Research Group
Contextual Research in law (CORE)

The research group CORE (COntextual REsearch in law) groups together several disciplines of legal studies (legal history, legal theory, comparative law, sociology of law, jurisprudence, philosophy of law) within the Department of Interdisciplinary Legal Studies (JURI) of the Faculty of Law and Criminology of VUB.
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Highlights

2018-2019

It was our pleasure and honour to organize the XXVth Annual Forum of Young Legal Historians: Identity, Citizenship and Legal History, in partnership with the ULB (CDHAJ) and the Université Saint-Louis (CRHiDI) on 5-8 June 2019. Many thanks to the keynote speakers Prof. dr. Thomas Duve (Co-Director, Max Planck Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Frankfurt am Main), Prof. dr. Lauren Benton (Vanderbilt, President-Elect of the American Society of Legal History) and Prof. dr. Simona Cerutti (EHESS, Paris), as well as to rector Prof. dr. Caroline Pauwels, who opened the forum in the Academy Palace on 5 June. The conference would not have been possible without the 90 paper presenters and the 123 attendants from 27 different countries. We are extremely grateful to our sponsors: the VUB's Hoover Fund, the VUB's Doctoral School of Humanities, the VUB's Faculty of Law and Criminology (Emeriti Fund), the FWO-Vlaanderen, the FNRS and the CRHiDI (USL). A final word of special thanks to the Committee for Legal History of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for the Arts and Sciences and to the Young Academy.
CORE-members dra. Kaat Cappelle, dra. Stephanie Plasschaert, Pieter De Reu, drs. Marco in 't Veld, and drs. Wouter De Rycke presented papers.

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Drs. Maarten Colette co-edited the volume 'Thomas Hobbes. De ik-gerichtheid van de filosofie' on the legal and political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes. Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt, Prof. dr. Jean-Marc Piret and Prof. dr. Niels van Dijk contributed a chapter.
More information here.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt, Prof. dr. Randall Lesaffer (KULeuven/Roman Law and Legal History) and dr. Inge Van Hulle (Tilburg/iHilt) convene a symposium ("Contactforum") of the Commitee for Legal History of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for the Arts and Sciences on the League of Nations and International Law during the Interbellum on 25-26 October. More information and registration here.

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The CORE Doctoral Schools resume for the new academic year. On 18 September, Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt will present on "Western International Law 1776-1870 and neutrality" (see here. On 30 September, Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher will present on Litigation in Late Medieval Bruges".
To attend, reservation is mandatory.

On 13 September 2019, dr. Maarten Vankeerbilck succesfully defended his PhD dissertation in law at Ghent University. Prof. dr. Dirk Heirbaut acted as promotor, Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt as co-promotor for this dissertation on "Justice in works. The painstaking road to the Judiciary Code".
More information here.

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Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt presented the blended learning-concept for the course 'Political History of Belgium' (6 ECTS, First Year Bachelor of Laws, First Year Bachelof of Science in Criminological Sciences) at the first Flemish Canvas Day (Erasmushogeschool Brussel) on 5 September 2019.
More information here.

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Prof. dr. Raphaël Cahen, Marie Curie Pegasus² Incoming Fellow and Guest Professor, obtained a Research Council backup mandate for two years, for the project "Sociological and cultural history of International Law (1815-1871)", running from 1 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2021.
More information on the research projects page.

Prof. dr. Laurent de Sutter published Indignation totale: ce que notre addiction au scandale dit de nous in the series La Relève (Editions de l'observatoire).

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drs. Marco in 't Veld published an article, Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher and drs. Gijs Dreijer a book review in Pro Memorie:Bijdragen tot de Rechtsgeschiedenis der Nederlanden XXI (2019), nr. 1. More information here.

Drs. Gijs Dreijer published an article in The Mariner's Mirror.
More information here.

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Drs. Gijs Dreijer participates in the Max Planck Summer Academy for Legal History, 'Law in Text and Context', 5-16 Aug 2019.
More information here.

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Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt presents a paper at the 2019 British Legal History Conference: Comparative Legal History, organized at the University of St Andrews (10-13 July 2019). More information here.

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Prof. dr. Raphaël Cahen published a paper in the Revue d'histoire diplomatique, 2019, nr. 2. More information here.

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dra. Stephanie Plasschaert presented a paper at the Risk and the Insurance Business in History conference in Seville.

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Prof. dr. Raphaël Cahen published a book review in Francia:Recensio 2019/2. More information here.

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Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher published a book review in the Journal of the History of International Law/Revue d'histoire du droit international in open access. More information here.

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drs. Marco in 't Veld will present a paper at the Second ESCLH Postgraduate Conference in Comparative Legal history at the University of Augsburg, on 27-28 June 2019. More information here.

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Five CORE members (Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher, Prof. dr. Raphaël Cahen, Pieter De Reu, drs. Marco in 't Veld, drs. Wouter De Rycke) will present at the 22nd Belgian-Dutch Legal History Colloquium in Liège on 13-14 June. See here for the program.

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Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt contributed a chapter to the Liber Memorialis of the Bicentenary of the Ghent and Liège Law Faculties. More information here.

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Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher has published a paper in the open access-journal Historia et ius. Download the paper here.

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Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher has become a member of the Young Academy of Europe. We congratulate him on this prestigious achievement !

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Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher, drs. Marco in 't Veld, drs. Wouter De Rycke, Pieter De Reu and Prof. dr. Raphaël Cahen will present papers at the 22d Dutch-Belgian Legal History Colloquium in Liège on 14-15 June 2019. See here for the program.

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Call for Papers: the University of Liège and the Université Catholique de Louvain co-organise a workshop on "Printing and Disseminating the Law in the Habsburg Netherlands, the Dutch Republic and the Prince-Bishopric of Liège in the Early Modern Period" (5-6 December 2019). Proposals can be sent until 30 June 2019. More information here.

On 31 May and 1 June, the Société d'histoire du droit et des institutions des pays flamands, picards et wallons organized its International Days on the theme "La vie et la mort" in Oudenaarde. Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt, drs. Marco in 't Veld, drs. Wouter De Rycke, Pieter De Reu and affiliated research fellow Prof. dr. Stanislas Horvat (Royal Military School) presented papers. Full program here

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Prof. dr. Raphaël Cahen's monograph on Friedrich Gentz (published in the Series "Pariser Historische Studien", vol. 106 (DHI Paris/DeGruyter) has been recently reviewed in the journals Annales historiques de la révolution française (Marc Bélissa), Das historisch-politische Buch (Hans-Christof Kraus) and Historische Zeitschrift (Günther Kronenbitter).

