XXVth Annual Forum of Young Legal Historians

The conference continues the long-standing tradition of the Association of Young Legal Historians of providing a general meeting spot for young scholars working on the history of law. It seeks to transcend communal boundaries to further research and to stimulate the exchange of ideas. Ever since her foundation twenty-five years ago the Association has been able to attract a loyal and returning group of young scholars from many countries across Europe and the wider world. In 2019, it is our honour to welcome you to Brussels.

Identity, Citizenship and Legal History (Brussels, 5 – 8 June 2019)

Our next gathering aims to investigate the closely intertwined concepts of identity and citizenship through legal history. Since the nineteenth century, identity and citizenship are predominantly linked to the modern nation-state, a model which is nowadays increasingly challenged on the internal as well as the external level. Internally, many states are seen to be struggling with federalism, separatist movements, legacies of colonialism and right-wing politics. Externally, today’s governments are confronted with issues, such as climate change, demographic shifts, migration streams and a global and interdependent economic system, that require international cooperation or even supranational institutions. Throughout history, the concepts of citizenship and identity aren’t always defined in the same way. There is, therefore, enough reason to expect that we can learn from history. Such an endeavour necessitates a multidisciplinary approach since legal constructions can be fully appreciated only when combined with insights from the related fields of history, philosophy, political science and sociology.

Image source: Castel De Saint-Pierre Charles, Projet de traité pour rendre la paix perpétuelle entre les souverains chrétiens, 1717, Utrecht, A. Schouten Utrecht, I, see: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k6435949w

We kindly inform you that the registration to the congress is now closed.

Please do not make use of the Register-form any longer.

Main organizers

  • Wouter De Rycke (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, CORE)
  • Marco in ’t Veld (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, CORE)
  • Maxime Jottrand (Université Libre de Bruxelles, CHDAJ)
  • Romain Landmeters (Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles, CHRiDI)
  • Stephanie Plasschaert (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, CORE)

Organising Committee

  • Paul De Hert (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Universiteit van Tilburg)
  • Dirk Heirbaut (Universiteit Gent)
  • Wouter Druwé (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
  • Nathalie Tousignant (Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles)
  • Jérôme de Brouwer (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Scientific Committee

  • Dave De ruysscher (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Tilburg Universiteit)
  • Frederik Dhondt (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Universiteit Antwerpen)
  • Georges Martyn (Universiteit Gent)
  • Barbara Truffin (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
  • Eric Bousmar (Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles)

Hosting universities and research groups


Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) originated from the French speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), that was founded in 1834 by a Brussels’ lawyer with Flemish roots, Pierre-Théodore Verhaegen. It was his intention to create a university independent of church and state at which academic freedom would roam. Although ULB would already teach in Dutch at the law faculty as early as 1935, it wouldn’t be until 1963 before practically all the faculties would teach in Dutch.  

VUB is the only Flemish university that has the principles of ‘Free Inquiry’ written into its articles of association. These principles are based on the writings of French mathematician and natural philosopher Henri Poincaré (1854-1912): ‘Thinking must never submit itself’. Today, it is still our basic philosophy.

CORE Research Group

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 (DILS) of the Faculty of Law and Criminology of VUB.

The research group hosts courses and research about the mentioned subjects. Its research agenda is directed towards the exploration of the notion of law, of legal terminology, concepts and ideas, from different and combined intra-disciplinary angles (historical, comparative, theoretical, …).



The history of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is closely linked with that of Belgium itself. When the nine provinces that broke away from the Kingdom of the Netherlands formed the Belgian State in 1830, there were three state universities in the country: Ghent, Liege and Leuven. Even though Brussels had been promoted to the rank of capital, it still had no university.

For this reason, in 1831 a group of leading Brussels figures in the fields of the arts, science and education set themselves the objective of creating a university for the city. They had the choice between a state university and, failing that, a private institution, since the Belgian Constitution, the most liberal in Europe, allowed for its possibility.

Finding the financial burden of the three existing universities too onerous, the Belgian government showed little enthusiasm for yet another state university. However, when in 1834 the episcopate decided to found the Catholic University at Mechelen, things began to happen very quickly. The liberal professions and Freemasons, who were promoting the Brussels university project, stepped up their efforts, with the result that the Université libre de Belgique, as it was originally known, inaugurated its first academic year on 20 November 1834.

