Annual Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop

Fri, 03/07/2014 to Sat, 03/08/2014
UCLA School of Law
Event Category: 
By Invitation Only

American Society of Comparative Law
Maximo Langer, University of California at Los Angeles
Kim Lane Scheppele, Princeton Program in Law and Public Affairs
Jacqueline Ross, University of Illinois College of Law

The next annual Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop, will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, 2014, at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. The annual workshop continues to be an important forum in which comparative law work in progress can be explored among colleagues in a serious and thorough manner that will be truly helpful to the respective authors. 

The participants will consist of the respective authors, commentators, and faculty members of the host institutions.  Each paper will be discussed by two commentators and all authors are expected to have read and to be prepared to discuss all of the papers selected for the workshop.  The papers will not be presented at the workshop. Commentators will present and discuss the papers, after which the workshop participants will be invited to join in the discussion.  The author will be given an opportunity to respond and ask questions of his or her own.  

If you are interested in attending, please write to Professor Maximo Langer at

Friday, March 7, 2014

10:30am-10:45am: Opening

10:45am-12:15pm: First paper: Amnon Lehavi (Radzyner and Berkeley), Unbundling Harmonization: Public versus Private Law Strategies to Globalize Property.

Commentators: Michel A. Helfand (Pepperdine) and another commentator yet to be assigned (the original second commentator had an unexpected family problem and in the end cannot participate at the workshop)


1:30pm-3pm: Second paper: Thomas H. Lee (Fordham), The Lost Influence of the Civil Law Tradition on U.S. Constitutional Jurisprudence and Practice.

Commentators: Clyde Spillenger (UCLA) and Jonathan Miller (Southwestern).


3:30pm-5pm: Third paper: Christopher M. Bruner (Washington & Lee), Market-Dominant Small Jurisdictions in a Globalizing Financial World.

Commentators: John Cioffi (University of California, Riverside) and Edward Kleinbard (University of Southern California).


Saturday, March 8, 2014

9am-10:30am: Fourth Paper: Bojan Bugaric (University of Ljubijana), A Crisis of Constitutional Democracy in Post-Communist Europe: 'Lands In-Between' Democracy and Authoritarianism.

Commentators: Ivan Berend (UCLA) and Rogers Brubaker (UCLA).


11am-12:30pm: Fifth Paper: Mathilde Cohen (University of Connecticut), Ex Ante versus Ex Post Deliberations.

Commentators: Seana Shiffrin (UCLA) and Kim Lane Scheppele (Princeton)


1:30pm-3pm: Sixth Paper: James G. Stewart (University of British Columbia) and Asad Kiyani (University of British Columbia), "Pluralism by Unification: Towards a Single Concept of Participation in International Crimes".

Commentators: Jackie Ross (Illinois-Champaigne) and Maximo Langer (UCLA).


3:30pm-5pm: Seventh Paper: Eoin Carolan (University College Dublin), Between supremacy and submission: a model of collaborative constitutionalism.

Commentators: Asli Bali (UCLA) and Stephen Gardbaum (UCLA)