31 May 2022

JOURNAL: Clio@Thémis XXII (2022) [Les juristes voyageurs. Ce que les circulations humaines font aux savoirs juridiques, eds. Laetitia GUERLAIN & Luisa BRUNORI


(Source: Clio@Themis

Clio@Thémis has published its latest issue on ‘Les juristes en voyageurs. Ce que les circulations humaines font aux savoirs juridiques (xvie-xxe siècle)’.

  • Laetitia Guerlain et Luisa Brunori

Penser ailleurs [Texte intégral]

Juristes voyageurs et innovation juridique (xvie-xxe siècle)

  • Anne-Charlotte Martineau

Le droit « façonné » par les pratiques coloniales ? [Texte intégral]

Les voyages des pères visiteurs au Brésil et les débats relatifs à l’esclavage (xvie siècle)

  • Antônio David et Carlos Zeron

Le jusnaturalisme en Europe et en outre-mer : Antonio Vieira face au droit naturel et à l’esclavage des Indiens de São Paulo (1694) [Texte intégral]

  • Margarita Serna Vallejo

Le Labyrintho de comercio terrestre y naval de Juan de Hevia Bolaño et le droit maritime [Texte intégral]

  • Marianne Vasara-Aaltonen

Swedish Lawyers’ Studies Abroad During the Seventeenth Century: A Mix of State-Building Process and Personal Ambitions [Texte intégral]

  • David Gilles

Livingston et Mignault : voyages civilistes et codificateurs en terres d’Amériques [Texte intégral]

  • Guillaume Richard

Parcourir l’espace national. Les voyages d’inspection des facultés de droit au xixe siècle [Texte intégral]

  • Raphaël Cahen

Laboulaye et Kachenovsky et la fabrique du droit international : voyages, réseaux, circulation des savoirs juridiques [Texte intégral]

  • Carlos Petit

« Los que pasan el Rhin, pierden la cabeza » [Texte intégral]

Privatistas españoles en universidades alemanas (1910-1936)

  • Annamaria Monti

Travel, correspondence and investigations in Italy and Latin America: insights from the papers of Mario Rotondi (1900-1984) [Texte intégral]

  • Eva Elizabeth Martínez Chávez

Movimiento de juristas, circulación del derecho: Republicanos españoles en América [Texte intégral]

  • Assaf Likhovski

The Many Exiles of Max Laserson [Texte intégral]

  • Michel Erpelding

Juristes internationalistes, juristes mixtes, Euro-Lawyers : l’apport de l’expérience semi-coloniale à l’émergence d’un droit supranational [Texte intégral]

  • Florence Renucci

Quand les voyages font la juriste de combat [Texte intégral]

De la cause des Africaines à l’influence du catholicisme sur le droit républicain


More info here

JOB: Postdoc position in Legal History and Construction History (Université Libre de Bruxelles) (DEADLINE: 30 June 2022)


(Source: Euraxess)

We learned of a postdoc vacancy within the framework of the EOS research project “Construction History, Above and Beyond. What History Can Do for Construction History”.

Research project:

This vacancy fits within the framework of the EOS research project “Construction History, Above and Beyond. What History Can Do for Construction History”, directed by professors Michiel Dehaene (UGent), Dave De ruysscher (VUB, Tilburg University), Rika Devos (ULB), Johan Lagae (UGent), Stephanie Van de Voorde (VUB) and Ine Wouters (VUB). In total, 3 PhD positions and 4 postdoc positions are included in this project (the fourth postdoc mandate will be opened later in 2023). An overview of the full project and all mandates involved can be consulted on:

The EOS research project will set up a dialogue (in terms of sources, methodologies, concepts and cognitive interests) between Construction History and three other fields of history, namely Colonial History, Legal History and Planning History. As such, the project sets out to strengthen the historical dimension of Construction History, while simultaneously demonstrating its relevance and potential to other fields and disciplines. The project overall concentrates on selected aspects in 19th and 20th -century building knowledge and building practice in Belgium and its former colony, with particular attention for tacit knowledge, in order to voice crucial yet underrated actors, sources and types of knowledge.

The individual trajectory of each postdoc researcher is embedded in this larger team, operating in the 3 universities (ULB, UGent and VUB). Intensive exchange and shared outcomes among team members are crucial for the success of the project. The postdoc positions are each situated in one of the 3 fields of dialogue: (1) colonial history – construction history; (2) legal history – construction history and (3) planning history – construction history.

This specific vacancy is issued by the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and engages in the dialogue between legal history and construction history. It is co-supervised by profs. Rika Devos (ULB) and Dave De ruysscher (VUB, Tilburg University).

This postdoc study focusses on the normativity of ‘implicit’ and ‘practical’ knowledge building in Belgium, during the 19th and 20th centuries. This type of knowledge is often enforced through informal rules, in many segments of society. The field of Construction History holds promising opportunities to further disentangle normativity and informal rules, as they can be enforced in the case of harm or construction faults. The liability of architects, contractors and even workers was tested against ‘rules of the trade’, which were rules of implicit, practical knowledge. The sources that can be used range from instructional literature to case law, in which the liability of constructors is explored. These sources shed light not only on the appraisal of ‘rules of the trade’ but also on how legal practitioners categorized ‘practical knowledge’.

The post-doc study in the dialogue between Legal History and Construction History explores the types of normativity as found in instructional literature for construction professionals. As such, this research will link up not only with recent developments in Legal History, but also engage with the larger knowledge gaps identified in this project by assessing not only the relation between different types of knowledge engaged in normativity, but also the relations between the actors involved – both professional builders and professional legal actors – and the untapped sources to assess this normativity, including their technical and legal challenges. Legal practitioners and construction practitioners produce very different types of documents, from different viewpoints, in different ‘languages’. How do they interact and integrate the insights of the other field? How can they be understood by the other field and were these sources accessible and used? Do they reflect the standard of building? How and when does practical knowledge turn into a normative set of (implicit or explicit) rules or guidelines? These issues are tested through case studies in the archives of construction companies, such as the private archives of the Blaton archives and Entreprises Louis de Waele.