From 1842 it was to be called the Université libre de Bruxelles, but although the geographical term may have changed, the adjective "libre" remained. This was a key point.

ULB has remained free ever since, demonstrating its spirit of independence each time democracy and basic rights have been threatened. It shut its doors to avoid collaborating with the Nazi occupier in 1941. It has remained true to the principle it was founded on in the 19th century, Freedom of Inquiry, which postulates the rejection of dogma and of authority. These philosophical principles were strengthened by statute reform in 1970, thanks to a particularly democratic form of governance based on the participation of members of all university groups (students, assistants, professors and other employees) in the Board of Directors. This body consists of a diversity and plurality of representatives from the university community and society at large and constitutes the organisational power of the institution and sets its policies.


Le Centre d’histoire du droit et d’anthropologie juridique est l’un des centres de recherche de la Faculté de droit et de criminologie de l’Université libre de Bruxelles.

Ses membres déploient leurs activités autour de deux pôles : l’histoire du droit et de la justice et l’anthropologie juridique. Ils privilégient, à travers ces deux domaines, une étude du droit et de la justice mobilisant des méthodes de recherche empiriques et une approche interdisciplinaire.


Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles

The Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles, began life in 1858 as a Philosophy Department in the Institut Saint-Louis. This department was set up to offer courses that prepared prospective law students for the ‘candidature’ exam, a pre-requisite for law degrees at the time, and which were then based on the study of philosophy and literature.

In 1929 Saint-Louis was reclassified as a university-level institution to enable it to award degrees in philosophy and literature.  In 1948, the Philosophy Department became an ‘Association without lucrative purpose’ (asbl), adopting the title ‘Faculté universitaire Saint-Louis’.

The 1960s saw a phase of accelerating change. The still new Faculty of Saint-Louis became independent of the Institut; there were new buildings, more personnel and more students. The crowning success of the decade came when the "Faculté" became the "Facultés universitaires" and a new institution composed of three Faculties and a School of Philosophy & Religion came into being. The university has today become a recognised centre of excellence in the field of human sciences.


Le CRHiDI devient "Centre de recherches en histoire du droit, des institutions et de la société".

Il s'agit d'’adapter notre dénomination à la réalité du centre (et non de ré-orienter ses travaux), afin de

mieux rendre compte des actuels travaux scientifiques, thèses, publications et projets de recherche nourris en son sein.

Le Centre de recherches en histoire du droit, des institutions et de la société (CRHiDI), fondé à l'Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles (anciennement Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis) en novembre 1992, rassemble les enseignants et chercheurs des Facultés de droit et de philosophie, lettres et sciences humaines dont les activités d'enseignement et de recherche concernent le droit, les institutions et la société, de l'antiquité à nos jours. Ses travaux s'organisent en trois axes thématiques de recherche et portent sur les mondes méditerranéen, européen et africain.

Le CRHiDI est membre du Réseau Interdisciplinarité et Société (RIS) de l'Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles. Le CRHiDI a récemment rejoint l'Institut de Recherches Interdisciplinaires sur Bruxelles (IRIB) de Saint-Louis dont les travaux s'intègrent au sein du Brussels Studies Institute (BSI), structure commune aux universités bruxelloises (ULB, VUB, Saint-Louis).









Hosting institution and co-organizer: Scientific Comittee of Legal History of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts.

This conference received the generous support of the Committee for Legal History of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts and of the Young Academy.

The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium is an autonomous scientific-cultural society that promotes scholarship, science and the arts and contributes to their appeal. As an Academy, it is unique in that, apart from the sciences and the humanities, it also embraces the arts and the engineering sciences. As a result of this interdisciplinary approach, the KVAB is well-positioned to promote the great value of science and the arts. 
With the exception of the medical sciences, all scholarly and scientific fields are represented: the exact, technical, natural, social and applied sciences, the humanities and the arts.