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Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt published a chapter in the book La transmission du pouvoir monarchique, entre droits et devoirs, du Moyen Âge à nos jours in the series Standen en Landen/Anciens Pays et Assemblées d'États.

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drs. Wouter De Rycke presented a paper at the annual ACCA (assistants' conference for the Belgian law faculties) in Namur on 10 May 2019. More information here.

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Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt presented on "Visions of international law before the Gentle Civilizer of Nations" at the "Zürcher Ausspracheabende zur Rechtsgeschichte" on 9 May 2019.

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Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher and drs. Marco in 't Veld published a paper in the latest issue of the Zeitschrift für neuere Rechtsgeschichte. More information on the journal's website.

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Call for papers/Deadline extended: the Interest Group History of International Law of the European Society of International Law/Société européenne de droit international organizes a pre-conference event at the ESIL Annual Conference 2019 in Athens. The theme is "New Histories of Sovereignty and Sovereignties". Deadline: 31 May 2019. More information here.

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On 23 April, we organize a debate on the Russian constitution with the Belgian-Dutch house deBuren. Speakers: Prof. dr. Lien Verpoest (KULeuven), dr. Marc Jansen (UvA) and Jan Balliauw (VRT NWS). Moderator: Floris Akkerman (BNR). The event is sold out, but can be followed on twitter. See @deBuren.

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Drs. Maarten Colette organizes a workshop on Immanuel Kant, in the annual framework of the deDebatten-initiative, a joint initiative of the VUB and Leiden University. More information with deDebatten.

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dr. Vincent Genin (KULeuven/FWO) will give a guest lecture in the course Legal History (First Year Master of Laws), at the invitation of Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt and Prof. dr. Raphael Cahen. This lecture will take place at 15:00, in room E.0.03.

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Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt commented on the tragedy of the Notre Dame and President Macron's tentative reforms of the French political system in De Morgen.

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Prof. dr. Laurent de Sutter published (as editor) the book Postcritique, a collection of essays in the series Perspectives critiques, which he edits with the Presses universitaires de France. More information here.

CORE and the CHDAJ (ULB) co-organised a workshop on "German Law Professors in 19th Century Belgium" on 4 April. The event took place in the Room René Dekkers of the CHDAJ. More information and full program here.

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On 3 April, Prof. dr. Jean-Louis Halpérin (Ecole Normale Superiéure) held the third lecture in the "Année de la France à la VUB"-series, co-organised by the VUB and the French Embassy in Belgium. This lecture took place in the Academy Palace, at the invitation of the Comittee for Legal History of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for the Arts and Sciences (Prof. Dirk Heirbaut/UGent). Committee members and students of the course "Historical and Comparative Introduction to Public Law" attended the lecture and interacted with our distinguished speaker, who presented his 2015 monograph on the German Juristenstand from the "Napoleon generation" to the "Wende generation". We thank Prof. Halpérin and our partners in this event!

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On 2 April, Prof. dr. Lucien Bély (Sorbonne-Université) held the second lecture in the "Année de la France à la VUB"-series, co-organised by the VUB and the French Embassy in Belgium. Prof. Bély addressed the students of the course "Historical and Comparative Introduction to Public Law" on the French royal state under Louis XIV. The lecture took place in Room M of the Belgian Senate.
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Prof. dr. Laurent de Sutter contributed to volume III, A Cultural History of Law in the Early Modern Age, directed by Peter Goodrich, in the Reference Work A Cultural History of Law (Bloomsbury Academic).

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt contributed to the Spanish history magazine Desperta Ferro, for its special issue on the Wars of Philip V (1700-1746). More information here.

On 29 March 2019, the Ghent Legal History Institute, CORE, CHDAJ (ULB), CRHiDI (USL) and the CHJ (U-Lille) organized a Joint PHD-Day, where PhD candidates present their research. Drs. Marco in 't Veld presented on commercial jurisdictions in 18th Century Amsterdam and Lyon. More information here.

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On 22 March, Prof. dr. Charles-Edouard Levillain (Paris Diderot) held the first lecture in the cycle L'Année de la France à la VUB, a joint initiative of the VUB central administration and the French embassy in Belgium. Students of the course Historical and Comparative Introduction to Public Law were lectured on the 'English revolutions in the 17th century'. The lecture took place in the Belgian Senate. Students were welcomed by Senator Bert Anciaux, who replaced Senate President Jacques Brotchi.

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Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt contributed a chapter in the Acta of the International Conference "War, Peace and Law" organised by the Bar of Ghent. More information with the publisher.

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Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt commented on recent events in France in the newspaper De Morgen. More information here

Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher has been elected as member of the Young Academy. He was inaugurated on 12 March 2019.

Prof. dr. Laurent de Sutter was awarded the Léopold Rossy-Prize by the Royal Belgian Academy for French Language and Literature for his book Après la loi, published by the Presses universitaires de France in 2018.

The French Council of State published the videos of the second day of the conference "Joseph-Marie Portalis: diplomate, magistrat et législateur", which Prof. dr. Raphaël Cahen (Marie Curie Fellow/Guest Professor, CORE) co-organised. The interventions of 14 December 2018 (R. Cahen/F. Dhondt) can be watched on vimeo.

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On 7 March 2019, Prof. dr. Raphaël Cahen (Marie Curie Fellow/Guest Professor, CORE) intervened at the conference La Renaissance dans la pensée juridique contemporaine in Bordeaux. More information here

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt published a paper in the second issue of the Tijdschrift voor Bestuurswetenschappen en Publiekrecht 2019. More information here or on jurisquare.

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On 4 March 2019, dr. Rémi Faivre-Faucompré (Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Institut d'Histoire du Droit) held a talk at the department's Weekly Research Gatherings, on 12:30 in room 4C306. Topic: "Les pouvoirs de jouir, d’exclure et de disposer : des méta-concepts pour l’étude historique du droit des biens". More information here.

The Research Group CORE organizes three lectures in the framework of L'Année de la France à la VUB, an initiative of the VUB's rectorate and the French embassy in Brussels. On 22 March, Prof. dr. Charles-Edouard Levillain (Paris-Diderot) will lecture on "The English revolutions in the 17th Century". On 2 April, prof. dr. Lucien Bély (Paris-Sorbonne) will lecture on the "Royal State in 17th Century France". Finally, on 3 April, Prof. dr. Jean-Louis Halpérin (Ecole Normale Supérieure) will lecture on the "German Juristenstand in the 19th and 20th Centuries". The latter lecture takes place in the Academy Palace, co-organised with the Committee for Legal History of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Arts and Sciences. The first two lectures are held in the Belgian Senate. This initiative equally connects with the WeKonekt.Brussels-project (VUB/ULB), which aims to bring our students to the city centre. See Events for further details.