The successful candidate will be based alternatingly at ULB and VUB, to allow a dynamic interaction with the team members and a full insertion in both institutions.


All info here.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Journal for Digital Legal History


The new Journal for Digital Legal History has a call for papers for its inaugural issue.

Call for Contributions

The Journal for Digital Legal History (DLH) is a diamond Open Access and peer-reviewed international journal hosted by the Open UGent platform. We are pleased to invite contributions from researchers working on legal history with digital, empirical and computational approaches for our first annual issue to be published in November 2022. The journal welcomes all research questions and outputs at the intersection of legal history, digital humanities and empirical legal studies, broadly defined.

In the field of legal history, digital methods are hardly ever the centrepiece of a publication itself, if not downplayed. In 1997, Richard Evans claimed that: 'How we know about the past, what historical causation is, how we define a historical fact, whether there is such a thing as historical truth or objectivity - these are questions that most historians have happily left to one side as unnecessary distractions from their essential work in the archives' (R. Evans, In Defence of History, 1997, p. 9)Nevertheless, in the 21st century, the work of a historian or legal scholar does not stop in the archives. Often, digital or computational techniques are applied in seemingly pedestrian ways such as "searching" full texts, or they are applied in more elaborate methods to transform the historical facts embedded in our precious archival material or legal documents, to answer novel research questions or to explore well-trodden paths from an innovative perspective. 

The application of digital techniques to legal history research is often overlooked or omitted from discussions on methodology. We encourage you to highlight the technical tools or methods that proved effective to your research projects, without neglecting all the trials and errors that helped structure your final choice of any particular technique. You are welcome to illustrate your work with all forms of outputs, from notebooks to graphs, networks, maps, diagrams, etc.. If you have developed software, a database or a dataset that others could reuse, feel welcome to publish it with us.

General Call for Contributions: continuous call for submissions

Submissions that address legal sources from any historical period and any part of the world are welcome. We actively encourage collaborative and multi-authored pieces by authors from different countries working across disciplines. 

We accept publications in English; we can also support German, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese but do contact the editorial board in advance. If you wish to publish in another language than mentioned here, please consult us beforehand.

Beyond the following suggestions, feel free to contact us through the DLH website if you have any original ideas that you want to discuss.


Topic suggestions 

  • Original research articles (up to 10,000 words). 
  • Reproduction-pieces: Can the results of classic studies be replicated through DLH-techniques?
  • A dedicated section for your Digital Legal History events: If you are organising a panel, conference or webinar series that prominently features Digital Humanities performed on legal sources, contact us for a dedicated focus section allowing you to publish the papers or conclusions of your meeting.
  • Shorter focus pieces or provocations (around 5,000 words with fewer footnotes).
    • Conference and seminar reports.
    • Spotlight articles: inspiration from other social sciences fields on the promising benefits of specific Digital Humanities techniques that could be successfully applied to Digital Legal History.
  • Presentations or Reviews of softwares, databases, datasets, websites, and platforms.
    • Tutorials: general presentation, application through a specific study angle (legal linguistics, marginalia analysis).
  • Trials & errors: reflections on the productive role of wandering and errors in abandoned, rejected or substantially modified past projects that could help improve the current methodology (inspired by the Journal of Trial & Error).


We are open to submissions in traditional and non-traditional formats: from traditional articles to blog posts, from plain text to linked data or hyperlinked texts, from posters to Notebooks, etc.. Illustrations could be included in the form of notebooks, graphs, diagrams, maps, networks, and images.


Upon receiving your contribution, we aim to publish it within 2-4 months, depending on a positive peer-review. Please send us a short abstract of 150 words, including a provisional title, suggested format and up to five keywords. You can find the detailed guidelines for authors on the journal's website. Please include a short biographical statement for the proposed contributor(s), including the area of expertise, interests, affiliation (if applicable), and any other relevant information. We will respond to all abstract submissions within 14 days (in July and August, this may take a bit longer).

More info:

The journal also has two calls for dedicated focus-sections (Early Career Digital Legal Historians: dare, test and surprise & Global DLH: show, tell and teach).  

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Turin Humanities programme, “Enlightenment legacy: the rights of man in a global perspective” (1-3 SEPTEMBER 2022, Turin, deadline 20 JUNE 2022)

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The Turin Humanities Programme and Fondazione1563 are pleased to invite postgraduate students and early career researchers to submit their applications to the Summer School “Enlightenment legacy: the rights of man in a global perspective”.

The Summer School intends to elucidate, from a global perspective, a fundamental – although often neglected – aspect of the legacy of the Enlightenment to better understand its enduring and controversial presence over time in the fields of politics, society, law, and economics.

Namely, the Summer School will focus on the political and constitutional language of the rights of man, seen as the most lasting legacy of the cultural revolution through which the Enlightenment changed the course of global history, acting as a “laboratory of modernity”.

The Summer School will engage with the Enlightenment’s transformation of the old moral concept of natural rights into the modern political language of the “rights of man” and the ambitious Enlightenment project of bringing about the constitutionalization of the rights of man as part of a modern politics of emancipation that began well ahead of the French Revolution.

Moreover, the Summer School will explore the controversial affirmation and metamorphoses of the Enlightenment’s culture of the rights of man in a global context throughout the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries. By so doing, the Summer School aims at shedding light on the Enlightenment’s relevance to deal with issues raised by the contemporary evolutions of global constitutionalism and governance, that still require to be addressed.

The THP Summer School provides a forum for postgraduate students and early career researchers in the field of humanities and the social sciences (history, philosophy, law, economics, political science and international relations) to engage with the most up-to-date academic debates and global historiographical currents on the Enlightenment and its cultural, political and legal legacy.

