09 December 2019

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Remote Access to the Arolsen Archives from Amsterdam (29-31 January 2020, Amsterdam) (DEADLINE: 16 December 2019)

(Source: Arolsen Archives)

The Arolsen Archives -International Center on Nazi Persecution- has a call for applications for scholars from The Netherlands and surrounding countries to attend a research seminar on access to the digital collections of the archive.

Call for Applications

As part of a broader strategy to enable and improve access to the entire digital collections, the Arolsen Archives and the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies are co-organising an international three-day research seminar for scholars from the Netherlands and neighbouring countries. The event will take place at the NIOD in Amsterdam from 29 January through 31 January 2020. At its core, the seminar will enable participants to carry out their own research in the digital collections of the Arolsen Archives through a recently established “remote access” solution. Competent staff on site will provide guidance in exploring the depths of the digital archive. For this, participants will have to bring along their personal (portable) computers. Please note that remote access will only be possible on devices running Microsoft Windows. Participants will be able to save selected documents of interest free of charge.

Interested candidates from The Netherlands and neighbouring countries are encouraged to send their application via e-mail to Applications should consist of a short letter of motivation, a brief biographical note, and an overview of the project for which you intend to explore the digital collections of the Arolsen Archives (1-2 pages in total). The deadline for applications is 16 December 2019. Participants will be chosen and notified by 20 December 2019.

The full call can be found here

BOOK: Yifat MONNICKENDAM, Jewish Law and Early Christian Identity Betrothal, Marriage, and Infidelity in the Writings of Ephrem the Syrian (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019). ISBN 9781108480321, £ 75.00

Cambridge University Press is publishing a book on early Syriac Christianity and family law.


Ephrem, one of the earliest Syriac Christian writers, lived on the eastern outskirts of the Roman Empire during the fourth century. Although he wrote polemical works against Jews and pagans, and identified with post-Nicene Christianity, his writings are also replete with parallels with Jewish traditions and he is the leading figure in an ongoing debate about the Jewish character of Syriac Christianity. This book focuses on early ideas about betrothal, marriage, and sexual relations, including their theological and legal implications, and positions Ephrem at a precise intersection between his Semitic origin and his Christian commitment. Alongside his adoption of customs and legal stances drawn from his Greco-Roman and Christian surroundings, Ephrem sometimes reveals unique legal concepts which are closer to early Palestinian, sectarian positions than to the Roman or Jewish worlds. The book therefore explains naturalistic legal thought in Christian literature and sheds light on the rise of Syriac Christianity.


Yifat MonnickendamTel-Aviv University

Yifat Monnickendam is a senior lecturer in the Department of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University. Her work focuses on the rise of the Christian legal tradition in its Roman and Jewish context and she has published widely in leading journals.


1. Creating a primary bond: what is betrothal?
2. During betrothal: is premarital cohabitation an option?
3. Creating a marital bond: can rape determine marital status?
4. Breaking a marital bond: what do fornication and adultery do?
5. Discussion and conclusions.

More information here

CALL FOR PAPERS: Panel on “Civil Wars and Postwars in the Contemporary Era, 1776-2020. A Transnational and Global Approach” at the 15th Meeting of the Spanish Association of Contemporary History (Albacete, 17-19 September 2020)

(Source: HSozkult)

Via Hsozkult, we learned of a call for papers for a panel on civil wars and postwars in the contemporary era.

In the last years we are witnessing one of the most serious migratory crisis since the Second World War. Some of these migrants decide to leave their countries due to economic, political, social or climate motivations. Nonetheless, a significant part of them have in war, and more specifically in civil wars, their main reason to abandon their lives. In this sense, the internal conflicts that have recently aroused in some parts of the world, as well as the endemic and chronic wars in regions such as Latin America, Middle East or Central Africa, are having a more decisive influence on a global scale. The widespread (and growing) existence of these internal conflicts around the globe places the concept of civil war as a key element to understand nowadays’ world, connecting to the relevance that this type of conflict had in the previous 19th and 20th centuries […]”

The full call can be found here

OPEN ACCESS JOURNAL: H-France XI (2019), Issues 16-17: What the Revolution Means Today: Terror - The Revolution in World History

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Presentation by Jennifer Heuer (University of Massachusetts-Amherst):

I am delighted to introduce a series of exchanges around what the French Revolution means today. This series, spearheaded by Marisa Linton, commemorates the 230th anniversary of the Revolution, but also intends to inspire reflection on what the Revolution may continue to mean for us as scholars, teachers, and citizens.