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Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt published a book review in the most recent issue of the Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire/Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Filologie en Geschiedenis. More information here.

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The call for papers for the XXVth Annual Forum of Young Legal Historians: Identity, Citizenship and Legal History is online on the conference website. Proposals can be sent until 15 February 2019.

drs. Tim Christiaens (KUL/RIPPLE) will hold a talk on "Operaismo" and Antonio Negri on 18 February. For more information, see Event page.

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Prof. dr. Dave de ruysscher published a book review in BMGN-Low Countries Historical Review.

Pieter De Reu co-authored a paper in the second issue of the fifteenth volume of the Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History. More information here.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt commented on a study of the Fondation Jean Jaurès cited in De Standaard on the French national debate and the yellow vest movement. Read more here.

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Prof. dr. Laurent de Sutter publishes Qu'est-ce que la pop'philosophie? with the Presses universitaires de France. More information here.

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Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt commented the row between France and Italy over the art works of Leonardo Da Vinci in De Morgen.

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Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt presented a paper at the conference Monarchy and Modernity, 1500-1945 in Cambridge, 8-9 Jan 2019. More information here, or on twitter (@monmod191).

Prof. dr. Dave de ruysscher co-authored a paper in the Legal History Review. Read more here.

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Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt intervened in De Morgen on the French presidential system. Read more here.

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Prof. dr. Dave de ruysscher was awarded an FWO Fundamental Research Project 2019-2022(€ 192,500) on the topic "Catering pre-insolvency restructurings for the needs of SMEs: Belgium (1850-1910)"

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Workshop of the ERC TransAverage Project, 14 December 2018, U-Residence. Prof. dr. Prof. dr. Dave de ruysscher and drs. Gijs Dreijer welcomed their guests on the second Workshop of Average - Transaction Costs and Risk Management during the First Globalization (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries) "Transferring and Translating Concepts in Law and History". More information here.

Conference on Joseph-Marie Portalis (1778-1858): diplomate, magistrat et législateur, 13-14 Dec 2018, Cour de Cassation, Conseil d'Etat (Paris). Prof. dr. Olivier Descamps (Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas), Prof. dr. Nicolas Laurent-Bonne (Université d'Auvergne) and Prof. dr. Raphaël Cahen (Marie Curie Fellow/Guest Professor, CORE) co-organised a conference in Paris on 'Portalis le jeune'. Prof. Dr. Cahen and Prof. dr.Frederik Dhondt presented papers. Consult the program here.
The first day (Court of Cassation) can be watched on Youtube



Prof. dr. Prof. dr. Dave de ruysscher published a paper (open access) and Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt a book review in Comparative Legal History VI (2018), No. 2. The issue can be consulted here.

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The Acta of the International Days of the Society for Legal and Institutional History of Flanders, Picardy and Wallonia 2016: « Gens de robe, gens de guerre : ordre public et ordre social », an event co-organised by CORE with the Royal Military School (S. Horvat), the Committee for Legal History of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for the Arts and Sciences, the CHDAJ/ULB (J. De brouwer) and the CRHiDI/USL (E. Bousmar), have been published in open access by the C@hiers du CRHiDI. The full issue, with among others papers by prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt and prof. dr. Raphaël Cahen, can be consulted here.

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Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt commented on recent events in France in De Morgen and on Radio 1 (VRT) (listen here, from 41:28 on).

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt intervened at the international conference "War, Peace and Law", organized by Ghent Bar in the Augustine Convent on 7 December 2018. The acta are published by Story Publishers (Brepols). Registration and further information here.

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Prof. dr. Prof. dr. Dave de ruysscher and Pieter De Reu intervened jointly at the Workshop Mercantile and Corporate Bankruptcy in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century: Law and Economy at Tilburg University on 7 December. More information here.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt commented on the French "gilets jaunes" movement and political reactions for de Standaard. Read the article here.

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Call for papers: ESIL Research Forum Göttingen on the Rule of Law. The Interest Group History of International Law organizes an event on "The rule of law and international law in historical perspective" on 4-5 April 2019. Deadline for abstracts is 30 November 2018. More information here.

On Wednesday 28 November 2018 (12:30-14:00, Room 4C306), Prof. dr. Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina (Universität Zürich) held an L&C Talk on Emer de Vattel's Le droit des gens and its circulation in 19th Century Europe.

Prof. dr. Raphael Cahen intervened at the colloquium "Hommage varois à J.-E.-M. Portalis" in Toulon on 16-17 November 2108. More information here.

drs. Marco in 't Veld presented a paper at the Journée d'études d'histoire du droit et des institutions des anciens pays bourguignons, comtois et romands on 14 November. More information here.

Pieter De Reu published a chapter in the Wereldgeschiedenis van Vlaanderen (World History of Flanders), published by Polis. Today, his contribution on the Ghent textile industry in the early 19th century appeared in the newspaper de Standaard.

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drs. Gijs Dreijer published a paper in the Tijdschrift voor Zeegeschiedenis. More information here.

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Prof. dr. Stanislas Horvat (Royal Military School), associated member of this research group, has published his Belgian Courts-Martial. Prosecution of Military Law Offences during World War I, with ASP. The book can be ordered here. The third version of the Dutch-speaking edition is available here.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt wrote a comment for the newspaper De Morgen concerning the row in France on the intended and shelved commemoration of Philippe Pétain. Read more here.

drs. Gijs Dreijer published a book review in Itinerario. More information here.

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Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt co-authored a paper in the special issue Congo at War of the Journal of Belgian History. Click here for more information.

Prof. dr. Prof. dr. Dave de ruysscher published a paper in the most recent issue of the Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht. More information here.

As of 1 October, Gijs Dreijer, PhD-student on the ERC Consolidator Grant "Average - Transaction Cost and Risks" (University of Exeter) started the Brussels part of his dual doctoral degree under direction of Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher. Click here for details.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt presented a paper at the VIIth "Splendid Encouters" conference of the Premodern Diplomats Network in Vilnius. Click here for more information.

On Monday 24 September (15:00-17:00), the first session of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Law's reading group on Pierre Bourdieu's Sur l'État. Cours au Collège de France took place in room 4C306. The first session addressed Bourdieu and the historiography of the state. See the events page for more information.

Prof. dr. Prof. dr. Dave de ruysscher contributed a chapter on Belgium in an edited collection on the comparative history of insurance law in Europe, published by Duncker&Humblot. More information here.