We encourage applications from researchers with a strong interest in human rights/rights of man and woman/natural rights in an historical, global and interdisciplinary setting. In particular, but not limited to:

  • constitutions and the constitutionalization of human rights
  • the development of representative democracy
  • ancient and modern republicanism
  • political economy and commerce
  • the law of nations and international law
  • race, slavery, colonialism

English will be the default language of the Summer School.

The Summer School programme includes keynote lectures of Professor Nicholas Cronk (Voltaire Foundation, University of Oxford), Professor Dan Edelstein (Stanford University), Professor Serena Ferente (University of Amsterdam), Professor Vincenzo Ferrone (University of Torino), Professor Franco Motta (University of Torino), Professor Céline Spector (Sorbonne Université), Giovanni Bietti (composer, pianist and musicologist), early career researchers’ presentations of original manuscripts/book projects, workshops and roundtable discussions.

To foster dialogue between senior and young scholars, the Summer School offers its participants a unique opportunity to contribute to the broader discussion on the human rights theme with their own ideas and to test their research.

Successful applicants will also have the chance to present their papers in panel sessions which will be followed by a Q&A led by a panel discussant.

The full call for application can be found here.

30 May 2022

JOURNAL: MPILHLT Research Paper Series, 2021, Vol. 11 No. 4, 05/23/2022

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Heinz Mohnhaupt (Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory), Naturrecht und naturrechtliche Methode des „mos Gottingensis“ an der Göttinger Aufklärungsuniversität „Georgia Augusta“ (1734-1800) / Natural law and the natural law method of the "mos Gottingensis" at the University of the Enlightenment "Georgia Augusta“ (1734-1800)

  • Enlightenment and natural law are mutable concepts. In the founding goals of the Göttingen University "Georgia Augusta", founded in 1734, they are concretely combined to form a utilitarian model of science for all disciplines. Science should be useful and experienceable for state and society. For the system of "Jurisprudentia" this implies an encyclopedically based order of material, which on the one hand is oriented towards pedagogical teaching of the subject matter and on the other hand towards practical exercises. This style of teaching represents the very successful "mos Gottingensis" in the 18th century.
Ignacio Chuecas Saldías (Finis Terrae University), Censuras / Censures (DCH)

  • This article describes the doctrine concerning the canonical penalties known as censures. There are basically three different types of punishment for crimes committed in the context of the ecclesiastical jurisdiction: excommunication (excommunicatio), suspension (suspensio) and interdict (interdictio). After experiencing an important boom during the Late Middle Ages - in part due to the religious-political situation of the period -, the doctrine on censures was widely systematized and commented on by theologians and jurists during the Early Modern Period. In the course of this process, and as a result of the colonial expansion in America, numerous writers dealt with its application in the Spanish American territories. In particular, controversies arose related to the use of excommunications in the numerous confrontations between civil and religious authorities, as well as in interactions with indigenous people, the activities of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, and, of course, the implementation of regulations issued by the Council of Trent.

Jesús Joel Peña Espinosa (INAH), Traslado y renuncia de prelados / Transfer and resignation of an ecclesiastical prelate (DCH)

  • This article studies the juridical bases on which Spanish American ecclesiastics (bishops and parish priests) were able to exercise their capacity to renounce a benefice or to be transferred from one bishopric or parish to another. The spiritual and jurisdictional rights and obligations of the clergy to hold a benefice were regulated by canonical and civil legislation for Spanish America; beyond these norms, we have consulted the theological basis that gives meaning to the relationship between subject and benefice. The two acts, renunciation and transfer, are analyzed in order to elaborate the characteristics and conditions of each one with respect to the historical context of the Hispanic world in its overseas territories, according to the particularities of the law in its most important sources.


Since its foundation in 1964, the Max Planck Institute for Legal History & Legal Theory has been dedicated to basic research from a historical perspective in the field of law. A particular challenge embraced by the Institute is to create historical and empirical bases for a critical study of the system of law in a globalized world. To this end, the Institute is paying increasing attention to the interrelationships between European and non-European legal systems. Papers in this series cover topics of the Institute's focus areas. To have your paper included in this series please contact the series editor at

More information can be found here.

27 May 2022

BOOK: Martine CHARAGEAT, Élisabeth LUSSET, Mathieu VIIVAS, Les espaces carcéraux au Moyen Âge, (Pessac: Ausonius éditions, 2021. OPEN ACCESS


While recent work has renewed our knowledge of execution sites and the internal layout of confinement places in the Middle Ages, the distribution of prison spaces and territories, and in particular the socio-spatial dynamics and logics of their location, have yet to be analyzed. These prison spaces are the subject of this book, written by historians, archaeologists and literary scholars.

By prison space, we mean the space produced by one or more places of incarceration: the interior spaces of a prison in all their complexity and the exterior space, whether that of arrests, judicial executions or the immediate vicinity of the gaol. The fourteen essays deal with prison space at different scale (buildings, neighborhood, city or region) and use a wide variety of sources: judicial documents, urban regulations, prison rules, accounts, iconography, archaeological datas, literary texts, etc.