The first, “Rethinking the French Revolutionary Terror,” edited by Marisa Linton, challenges some of our pervasive assumptions as scholars and teachers of the Revolution. Contributors to this strand question whether it is useful to talk about the Terror as a coherent and capitalized event, and consider what violence and trauma meant at other moments of the Revolution.
Volume 11, Issue 16“Rethinking the French Revolutionary Terror”Edited by Marisa Linton, Kingston University
Marisa Linton
Kingston University
“Terror and the Revolutionary Tribunals”
Carla Hesse
University of California, Berkeley
“The Terror as a Difficult Past”
Ronen Steinberg
Michigan State University
In “The Revolution Abroad,” edited by Annie Jourdan, several scholars reflect on their own experiences researching and teaching the Revolution from outside France, including from the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy. They also consider how different national agendas and institutional contexts have shaped how—and how much—the French Revolution is regarded today.
Volume 11, Issue 17“The Revolution Abroad”Edited by Annie Jourdan, University of Amsterdam
Annie Jourdan
University of Amsterdam
“The French Revolution: One American Historian’s View”
Rafe Blaufarb
Florida State University
“The French Revolution Abroad: Le cas italien”
Paolo Conte
Università della Basilicata
“The French Revolution Abroad: The Netherlands”
Matthijs Lok
University of Amsterdam
Upcoming issues:
“Revisiting French Revolutionary Culture,” edited by Sophie Matthiesson, turns our attention to material culture and consumptions. Contributors ask us to think not only about the importance of objects and archives, but also to reflect on how choices made by collectors and curators have influenced the s have influenced the basis of what we know about, and how we understand, the Revolution
A fourth strand, “Whose Rights? The French Revolution and the Present,” edited by Ian Coller, addresses what it means to engage with the history of the Revolution in our contemporary political and cultural world, from wrestling with questions of global history and activism in the classroom to the resonances of the MeToo movement and the rights of “living beings” writ large.
The last strand, “The French Revolution Beyond the Academy.” edited by Guillaume Mazeau, looks more closely at the continued powerful—if also sometimes problematic—presence of the Revolution in a myriad of contexts, from classroom games to political interventions to contemporary film.
We conclude with a videoed exchange between Lynn Hunt and Peter McPhee reflecting on the ideas and questions raised in these various strands
Overall, this series of salons was intended to include as diverse a range of voices as possible. We sought to bring together both relatively new scholars and well established people, Francophone and Anglophone scholars, and those from various parts of the world (including France, the United States, the UK, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy.) There are many other people whose voices could –and should–have been part of this; we very much hope that this will spark continued conversations and exchanges!

07 December 2019

MESSAGE: The Beginnings of the ESCLH, Ten Years Ago (2009-2019)

(image source: ESCLH Blog)

Ten years ago the ESCLH was formed in the Hague, with a mission to help comparative legal history to grow by bringing together scholars in shared purpose and community. That you are reading these words is a testament to that vision becoming reality. 

In ten years this blog (with millions of pageviews since its inception) has shared thousands of insights, calls, challenges and sadly a few passings of dear colleagues. 

Our journal thrives, with cutting-edge work exemplifying scholarly rigour and value. Our conferences (Biennial Conferences: Valencia - Amsterdam - Macerata - Gdansk - Paris - Lisbon; Graduate Conferences) are places of discussion, debate, challenge and intellectual engagement with difficult and important topics. 

Today, the Executive Council carries on, standing on the shoulders of the giants who set up the Society (Setu Masferrer, Jan Hallebeek, Seán Patrick Donlan, Remco van Rhee and Dirk Heirbaut) who saw it so carefully into figurative adulthood. 

We look forward to the next ten years: to the new work, the new discoveries, new colleagues, new collaborations and new students. To everyone who has contributed so much to the first decade of the ESCLH, our thanks, and our hopes for a even brighter and more comparative historical future.

Prof. Matt Dyson
President of the European Society for Comparative Legal History

06 December 2019

VACANCY: Two doctoral students (m/f/d) in the History of Social Law (Frankfurt am Main: MPIeR; DEADLINE 15 JAN 2020)

The Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt is a world leader in researching the history of law in Europe and beyond. Its two research departments with more than 60 scholars, the unrivalled collections of its specialized library and its numerous national and international co-operations make it the central research hub for a global scientific community investigating the past, present and future of legal regimes.

We are now looking to recruit

Two Doctoral Students (m/f/d)

from 1 April 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter
for the research programme ‘The History of European Union Employment Law’,
under the supervision of Professors Thorsten Keiser and Stefan Vogenauer,
dealing with the following topics:

The History of EU Employment Law;

The History of Antidiscrimination in Labour Relations:
France and Italy in Light of EU Law

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
You will develop, co-ordinate and pursue a doctoral project on one of the two research projects. Your doctoral thesis will turn on one of the two topics mentioned above. You will publish your findings and actively participate in the research activities of the Institute under the guidance of Professors Keiser and Vogenauer.
Your Profile
You hold a first class or high upper second class degree, preferably in law, alternatively in a different branch of the humanities or social sciences. You work independently, are fully proficient in the English or French language and willing to learn German if necessary.