Prof. dr. Prof. dr. Dave de ruysscher intervened at the Jour fixe of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History on 10 September 2018. Read more here.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt intervened on De Wereld Vandaag ( VRT/Radio 1, 2:48:45) and in De Morgen on recent developments in France.

CORE-PhD student Stephanie Plasschaert published a paper in Pro Memorie: Bijdragen tot de Rechtsgeschiedenis der Nederlanden, XX (2018), N°. 1. Drs. Maarten Colette and Frederik Dhondtt contributed book reviews.

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Prof. dr. Prof. dr. Dave de ruysscher and Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt contributed book reviews to the American Journal of Legal History.
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Prof. dr. Niels van Dijk will present a paper at the Amsterdam Privacy Conference, Netherlands, 5-7 October 2018. More information here.

2017-2018

ESIL CONFERENCE PRE-CONFERENCE EVENT: Consumers or Producers of international law? Non-European experiences with the law of nations in comparative perspective. ESIL Interest Group History of International Law, 13 September 2018. Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt, member of the Steering Committee, will act as a respondent. More information here.

Prof. dr. Niels van Dijk presented two papers at the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST), Lancaster, UK, 26 July 2018. More information here.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt commented on the "Benalla"-affair in France in an op-ed for the paper De Morgen. Read the article here.

Prof. dr. Niels van Dijk presented at the Symposium on Matters of Life and Death. Existential Problems and the Limits of Law. Goethe University, Frankfurt. Germany. 3 July 2018.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt published a paper in the first issue of 2018 of the Legal History Review. More information here.

The European Society for Comparative Legal History released the final program for its biennal Conference Laws across Codes and Laws Decoded, 28-30 Jun 2018 in Paris (ENS/CIUP). Four CORE members will hold a presentation (Prof. dr. Raphaël Cahen, dra. KFrederik DhondtFrederik Dhondt).

L&C Talk: Prof. dr. Laurent De Sutter (VUB/LSTS-CORE) presented his book Après la loi on 25 June 2018, from 12:00 to 14:00, in 4C306. Contact Sibel Top.
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Prof. dr. Prof. dr. Dave de ruysscher published a paper on insolvency procedures in 19th and 20th Century Belgium in the International Insolvency Review. More information here.

Weekly Research Gathering. On Thursday 21 June 2018, dr. Magnus Ressel (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main) held a talk in the Weekly Research Gatherings of the Department of Interdisciplinary Legal Studies, at the invitation of Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt. Subject: “Trade embargoes and the right of neutrals in times of war in Early Modern Europe. The case of Switzerland between 1688-1714”

From 14 to 17 June 2018, drs. Marco in 't Veld, dra. Stephanie Plassachaert and drs. Wouter De Rycke (CORE) presented papers at the XXIVth European Forum of Young Legal Historians: Norms and Legal Practice. There and Back Again, organised by the University of Warsaw. Click here for the full programme.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt published a paper in open access in first volume of the journal Legatio: the Journal for Renaissance and Early Modern Diplomacy Studies. More information here.

On 13-15 June 2018, Prof. dr. Raphaël Cahen participated in the conference Counter-Revolution and the Making of Conservatism(s) in Ravenstein. More information here.

Prof. dr. Niels van Dijk presented a paper at the seminar on “10 Years of Profiling the European Citizen”, Brussels. 13 June 2018, organized by Mireille Hildebrandt from Metajuridica. More information here.

L&C Talk. On Tuesday 29 May 2018, prof. dr. Rostane Mehdi (College of Europe) held a Law & Criminology Talk, at the invitation of Prof. dr. Raphaël Cahen. More information here.

The collective work (Reconsidering Constitutional Formation II Decisive Constitutional Normativity) has been published in open access by Springer (Heidelberg/New York; Series "Studies in the History of Law and Justice", eds. Prof. dr. Georges Martyn and Prof. dr. Mortimer Sellars). This book contains papers presented at the ReConFort II-meeting, co-organised by CORE and the Committee for Legal History of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium in March 2016. Prof. Frederik Dhondt contributed a chapter. More information here.

Book: Prof. dr. Jean-Marc Piret contributed a chapter in De federalist papers. Bakermat van het moderne constitutionalisme (ed. Andreas Kinneging, Paul De Hert & Gerard Versluis) (Eindhoven: Damon, 2018). Table of contents here.

WRG Talk André Van Brussel (philosophy of law). On 29 May 2018, the Department of Interdisciplinary Study of Law welcomes André Van Brussel on a "Critique of Brotherhood and Solidarity. Ontology of Brotherhood, Contingency, and Human Precariousness". More information here.

Prof. dr. Niels van Dijk published an article in the International Review of Law, Computers & Technology. 2018. See here.

On 17 May, Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt presented a paper at a Symposium on the Parisian Peace Treaties and the emergence of modern international law, organized in Tilburg by Prof. dr. Randall Lesaffer and Prof. dr. Jan Lemnitzer, under the aegis of the Journal of the History of International Law/Revue d'histoire du droit international. A conference report by Prof. dr. Miloš Vec/Univ. Vienna-IMW) was published on 4 July 2018 in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, see here.

On 16 May, Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt presented his manual Gestolde Macht. Historische en Vergelijkende Inleiding tot het publiekrecht, at the occasion of a guest lecture in the course Introduction to Comparative Law (UCLouvain), on the invitation of prof. dr. dr. A. A. Wijffels and Prof. dr. X. Rousseaux.

Prof. dr. Niels van Dijk was interviewed on Tweakers.net on ‘Wat is werkelijkheid? Ai en de maakbaarheid van video en audio’, 02 May 2018, see here.

Prof. dr. Raphaël Cahen published entries on Gentz and Pozzo di Borgo in the collective work Encyclopedia of Diplomacy, edited by Gordon Martel and published by Wiley-Blackwell. Click here for more information.

Symposium on Hobbes. drs. Maarten Colette co-organised a symposium on the controversial natural law-theorist Thomas Hobbes. The event took place on 19 April in Leiden. Prof. dr. Jean-Marc Piret, Prof. dr. Niels Van Dijk, Prof. em. dr. Jef Van Bellingen and Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt presented papers More information here.

Call for papers (deadline 30 June 2018): Les professeurs allemands en Belgique : Circulation des savoirs juridiques et enseignement du droit (ULB/VUB, 18-19 octobre 2018). CORE and the CHDAJ (ULB) co-organise a two-day scientific event on German law professors in Belgium. More information in the call.