  • De pierres et de textes : les espaces carcéraux au Moyen Âge, par Martine Charageat, Julie Claustre, Élisabeth Lusset et Mathieu Vivas

La prison dans ses murs : matérialité des espaces carcéraux

  • La prison du consulat de Périgueux (v. 1300-1450) : conditions carcérales, logiques comptables et expression du pouvoir, par Ézéchiel Jean-Courret
  • La prison médiévale du château de Caen. Nouvelles approches historiques et archéologiques, par Bénédicte Guillot et Alban Gottfrois
  • La “tour des prisons” de l’abbaye d’Abondance. Un espace carcéral au sein du carré claustral, par Sidonie Bochaton

Lieux, conditions et représentations de l’incarcération

  • Entre prison courtoise et chartre dure et orrible : les lieux et conditions de détention des prisonniers de guerre à la fin du Moyen Âge, par Bertrand Schnerb
  • Charles d’Armagnac : d’une prison à une autre ?, par Pierre Courroux
  • Se je vous raiembroie, voldriés le vous ? Les réclusions de Lancelot dans le Lancelot-Graal : l’enfermement carcéral aristocratique au prisme de la littérature fictionnelle du XIIIe siècle, par Jérôme Devard
  • Usage et représentation de l’espace carcéral dans les différentes versions du Calila et Dimna (VIIIe-XVe s.), par Mathilde Dalbion

Les prisons dans l’espace urbain

  • On the topography of medieval prisons in Italy, par Lara Tonizzo Feligioni
  • L’évolution des espaces carcéraux à Aurillac aux XIIIe-XIVe s., par Sébastien Fray
  • La place de la prison échevinale de Dijon dans l’espace urbain au XVe s., par Rudi Beaulant
  • Dispersion, collaborations, concurrences ? Juridictions et prisons à Tournai à la fin du Moyen Âge (v. 1300-1600), par Florian Mariage

S’affranchir des murs : logiques sociales et territoriales de l’incarcération

  • Prisons et lieux d’arrestation à Paris au Moyen Âge : pistes d’enquête, par Julie Claustre et Pierre Brochard
  • Communiquer depuis la prison. Lettres de prisonniers et captifs de l’Archivio Datini (Italie, vers 1400), par Jérôme Hayez
  • Espaces, lieux et formes d’incarcération “ouverte” en Aragon aux XIVe-XVe s., par Martine Charageat

The entire publication can be found here.

26 May 2022

COLLOQUE: Historiographies constitutionnelles et identités nationales (16-17 Juin 2022, Rennes - ONLINE)

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En partant du fait que les ordres étatiques ont souvent cherché à former un corpus fictum politique, cette manifestation scientifique se propose de mettre au jour les principes et représentations mobilisés dans la mise en récit des histoires constitutionnelles nationales.

La rencontre a été organisée par l'Institut de Droit Public et de Science Politique, Faculté de droit et de science politique, Université de Rennes 1, sous la direction du Professeur Jacky Hummel

  • Tarif : Etudiants, enseignants : gratuit – Autres : 50€
  • Contact : - +33 2 23 23 76 09
  • Colloque retransmis en ligne, via l'application Zoom
  • Inscription obligatoire en ligne :


Jeudi 16 Juin 2022 - Après-Midi
Présidence : François Saint-Bonnet, Professeur d'histoire du droit à l'Université de Paris II Panthéon-Assas

13h30 : Accueil des participants

  • Allocution d'ouverture - Ecriture de l'histoire constitutionnelle et affirmation des identités nationales (Jacky Hummel, Professeur de droit public à l'Université de Rennes 1)
  • Méthodes et problématiques de l'historiographie constitutionnelle. Approches européenne, nord-américaine et sud-américaine de l'histoire constitutionnelle (Jean-Louis Halpérin, Professeur d'histoire du droit à l'Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris)
  • Historiographie constitutionnelle, méthodes et construction de l'identité nationale : l'expérience italienne (Luigi Lacchè, Professeur d'histoire du droit à l'Université de Macerata / LUISS Rome)


  • La grande transition : comment penser le passage de la constitution non écrite à la constitution écrite ? (Denis Baranger, Professeur de droit public à l'Université de Paris II Panthéon-Assas)
  • Les procédés de mise en récit de l'histoire constitutionnelle par les juristes de l'Angleterre pré-moderne (Céline Roynier, Professeur de droit public à l'Université de Cergy-Pontoise)
  • L'histoire constitutionnelle dans la pensée de Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde (Olivier Jouanjan, Professeur de droit public à l'Université de Paris II Panthéon-Assas)

Vendredi 17 Juin 2022 - Matinée
Présidence : Sylvain Soleil, Professeur d'histoire du droit à l'Université de Rennes 1

9h00 : Accueil des participants

9h15 : 

  • L'architecture des salles plénières parlementaires : une historiographie constitutionnelle sans mots ? (Christoph Schönberger, Professeur de droit public à l'Université de Cologne)
  • Le récit constitutionnel argentin et ses enjeux politiques (Carlos-Miguel Herrera, Professeur de droit public à l'Université de Cergy-Pontoise)
  • Une mystique constitutionnelle à déconstruire ? Les critiques historiographiques de l'exceptionnalisme américain (Alexis Buixan, docteur en droit public de l'Université de Rennes 1)


  • Le mythe des Cortes de Lamego dans l'histoire constitutionnelle du Portugal (Oscar Ferreira, Professeur d'histoire du droit à l'Université de Bourgogne)
  • Histoires constitutionnelles des Espagnes, lectures doctrinales et interprétations culturelles (Jean-Baptiste Busaall, Maître de conférences à l'Université Paris-Descartes)

12h15 : Pause déjeuner

Vendredi 17 Juin 2022 - Après Midi
Présidence : Jacky Hummel, Professeur de droit public à l'Université de Rennes 1

14h00 : 

  • La Révolution française comme prosopopée de la Nation chez les publicistes (Lucien Jaume, Directeur de recherches émérite au CNRS)
  • La lecture libérale de l'histoire constitutionnelle française au XIXe siècle (Alain Laquièze, Professeur de droit public à l'Université Paris-Descartes)
  • Les modèles anglais et américain dans l'historiographie constitutionnelle comparée du XIXe siècle (Tanguy Pasquiet-Briand, Professeur de droit public à l'Université d'Evry)
  • Rapport de synthèse (Jean-Marie Denquin, Professeur émérite en droit public de l'Université Paris Nanterre)

More information can be found here.

