IAS Invited Lecture Series in Legal History 2

Organizer: Dr. Piotr Alexandrowicz (piotr.alexandrowicz@amu.edu.pl)

The second lecture series in legal history organized by CPH includes four lectures related to both European legal tradition and comparative legal history. Our distinguished speakers will offer fresh insights on a variety of topics, providing a complex framework for assessing the value of comparative legal history for legal science in general. The first lecture by Prof. Aniceto Masferrer will provide us with a bird’s-eye view of legal history and its relevance for law and legal science. The second lecture by Prof. Dirk Heirbaut will be a masterclass in comparative legal research on the classic issue of codes and codification over the last two hundred years. With the third lecture by Prof. Wim Decock, we will delve into the complex realm of the early modern period, exploring its entanglement of canon law, Roman law, and moral theology. In the concluding contribution by Prof. Tommaso Beggio, we will have an opportunity to follow the development of the idea of punishment by prison and the use (or misuse) of Roman law in the European legal tradition. 


The contribution of history to the understanding of law

October 2024

Speaker: Prof. Aniceto Masferrer (University of Valencia)

Aniceto Masferrer is Professor of Legal History and teaches legal history and comparative law at the Faculty of Law, University of Valencia, Spain. He has been a fellow researcher at the Institute Max-Planck for European Legal History (2000-03), Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge (2005), Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School (2006-07) and at Melbourne Law School (2008), and Visiting Professor at the University of Tasmania (2010), Visiting Scholar at Louisiana State University – The Paul M. Hebert Law Center – (2013), Visiting Scholar at George Washington University Law School (as the Recipient of the Richard & Diane Cummins Legal History Research Grant for 2014), and Visiting Professor at the École Normale Supérieure – Paris (2015), Center for Advanced Study, CAS, Oslo (2021, 2022), Università degli Studi Roma Tre (2022), Università degli Studi de Bari Aldo Moro (2023), Harvard Law School (2024). He has lectured at universities around the world (France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Malta, Israel, United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand).
He is the author of ten books (including The Making of Dignity and Human Rights in the Western Tradition. A Retrospective Analysis, Springer, 2023; and Spanish Legal Traditions. A Comparative Legal History Outline, Madrid, 2009; 2012, 2nd ed.) and the editor of fourteen (including A Companion to Western Legal Traditions: From Antiquity to the Twentieth Century, Brill, 2023; Comparative Legal History, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019), and more than hundred book chapters/articles published in Spanish, European and American law journals. He has published extensively on criminal law from an historical and comparative perspective, as well as on the codification movement and human rights in the Western legal tradition.
Website: https://www.uv.es/masdoa/curriculum-aniceto-masferrer.html

Redefining codification: a proposal based on comparative legal history

November 2024

Speaker: Prof. Dirk Heirbaut (University of Ghent)

Dirk Heirbaut (°1966) studied law and history and currently teaches as a senior full professor at Ghent University. His research focuses on medieval feudal and customary law, the comparative history of private law codifications, private law in Belgium since Napoleon and the methodology of legal history. He is a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts and the Academia Europaea and a member of the board of editors of several reviews, particularly the Legal History Review/Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis, and series, particularly Studies in the History of Private Law and Iuris Scripta Historica. He serves as president of the Legal History Committee of the Flemish Academy and was a founding vice-president of the European Society for Comparative Legal History. He sat on the Scientific advisory board of the MPI Private Law in Hamburg and currently sits on the advisory board of the MPI Legal History in Frankfurt. He worked as a guest professor or guest researcher in Amsterdam, Bergen, Berkeley, Brussels, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Louvain-la-Neuve, Oslo, Paris and Uppsala. In 2014 the city and the university of Magdeburg awarded him the Eike von Repgow prize. He has published six books, more than a hundred articles and book chapters and (co-)edited more than 20 volumes. His forthcoming book Redefining Codification deals with the history of civil, commercial and procedural codes in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium from the end of the eighteenth century until the twenty-first century.
Website: https://research.ugent.be/web/person/dirk-heirbaut-0/en

Usus theologicus pandectarum: on theologians’ use of Roman law

December 2024

Speaker: Prof. Wim Decock (University of Louvain)

Wim Decock (1983) is professor of Roman law, legal history and comparative law at the University of Louvain (UCLouvain) in Louvain-la-Neuve. He also teaches legal history on a part-time basis at the University of Liège. Before joining UCLouvain, Decock was a research professor at the Flemish University of Louvain (KU Leuven) in Leuven. From 2012 through 2014 he led a junior research group at the Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt. Decock received his PhD in law in 2011 from the universities of Roma Tre and KU Leuven with a dissertation on the theological origins of contract law that won several prizes, including the H. M.-Leibnitz-Prize 2014 by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Michael Novak Award 2017. In 2020, he was awarded the VWS-Prize by the Royal Flemish Academy for his more recent book on the early modern foundations of the economics of meritocracy. Decock holds master degrees in classics (KU Leuven, summa cum laude) and law (Ghent Univ, summa cum laude). In 2021, he was elected associate member of the Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences in Brussels. In 2022, Decock was the recipient of a Max Planck-Humboldt medal.
Website: https://uclouvain.be/fr/repertoires/wim.decock

A return to ancient Roman models: some remarks on the development of the idea of prison as a punishment from a historical-comparative perspective

January 2025

Speaker: Prof. Tommaso Beggio (University of Trento)

Born in 1983; M.A. in Roman law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Trento; Ph.D. in Diritto romano e cultura giuridica europea at the Law Faculty at the University of Pavia (2008-2011). He won a position as post-doc researcher (2013-2017) in the ERC project Reinventing the Foundations of European Legal Culture, 1934-1964 (P.I.: Prof. Kaius Tuori), at the University of Helsinki, where he carried out a research on Paul Koschaker and Roman law under the Nazi regime. There he held the courses Roman Law in European History and Law, Totalitarianism and Human Rights. He spent a 14 months research stay at the University of Heidelberg in 2015-2016, where he held the course Einführung in das italienische Recht. In 2018 he won the programme for young scholars “Rita Levi Montalcini” – “rientro dei cervelli” and obtained a position as a researcher at the Law Faculty at the University of Trento. The “Rita Levi Montalcini” funded his research project on Capital punishments in Roman law for three years too. In 2021 he obtained the chair for Diritto romano e diritti dell’Antichità at the University of Trento.
Main research fields: Roman public (and criminal) law, Roman criminal and civil procedure, legal epigraphy, Roman law historiography (in particular, Paul Koschaker, the “School” of Ludwig Mitteis, and the development of the vergleichende Rechtsgeschichte).
Website: https://webapps.unitn.it/du/it/Persona/PER0025648/Curriculum

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