Prof. dr. Laurent De Sutter's recent Après la loi featured on the radio broadcast Le journal de la philo on France Culture. More information here.

PhD Day: On Friday 23 March 2018, the CRHiDI (Saint-Louis University, Brussels) organizes a PhD-Day, to which CORE (VUB), the Legal History Institute (Ghent) and the Centre d'Histoire Judiciaire (Lille II) participated. More information here.

Call for Abstracts: the Society for Legal and Institutional History of Flanders, Picardy and Wallonia holds its annual International days in Arras (France), on 11 and 12 May 2018. Suggestions for papers relevant to the topic "Construction et déconstruction des territoires de l'Antiquité au Brexit" are welcome with the organizers. More information here.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt commented on the arrest (garde à vue) of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy for VRT NWS (TerZake, 20 March 2018).

Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher co-edited the volume Understanding the Sources of Early Modern and Modern Commercial Law. Courts, Statutes, Contracts and Early Scholarship [Studies in the History of Private Law, Brill]. More information here.

Weekly Research Gatherings. On Thursday 1 March 2018, Prof. dr. Goedele De Keersmaecker (Ghent Institute for International Studies) held a talk in the Weekly Research Gatherings of the department Interdisciplinary Legal Studies (JURI). She presented her book Polarity, Balance of Power and International Relations Theory: Post-Cold War and the 19th Century compared (Palgrave, 2017).

CORE-members drs. Maarten Colette (legal philosophy) and drs. Cornelis in 't Veld (legal history) co-organise the lecture series De wortels van Europa. Four debates in the Dutch-Belgian House De Buren (Rue Leopoldstraat 6, city centre) featuring France, the Netherlands, the UK and the US bring together legal philosophers, legal historians and a broad audience to debate constitutions and political systems. The lectures are added on our Events page. A flyer can be downloaded here.

dra. Kaat Cappelle published a chapter in the edited volume Gender, Law and Economic Well-Being in Europe from the Fifteenth to the Nineteenth Century. North versus South? (Routledge, 2018; eds. Anna Bellavitis and Beatrice Zucca Micheletto). More information here.

On 19 February 2018, Prof. dr. Stephen C. Neff (Edinburgh) gave a public lecture and conduct a PhD-seminar in the framework of the International Order and Justice Lecture Series, organised by Prof. dr. Tom Ruys (Ghent University, Gustave Rolin Jaequemyns Institute for International Law) and prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt.
Neff’s publications (Justice in Blue and Gray (Harvard UP, 2010), Justice Among Nations (Harvard UP, 2014), The Rights and Duties of Neutrals (Manchester UP, 2000), War and the Law of Nations (Cambridge UP, 2005)) have proven to be landmarks in the field of the history of international law. He is by far the English-speaking authority in the field.
More information here.

CORE-member Prof. dr. Laurent de Sutter published Après la loi with the Presses universitaires de France. More information here.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt intervened on Radio1 (VRT news) regarding bilateral Franco-British diplomacy and the Sandhurst summit of 18 January 2018. The podcast is available here, from about 2:20 on.

dr. Raphael Cahen (Marie Curie Pegasus² FWO Incoming Postdoctoral Fellow) was appointed Guest Professor as co-teacher of the course Legal History (First year Master of Laws)

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt published Gestolde macht. Historische en vergelijkende inleiding tot het publiekrecht (Brussels: ASP/VUBPress, 2017, ISBN 9789057187032, 463 p.). The book can be pre-ordered here. A table of contents can be found on Academia.edu. Students enrolled at the VUB can acquire the book (compulsory material for the course “Introduction to the Principal Modern States”) at student discount rate with the Standaard Student Shop.

New member: drs. Gijs Dreijer joined us as PhD student, funded by a Dual Doctoral Award, ERC Consolidator Grant Average (Prof. dr. Maria Fusaro (Exeter)-Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher (VUB/CORE).

Prof. dr. Prof. dr. Dave de ruysscher and drs. Marco in 't Veld published a paper in the Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht. More information here.

New member: drs. Pieter De Reu joined CORE as researcher on 1 January 2018. He studies the legal backgrounds of bankruptcy of nineteenth-century Belgian firms, by examining judicial actions of economic failures at the commercial courts. He obtained an MA in History (Ghent University) and has been active as a researcher at the State Archives, as well as at his Alma Mater.

Prof. em. dr. Jef Van Bellingen retired on 1 October 2017. He was celebrated on 14 December 2017 with a Liber Amicorum (Bewogen door maatschappelijke ontwikkelingen. Liber Amicorum Jef Van Bellingen, VUBPress) edited by Prof. dr. Paul De Hert and Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt, 266 p. ISBN 9789057186929.


Contributions in Dutch and French by Prof. em. dr. Maurice Weyembergh (VUB/ULB), prof. em. dr. Jacques De Visscher (St Lucas/Nijmegen), prof. em. Else Walravens (VUB), prof. dr. Mustafa Latifi (Tunis), prof. dr. Jean-Marc Piret (VUB), prof. dr. Serge Gutwirth (VUB), Prof. dr. Marc Van den Bossche (VUB), Prof. dr. Johan Stuy (VUB), Prof. dr. Jeffrey Tyssens (VUB), Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt (VUB/UAntwerpen), Prof. dr. Stefan Somers (VUB), prof. dr. Ann Pauwels (VUB/KULeuven), Prof. dr. Eric Brewaeys (VUB/Council of State), Prof. dr. Philippe Colle (VUB/Assuralia), dr. Johanna Brankaer (Münster), dr. Chiheb Laalai (Tunis), Mr. Frank Judo (KULeuven/Liedekerke), dra. Imen Raihi (Tunis), drs. Maarten Colette (VUB) and Jan van den Brande (demens.nu)
Pre-order the book
here.

Prof. dr. Niels van Dijk was invited to present at a seminar on Post-Truth Imaginations at the University of Oslo, Norway. 6-7 December 2017.

New CORE Working Paper 2017/3 (December): "Joseph-Marie Portalis (1778–1858) et la liberté de la presse vers 1820" by Prof. dr. Raphaël Cahen. Click here.

Just Published (27 November 2017): Friedrich Gentz 1764-1832: Penseur post-Lumières et acteur du nouvel ordre européen (Oldenburg/De Gruyter, Series Pariser Historische Studien, vol. 106, ISBN 978-3-11-045534-2) by Prof. dr. Raphaël Cahen(Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, CORE). More information here.

Follow us on twitter: @VUB_CORE. This account is managed by dra. Kaat Cappelle and dra. Stephanie Plasschaert.