25 May 2022

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Catania Young Investigator Training Program (YITP) | Visiting fellowships 2022 (Deadline 1/6/2022)


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with the contribution of


(deadline for applications: June 1st 2022)

The Young Investigator Training Program (YITP) at the Department of Law of the University of Catania welcomes applications for 9 visiting fellowships to be awarded to early stage scholars of any nationality from any European (non-Italian) or extra-European academic institutions (with preference to Ukrainian or other nationalities under international protection). The applicants shall be within 10 years of the award of the PhD or currently PhD students when starting the fellowship. Research proposals shall be related to the fields covered by the Catania YITP, namely international law, EU law, history of international law and legal history of European integration. The fellows will be hosted by the University of Catania Law Department (Prof. A. Di Stefano) or one of the academic institutions part of the 2022 YITP Network (UniBologna, Prof. F. Casolari; UniFerrara, prof. A. Annoni; UniFirenze, Prof. Micaela Frulli; UniNapoli Federico II, prof. F.M. Palombino; UniRomaTre, Prof. G. Bartolini; UniTrento, Prof. M. Pertile) and mentored by a faculty member from one of these research centers.

Please check the UniCt webpage for more details: IT Bando   |  ENG Call and submit all you application documents by accessing the UniCt on line application system

Further information about the Catania YITP  can be found at 

Please contact us at and

* Early Scholars Initiative sponsored by the UniCt Research  Project  ExTemPoRe | Exceptionally Bad Times. Memory, Policy and Regulation of Transnational Crisis and associated to the programme of the Catania ESIL Research Forum (Solidarity: the Quest for Founding Utopias of International Law, 15-16 April 2021).

REMINDER CONFERENCE: 6TH BIENNAL Conference Of The European Society For Comparative Legal History - Lisbon, 22-24 June 2022


(Source: Iuris)

IURIS – Interdisciplinary Research Institute hosts the 6th Biennal Conference of the European Society for Comparative Legal History, running between the 22nd and 24th of June 2022, at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon.

The conference, which will gather in Lisbon over a hundred researchers from around the world, will focus on legal professions and method, especially the methods of legal professionals across Europe and the world, picking up threads of thought from the earlier ESCLH conferences in Valencia (2010), Amsterdam (2012), Macerata (2014), Gdansk (2016), Paris (2018) to explore what roles Professions and Methods have played, and continue to play, within comparative legal history.

See the program and register here.

ESCLH members are exempt from paying the conference fee. The ESCLH annual fee is €50; please find more information here:

JOB: 3 PhD Positions + 2 Postdoc positions GOA Project ‘Lordship and Agrarian Capitalism in the Low Countries, c. 1350-1650’ (Ghent University – deadline 31 July 2022)


We learned of 3 open PhD positions for a five-year research project at Ghent University.

In the context of the GOA (Geconcerteerde Onderzoeksactie) funding scheme of Ghent University, a five-year research project will be launched in September 2022 by Professor Frederik Buylaert (promotor-spokesperson), Professor Thijs LambrechtProfessor Dirk Heirbaut and Dr Jim van der Meulen (promotors). Bringing together the expertise of historians and legal scholars, this project engages with the ongoing debate on political economy in the Low Countries. For this project, 3 PhD positions are available.

Project Description

From an international perspective, the Low Countries are a natural laboratory of history in that this patchwork of wildly divergent landscapes and societies saw the precocious development of agrarian capitalism in some regions (esp. Coastal Flanders, the Guelders riverlands, Holland) whereas other regions saw the persistence of traditional peasant societies until the nineteenth century. Building on older debates on coercive surplus-extraction vis-à-vis markets, historians have speculated that the economic success stories of seventeenth-century Holland, for example, are rooted in the relative absence of seigneurial (‘feudal’) institutions that hampered economic development in most other parts of the Low Countries and Europe. While increasingly influential since the 1990s, this hypothesis has not yet received empirical scrutiny. The GOA-Project aims to remedy this situation by pursuing three lines of enquiry:

  1. Assessing the relative distribution of seigneurial institutions as a proxy for coercive surplus extraction in Flanders, Hainaut, Holland, Zeeland, Brabant, and Guelders, an approach that proceeds mainly from rich sets of feudal registers and pre-existing datasets (Work Package 1; lead researchers: Buylaert, Heirbaut, van der Meulen).
  2. Calculating the nature and scale of seigneurial surplus-extraction with detailed case-studies of seigneuries for which serial accounts survive (Work Package 2; lead researchers: Lambrecht, Buylaert, van der Meulen).
  3. Probing the regulatory constraints of seigneuries on markets for capital, land and labour and how this intersected with the growing involvement of the princely government. This line of enquiry revolves around the cross-checking of extensive sets of seigneurial regulations and ordinances issued by the administration of the Burgundian-Habsburg Low Countries (Work Package 3; lead researchers: Heirbaut, Lambrecht, van der Meulen).

A PhD student will be working in each of these Worck Packages. The PhD students will also be enrolled in the training programme of the Posthumus Institute, the Research School for Economic and Social History in the Netherlands and Flanders.


Applications are due by 31 July 2022; interviews of selected candidates has been scheduled for 12 August 2022. Applications should be sent by e-mail to Professor Frederik Buylaert. Full details are to be found in the full description (in pdf; see button below).

All info for the PhD positions here

All info for the Postdoc positions here

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24 May 2022

BOOK: Maria Filomena LOPES DE BARROS, Clara ALMAGRO VIDAL (eds.), Forms of unfreedom in the Medieval Mediterranean (Évora: Publicações do Cidehus, 2021), ISBN : 9791036589201 // OPEN ACCESS

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Dependence and loss of freedom – be it partial or total – go hand in hand. During the Middle Ages, people were bonded together through a wide variety of ties that limited their freedom in different ways and to variable degrees.This volume explores these forms of unfreedom. Focusing on both the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean from the eighth century until the fifteenth, the contributors focus on aspects such as transformations of terminology, implementation of different legal traditions across time and space, establishment and dissolution of bonds, and details of everyday life attached to these situations.
Looking at the “ties that bind”, that is, the obligations acquired and everyday implications of the establishment of that dependence, this volume reflects on concepts such as captivity, slavery, manumission and serfdom, among others, and their appearance in the sources.