Identity, Citizenship and Legal History (Brussels, 5 – 8 June 2019)

Historically, the concept of citizenship encompassed three distinct, yet interconnected dimensions. The first and foremost dimension was of a legal nature: citizenship was a legal status which allowed one to act freely in accordance with the law and, when necessary, to claim its protection. In its second dimension citizenship presupposed one’s active participation in society’s political institutions. And last, though certainly not least, citizenship was closely linked to membership of a specific community that provided a distinct source of identity. All three dimensions were closely related to each other. This can perhaps be most aptly exemplified in the ancient boast of ‘Civis romanus sum!’, which encapsulated simultaneously a plea for legal rights, a republican sense of duty, and a distinctly Roman feeling of the imperial pride. Since the nineteenth century, these dimensions have been linked predominantly to the modern nation-state, a model which is nowadays increasingly challenged on the internal as well as the external level. Internally, many states are seen to be struggling with federalism, separatist movements, legacies of colonialism and right-wing identity politics. Externally, today’s governments are confronted with issues, such as climate change, demographic shifts, migration streams and a global and interdependent economic system, that require international cooperation or even supranational institutions.

The XXVth Annual Forum of the Young Legal Historians aims to shed light on these questions by looking at the legal history of the closely intertwined concepts of citizenship and legal history. Throughout history, citizenship and identity has been defined in different ways and at different levels. For instance, in antiquity the often smallish Greek poleis could hardly be compared to the expansive Roman Empire. Medieval life in Europe consisted of a feudal patchwork of kingdoms, principalities and free city-states, yet all were considered part of Christendom. Identity could also be determined by social class (e.g. aristocratic families) or by profession (e.g. the guilds). The nineteenth century saw the rise of nationalism and revolution, whilst at the same time European powers expanded their colonial empires. Despite these evolutions, it cannot be denied that there is also much continuity to be found. Although diversity and globalisation have reached an unprecedented scale and form today, these phenomena

are not entirely new. Each era has had its international relations, its trades, wars, economic discrepancies, migrants and refugees.

There is, in short, enough reason to expect that we can learn from history. Such an endeavour necessitates a multidisciplinary approach since legal constructions can be fully appreciated only when combined with insights from the related fields of history, philosophy, political science and sociology. Therefore, the organizers welcome both traditional approaches in legal history and methodologically innovative research.

If you would like to present a paper during the conference, please send an application including an abstract of not more than 250 words and your CV to aylh2019@gmail.com before 15 February 2019. It is also possible to apply for a full panel. In that case, your proposal should also include, in addition to individual paper proposals, an abstract introducing the theme of the panel. Presentations have to be in English and should not exceed 20 minutes each. The conference fee will be € 100,- and does not include accommodation. Further information about the upcoming forum will be added soon on this website.

We look forward to welcoming you to Brussels.

Wouter De Rycke (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, CORE)

Marco in ’t Veld (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, CORE)

Maxime Jottrand (Université libre de Bruxelles, CHDAJ)

Romain Landmeters (Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles, CRHiDI)

Stephanie Plasschaert (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, CORE)

This conference received the generous support of the Committee for Legal History of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts and of the Young Academy.

List of recommended hotels near De Markten

Bruegel Hostel (20 min walk, 15 min by public transport). A bed in a dorm from 22.50 euros/night and a single room from 31.50 euros/night.
Located : Rue du Saint-Esprit, 2 (1000 Brussels). Website https://www.jeugdherbergen.be/en/brussels

MEININGER Hotel Brussel City Center (10 min walk). A bed in a dorm from 22 euros/night. Located : Quai du Hainaut 33 (1080 Brussels). Website https://www.meininger- hotels.com/en/hotels/brussels/hotel-brussels-city-center/

Sleep well youth hostel (15 min walk, 10 min by public transport). A bed in a dorm from 25 euros/night and a single room from 55.00 euros/night.
Located : Rue du Damier 23 (1000 Brussels). Website https://sleepwell.be/index.php/en/

Hostel Galia (25 min walk, 15 min by public transport). A bed in a dorm from 27 euros/night Located : Place du jeu de balle 15 (1000 Brussels). Website via Booking.com

Maxhotel (15 min walk, 10 min by public transport). A single room from 60.00 euros/night. Located : Boulevard Adolphe Max, 107 (1000 Brussels). Website http://www.maxhotel.be/?lang=en

Les Écrins-Résidence (5 min walk) A single room from 69.00 euros/night.
Located : Rue du Rouleau, 15 (1000 Brussels). Website http://www.lesecrins.com/en

