Third Postgraduate Conference in Comparative Legal History, 17–19 February 2022, Augsburg University (Germany)

The European Society for Comparative Legal History (ESCLH) is pleased to announce its Third Postgraduate Conference. The ESCLH invites PhD-students (beyond their first year) and post-doctoral researchers who work in the field of comparative legal history to participate in the conference. The conference will be held from 17 to 19 February 2022 at Augsburg University, Germany.

The ESCHL wants to overcome the narrow nationalism and geographical segregation of legal history in contemporary European scholarship and professional organisations. The society, thus, aims to promote comparative legal history, the explicit comparison of legal ideas and institutions in two or more legal traditions.

The Third Postgraduate Conference of the ESCLH will give advanced PhD-students and post-doctoral researchers the opportunity to present their research in the field of comparative legal history to a panel of six leading experts. Furthermore, the conference will give all participants the opportunity to build academic networks. The experts on the panel cover a broad range of subjects: Annamaria Monti (Milano), Helen Scott (Oxford), Michał Gałędek (Gdańsk),Jean-Louis Halperin (Paris), Aniceto Masferrer (Valencia), and Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde (Oslo).

The ESCLH invites advanced doctoral candidates and post-doctoral researchers to submit abstracts of their planned presentation. The abstract should be of no more than 300 words. It should give the title of the research project, the field of research, and personal data (full name, email address, affiliated university). Please also send a CV (no more than 4 pages). The application should be sent to:

The conference language is English and abstracts must be submitted in English. The closing date for receipt of abstracts is 15 September 2021. Twelve applicants will be selected and invited to participate in the conference. Successful applicants will be informed by 15 October 2021.

Participants are expected to cover their own travel expenses. Accommodation and catering will be provided without charge.

It is hoped that by February 2022 it will again be possible to host a conference in person and that all participants will be able to travel to Augsburg. The organizers of the conference, however, reserve the right to change to an online or hybrid format if any travel restrictions or other restrictions are in force. In order to allow all participants to make their travel arrangements, the final decision on whether the conference will be held in presence, online or hybrid will be made by 15 December 2021.

Commercial law and ius commune in sixteenth century Low Countries

On 3 April, at the  Centre for Legal History of Edinburgh University, Prof. Dave De ruysscher of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) gave a lecture on ‘Voluntary Bankruptcy in the sixteenth century Low Countries: Municipal Law, Doctrine and Economic Policy’.  Looking at the significant differences from city to city and their legal development, De ruysscher highlighted the complex relationship between bankruptcy, economy and society. From his captivating account, an underlying question became clear: to what extent should we still rely on pan-European ius commune narratives?



Igor Mineo: Alan Watson Seminar

The third Alan Watson Seminar was given by Professor Igor E. Mineo of Palermo University. Prof. Mineo gave a thoughtful and complex paper entitled ‘Historicizing the common good. The ambiguous relationship between “common good” and “commons”‘. In his lecture, Mineo analysed the progressive change in both language and meaning from ‘commons’ understood as specific, material things to ‘commons’ understood as what pertains to the common good of the polity. This change should be appreciated within the manyfold influences of Tomism on fourteenth century political thought, and its consequences may be seen throughout late medieval and early modern times.


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