More information and the entire publication can be found here.

NEWS : SIDHA Conference – 2nd Circular (Brussels, 13-16 September 2022)


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NEWS : SIDHA Conference – 2nd Circular (Brussels, 13-16 September 2022)

The Comité Directeur de la Societe F. De Visscher pour l’histoire des droits de l’antiquite has issued a new circular on the upcoming SIDHA conference in Brussels (September 13-16). All info can be found here


COMITÉ DIRECTEUR DE LA SOCIETE F. DE VISSCHER POUR L’HISTOIRE DES DROITS DE L’ANTIQUITE Paul du Plessis (Edinburgh) – Patricio Carvajal (Santiago du Chili) – Annette Ruelle (Bruxelles) Bruxelles, le 19 mai 2022 2nd Circular letter Dear colleagues and friends, In accordance with and following the first circular, I have the pleasure of inviting you to the 75th session of the Société Internationale Fernand De Visscher pour l’Histoire des Droits de l’Antiquité, which will take place at Saint-Louis University – Brussels, from 13 to 16 September 2022, on the theme: Ius et Religio. Law, Ancient Religions and Christianism during the Antiquity Please find the practical information on registration below: • The registration fee is fixed at 350 Euros, without the excursion; • The registration deadline is July 20, 2022. After this date, you will still be able to register until August 16, 2022 (GMT) for an additional amount of 400 Euros (still without the excursion); • The fee for the excursion is fixed at 75 Euros; • The transfer must be made to the account n° : BE57 3100 4670 0435 (Banque ING, avenue Marnix, 24, B – 1000 Bruxelles. Code BIC : BBRUBEBB); • Please specify in the communication in the transfer the following information: surname, first name, "SIHDA 2022 CF 7961" and the option chosen (with or without the excursion): o Example with excursion [425 Euros or 475 Euros]: "Last name, first name, SIHDA 2022, CF 796, with excursion"; o Example without excursion [350 Euros, or 400 Euros]: "Last name, first name, SIHDA 2022, CF 796, without excursion"; • If you wish to obtain an invoice, you are invited to tick the corresponding box in the registration form on the site and to fill in the information requested; • The fee asked to the accompanying persons is fixed at 325 Euros. Information relating to the communications presented by the participants: • You can announce a conference on the online form as soon as you register and attach the abstract afterwards; • The deadline for abstract submission is July 10, 2022 (GMT). You will no longer be able to submit an abstract after this date! • The abstract must contain a maximum of 250 words; • It will be sent to the following address:; 1 The number CF 796 is an internal administrative reference at Saint-Louis University. • Only communications for which the speakers have paid their registration fee and provided their abstract by July 10 will be included in the official program; • According to custom, the language of the congress is French, but the conferences can also be given in Latin, English, German, Italian, and Spanish; • A certificate relating to the participation or the conference will be made available to the participants. Looking forward to welcome you in Brussels, where our Societas Amicorum has been founded and in “full presence” in occasion of this anniversary session! Sincerely Yours, Annette Ruelle (

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Hermann Conring-Preis 2022 (DEADLINE: 10 June 2022)


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The Castor & Pollux Stiftung gGmbH, Berlin has a call for applications for the Hermann Conring-Preis for meritorious legal historical, legal-theoretical and legal philosophical work written in German at a German, Swiss or Austrian law faculty. Here all details:

Die Castor & Pollux Stiftung gGmbH, Berlin schreibt für das Jahr 2022 den Hermann Conring-Preis international aus. Es werden in diesem Jahr zwei Preise vergeben. Jeder Preis ist mit EUR 5.000 dotiert und wird von der Castor & Pollux Stiftung gGmbH, Berlin, anlässlich des 43. Deutschen Rechtshistorikertages verliehen, der vom 8. bis zum 12. August 2022 in Zürich stattfindet. Der Preis zeichnet hervorragende Forschungsleistungen auf dem Gebiet der Rechtsgeschichte, Rechtsphilosophie und Rechtstheorie aus. Eingereicht werden können Veröffentlichungen in deutscher Sprache an juristischen Fakultäten der Hochschulen in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz. Der Preis ist nach dem herausragenden Universalgelehrten Hermann Conring (1606 bis 1681) benannt, der nicht nur die deutsche Rechtsgeschichte mitbegründet, sondern auch maßgebliche Beiträge zur politischen Wissenschaft und Philosophie geleistet hat und den bedeutenden Herrschern seiner Zeit als Berater zur Verfügung stand. Eine Jury aus namhaften Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern, zu der die Professorinnen und Professoren Marietta Auer (Direktorin des Max-Planck-Instituts für Rechtsgeschichte und Rechtstheorie, Frankfurt am Main), Ulrike Babusiaux (Universität Zürich), Stephan Dusil (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen), Peter Oestmann (Westfälische WilhelmsUniversität Münster), Johannes Platschek (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Thomas Simon (Universität Wien) und Andreas Thier (Universität Zürich) gehören, befindet über die Zuerkennung dieser Auszeichnung. Prämiert werden nur die besten Arbeiten. Die vorzulegenden Arbeiten sollen in sich abgeschlossen und entweder innerhalb der letzten vier Jahre publiziert oder im Druck sein. Bewerberinnen und Bewerber können nur Erst- oder Seniorautoren oder -autorinnen der jeweils eingereichten Arbeit sein. Ist die eingereichte Arbeit von mehreren Autoren verfasst, wird der Preis an die Erstautorin bzw. den Erstautor verliehen. Bei gleichberechtigten Autoren ist die schriftliche Zustimmung der Mitautoren erforderlich. Die Arbeiten sind per Post in zweifacher Ausfertigung in deutscher Sprache an den Vorsitzenden der Jury Professor Dr. Andreas Thier M. A., Lehrstuhl für Rechtsgeschichte, Kirchenrecht, Rechtstheorie und Privatrecht, Universität Zürich, Rämistrasse 74/11, CH-8001 Zürich zu senden. Die Arbeit ist außerdem als PDF an den Vorsitzenden der Jury zu zur Weiterleitung an die übrigen Mitglieder der Jury sowie an die Castor & Pollux Stiftung gGmbH übermitteln. Der Arbeit sind folgende Informationen beizufügen: Titel der Arbeit kurze Inhaltsangabe Lebenslauf des Bewerbers (mit beruflicher Stellung und Tätigkeit) genaue Anschrift Einsendeschluss ist der 10. Juni 2022

