Eighth Panel Session

Panel 1: Legal History, the Interdisciplinary Challenge: a Discussion on Rights in Time of Crises

Chair: Prof. Cristiano Paixão (University of Brasilia)

Speakers: Prof. Massimo Mecarelli, Prof. Paolo Palchetti, Prof. Flavia Stara (University of Macerata)


Panel overview

Legal history is permanently exposed to the questions of method. This predicament is a constitutive aspect of a discipline whose purpose is to understand the law and its transformation, and for this purpose it puts itself at the crossroads of different fields of knowledge, (including law and history but also sociology, philosophy, anthropology, etc.). In recent years, legal history began to deal with a novelty, that concerns the kind of topics that are mostly of interest to the researchers in social and human sciences: they are discussed by the investigators as issues belonging to the interdisciplinary thematic areas, namely as issues characterized by a complexity that goes beyond the understanding of any single specialization.

To study these kinds of issues sharing domains, different disciplines are called to work together as a network and each discipline is involved in a review of its methodological standards: the challenge is not just about creating a dialogue between different disciplines, but also on how to modify the matters of each discipline to build bridges with other disciplines. Legal history seems to be particularly facing this challenge.

The panel we propose intends to consider several questions like: what kind of contribution legal history can make in this kind of dialogue? By way of what method? How the other disciplines involved in this dialogue are solicited to change? How they see their relationship with legal history?

We do not intend to propose forced combinations between fields of knowledge, different in language and in the way of placing and analysing the problems. We are much more interested to analyse problems of method from different disciplinary view-points.

The focus, therefore will be on problems of method, that we intend to analyse not so much from a theoretical and abstract perspective but in the light of a real and effective research experience of a common theme. The researchers who will form the panel, are, in fact, involved in a joint research project that puts together analytical perspectives obtainable from different social and human sciences (“Perceptions of (in)security and forms of legal protection in times of crisis”, devoted to explore the possibilities of a theoretical construction of legal protection, considering the impact of the crisis on social structures, existential perspectives, as well as on spaces and characters of the rights).

For this panel the discussion will be promoted form three different disciplinary view-points: legal history, international law, ethics.


Prof. Massimo Meccarelli

University of Macerata




Prof. Paolo Palchetti

University of Macerata




Prof. Flavia Stara

University of Macerata







Panel 2: Culture, Conformity and Coding in Legal Phenomena

Chair: Prof. Assaf Likhovsky (Tel Aviv Uniersity)

Speakers: Ms Caroline Laske (Ghent University), Dr Vanessa Duss Jacobi (University of Lucerne), Dr Jacek Srokosz (Opole University)

no BIO


Dr Jacek Srokosz

Opole University



Could a Community’s Identity be Shaped
Through Law?

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Panel 3: Law and Democracy

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Marcin Wiszowaty (University of Gdańsk)

Speakers: Assoc. Prof. Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan (University of South Florida), Assoc. Prof. Vladimir Valeryevich Kochetkov
(International Slavonic Institute in Moscow), Mr Chiming Zhong (University of Edinburgh)

Assoc. Prof. Judithanne
Scourfield McLauchlan

University of South Florida in St. Petersburg



The Impact of Decisions of the European Court of Human Rights on Legal and Judicial Reform in the Republic of Moldova

Assoc. Prof. Vladimir
Valeryevich Kochetkov

International Slavonic Institute in Moscow



The Russian Values and Constitutional Democracy



Mr Chiming Zhong

University of Edinburgh




Human Rights, Modernity
and Confucianism

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