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25 July 2014

WORKSHOP: The Making of Commercial Law (Helsinki, 1-3 September)



Nomôdos announced the Program of a Workshop to be held at Helsinki early September, on the history of commercial law, featuring several members of our society. More information below:

Preliminary Programme
(subject to changes)
Sunday, 31 August 2014

19.30 Meeting at hotel lobby: City walking tour and welcome drink
Monday, 1 September 2014
Session 1: Sources and Commercial Law
9.30-12.00, venue: Lecture room P545 (faculty meeting room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
  • Eberhard Isenmann: Legal, moral-theological and genuinely economic opinions on questions of trade and economy in 15th and early 16th century Germany.
  • Dave De Ruysscher: Merchant manuals as sources.
  • Heikki Pihlajamäki: Constructing a field of law: sources of commercial law in Scandinavia.
Lunch, 12.00-13.30, venue TBA
Session 2: Commercial Legal Conflict Resolution in the Baltic Sea Region
13.30-15.00, venue: Lecture room P545 (Faculty meeting room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
  • Justina Wubs-Mrozewicz: Mercantile conflict resolution in practice: connecting diplomatic and legal sources from Danzig c. 1460-1580. 
  • Marko Lamberg: Commercial law according to the protocols from the Stockholm Town Court, c. 1475-1650: preliminary reflections.
Coffee Break, 15.00-15.30
Session 3: Superior Courts as Fora for Commercial Legal Conflicts 1
15.30-17.45, venue: Lecture room P545 (Faculty meeting room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
  • Alain Wijffels: Records and sources of commercial litigation before the Great Council of Mechelen (15th-16th centuries). 
  • Peter Oestmann: Court records as sources for the history of commercial law: The Oberappellationsgericht Lübeck as commercial court.
  • Mia Korpiola: Svea Court of Appeal records as a source of commercial law. 
Dinner, 19.00, venue TBA
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Session 4: Superior Courts as Fora for Commercial Legal Conflicts 2
9.00-10.30, venue: Lecture room P545 (faculty meeting room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
  • Anja Amend-Traut: The high imperial courts (the Aulic Council and the Imperial Chamber Court) and commerce.
  • Boudewijn Sirks: The High Council of Holland and Zealand (to be confirmed).
Coffee Break, 10.30-11.00
Session 5: Comparing English and Continental Commercial Law
11.00-12.30, venue: Lecture room P545 (faculty meeting room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
  • Guido Rossi: Comparing the sources of English and continental commercial law - with the example of maritime insurance law. 
  • Margrit Schulte Beerbühl: Bankruptcies, speculation bubbles and the law: bankruptcy law vs. bankruptcy management in late eighteenth-century Hamburg and London.
Lunch, 12.30-14.00, venue TBA
Session 6: Custom and Codification in French and Italian Commercial Law
14.00-16.15, venue: Lecture room P545 (faculty meeting room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
  • Richard Court: Genoese merchants and the consuetudine 
  • Edouard Richard: Rise of usages in French commercial law and jurisprudence (17th-19th centuries)
  • Olivier Descamps: On origins of the French Commercial Code: vicissitudes of the Gorneau Draft.
Session 7: Expanding Horizons: Universal and Non-European Commercial Law
16.30-17.15, venue: Lecture room P545 (faculty meeting room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3
  • Albrecht Cordes: Levin Goldschmidt and the concept of universal commercial law.
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
Steering group meeting
Contact: 
  • Jussi Sallila, Faculty of Law, Legal History, P.O. Box 4, FI-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland - jussi.sallila@helsinki.fi

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