23 May 2022

JOB: Assistant Professor in Legal History – Tilburg University (DEADLINE: 15 June 2022)


Tilburg University currently has a vacancy for an assistant professor of legal history.

Tilburg University | Tilburg Law School
is looking for a

Assistant Professor Legal History


Department: Public Law & Governance 
Location: Tilburg  
Scientific area: Legal History 
Full time equivalent: 0.8 -1.0 FTE (32-40 hours per week) 
Duration of employment contract: 18 months with prospect of indefinite term 
Monthly full-time salary: €3,821 - €5,230 gross 
Closing date vacancy: June 15, 2022    


This job opportunity is for an Assistant Professor in Legal History, in the department of Public Law and Governance (PLG). PLG is a large, diverse and interdisciplinary department, home to nearly 100 academic staff and a range of legal and social science disciplines. You will develop and grow in teaching as well as research, both individually and as part of a team of ambitious scholars.

The full vacancy can be found here

COLLOQUIUM: Jacques Cujas (1522-2022) e un episodio di cultura giuridica a Torino nella seconda metà del Cinquecento - 26 maggio 2022, Torino

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SEMINAR: "A Distant Reading of Law Dissertations" with Luca Scholz (Center for Spatial & Textual Analysis, 24 May 2022, Stanford-ONLINE)

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We learned that a seminar about "A Distant Reading of Law Dissertations" will be held by Luca Scholz on Tuesday, May 24, from 12:00 to 1:15 PM PST at the The Center for Spatial & Textual Analysis (CESTA) and via Zoom. Register for Zoom attendance here.


Scholars and students at early modern European universities wrote hundreds of thousands of dissertations. One reason why these sources have often been neglected is that they defy any individual’s capacity for close reading. This talk presents a distant reading of the titles of over 20,000 legal dissertations written at German universities during the seventeenth century. Providing a pathway into a forbidding archive, it highlights the dissertations’ interest for the history of jurisprudence and its receptiveness to social change, the history of universities and academic publishing, baroque rhetoric, and cultural, political, and economic history. The talk also discusses a visualization technique used to examine whether shifts in subjects, methods, or language can be attributed to specific age cohorts or whether they were adopted across generations.


I am a scholar of European and digital history who is particularly involved in the relationship of political authority and human mobility, interactions with and perceptions of the atmosphere, and the use of geospatial and computational methods to study the past. I earned a PhD in History at the European University Institute in Florence, an MA in History at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris and the University of Heidelberg, as well as a BA in Economics at the latter university. Before moving to England, I held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University from 2016 to 2019. I have also taught at the Free University of Berlin and have been a visiting scholar at the University of Saint Andrews and at Columbia University. You can find more information on my work at

More information can be found here.

20 May 2022

WORKSHOP SERIES: New directions in the theory and history of international law - Geneva Graduate Institute, 2 & 3 June 2022

Join us for the first workshop of the series "New Directions in the Theory & History of International Law." On this occasion, professor Susan Marks (LSE), will serve as discussant for the works in progress of early career researchers.

Professors Carolyn Biltoft, Davide Rodogno, & Mohamed Mahmoud Mohamedou will also participate in a roundtable on "Glaring Absences: Class, Race, and Gender in the Histories of Capitalism & International Law."

Convened by Daniel Ricardo Quiroga-Villamarin, with the generous support of the Swiss National Science Foundation (Doc.CH Grant PoGEP1_20077/1), the Global Governance Centre, and the International Law and International History & PoliticsDepartments at the Graduate Institute, Geneva.

Programme and registration here.

BOOK: Mario DAMEN, Kim OVERLAET (eds.), Constructing and Representing Territory in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2021), ISBN : 9789463726139 OPEN ACCESS


In recent political and legal history, scholars seldom specify how and why they use the concept of territory. In research on state-formation processes and nation building, for instance, the term mostly designates an enclosed geographical area ruled by a central government. Inspired by ideas from political geographers, this book explores the layered and constantly changing meanings of territory in late medieval and early modern Europe before cartography and state formation turned boundaries and territories into more fixed (but still changeable) geographical entities. Its central thesis is that assessing the notion of territory in a pre-modern setting involves analysing territorial practices: practices that relate people and power to space(s). The essays in this book not only examine the construction and spatial structure of pre-modern territories but also explore their perception and representation through the use of a broad range of sources: from administrative texts to maps, from stained-glass windows to chronicles.


Mario Damen is senior lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. He has published widely on the social and political history of the late medieval Low Countries and is the PI of the research project Imagining a territory. Constructions and representation of late medieval Brabant, financed by the Dutch Research Council (NWO).

Kim Overlaet worked from 2016 till 2019 as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam on the NWO project ‘Imagining a territory’. She currently works as a research manager at the Department of History at Antwerp University.