Your CV should demonstrate your potential to pursue research at a very high international level. You are able to work independently and are committed to adopt interdisciplinary and comparative approaches.
Our Offer
We offer an attractive and international work environment with an unparalleled research infrastructure and a good working atmosphere. Payment and social benefits are based on the German Civil Service Collective Agreement (TVÖD). The annual salary before tax will amount to approx. EUR 32,700 (EG13 band 1, 65%). The job is a full time position (currently 39 hours per week), with presence in Frankfurt required. The position is a fixed-term appointment for three years, with the possibility of renewal for a further year in exceptional circumstances.

We are located on one of the most beautiful university campuses in Europe, right at the heart of the thriving and cosmopolitan city of Frankfurt, the centre of finance, banking and the legal professions of Europe’s biggest economy.

The research programme is conducted jointly with the Faculty of Law of Justus Liebig University Gießen, where work spaces will be made available, you will participate in a working group on the history of fair wages, and where you will also awarded the doctoral degree upon successful completion.

The Institute belongs to the Max Planck Society, Germany’s most successful research organization. Since its establishment in 1948, no fewer than 18 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its researchers, putting it on a par with the most prestigious research institutions worldwide. The mission of the Max Planck Society is to conduct fundamental (i.e., non-applied) research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences and the humanities at the highest possible level. Its 84 Institutes are scattered across Germany and beyond, and they focus on research fields that are particularly innovative and require unusually extensive resources.

The Institute is part of Max Planck Law, the network of eleven Max Planck Institutes that engage in advanced legal research. The first of these was established in Berlin in 1924. Today, we cover a broad range of legal studies, from the anthropology of law to tax law, in nine different locations across Germany and Luxembourg.

The Max Planck society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all Backgrounds. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Application procedure

Your application should be written in either English or German and contain the following documents:

1. Personal Statement:
  • Cover letter with reference to your research proposal and an explanation as to how your profile matches the selection criteria
  • Names and addresses (postal and electronic) of two scholars who have agreed to provide a reference for you

2. CV:
  • Detailed CV
  • List of publications

3. Other Documents:
  • Research proposal (up to five pages)
  • Transcripts
  • A sample of writing of some 20 pages length (seminar paper, journal article, book chapter etc.)

Please provide your referees with all the documents that you submit for your application and ask them to send their references direct to by the closing date of 15 January 2020. References may only be submitted by email. They do not have to be signed as long as they are emailed from the official mail address of the referee. Strong applicants will be invited for an interview, probably on 5 February 2020.
Informal enquiries as to the substance of the research topics may be directed to Professors Thorsten Keiser ( or Stefan Vogenauer (

Questions as to the terms and conditions of employment may be directed to Ms Anna Heym (

Your application must be submitted online via the link on our homepage ( by the closing date of 15 January 2020
(source: MPIeR)

BOOK: Tom JOHNSON, Law in Common: Legal Cultures in Late-Medieval England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019). ISBN 9780198785613, £75.00

Oxford University Press is publishing a new book on local legal cultures in 15th century England.


There were tens of thousands of different local law-courts in late-medieval England, providing the most common forums for the working out of disputes and the making of decisions about local governance. While historians have long studied these institutions, there have been very few attempts to understand this complex institutional form of 'legal pluralism'.

Law in Common provides a way of understanding this complexity by drawing out broader patterns of legal engagement. Tom Johnson first explores four 'local legal cultures' - in the countryside, in forests, in towns and cities, and in the maritime world- that grew up around legal institutions, landscapes, and forms of socio-economic practice in these places, and produced distinctive senses of law.

Johnson then turns to examine 'common legalities', widespread forms of social practice that emerge across these different localities, through which people aimed to invoke the power of law. Through studies of the physical landscape, the production of legitimate knowledge, the emergence of English as a legal vernacular, and the proliferation of legal documents, the volume offers a new way to understand how common people engaged with law in the course of their everyday lives.

Drawing on a huge body of archival research from the plenitude of different local institutions, Law in Common offers a new social history of law that aims to explain how common people negotiated the transformational changes of the long fifteenth century with, and through legality.


Tom Johnson, Lecturer in Late-Medieval History, University of York

Tom Johnson grew up in Ipswich. He completed degrees at Cambridge and Oxford, and his doctoral work at Birkbeck, University of London. He held a junior research fellowship at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, before joining the University of York as a Lecturer in Late Medieval History. In 2018-2019, he was a Fellow at The Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University.


Introduction: Local Legal Cultures and Common Legalities in Late-Medieval England
Part I: Local Legal Cultures
1: Rural Legal Culture: Ordaining Community
2: Urban Legal Culture: Institutional Density
3: Maritime Legal Culture: Expertise and Authority
4: Forest Legal Culture: Accounting for Vert and Venison
Part II: Common Legalities
5: The Legal Landscape
6: The Economy of Legitimate Knowledge
7: Legal English and the Vernacularization of Law
8: Common Legal Documents
Conclusion: Towards a Common Constitution

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BOOK: Dietmar WILLOWEIT, Staatsbildung Und Jurisprudenz - Spätmittelalter Und Frühe Neuzeit (Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2019). ISBN 978-3-95650-551-5, 148 EUR

(Source: Nomos)

Nomos is publishing a new edited collection on late-medieval and early modern processes of state formation and jurisprudence in Europe.