U-Residence (30 min by public transport). A single room for 75.00 euros/night.
Located : Avenue Général Jacques, 271 (1050 Brussels). Website https://www.u-residence.be/en/

Hôtel des Colonies (15 min walk, 10 min by public transport). A single room from 87.50 euros/night with 4 nights booked (for instance from 4th june to 8th june).
Located : Rue Des Croisades 6-10 (1210, Brussels). Website http://www.hoteldescolonies- brussels.com/

Public transportation

Train: www.nmbs.be

Metro, tram, bus: http://www.stib-mivb.be/index.htm?l=en

Rent a bike: https://www.brussels.be/bicycle



Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts

Palace of the Academies
Rue Ducale 1
1000 Brussels



Thursday and Friday

De Markten
Oude Graanmarkt 5, 1000 Brussel





Excursions (Saturday)

We have arranged three post-Forum excursions. All of them will start on Saturday, 8 June, in the morning. Practical information will come following your registration.



An underground tour of the remains of Charles V’s palace. 

From the middle ages, this castle overlooked Brussels from Coudenberg hill. From the 12th century, the successive monarchs and their representatives transformed a small fortified castle into a sumptuous residential palace, one of the most beautiful palace of Europe and one of Charles V’s main residences. This prestigious building is severely damaged by fire in 1731. Some forty years later, the ruins of the palace are pulled down and the ground flattened out for the construction of the new royal district. The remains of this palace make up the Coudenberg archaeological site. 

During your visit, you will discover the Rue Isabelle and the old structures of the main buildings of the former palace of Brussels, which are now the foundations for today’s royal district and the Hoogstraeten House where the most interesting discoveries made during the various archaeological excavations conducted on the Coudenberg are displayed. 

This trip includes the guided visit of the remains of the Coudenberg palace (approximate duration 1h30). More information on the Coudenberg : https://coudenberg.brussels/en



This museum in the beautifully renovated Eastman building takes visitors on a journey along the path of Europe’s history and challenges them to contemplate its future. The permanent exhibition is based on fascinating objects from more than 300 museums and collections from across Europe and worldwide. 

The House of European History aims to become the leading museum about transnational phenomena which have shaped our continent. By interpreting history from a European perspective, it connects and compares shared experiences and their diverse interpretations. It aims to initiate learning on transnational perspectives across Europe. The House of European History is a forum for learning, reflection and debate, open to audiences from all generations and backgrounds. Our primary mission is to enhance understanding of European history in all its complexity, to encourage the exchange of ideas and question assumptions. 

An extraordinary location: The Eastman building – which was once a dental clinic for disadvantaged children – is an Art Deco gem. The building has been meticulously restored and houses, among other things, beautiful wall paintings depicting the stories of French author Jean de La Fontaine. It lies in the ten hectare Leopold park, a perfect place for a picnic or a relaxing break on a bench! 

This trip includes the guided visit of the permanent exhibition (approximate duration 1h30). More information on the museum: https://historia-europa.ep.eu/en



It is a guided tour organized by l’ARAU (Atelier de Recherche et d’Action Urbaines) on the Art Nouveau style of architecture. This tour explores the district around the Avenue Louise, where the first Art Nouveau buildings were built. From Victor Horta’s townhouse for Professor Tassel, a veritable manifesto for the style, to the more geometric style of Paul Hankar’s houses, the tour explores the historical and social context of this style’s origins and development in Brussels. 

The Art Nouveau is an international style of art, architecture and applied art, especially the decorative arts. It was most popular between 1890 and 1910. A reaction to the academic art of the 19th century, it was inspired by natural forms and structures, particularly the curved lines of plants and flowers. In Belgium, where the architectural movement began, it was sometimes termed Style nouille (noodle style) or Style coup de fouet (whiplash style) 

The organisation, ARAU, is an association of Brussels residents, which examines urban development projects, both public and private, and attempts to improve them from the point of view of local residents, by suggesting more housing, more mixed-function buildings, a more varied mix of social classes and devotion of public space for the use of active citizens. Our objective is to promote the city as a place where people want to live. 

This trip includes a walk in the district around the Avenue Louise in Brussels, the departure from Corner of avenue Louise and rue du Bailli (1000 Brussels) to go until the Horta Museum. The Horta Museum is the Victor Horta’s former home, studio and workshops, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The visit of the museum will not include in the guided tour. (approximate duration 1h30). More information on Art Nouveau (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Nouveau), on the Horta Museum (http://www.hortamuseum.be/) and on ARAU (https://www.arau.org/).