On 20 October 2017, Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher and drs. Marco in 't Veld presented on commercial law in Belgium and the Netherlands, 19th-21st century for the Dutch-Belgian Workgroup on the Reception of Roman Law in Leiden.

drs. Marco in 't Veld published a paper in Pro Memorie: Bijdragen tot de Rechtsgeschiedenis der Nederlanden XIX, nr. 1. More information here.

New members: per 1 Oct 2017, Prof. dr. Niels Van Dijk (philosophy of law) and drs. Wouter De Rycke (legal history) joined our research unit.

Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher co-edited a volume on The Company in Law and Practice: Did Size Matter? (Middle Ages-Nineteenth Century). The book is published by Martinus Nijhoff/Brill (ISBN 9789004348493) in the collection Studies in the History of Private Law/Legal History Library, edited by C.H. van Rhee, Dirk Heirbaut & Matthew C. Mirow. More information on the ESCLH blog.

Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher presented a paper at the conference "Historiography of Commercial Law: Past, Present, and Future" (Helsinki, 26-28 September 2017). More information here.

2016-2017

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt presented a paper on Johan Rudolf Thorbecke at the Ghent and Liège Law Schools' bicentenary conference (20-21 September 2017). More information here.

Prof. dr. Raphaël Cahen presented a paper at the conference "69e Congrès international pour l'Histoire des assemblées d'Etat" (Orléans/Paris, 5-9 September 2017), organised by the International Commission for the History of Parliamentary and Representative Institutions. More information here.

New CORE Working Paper 2017/2 (August): Permanent Neutrality or Permanent Insecurity? Obligation and Self-Interest in the Defence of Belgian Neutrality, 1830-1870 by Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt. Click here.

Prof. dr. Niels van Dijk presented two papers at the XXVIII International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR) Conference, Lisbon. Portugal. 18-20 July 2017. More information here.

Prof. Dr. Dave De ruysscher presented at the conference “histoire de l’économie sans travail” in Florence (8-10 June 2017). More information here.

Prof. Dr. Frederik Dhondt presented at the conference “Images of Sovereignty” (Leuven, 7-9 June 2017). More information here.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt presented on "Neutralité irresponsable ? La neutralité belge entre doctrine et pratique, 1830-1870" at the International Days of the French Society for Legal History (Tours, 1-4 June 2017). A video of his intervention is available here.

dra. Kaat Cappelle presented a paper at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Gender and Sexualities (New York: Hofstra University, 1-4 June 2017). More information here.

drs. Marco in ‘t Veld and dra. Kaat Cappelle presented papers at the XXIIId European Forum of Young Legal Historians (Naples, 30 May-1 June). More information here.

dra. Kaat Cappelle presented a paper at the International Days of the Society for Legal and Institutional History of Flanders, Picardy and Wallonia (26-27 May 2017), held at Maastricht University.

Law and Criminology Talk: At the invitation of Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt, Prof. dr. Eric Schnakenbourg (Université de Nantes/CRHIA) held a talk on Monday 15 May 2017 in Room 4C306, at 12:45. Eric Schnakenbourg intervened on the topic "World War One and the End of Neutrality: A Question Asked in the Wrong Way ?". For more information, contact Mrs. Mieke Vyncke.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt presented on the Franco-British motor of international order after 1713, at the colloquium Jornades Internacionals. La política exterior de Felip V a debat: a debat, Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona), 11-12 May 2017. More information here.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt was a guest on the Trio radioshow on Klara, discussing the historical origins of "Brexit". More information here.

Law and Criminology Talk: At the invitation of Prof. dr.Raphaël Cahen, Prof. dr. Stella Ghervas, Assistant Professor at the University of Birmingham and Associate of the Department of History at Harvard University, held a talk on Thursday 11 May 2017 at 17:00 in Room E.0.12. Stella Ghervas intervened on the topic "Conquering Peace: from the Enlightenment to the European Union". This talk is co-organised with the department POLI at the VUB. For more information, contact dr. Raphaël Cahen.

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Prof. dr. Laurent De Sutter published L'âge de l'Anesthésie: La mise sous contrôle des affects (Les liens qui libèrent, ISBN 979-10-209-0508-6). More information here.

drs. Maarten Colette co-edited a book in Dutch on Edmund Burke, published by Academic and Scientific Publishers (ASP, ISBN 9789057186240). More information here.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM
Training, Ideas and Practices. The Law of Nations in the Long Eighteenth Century, organised by prof. Dr. Frederik Dhondt, prof. dr. Raphaël Cahen and prof. Dr. Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina (Zürich) (Paris, 18-19 May 2017)

MRG TALK: on Monday 27 March 2017, drs. Quentin Verrecyken (FNRS-St Louis/UCL) held a talk in our Research Group Meeting, entitled "Regulating the King’s Grace. The Royal Pardon Legislation in Late Medieval England and France". Room 4C06, 12:45-14:00 Visitors can register with Mrs. Martine Schierl.

New CORE Working Paper 2017/1 (March): From pragmatic conservatism to formal continuity. Nineteenth-century views on the Old Regime origins of the Belgian Constitution by dr. Brecht Deseure. Click here.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt presented a paper at the conference 'The Art of Law' (Bruges, 16-18 Jan 2017). More information here.

dra. Kaat Cappelle presented a paper at the Belgian-Dutch Legal History Conference in Maastricht (16-17 Dec 2016). More information here.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt and Prof. dr. Raphaël Cahen both presented a paper at the international conference "International Law in the Long Nineteenth Century. From the Public Law of Europe to Global International Law" (Leuven, 24-25 Nov 2016). More information here.

Prof. dr. Raphaël Cahen was designated as winner of the Prix Montesquieu 2015-2016 by the Association Française des Historiens des Idées Politiques for his dissertation on “Friedrich Gentz (1764-1832): Penseur post-Lumières et acteur du renouveau de l'ordre européen au temps des révolutions”. More information here.

dr. Raphaël Cahen joined CORE on 1 January 2017, as Marie Curie [Pegasus]² incoming Postdoctoral Fellow. The Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) sponsors this scholarship, which runs for three years and is renewable once. dr. Cahen taught European History in the Second Semester 2016-2017 in the First Year Bachelor of Social Science (VUB/UGent) and acts as co-responsible lecturer for the course Legal History (First Year Master of Laws in Law, VUB).

Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher and Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt published contributions in the collective work The Formation and Transmission of Western Legal Culture. 150 Books that Made the Law in the Age of Printing (eds. Serge Dauchy, Georges Martyn, Anthony Musson, Heikki Pihlajamäkki & Alain Wijffels, series Studies in the History of Law and Justice, ISBN 978-3-319-45564-8). More information here.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt published a paper in the collective work Feuilleter l'ouvrage Penser l'ordre juridique médiéval et moderne. Regards croisés sur les méthodes des juristes (eds. Nicolas Laurent-Bonne and Xavier Prévost, LGDJ, ISBN 978-2-275-04682-2). More information here.

dr. Brecht Deseure published a paper in the collective work Reconsidering Constitutional Formation I. National Sovereignty. A Comparative Analysis of the Juridification by Constitution (ed. U. Müssig, Springer, series Studies in the History of Law and Justice; ISBN 978-3-319-42405-7). The book can be downloaded for free here.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt participated in a roundtable on a collective work treating the partition treaties of the Spanish Succession (1668-1700) at the UNED in Madrid (Europa y los tratados de reparto de la Monarquía de España, 1668-1700, eds. Luis Ribot and José María Iñurritegui, Biblioteca Nueva, ISBN 9788416647583). More information here.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt published a paper in the collective work Thémis en diplomatie. Droit et arguments juridiques dans les relations internationales (eds. Nicolas Drocourt and Eric Schnakenbourg, PURennes, ISBN 978-2-7535-5123-7). More information here.

2015-2016

The research group is delighted to have acquired two new research projects (prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher). The Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) decided to grant funding for the project ‘Cataloguing the Customs of Trade: Looking Behind the Labels (Amsterdam and Lyon, 1700-1730)’, as well as for the project ‘Competing Corporations, Brokering Rules: Marine Insurance in France and Belgium (ca 1808-ca 1860)’. This means that the research group has been reinforced with two new researchers in 2016. On 1 October 2016, dra. Stephanie Plasschaert and drs. Cornelis Marinus (Marco) in 't Veld joined us.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt published a paper in the Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgechiedenis/Legal History Review (Brill, ISSN 0040-7585). More information here.

dra. Kaat Cappelle published a paper in Pro Memorie: Bijdragen tot de Rechtsgeschiedenis -der Nederlanden XVIII, nr. 1 (ISSN 15667146). More information here.

Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher co-authored a paper in the C@hiers du CRHIDI (ISSN 1370-2262). Fulltext here

On 30 June 2016, at the 4th Biennal ESCLH-conference in Gdansk, prof. Dr. Frederik Dhondt was awarded the Van Caenegem-prize for his article “‘Inter ruinas publicas scriptum’. Ernest Nys, A Legal Historian in Defence of Belgian Tax Payers During the Great War”. Comparative Legal History 3 (2015), 131-151. Prof. Dr. Dave De ruysscher, dr. Brecht Deseure and Prof. Dr. Frederik Dhondt held a presentation at the conference.

Prof. Dr. Dave De ruysscher published a new CORE Working Paper 2016/3 (June): “Coherence in legal scholarship: In search for connectivity and unity in civil law doctrine (16th-18th centuries)”. More information here.

Prof. Dr. Frederik Dhondt published a new CORE Working Paper 2016/2 (June): “Les traités d’Utrecht et la hiérarchie des normes [The treaties of Utrecht and the hierarchy of norms]”. More information here.

dra. Kaat Cappelle presented a paper at the XXIInd European Forum of Young Legal Historians (Belgrade, 6-8 May 2016). More information here.

The Research Group co-organised (with the Royal Military School, the CRHiDI/USL and the CHDAJ/ULB) the International Days of the Society for Legal and Institutional History of Flanders, Picardy and Wallonia, in cooperation with the Université Saint-Louis, the ULB and the Royal Military School. The event was under tutelage of the Legal History Committee of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium (6-7 May 2016). Theme: "Gens de guerre, gens de robe. Ordre public et ordre social". The acta will appear as vol. 41 of the open access-journal C@hiers du CRHiDI. More information here.

Summary of interventions in the Revue du Nord, available on Cairn.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt published a paper in History of European Ideas XLII (2016), 329-349. More information here.

Prof. dr. Laurent De Sutter published La Théorie du Kamikaze (Paris: PUF, ISBN 978-2130749943). More information here.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt published a paper in the collective work De Belle Époque van het Belgisch Recht (1870-1914) (ed. Bruno Debaenst, Die Keure, ISBN 9789048625499). More information here.

dr. Gabriela Frei (Oxford/British Academy Fellow) presented at an MRG Talk on the theme 'The concept of freedom of the seas in the context of the First World War'. More information here.

drs. Maarten Colette co-edited a book on Montesquieu in Dutch, published by Vrijdag (ISBN 9789460014727). More information here.

CORE participated in the meeting organised by the ERC Advanced Grant ReConFortII (Prof. dr. U. Müssig, Passau) at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium (14-17 March 2016) on the theme 'Reconsidering Constitutional Formation II'. Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt gave a paper, Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher presided over a panel.

prof. Dr. Dave De ruysscher published a new CORE Working Paper 2016/1 (March): "Partnerships as Flexible and Open-Purpose Entities: Legal and Commercial Practice in Nineteenth-Century Antwerp (c. 1830-c. 1850)". More information here.

prof. Dr. Dave De ruysscher presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Legal History in Washington (29 Oct-1 Nov 2015). More information here.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt presented a paper at the conference De Grondwet van het Verenigd Koninkrijk der Nederlanden van 1815. Staatkundige en historische beschouwingen uit België en Nederland. The Acta (eds. André Alen, Dirk Heirbaut, Aart Willem Heringa & Careljan Rotteveel-Mansfeld, Boom/Die Keure, ISBN 9789462901810) were published in November 2016. More information here.

Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher published a new CORE Working Paper 2015/3 (November), "Debt recovery and debt adjustment: assessing institutional change in Antwerp (ca. 1490-ca. 1560)". More information here.

Prof. dr. Frederik Dhondt, who joined CORE on 1 October 2015, published a new CORE Working Paper 2015/2 (October), "“Arrestez et pillez contre toute sorte de droit ”: Commercial Treaties, Neutrality and the Aftershocks of the Spanish Succession". Frederik Dhondt teaches Political History of Belgium (First Year Bachelor of Laws in Law/First Year Bachelor of Science in Criminology), Introduction to the Principal Modern States (First Year Bachelor of Laws in Law) and (from 2017-2018 on) Legal History (First Year Master of Laws in Law). More information here.

Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher published a paper in Pro Memorie: Bijdragen tot de Rechtsgeschiedenis der Nederlanden XVII, nr. 2. More information here.