Der Prozess der Staatsbildung vollzog sich in Europa unter dem maßgeblichen Einfluss des antiken römischen Rechts und des Rechtsdenkens der römischen Kirche. Staat und Politik können seit dem Hochmittelalter ohne Einbeziehung der stets präsenten rechtlichen Argumente nicht angemessen beschrieben werden. Diese spiegeln Überzeugungen einer Vergangenheit wider, in der dem Recht eine hervorragende Bedeutung zukam.

Die vorliegende Aufsatzsammlung stellt die Fortsetzung zweier 2009 unter demselben Titel erschienener Bände dar. Die neueren Studien behandeln teils konkrete Rechtsprobleme, teils sind sie übergreifenden Fragestellungen gewidmet. In den Beiträgen werden folgende Themenbereiche angesprochen: Mittelalterliche Rechts- und Herrschaftsbildung; Gericht, Sühne und Strafe in Spätmittelalter und früher Neuzeit; Staatsbildung und Jurisprudenz in Osteuropa; Jurisprudenz und Staatlichkeit zwischen Humanismus und Aufklärung; staatenübergreifende Prozesse.

More info here

05 December 2019

JOURNAL: Journal on European History of Law (Volume 10, Issue 2)


We learned of the publication of the latest issue of the Journal on European History of Law. Here the Table of Contents:


Jaromír Tauchen: Die Arbeitsverwaltung im Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren (1939 – 1945)
Arian Petoft, Mahmoud Abbasi: A Historical Overview of Law and Neuroscience: From the Emergence of Medico-Legal Discourses to Developed Neurolaw
Simone Rosati: Individual Ownership and Collective Ownership in the Nineteenth‑Century Debate before the Sacred Economic Congregation
Javier Belda Iniesta: The Pre-Constantine Conciliar Season
Georgios Tzeferakos, Marina Skourteli, Alexandra Palli, Athanassios Douzenis: The Origins of Homicide Legislation in Ancient Greece
István Szászdi: The “Protector de Indios” in Early Modern Age America
Vlasta Švoger: Control of the Press in Croatia 1848-1849: From Censorship over Unlimited Freedom of the Press to the First Croatian Press Act
Paweł Fiktus: An Official in the Polish Political and Legal Thought of the Second Half of the 18th Century on the Example of the Theses of Józef Hieronim Pawlikowski and Józef Puszet de Puget
Andrey Bystrov: The Forgotten Anarchist: Political and Legal Aspects of Alexei Borovoy’s Anarcho-Humanism
Tetiana Syroid, Oleksandr Havrylenko, Alona Shevchenko: Evolution of Financial Law Basics within the Antique States of the North Black Sea Region (Late 7th Century BC – the First Half of the 6th Century AD)
Róbert Jáger: Legal and Social Status of the Church in Great Moravia
Antonín Lojek: Die böhmische Konföderation von 1619 und ihre Erweiterung um die österreichischen evangelischen Stände
Tomáš Mach: From the Balfour Declaration to the Creation of the State of Israel: The Issue of Legal Importance of this Declaration, Its Historical Role, and Consequences of the Arab Attack upon the Newly Proclaimed State of Israel on the Plane of Public International Law
Adam Boóc: Comments on the Concept of Arbiter in Roman Law
Peter Takács: On Stateform of Hungary between 1920 and 1944: Applicability of the Term „Monarchy without a King”
István Ambrus: The Development of Complaint and Public Interest Disclosure Regulation in Hungary
György Képes: Development of the Structural Independence of the Hungarian Judiciary from the Beginning until the End of the 19th Century
Fatri Islamaj, Engjëll Likmeta: Historical Aspects of Sale Contract according to Albanian Customary Law
Dominik Terstriep: Die Überdehnung des Raumes – Globalisierung im 16. Jahrhundert
Raluca Enescu: Simplified Procedures in Criminal Matters and the Risk of Judicial Errors: The Case of Penal Orders in Germany

Book Reviews: 

Heike Stopp: Hans Welzel und der Nationalsozialismus
Tamar Herzog: A Short History of European Law: The Last Two and a Half Millennia
Dirk Reitz, Hendrik Thoß (Hg.): Sachsen, Deutschland und Europa im Zeitalter der Weltkriege
Markus Apostolow: Der „immerwährende Staatssekretär“. Walter Strauß und die Personalpolitik im Bundesministerium der Justiz 1949 – 1963
Urs Marti-Brander: Rousseaus Schuld. Essays über die Entstehung philosophischer Feindbilder
Joachim Rückert: Abschiede vom Unrecht. Zur Rechtsgeschichte nach 1945
Reiner Haehling von Lanzenauer: Der badische Jurist Reichlin von Meldegg und seine Zeit
Ulrich Falk / Markus Gehrlein / Gerhart Kreft / Marcus Obert (Hg.): Rechtshistorische und andere Rundgänge – Festschrift für Detlev Fischer

More info here

04 December 2019

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Max Planck Summer Academy for Legal History (17-28 August 2020, Frankfurt am Main) (DEADLINE: 31 January 2020)

The MPI for European Legal History has published a call for applications for its annual summer school.

