Vivian's publications include 3 books, Learning French Through the Law (1996), Comparative Law: An Introduction (2002), and Core Questions of Comparative Law (2004, English translation of a work by German law professor Bernhard Grossfeld). The U.S. State Department appointed Vivian as the U.S. member of the Austrian General Settlement Fund Committee for Nazi-era property compensation; in recognition of her efforts last year H.E. Ewa Nowotny, Austria's Ambassador to the United States, presented Vivian with the Grand Decoration of Merit in Gold for Services Rendered to the Republic of Austria, one of the country's highest honors. Vivian, who earned her Ph.D. and J.D. from Columbia University, is a past Secretary of the American Society of Comparative Law and book review editor of the American Journal of Comparative Law, and is a member of the American Law Institute, the International Academy of Comparative Law, and Réseau ID, the Franco-American Network on the Internationalization of Law about which we've posted.
Vivian dedicates her guest post below -- a description of her latest scholarship -- to the late writer Nathalie Sarraute (right). (photo credit) Born Nathalie Ilyanova Tcherniak in 1900 in Russia and raised in France, she studied in France, Germany, and Great Britain. An ardent feminist, Sarraute is best known as a pioneer of the nouveau roman, or "new novel," form in French literature. She also was a lawyer, and was the 1st woman to be admitted to the Paris bar. Vivian writes of Sarraute, who joins other transnational foremothers at right, just below our "visiting from ..." map, "Among her many memorable sayings is one I think particularly useful for legal comparativists and internationalists":
C'est ce qui échappe aux mots que les mots doivent dire.
It is what escapes words that words must say.