Constructing and Representing Territory in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe: An Introduction (Mario Damen and Kim Overlaet)

Part 1 - The Multiplicity of Territory

  • Were There ‘Territories’ in the German Lands of the Holy Roman Empire in the Fourteenth to Sixteenth Centuries? (Duncan Hardy)
  • Beyond the State: Community and Territory-Making in Late Medieval Italy (Luca Zenobi)
  • Clerical and Ecclesiastical Ideas of Territory in the Late Medieval Low Countries (Bram van den Hoven van Genderen)
  • Marginal Might? The Role of Lordships in the Territorial Integrity of Guelders, c. 1325-c. 1575 (Jim van der Meulen)

Part 2 - The Construction of Territory

  • Demographic Shifts and the Politics of Taxation in the Making of Fifteenth-Century Brabant (Arend Elias Oostindier and Rombert Stapel)
  • From Knights Errant to Disloyal Soldiers? The Criminalisation of Foreign Military Service in the Late Medieval Meuse and Rhine Regions, 1250-1550 (Sander Govaerts)
  • Conquest, Cartography and the Development of Linear Frontiers during Henry VIII’s Invasion of France in 1544-1546 (Neil Murphy)
  • From Multiple Residences to One Capital? Court Itinerance during the Regencies of Margaret of Austria and Mary of Hungary in the Low Countries (c. 1507-1555) (Yannick De Meulder)

Part 3 - The Representation of Territory

  • Heraldry and Territory: Coats of Arms and the Representation and Construction of Authority in Space (Mario Damen and Marcus Meer)
  • The Territorial Perception of the Duchy of Brabant in Historiography and Vernacular Literature in the Late Middle Ages (Bram Caers and Robert Stein)
  • Imagining Flanders: The (De)construction of a Regional Identity in Fifteenth-Century Flanders (Lisa Demets)
  • Mapping Imagined Territory: Quaresmio’s Chorographia and Later Franciscan Holy Land Maps (Marianne Ritsema van Eck)

Constructing and Representing Territory in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe: A Conclusion (Mario Damen and Kim Overlaet)

The entire publication can be read and downloaded at this link.

19 May 2022

BOOK: Iolanda Anna RICHICHI, La teocrazia. Crisi e trasformazione di un modello politico nell'Europa del XVIII secolo (Firenze: Firenze University Press, 2016), ISBN 978-88-6453-347-6 OPEN ACCESS

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This study analyses the crisis and transformations of theocracy as a political model in Europe in the first half of the 18th century. The work focuses on the transition from a positive and normative seventeenth-century consideration of theocracy, associated with the Jewish people, to its description in the 18th century as a universal, negative and primitive model. To this end, three authors are examined in their role of emblematic figures of this change, namely: Jacques Basnage, John Toland and Giambattista Vico. The study then highlights a radicalisation phase in mid-eighteenth-century France in the works by Nicolas Antoine Boulanger, and ends with the description of Boulanger’s theocracy in Diderot and d'Alembert’s Encyclopédie.


I Parte: Teocrazia e respublica Hebraeorum: rielaborazione del modello
a) La «nascita» della coscienza europea
b) La nuova cronologia

Capitolo 1: Jacques Basnage e la storicizzazione del mito ebraico
1.1 Gli ugonotti tra la prima e la seconda generazione: la revoca dell’editto
di Nantes
1.2 Diritto di resistenza e sovranità: Pierre Jurieu e la seconda generazione
1.3 Ripensare la storia ebraica: Pierre Bayle e Jacques Basnage
1.4 Basnage e la letteratura sulla respublica Hebraeorum: il confronto con Flavio
1.5 Errori e false credenze sulla respublica Hebraeorum: Basnage rilegge Cunaeus

Capitolo 2: John Toland e il mito di una teocrazia ideale
2.1 L’uso del linguaggio biblico nell’Inghilterra del XVII secolo 
2.2 Il modello della respublica Hebraeorum: John Selden e James Harrington 
2.3 John Toland e la diffusione della critica dell’esegesi biblica 

Capitolo 3: Giambattista Vico e la respublica Hebraeorum
3.1 L’orizzonte europeo in Vico
3.2 Le origini della storia umana contro la boria delle nazioni 
3.3 Vico e la respublica Hebraeorum
3.4 La vera teocrazia e le false teocrazie delle nazioni
3.5 La «discoverta» del «vero Mosè»

II Parte: La trasformazione del modello teocratico in senso negativo
a) Le «médailles du déluge»
b) L’Encyclopédie di fronte al mito del Diluvio

Capitolo 4: Nicolas Antoine Boulanger
4.1 Il ritratto del «philosophe» ideale
4.2 La grande «boulangerie» 
4.3 Il «discepolo eterodosso» di Giambattista Vico

Capitolo 5: L’Antichità svelata attraverso i suoi usi
5.1 Il grande progetto del barone d’Holbach
5.2 Le reazioni alla pubblicazione dell’opera
5.3 Il piano dell’opera
5.4 Le fonti erudite di Boulanger
5.5 Una fonte trascurata: la letteratura sulla respublica Hebraeorum

Capitolo 6: Il primo modello politico del genere umano: la teocrazia
6.1 I manoscritti delle Recherches sur l’origine du despotisme oriental
6.2 Montesquieu e Boulanger: la genesi del dispotismo
6.3 La teocrazia primitiva delle nazioni
6.4 Il perno dell’obbligazione politica: la paura

III Parte: Cristallizzazione della teocrazia come modello negativo
a) Teocrazia e respublica Hebraeorum nell’Encyclopédie
Capitolo 7: L’articolo «Théocratie»
7.1 Le fonti
7.2 Attribuzioni
7.3 La prima parte dell’articolo: la teocrazia ebraica
7.4 La seconda parte dell’articolo: l’azione dei preti
Capitolo 8: L’ Œconomie politique
8.1 Quale «Economia politica» per l’Encyclopédie?
8.2 «Économie» ed «Œconomie»: V e XI tomo dell’opera a confronto
8.3 La sotto-voce «Œconomie politique»
8.4 La teocrazia ebraica rispetto alle altre teocrazie


The entire publication can be read and downloaded at this link