Wednesday 5 June 2019, Palace of the Academies (Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Brussels)

9.00-9.30 Registration and coffee 

9.30-9.40 Welcome on behalf of the Association of Young Legal Historians by Marco in ‘t Veld (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Stephanie Plasschaert (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) 

9.40-9.50 Opening remarks by Dave De ruysscher (Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Tilburg University) on behalf of the Committee for Legal History and the Young Academy of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science 

9.50-10.00 Opening remarks by Frederik Dhondt (Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Universiteit Antwerpen) on behalf of the Academic Committee 

10.00-10.10 Opening remarks by Caroline Pauwels (rector of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel), supported by Yvon Englert (rector of the Université libre de Bruxelles) and Pierre Jadoul (rector of the Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles) 

10.10-10.40 Keynote speech on ‘25 years of AYLH Fora: Some observations on legal historical scholarship since the nineties’ by Thomas Duve (Director of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt am Main) 

10.40-11.10 Keynote speech on ‘Political Belonging in Empires and Composite Citizenship’ by Lauren Benton (Vanderbilt University, President-elect of the American Society for Legal History) 

11.10-11.40 Keynote speech on ‘Citizenship in Old Regime societies: practices and legal norms’ by Simona Cerutti (Studies Director at the Centre of Historical Studies (CRH) of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris) 

11.40-12.40 Panel discussion on ‘The role of legal history in current debates on identity and citizenship’. Moderator: Nathalie Tousignant (Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles) 

Audience questions 

12.40-14.30 Reception and lunch 

14.30-16.30 Panel: ‘Identity and citizenship in ancient Rome’ (Chair: Nicolas Meunier, Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles) 

- Anna Iacoboni (Sorbonne University), ‘Cicero and Roman identity’ 

- Jonathan Ainslie (University of Edinburgh), ‘Roman citizenship and the ius civile: the Constitutio Antoniniana in legal, political and economic context’ 

- Duygu Tahan Orhan (Ankara University), ‘Being a gladiator in ancient Rome: legal aspects’ 

- Diane Baudoin (Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas), ‘The citizenship of Roman priestesses’ 

Panel: ‘Identity and citizenship: a history of ideas’ (Chair: Raphael Cahen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel) 

- Balázs Rigó (Eötvös Loránd University), ‘The transformation of the concept of patriotism in early modern Europe in the sixteenth century’ 

- Quentin Pironnet & Andy Jousten (Université de Liège), ‘Citizenship and electoral law in times of revolutions (eighteenth and nineteenth centuries)’ 

- Edouard Delrée (Université libre de Bruxelles), ‘Questioning the reducibility of citizenship to the nation-state: a Weberian approach’ 

- José Franco (University of Valencia, Universität Augsburg), ‘Citizenship and nation: An effectiveness review’ 

Panel: ‘Identity and citizenship in Belgium’ (Chair: Frederik Dhondt, Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Universiteit Antwerpen) 

- Katrin Vanheule (Catholic University Leuven), ‘(Re-)constructing Belgian identity after the First World War’ 

- Romain Landmeters (Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles), ‘Burundian, Congolese and Rwandan in Brussels city after WWII. Evolved immigrants in (de)colonial context’ 

- Nissaf Sghaier & Hajar Oulad Ben Taïb (Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles), ‘Memory and citizenship: analysis of projects carried out within the framework of the “Memory Decree” of 9 March 2009 (Wallonia-Brussels Federation)’ 

20.00 Excursion to the Brussels Beer Project (Rue Antoine Dansaert 188, 1000 Brussels)

Thursday 6 June 2019; De Markten (Rue de Vieux Marché aux Grains 5, 1000 Brussels)

9.00-10.30 Panel: ‘Identity and citizenship during the nineteenth century’ (Chair: Jérôme de Brouwer, Université libre de Bruxelles) (Spiegelzaal) 

- Edoardo Fregoso (Università degli Studi di della Magna Graecia), ‘After the fall of the Empire. Citizenship in a little Italian state: The case of the duchy of Parma’ 

- Christophe Maes (Catholic University of Leuven), ‘Sovereignty, representation and participation in 1830 Belgium’ 

- Maria Lewandowicz (University of Gdansk), ‘Unity, diversity, identity: Remarks on codification struggles in Switzerland in the nineteenth century’ 

Panel: ‘Austria after World War One – Old and new questions’ (Chair: Sebastiaan Vandenbogaerde, Ghent University) (Witte Zolder) 

- Stefan Wedrac (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Wake Forest University), ‘Cutting in half an identity. Art. 27 of the Treaty of St. Germain and the partition of the Tyrol’ 

- Laura Rathmanner (University of Vienna), ‘A new identity but which one?’ 