Since 2014, the Institute has organised the annual Max Planck Summer Academy for Legal History. Its aim is to provide roughly 20 early-stage researchers, usually PhD students, from all over the world with an in-depth introduction to basic approaches and methods of research in legal history.

The Summer Academy is intended to develop the ability of its participants to transfer legal terminologies and theories across linguistic and cultural contexts, thus providing a basis to build and consolidate international research networks.

It addresses highly motivated early-stage researchers, usually PhD candidates, with an interest in the basic research of historical formation and transformations of law and other normative orders.

The Summer Academy consists of two parts. The first part provides an introduction to the study of sources, methodological principles, as well as theoretical models and controversial research debates on basic research fields of legal history. In the second part, the participants discuss the special research theme and develop their own approach to the topic.

The next course takes place from 17 August - 28 August 2020 at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.


Researchers and fellows of the Institute alongside invited guest speakers give introductions to the manifold facets, sources, theoretical foundations, research perspectives and methodologies of the different subfields of Legal History.

  • Antiquity and Roman Law
  • Ius Commune - Legists
  • Ius Commune - Canonists
  • History of Private Law
  • History of Common Law
  • History of Criminal Law
  • Constitutional History
  • Legal History of Ibero-America
  • Legal Transfer in the Common Law World
  • Contemporary Legal History
  • History of International Law
  • History of European Union Law
  • Legal Theory
As a summer academy should not consist of academic activities only, a variety of extra-curricular activities, such as visits to nearby historical sites and several get-togethers in the evenings are offered.

This years's theme: Using History in Law

History teaches us that people in all regions of the world have invoked the past or tradition to legitimise or delegitimise norms. Even today, in countries all over the globe and in very diverse legal cultures but also at the level of international law, “tradition” is attributed an important role in the construction of legal systems and in substantiating legal claims.

Why and under what historical conditions circumstances did jurists assign such a high authority to the past? In what intellectual contexts and based on what understanding of epistemology, philosophy of history, or religion beliefs is the past used as an argument to legitimise or delegitimise existing or future law? And what force do historical arguments have in today’s laws?

Applicants to the 2020 Summer Academy are encouraged to present research projects that give special consideration to the significance of using History in Law.


17 August - 28 August 2020


Applications are to be sent by 31 January 2020.

Eligilibity Requirements

  • Early-stage graduates, usually PhD candidates
  • Working knowledge of English is required; German is not a prerequisite

Required documents for the application are a CV, a project summary (approx. 10 pages) and a letter of motivation.


There is no participation fee. Accommodation will be provided by the organisers. Participants, however, will be responsible for covering their travel expenses. There will be a limited number of scholarships available.

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BOOK: Anja AMEND-TRAUT et al., eds., Unter Der Linde Und Vor Dem Kaiser - Neue Perspektiven Auf Gerichtsvielfalt Und Gerichtslandschaften Im Heiligen Römischen Reich (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Verlag, 2019). ISBN 978-3-412-51720-5, EUR 54.99

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht is publishing a new edited collection on the judicial system of the Holy Roman Empire.


Die Gerichtsbarkeit der Vormoderne war von einer nahezu unüberschaubaren Vielzahl an Gerichten unterschiedlicher Herrschaftsträger und sozialer Gruppen geprägt. Während mit der Rezeption des römischen Rechts und dem Einzug gelehrter Juristen die Rechtsprechung zunehmend professionalisiert und institutionalisiert wurde, entstanden auf Grund der Ausbildung herrschaftsbezogener Instanzenzüge in den Territorien und durch Universitätsneugründungen zusätzlich neue Spruchkörper. Mit den Beiträgen dieses Bandes werden inhaltliche und methodische Zugriffe diskutiert, die es ermöglichen, die vormoderne Gerichtsvielfalt systematisch zu analysieren und aus vergleichenden Betrachtungen verallgemeinerungsfähige Erkenntnisse zu gewinnen.


