen languages. He was first and foremost a world-renowned expert on Roman law, which was the first focus of his career. He wrote his doctoral thesis on Roman law under the supervision of David Daube at Oxford. In addition to the many books and articles he published in the field, he will long be known as the editor of the second edition of the definitive four-volume English translation of the Digest of Justinian, the most significant collection of original Roman law writings that has come down to us. The translation and publication was a project that took seven years and for which Alan assembled a team of thirty specialists.


His work extended way beyond Roman law and includes comparative law more generally, legal history, and law and religion. He wrote books about the law in the Gospels, including the trial of Jesus, and one of his last books is a blistering critique of American legal education. In each field in which he wrote, he challenged conventional understandings and added new insights. Alan’s early work transformed our knowledge of law in the Roman Republic by disputing the commonly held view that the Digest, which purports to be excerpts from the writings of leading jurists of the Republic and the beginning of imperial rule, was full of interpolations reflecting the law of the much later Byzantine period, when it was compiled. Alan argued that there were very few interpolations as to substance in the law of the Digest and that the law of the period reflected in the Digest often differed substantially from later Roman law.

His book Legal Transplants: An Approach to Comparative Law (1974; 2d ed. 1993) gave us the now widely used term “legal transplants” to describe legal ideas and institutions from one legal system that are taken up into another. But it also challenged conventional thinking about comparative law by arguing that comparative law as an academic discipline should be centered on a study of the relationship between one legal system and another, and especially on the borrowings that one such system has made from another, because this kind of study best enables us to see the factors that shape legal growth and change. For this reason, Alan insisted that a study of legal transplants should be at the center of comparative law. In Society and Legal Change (1977; 2d ed. 2001), Alan built on his focus on legal transplants to challenge those who would see a tight connection between society and law. He argued to the contrary that much law that is dysfunctional, inconvenient, or even contrary to the interests of the elites who have the power to change the law nevertheless stays in effect for long periods of time, even for centuries in many cases.

Alan was originally from Scotland, and he took his M.A. and LL.B. at Glasgow and then went to Oxford where he was awarded a bachelor’s, master’s, doctor of philosophy and doctor of civil law degrees. He also held a doctor of laws degree from the University of Edinburgh and six honorary degrees from the universities of Belgrade, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Palermo, Pretoria, and Stockholm. He was awarded the Douglas Chair at the University of Glasgow, and a few years later, he moved to the University of Edinburgh, where he held the Chair in Civil Law until 1980. In that year he moved to the United States, first as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was the holder of the Nicolas F. Gallicchio Chair and a University Professor, and then at the University of Georgia, where he held the Ernest P. Rogers Chair at University of Georgia School of Law. He taught for more than 20 years at Georgia before retiring in 2012. In 1997, he was elected a Visiting Honorary Professor of Private Law at the University of Edinburgh, the highest honorary award bestowed by that Scottish faculty.

He also lectured widely around the United States and the world, including in such countries as Italy, Holland, Germany, France, Poland, South Africa, Israel, and Yugoslavia. He was involved in discussion about the development of a common law for the European Union, and at the request of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), he worked with a colleague to revise the draft civil code for the Republic of Armenia.

The Society extends its sympathies to Alan’s wife Professor Camilla Emanuel Watson at the University of Georgia School of Law and to his three children and three grandchildren.

John C. Reitz
Edward Carmody Professor of Law
University of Iowa, College of Law

CFP: 2019 Comparative Law Work-in-Progress

The Call for Papers for the 2019 Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop is now live.