- Esther Ayasch (University of Vienna), ‘The new role of women in post war Austria using the example of the discussion on the law concerning veneral diseases’ 

Panel: ‘Identity and citizenship in Poland (I)’ (Chair: Joanna Kulawiak-Cyrankowska, University of Łódź) (Witte Zolder) 

- Tomasz Królasik (University of Warsaw), ‘Creating a modern state without a modern nation. The case of the Duchy of Warsaw in the nineteenth century’ 

- Piotr Pomianowski (University of Warsaw), ‘The civil code as part of national identity in the Congress Kingdom of Poland’ 

- Anna Klimaszewska (University of Gdansk), ‘Searching for national identity in building own legal culture. “Polish” civil procedure in the constitutional Kingdom of Poland’ 

10.30-11.00 Break 

11.00-12.30 Panel: Ideas on identity and citizenship during the nineteenth century (Chair: Jérôme de Brouwer, Université libre de Bruxelles) (Spiegelzaal) 

- Elisabeth Bruyère (Ghent University), ‘Mancini’s international children: a closer look into the Italian school of international private law and its European heirs’ 

- Wouter De Rycke (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), ‘Peace through justice. Legal reformism in the press of the transnational peace movement of the nineteenth century’ 

- Raphael Cahen (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), ‘Joseph Marie Portalis (1778-1858): From comparison to the idea of a European code of citizenship’ 

Panel: ‘Understanding Hungarian and Slovakian identity’ (Chair: Dóra Frey, Andrássy 

Gyula German Speaking University) (Witte zolder) 

- Imre Képessy (Eötvös Loránd University), ‘The emergence of Slovak identity by the means of autonomy between 1848 and 1868’ 

- Máté Pétervári (University of Szeged), ‘The administrative officials’ sense of identity in Hungary after the Austro-Hungarian compromise’ 

- Gábor Bathó (Eötvös Loránd University), ‘Issues of the first act on the Hungarian citizenship’ 

Panel: ‘National, supranational or international identity?’ (Chair: Piotr Pomianowski, University of Warsaw) (Achterzolder) 

- Damian Szczepaniak (Jagiellonian University of Kraków), ‘The factors of shaping European identity in George of Podiebrady’s project of a union of rulers’ 

- Wojciech Bańczyk (Jagiellonian University of Kraków), ‘Between national specificity and internationalisation. About gradual unification of inheritance law and expansion of international inheritance law’ 

- Filip Batselé (Ghent University), ‘Protecting the State’s citizens abroad. Western Europe and the birth of bilateral investment treaties’ 

12.30-13.30 Lunch 

13.30-15.30 Panel: ‘Identity and citizenship in the Middle Ages I’ (Chair: Wouter Druwé, Catholic University of Leuven) (Spiegelzaal) 

- Vincenzo Toscano (University of Milan ‘La Statale’), ‘Inside or outside the perimeter? The importance of the community in the medieval context’ 

- Stephen Hewer (Trinity College of University of Dublin), ‘Eadem/idem non est Anglica/-us, sed possit uti legibus et libertatibus Anglorum in Hibernia (she/he is not English but can use the laws and liberties of the English in Ireland): ‘citizenship’ and medieval English Ireland’ 

- Alec Thomson (Cambridge University), ‘Civic identity in English Legal History: Feudalism and Boroughs’ 

- Alicja Bańczyk (Jagiellonian University of Kraków), ‘Being subject of the French king – being French? – literary presentations of medieval perception of legal identity’ 

Panel: ‘The identity of the Southern Netherlands’ (Chair: Nicolas Simon, Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles) (Witte Zolder) 

- Annemieke Romein (Ghent University), ‘Researcher-in-Residence Project (Royal Library, The Hague): Entangled history! Making ordinances searchable’ (poster presentation) 

- Annemieke Romein (Ghent University), ‘Shared legal history and identity: divided and detached? How do ordinances in Holland and Flanders differ from each other (1579-1701)?’ 