Anja Amend-Traut (Hg.)
Anja Amend-Traut ist Inhaberin des Lehrstuhls für Deutsche und Europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Kirchenrecht und Bürgerliches Recht an der Universität Würzburg.
Josef Bongartz (Hg.)
Alexander Denzler (Hg.)
Alexander Denzler ist Habilitand der Geschichts- und Gesellschaftswissenschaftlichen Fakultät an der Katholischen Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.
Ellen Franke (Hg.)
Ellen Franke ist Rechtshistorikerin und wissenschaftliche Geschäftsführerin der Historischen Kommission zu Berlin e.V.
Stefan Andreas Stodolkowitz (Hg.)
Stefan Stodolkowitz ist Richter am Landgericht Lüneburg und Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Bundesgerichtshof Karlsruhe.

The table of contents can be found here

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BOOK: Susan MARKS, A False Tree of Liberty Human Rights in Radical Thought (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019). ISBN 9780199675456, £60.00

(Source: OUP)

Oxford University Press is publishing a new book on the history of the idea of human rights.


This book is concerned with the history of the idea of human rights. It offers a fresh approach that puts aside familiar questions such as 'Where do human rights come from?' and 'When did human rights begin?' for the sake of looking into connections between debates about the rights of man and developments within the history of capitalism. The focus is on England, where, at the end of the eighteenth century, a heated controversy over the rights of man coincided with the final enclosure of common lands and the momentous changes associated with early industrialisation. Tracking back still further to sixteenth- and seventeenth-century writing about dispossession, resistance and rights, the book reveals a forgotten tradition of thought about central issues in human rights, with profound implications for their prospects in the world today.


Susan Marks, Professor of International Law, London School of Economics and Political Science
Susan Marks is Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics. She previously taught at the University of Cambridge and King's College London. Her research is concerned with international law and human rights. She is the author of The Riddle of All Constitutions and International Human Rights Lexicon (co-written with Andrew Clapham), and edited International Law on the Left (CUP).


1: Introduction
2: Enclosure and its Critics
3: Two Early Modern Revolts
4: Rights in the English Revolution
5: The French Revolution Controversy
6: In the Shadow of Dearth
7: Improvement and the Real Rights of Man
8: Does Nature Confer Rights?
9: Trees and Liberty
10: Afterword

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03 December 2019

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Intensive Doctoral Week Sciences Po (Paris, 15-19 June 2020) (DEADLINE: 10 February 2020)

(Source: Sciences Po)

The Sciences Po Law School and the Law and Political Science Doctoral School of Paris Nanterre University are organizing an intensive doctoral week in June 2020. Here the call:


Initiated in 2011, and successfully continued since then, the Intensive Doctoral Week (IDW) is a co-organised initiative led by Sciences Po Law School and the Law and Political Science Doctoral School of Paris Nanterre University as well as a great number of partners in the world (For more information on previous IDW events).

Limited to a small number of PhD researchers coming from partners’ institutions and from other Law Schools, the IDW is designed as a PhD-training Lab. It aims at enabling researchers to present their own topics, to discuss their own work, and to engage their ideas with renowned Law professors, from France or abroad.

The IDW combines events taking many different forms, such as conferences or presentations by PhD researchers, thematic workshops, reading groups, panels, and informal discussions, in small groups or one-to-one meetings. The topics addressed may come from different areas of law, but they should always be treated in a general way that arouses curiosity from all the researchers including the ones working on other fields.

Researchers are thus given the opportunity to present their own research, the questions they struggle with, the methodological problems that they face, and the arguments that they wish to develop in their work. Their research will benefit from the comments made by professors and other PhD researchers. The IDW is an occasion for senior and junior researchers to discuss and to gather information on cross-cutting issues on different areas, but also to confront their views, and discuss new methods and perspectives for legal research.

The two working languages are French and English. Participants can speak the language of their choice. Once registered, participants are expected to actively participate in the various working sessions. The active involvement of all participants has been a key element for the success of previous editions. PhD researchers are thus strongly encouraged to consider themselves not as simple beneficiaries of the IDW activities, but rather as equal members of a collective academic endeavor. Participants should be willing to offer their support if organizational purposes so require.

Registration is free. Applications will be examined and selected by an independent committee of experts. To apply, fill in the online application. The deadline for application is 10 February 2020.

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JOURNAL: Historia et Ius (Vol. 16)

(Source: Historia et ius)

We learned of the publication of the latest issue of Historia et Ius. Here the table of contents:

Temi e questioni
  • 1) Riccardo Ferrante, Legge, giustizia e sovranità nella Francia del secondo Cinquecento. Appunti per una storia della “legalità” in Europa continentale​ -  [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.01] - 
  • 2) Dario Luongo, Giuseppe Grippa: un difensore della feudalità seguace di Beccaria - [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.02] - 
  • 3) Giovanni Rossi, "A spark of being into the lifeless thing": la creatura di Mary Shelley tra diritto alla felicità e utopia negata - [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.03] - 

