01 September 2015

PRIZE: 2015 Sarton Medal for Legal History to prof. dr. Jean-Louis HALPERIN (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris), 29 Oct 2015

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The Ghent Law Faculty decided to award the Georges Sarton Medal 2015 for Legal History to Prof. dr. Jean-Louis Halpérin (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris), a renowned scholar of French and even world legal history.

Previous medallists include professors Anne Lefebvre-Teillard (Paris II Panthéon-Assas), Raoul Van Caenegem (UGent), Jos Monballyu (KULeuven), Randall Lesaffer (KULeuven/Tilburg), Heiner Lück (Halle), Robert Feenstra (Leiden), Emmanuele Conte (Roma III) and Serge Dauchy (Lille II/Université Saint-Louis).

The Faculty sent out the following public invitation:

Prof. Dr. Robert Rubens, Chairman of the Ghent University Sarton Committee,
Prof. Dr. Michel Tison, Dean of the Faculty of Law,
Prof. Dr. Dirk Heirbaut, Director of the Institute for Legal History,
Have the honour to invite you to the Sarton lecture
and the laudatio and handing over of the Sarton medal

On Thursday 29 October at 16:00 PM
Auditorium NB III
Faculty of Law, Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 GHENT

- Welcome by the dean, Prof. Dr. Michel Tison.
- Laudatio of professor Dr. Jean-Louis Halpérin by Prof. Dr. Dirk Heirbaut.
- Sarton lecture by Prof. Dr. Jean-Louis Halpérin:
"Returning to the primacy of statutory law in legal history?"
- Handing over of the Sarton Medal by Prof. Dr. Robert Rubens.
- Drink offered by the Faculty of Law.
 On Georges Sarton:
George Sarton (1884-1956), one of the founding fathers of the history of science as an academic discipline, was an alumnus of Ghent University. In 1912, one year after his graduation in physics and mathematics, he wrote to a friend: “J'ai décidé de vouer ma vie à l'étude désintéressée de l'histoire des sciences”. He established two leading journals in the field (Isis in 1912 and Osiris in 1934) and the History of Science Society. In 1984, at the centenary of Sarton's birthday, Ghent University decided to establish a Sarton Chair of History of Science. Each year the Sarton committee, consisting of representatives of the faculties of Ghent University, selects the Sarton chair holder and the Sarton medallists. The Sarton chair holder and the medallists are invited to lecture on the history of science in the faculties of the university. The lectures are published in the annual journal Sartoniana.(

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