2014-2015

The Acta of the 2014 Dutch-Belgian Legal History Conference, Rechtsgeschiedenis op nieuwe wegen - Legal history, moving in new directions were published in August 2015 by Maklu (eds. Prof.dr. Dave De ruysscher, dr. Brecht Deseure, dra. Kaat Cappelle, drs. Maarten Colette & drs. Gorik Van Assche) (ISBN 9789046607589). Contributions by Prof. em. dr. Paul Nève (Tilburg), dr. Brecht Deseure, drs. Maarten Colette, dr. Raymond Kubben (Tilburg), drs. Lukas Van den Berge (Utrecht), drs. Marten Reintjes (Groningen), dr. Sebastiaan Vandenbogaerde (UGent), dr. Bruno Debaenst (UGent), drs. Matthias Castelein (KU Leuven), drs. Wouter Druwé (KU Leuven), drs. Benoît Lagasse (ULg/UGent), drs. Augusin Parise (Maastricht), dra. Shavana Musa (Tilburg), dr. Frederik Dhondt (UGent), dra. Inge Van Hulle (KU Leuven), dra. Mieke Van der Linden (Tilburg).
More information here.

Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher co-authored a paper in the Bijdragen en Mededelingen tot de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden/Low Countries Historical Review. More information here.

dr. Brecht Deseure co-edited a book on Local Memories in a Nationalizing and Globalizing World (Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 978-1-137-46938-0). More information here.

Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher presented at the World Economic History Conference (Kyoto, 3-7 August 2015). More information here.

Prof. dr. Laurent De Sutter published Magic: une métaphysique du lien (Paris: PUF, ISBN 978-2130730897). The author was interviewed in Les inrocks, 11 September 2015: "Il n’y a pas de droit sans magie"

More information here.

drs. Maarten Colette published a new CORE Working Paper 2015/1 (April), "Freedom and Dignity in The Social Contract". More information here.

drs. Maarten Colette co-edited a book in Dutch on Benjamin Constant (Pelckmans, ISBN 9789028978898). More information here.

Dr. Brecht Deseure on conservatism and liberties in the Belgian territories in the French revolutionary period, in radioshow Trio (Klara).

Prof. Dr. Dave De ruysscher's new book Gedisciplineerde vrijheid: een geschiedenis van het handels- en economisch recht has been published with Maklu (ISBN 9789046606315).

Prof. Dr. Dave De ruysscher coedited a book on blended families in Dutch (Het nieuw samengesteld gezin: recht en geschiedenis = Blended families: law and history, Maklu, ISBN 978-90-466-0606-3). More information here.

New CORE-member dra. Kaat Cappelle won the Ieperse Prijs voor Historische Publicatie (prize of the city of Ieper for historical research), for her master thesis on penal law in the eighteenth-century casselry of Ieper.

11-12 December 2014: Belgian-Dutch Legal History Conference (Belgisch-Nederlands Rechtshistorisch Colloquium), VUB, Brussels, programme and registration (in Dutch)

2013-2014

Prof. Dr. Laurent De Sutter published La voie du droit (PUF, ISBN 9782247137626), which is his translation of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.'s The Path of the Law.

Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher published a new CORE Working Paper 2014/1 (July), "Antwerp Commercial Law in the Sixteenth Century: a Product of the Renaissance? The Legal Facilitating, Appropriating and Improving of Mercantile Practices". More information here.

Dr. Brecht Deseure presented on "Un héritage difficile à refuser. Les révolutionnaires français et les anciennes constitutions du Brabant" on 30 May 2014 at the conference "War and Peace, from Antiquity to Present: Law, Institutions, Diplomacy, Economy and Society" in Utrecht. For more details see here.

Prof. Dr. Laurent De Sutter's new book Métaphysique de la putain was published (Editions Leo Scheer, 14 May 2014). Some comments and thoughts on this book can be found in Le Magazine Littéraire and Philosophie Magazine. Prof. De Sutter teaches Legal Theory (First Year Master of Laws in Law).

New CORE-member dr. Brecht Deseure won the Prize for History of the Province of Antwerp 2013, for his doctoral dissertation on the use of Belgian history in political discourse during the French Revolution. This dissertation has recently been published. A very praising review has been published in Knack.

On 24 March 2014 drs. Stefan Huygebaert (UGent) presented ‘Aensien doet ghedenken in fin de siècle Belgium. The decoration projects for the Brussels Palais de Justice (1883-1914)’ at the VUB (Room: 4C306, 12h30–14h).

On 16 December 2013 Prof. Dr. Laurent Desutter held a talk during the Monday Research Gatherings of the JURI Department (4C306, 12u30) on ‘The Obscenity of Law, Or, Why Is Pornography's Legacy Worth Fighting For’

On 9 December 2013 dr. Frederik Dhondt (Ghent University) presented on ‘Diplomacy and practical legal argumentation. Challenges for the history of international law’ (4C306, 12h30).

On 13 November 2013, the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) granted two doctoral research projects to CORE: they regard research on the legal position of wives in the sixteenth-century Low Countries (promoter: Dave De ruysscher, copromoter: Eva Schandevyl), and the contractual practices of negotiating about indebtedness and bankruptcy in early nineteenth-century Belgium) (promoter: Dave De ruysscher)

Laurent Desutter wrote a ‘Eulogy of the unemployed’.

2012-2013

In June 2013, CORE obtained funding, together with prof. dr. Heikki Pihlajamäki (Helsinki), from the Finnish Academy of Sciences: the new project ‘The Making of Commercial Law: Common Practices and National Legal Rules from the Early Modern to the Modern Period’ groups together two doctoral researchers, one postdoc and two professors, for the period of 2013 to 2017.

In June 2013, Dave De ruysscher was awarded a second term of postdoctoral research by the Research Fundation Flanders (FWO), for the period of 2013 to 2016. The new research project will break down the legal concept of legal person, with regard to closely-held business ventures in nineteenth-century Belgium. It will analyze legal appraisals, in doctrine, contractual and court practice, of the actions of commercial undertakings, thus stepping away from the traditional deductive approach of legal personality.

Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher published a paper in the collective work European Traditions: Integration or Disintegration ? (eds. Janwillem Oosterhuis & Emmanuel Van Dongen, Wolf Legal Publishers, ISBN 9789058509444). More information here.

Prof. dr. Dave De ruysscher edited a book in Dutch on lay participation in courts and tribunals, the result of a conference held at the VUB, in cooperation with Prof. dr. Heikki Pihlajamäkki, Francqui International Professor (UGent/VUB) 2011-2012 (Maklu, ISBN 9789046605868). More information here.


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