Comparative Law and Interdisciplinarity: practical approaches

8 February 2017, 9.30 AM - 8 February 2017, 1.45 PM

Alberto Vespaziani, University of Molise, Italy; Jule Mulder, University of Bristol Law School. Giorgia Guerra, Department of Political Sciences, Law and International Studies (Spgi) of Padua University, Italy.

Wills Memorial Building L102 (Lewis Wing)

This roundtable provides an informal forum to consider interdisciplinary approaches within the context of European and Comparative Law. The European harmonization process responds to social and economic needs, technological and medical advancements, as well as cultural diversity while aiming at convergence and harmonization of different legal systems. Legal research that explores and accommodates harmonization processes thus needs to take an interdisciplinary outlook to respond to practical challenges explored within other disciplines, such as other social sciences, natural sciences and the arts.

The roundtable aims to explore some of the crucial interdisciplinary questions that can help us understand the EU harmonization process. It explores how research on modern technologies, social sciences and arts and humanities can enrich comparative law projects within the context of European law. The speakers will focus on three areas of study: Comparative law and literature, Comparative law and consumer protection, and Comparative law and technology.

As such, the roundtable aims to contribute to the rich, diverse, and sometimes controversial discussion on comparative methodology and to consider new agendas for Comparative law research. The roundtable is open to post-graduate and PhD students as well as more established academics. The discussions and contacts facilitated by the roundtable will help develop a future more substantive international research network focusing on interdisciplinary approaches within European and Comparative Law.


PROGRAM

09:30-09:45: REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

09:45 - 09:55: WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

09:55 - 10:55: CHAIR: DR ATHANASIOS PSYGKAS

PROF ALBERTO VESPAZIANI, UNIVERSITY OF MOLISE, ITALY COMPARATIVE LAW AND LITERATURE: THE CONCEPT OF CONSTITUENT POWER IN BOCCACCIO'S DECAMERON.

10:55-11:15 COFFEE BREAK

11:15 - 12:15 CHAIR: PROF PAULA GILIKER

DR JULE MULDER, UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL COMPARATIVE LAW AND CONSUMER PROTECTION LAWS: THE NATIONAL CULTURAL DIMENSION

DR GIORGIA GUERRA, UNIVERSITY OF PADUA, ITALY COMPARATIVE LAW AND TECHNOLOGIES: UNDERSTANDING THE SAFETY LEGAL ISSUE THROUGH AN INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVE

12:15 - 13:00 CHAIR: PROF PAULA GILIKER CONCLUDING REMARKS AND DISCUSSION

13:00 - 13:45: LIGHT LUNCH


ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Alberto Vespaziani is Associate Professor of Comparative Public Law at the University of Molise, Italy. He mainly deals with constitutional adjudication, federalism, U.S. constitutionalism, European integration, fundamental rights, political communication, legal reasoning, and law & literature. He has published in Italian, English, Spanish, Portuguese and German. He teaches a Master in International and European Policies and Crisis Management at the “Eurosapienza” Research Center in Rome. He has been Visiting Professor at Granada, Spain and in Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil. He holds a PhD in Constitutional Law from Sapienza University, Rome and an LLM from Harvard University. Contact Details: Law Department, University of Molise, via De Sanctis, 86100 – Campobasso, Italy; email: alberto.vespaziani@unimol.it

Jule Mulder is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol Law School. She has published in the area of European, International and Comparative equality law. Her research is predominantly engaged with European and Comparative Law, including issues of methodology. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the German Law Journal and currently teaches European, Comparative and Employment Law. She holds a degree in European and Comparative Law from the University of Bremen/Oldenburg and Groningen (Hanse Law School) and PhD from the University of Leeds. Contact Details: Law School, University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, UK; email: jule.mulder@bristol.ac.uk

Giorgia Guerra is a senior post-doc research fellow in Comparative private law at the Department of Political Sciences, Law and International Studies (Spgi) of Padua University,  Italy. She holds a PhD in Comparative and European Legal Studies (University of Trento, 2007). Her research interests are on: medical law; consumer law (with specific attention to cosmetics; food; and pharmaceuticals); product liability; technology regulation; and robotics. She worked for the academic interdisciplinary research group (CIGA), a Centre for technology, law and ethics (2007-2011) of the University of Padua where she researched in the area of Comparative and European law working with scientists; sociologists and philosophers. Contact Details: Spgi Department, University of Padua, Via del Santo 28 - 35123 Padova, Italy, email: giorgia.guerra@unipd.it

Contact information

The roundtable is organized by Dr. Jule Mulder, University of Bristol and Dr. Giorgia Guerra, University of Padua. For further inquiries please contact: giorgia.guerra@unipd.it or jule.mulder@bristol.ac.uk 

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