Studi (valutati tramite blind peer review)
  • 4) Raffaella Bianchi Riva, L’ordine del superiore gerarchico nella giustizia di transizione italiana: diritto, etica e politica - [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.04] -   
  • 5) Pierpaolo Bonacini, Per il gran bene della pubblica tranquillità e sicurezza… Giustizia e disciplina militare negli Stati estensi di Antico Regime (secoli XVI-XVII) - [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.05] - 
  • 6) Francesco Campobello, Il cambio di paradigma dell'istituto dell'adozione nel XX secolo attraverso l'analisi e l'azione di Bianca Guidetti Serra - [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.06] - 
  • 7) Angelina Cirillo, Il Medioevo di Francesco M. de Robertis. Profili della ricerca storico-giuridica nel '900 - [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.07] - 
  • 8) Francesco D’Urso, Patrimoni in cerca di proprietario. L’evoluzione ottocentesca del beneficio ecclesiastico, in particolare nella scienza giuridica tedesca - [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.08] - 
  • 9) Alessia Maria Di Stefano, Legislazioni statali, pronunce giudiziarie e iniziative diplomatiche per la tutela dei migranti italiani negli Stati Uniti tra la fine dell’Ottocento e l’inizio del Novecento: una ricerca in corso - [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.09] - 
  • 10) Tiziana Ferreri, Regime giuridico dello straniero e albinaggio: il contributo della canonistica alla scientia iuris dell’età intermedia- [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.10] - 
  • 11) Emanuela Fugazza, La scienza del diritto commerciale postunitario. Gli esordi di Alberto Marghieri, Adolfo Sacerdoti, David Supino - [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.11] - 
  • 12) Elisabetta Fusar Poli, Le juridictions mixtes tra Egitto ed Europa. Spunti dalle carte di Eduardo Piola Caselli -  [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.12] - 
  • 13) Giuseppe Mazzanti, Qui cum iumento et pecore coierit, morte moriatur: pecus quoque occidite (Lev 20, 15). Il reato di bestialità e la pena di morte per gli animali nella riflessione giuridica di età moderna - [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.13] - 
  • 14) Eloisa Mura, Filippo Vassalli dagli esordi romanistici alla cattedra civilistica genovese (1907-1918) - [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.14] - 
  • 15) Sandro Notari, La Commissione Turiozzi e la riforma dell’ordinamento giudiziario civile di papa Leone XII (1823-1824) - [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.15] -   
  • 16) Andrea Panzarola, Iudex secundum allegata et probata (partium) iudicare debet: a proposito di un antico brocardo e di una recente interpretazione - [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.16] 
  • 17) Gianluca Russo, "Di giustizia orribil arte". Tre episodi di blasfemia nella iconografia fiorentina della prima Età moderna - [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.17] - 
  • 18) Stefania T. Salvi, Giuristi in fuga nell’Europa Cinquecentesca. Esuli religionis causa e ‘nuove’ percezioni giuridiche - [10.32064/16.2019.18] - 
  • 19) Alberto Spinosa, Storia del diritto e scansioni del tempo storico-giuridico: le interpretazioni del Novecento. Spunti di riflessione - [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.19] - 
  • 20) Maria Sole Testuzza, Confutare l’Ethnicismo. Il Dell’India Orientale (1669) di Clemente Tosi [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.20] - 
  • 21) Ferdinando Treggiari, L’oro e la coscienza. La fiducia testamentaria nell'età dei codici [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.21] - 
  • 22) Chiara Valsecchi, Economia pubblica, buon governo e condizioni della popolazione. Una voce dal Lombardo-Veneto - [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.22] - 

  • 23) Francesca De Rosa, Tecniche amministrative per il controllo sui movimenti migratori nel Regno di Napoli (1798-1809) - [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.23] - 
  • 24) Alan Sandonà, I processi in materia di diritti su beni comuni nella Terraferma veneta del ‘500: prime note - [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.24] - 
  • 25) Francesca Laura Sigismondi, Alessandro Brugiotti e il diritto fluviale: note in tema di acque nel tardo diritto comune - [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.25] - 
  • 26) Antonio Tisci, A proposito delle commissioni d’inchiesta per il governo angioino del Regno - [DOI 10.32064/16.2019.26] - 

All articles can be read here

BOOK: Dominique BARTHÉLEMY et al., eds., Communitas Regni - La “Communauté de Royaume” de la fin du Xe siècle au début du XIVe siècle (Angleterre, Écosse, France, Empire, Scandinavie) (Paris: Presses Sorbonne Université, 2019). ISBN 979-10-231-0613-8, EUR 34.00

Presses Sorbonne Université has published a new book on the idea of “communauté de royaume” in medieval Europe.


