Conference: Courts, Interpretation, the Rule of Law
In the period of 14-26 October of 2012 the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law had an honour of hosting professors Andrei Marmor (University of South California), Wil Waluchow (McMaster University) and Kenneth Einar Himma (University of Washington), who are among the leading Anglo-American contemporary legal philosophers. They have utilized their presence at our Faculty by participating in the Seminar group course dedicate to introduction to law, where each of them has held a lecture and later participated in a discussion with students, assistants and teachers who partake in the subject course. First lecture was held on the 15th of October by professor Himma with the subject “Law and coercion”, followed in the next two days by the lectures of professor Marmor entitled “The Rule of Law” and professor Waluchow speaking on the topic of “Legal obligations”. On Thursday, October 18th, all three esteemed guests took part in a discussion about the idea of “Constitutional Review – Pros and Cons”.
The day after, Friday, 19th of October, out faculty was a host to the annual conference organized by the Serbian Association for Legal and Social Philosophy. The title of of conference was “Courts, Interpretation, the Rule of Law”. Our prominent guests have presented them self with the following presentations: professor Marmor with the topic Textualism in Context, professor Waluchow on the subject of Originalism and the Living Tree and professor Himma talked about the Rule of Law, Validity Criteria and Judicial Supremacy. Amongst the presenters the the faculty had the privilege to host were two lecturers from the ex-Yugoslavia region. Dr. Luka Burazin from the Law faculty of University of Zagreb who presented the topic Antimonies between Legal Principles and dr. Ana Dimištovska, from the University of Skopje, with her presentation of the wort entitled Legal Fictions as Instruments of Strategic Maneuvering in Judicial Reasoning.
Another prestigious person that did partake in the conference was the judge of the Constitutional Court of Serbia and a professor at Novi Sad Law School, professor Kartag Odri with her work named On Legal Gaps and the New Interpretative Techniques of Judicial Decision-Making. From the host faculty there were a number of profound lectures by professor Hasanbegović – Few Pieces in the Mosaic on the History of poplar, and Legal Topoi Topoi Codical-Catalogues: From Aristotle and Justinian, through Dudley Field and Ahmed Pasha Jawdat to Belshazzar Bogišić; professor Miodrag Jovanović – Interpretation in International Law and International Rule of Law; professor Marinković – The Politics of Constitutional Courts in democratizing Countries – The case of Serbia and assistant Spaić – (Only) Four Canons of (Legal) Interpretation in the Hermeneutics of Emilio Betti.
As a part of his second week of stay at the Law faculty, professor Himma held two classes with the practical course group led by the assistant Spaić while on the 25th of October he was one of the participants in an open dialogue on the subject “Beyond Analytical Jurisprudence” as a part of the lecture series “Five minutes of philosophy” which will from now on take place during the General Law School seminars. The dialogue was organized for the occasion of the publication of the monograph Collective Rights – A Legal Theory (Cambridge University Press, 2012) by Professor Miodrag Jovanović. In addition to the author and professor Himma the dialogue also involved docent Dajović and after the conclusion of the dialogue a very dynamic and interesting discussion took place on the issues raised.