Les historiens médiévistes hésitent à parler d’État ou de nation quand ils évoquent les entités politiques du Moyen Âge central ; quand il s’agit de désigner une entité politique correspondant à une province, le terme royaume – parfois même en l’absence d’un roi – est moins conflictuel. Existait-il pour autant des communautés politiques spécifiques à l’échelle des royaumes, des « communautés de royaume » ? D’ailleurs, dans plusieurs régions d’Occident, l’usage du syntagme communitas regni caractérisait plutôt la terminologie des programmes politiques des mouvements d’opposition au roi. Les contributions réunies dans ce volume prennent toutefois appui sur cette notion pour proposer un questionnement renouvelé des fondements politiques d’une partie de l’Occident médiéval (Scandinavie, Empire, France, Angleterre et Écosse, pays tchèques), afin de comprendre ce qui en faisait la singularité.


Dominique Barthélemy, agrégé d’histoire, ancien élève de l’École Normale Supérieure et ancien membre de l’Institut universitaire de France, est professeur à Sorbonne-Université et directeur d’études à l’École pratique des Hautes Etudes. Il a notamment publié aux éditions du Seuil en 2012, dans la collection  « L’univers historique » une Nouvelle histoire des Capétiens 987-1214, et d’autre part un essai sur La chevalerie (2ème éd., Paris, Perrin, 2012) et une étude sur La Bataille de Bouvines, histoire et légende, Paris, Perrin, 2018.

Isabelle Guyot-Bachy est agrégée d’histoire et professeur en histoire du Moyen Âge à l’Université de Lorraine (Nancy). Elle travaille particulièrement sur la littérature chronistique médiévale et ses rapports avec la culture politique. Elle a publié en 2017 La Flandre et les Flamands au miroir des historiens du royaume (Xe-XVe siècle), Villeneuve-d’Ascq, Presses universitaires du Septentrion.

Frédérique Lachaud, agrégée d’histoire et ancienne élève de l’École Normale Supérieure, est professeur en histoire du Moyen Âge à Sorbonne-Université. Ses travaux portent sur l’histoire des pouvoirs dans l’Angleterre médiévale. Elle a publié L’Éthique du pouvoir au Moyen Âge. L’office dans la culture politique (Angleterre, vers 1150-vers 1330), Paris, Garnier Classiques, 2010, et Jean sans Terre, Paris, Perrin, 2018.

Jean-Marie Moeglin, agrégé d’histoire, ancien élève de l’École Normale supérieure et ancien membre de l’Institut universitaire de France, est professeur à Sorbonne-Université et directeur d’études à l’École pratique des Hautes Études, Il a notamment publié en 2002 chez Albin Michel dans la collection « L’évolution de l’Humanité » Les bourgeois de Calais - essai sur un mythe historique et, en 2011 aux Presses du Septentrion, Histoire franco-allemande tome 2 - L’Empire et le Royaume – Entre indifférence et fascination 1214-1500, et en 2017, en collaboration avec Stéphane Péquignot, « Relations internationales » et diplomatie au Moyen Âge dans la collection Nouvelle Clio des PUF.




Michel Bur, À la recherche du mot communitas dans les sources narratives et diplomatiques des xiet xiie siècles
Georg Jostkleigrewe, Terra – populus – rex. La communauté du royaume vue de l’extérieur
Yves Sassier, Un aspect juridique de la « communauté du royaume » : la réflexion des romanistes du Moyen Âge sur la capacité, ou l’incapacité du peuple à contrôler le gouvernant
Lydwine Scordia, Les fondements de la communitas regni dans les questions quodlibétiques de la faculté de théologie de Paris à la fin du xiiie siècle
Karl Ubl, Aristotle and the Empire. Imperium, regnum, and communitas in Albert the Great and Engelbert of Admont
Frédérique Lachaud, La « communauté du royaume » en Angleterre (fin du xiie-début du xive siècle)

Rolf Große, Les princes comme capita rei publice. Le royaume de Germanie aux xie et xiie siècles
Jörg Peltzer, Officiers du roi ou officiers du royaume ? Les grands offices de cour en Angleterre au xiiie et au début du xive siècle
Dominique Barthélemy, Le baronnage français dans les récits de la bataille de Bouvines (1214-1274) et dans la liturgie su sacre royal
Isabelle Guyot-Bachy, Les guerres de Flandre dans le processus de formation de la communitas regni au travers des récits des chroniqueurs français (1214-première moitié du xive siècle)
Jean-Marie Moeglin, Communitas regni et « relations internationales » (xie-xiiie siècle)


Jean-Christophe Blanchard, L’armorial Wijnbergen est-il un reflet de la communauté du royaume de France ?
Laurence Moal, La Bretagne et la communitas regni sous le règne de Pierre de Dreux (1213-1237)
Grégory Cattaneo, La communauté sans royaume dans l’Islande médiévale
Corinne Péneau, La création d’une communitas regni en Suède (xiiie-xive  siècles)
Alice Taylor, La communauté avant la communitas : les élites et le gouvernement royal en Écosse au xiiie siècle
Éloïse Adde, « Communauté du royaume » et affirmation de la noblesse dans les pays tchèques (xiiie-xive siècles)

Conclusions, par Bruno Lemesle

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