- Gijs Dreijer (Vrije Universiteit Brussel & University of Exeter), ‘Outsiders or insiders? The consular jurisdiction of the Spanish and Portugese nations in Bruges and Antwerp’ 

- Kaat Capelle (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), ‘The legal position of married women in 16th-century Antwerp’ 

Panel: ‘Understanding Hungarian and Romanian identity’ (Chair: Valerio Massimo Minale, Università degli studi di napoli federico II) (Achterzolder) 

- Zsófia Biró (University of Pécs), ‘The role of the Holy Crown in the Hungarian constitutional identity: the king’s judicial power’ 

- Dóra Frey (Andrássy Gyula German Speaking University), ‘Regulation of the citizenship of ethnic Hungarians living abroad: ethnopolitics, demographical issues and humanitarian aspects’ 

- Izabella Drócsa (Pázmány Péter Catholic University), ‘From president to political convict: Criminal procedures against Mihály Károlyi at the interwar period, with special regards to the “libel against the nation” proceedings’ 

- Roghina Razvan-Cosmin (University of Sibiu), ‘When legal transplant is legal identity?! Seeking (constitutional) signs of identity in pre- and post-communist Romania’ 

15.30-16.00 Break 

16.00-18.00 Panel: ‘Citizenship an religious identity’ (Chair: Omer Aloni, University of Potsdam) (Spiegelzaal) 

- Antoni Lahondes (Université Paris II Pantéon-Assas & University of Montréal), ‘Religious disruption and change of subjecthood in Canada, Grenada and Florida (1759-1783)’ 

- Florian Reverchon (Université Jean Moulin Lyon III), ‘Citizenship, civil rights and religious identity in the nineteenth century of Staatskirchenrecht in Germany’ 

- Rafal Kaczmarcyk (University of Warsaw), ‘Identity of indigenous Polish muslims’ 

- Ekaterina Shebalina (MGIMO University), ‘The Vatican citizenship in the history and nowadays’ 

Panel: ‘Identity and citizenship in the Middle Ages II’ (Chair: Wouter Druwé, Catholic University of Leuven) (Witte Zolder) 

- Federica Paletti (University of Brescia), ‘The other side of citizenship. Foreigners, vagabonds, miserabiles personae in the Republic of Venice (16-17th century) 

- Marta Lupi (Tilburg University), ‘The ban as deprivation of citizenship within bankruptcy law of medieval Florence’ 

- Andreja Katančević (University of Belgrade), ‘Identity, citizenship and the Minčetić case’ 

- Joost Possemiers (Catholic University of Leuven), ‘The usurer as an enemy of the state in the writings of Conrad Summenhart’ 

Panel: ‘Identity and citizenship in Poland and Finland’, (Chair Anna Klimaszewska, University of Gdansk) (Achterzolder) 

- Jakub Pokoj (Jagiellonian University of Kraków), ‘Citizenship during transition period. The regulation of Polish citizenship in the first years of the Second Polish Republic (1918-1926)’ 

- Marcin Lysko (University of Bialystok), ‘The position of national minorities in the Second Republic of Poland. Legal institutions and practice.’ 

- Markus Kari (University of Helsinki), ‘Ethnic cleansing or rule of law: Solving the question of local political participation (Finland, 1918)’


Friday 7 June 2019; De Markten (Rue de Vieux Marché aux Grains 5, 1000 Brussels)

9.00-11.00 Panel: ‘Petitioning and expressing identities in late medieval and early modern Europe’ (Chair: Frederik Dhondt, Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Universiteit Antwerpen) (Spiegelzaal) 

- Rudi Beaulant (Université de Bourgogne), ‘The narrative of the pardoned crime. The issues of the confrontation of judicial sources’ 

- Pablo Gonzalez Martin (University of Oxford), ‘In the name of whom? Petitioning and representation in late medieval towns’ 

- Nicolas Simon (Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles), ‘Printing and publishing the law in the Habsburgs Netherlands: printers’ petitions to the Privy Council between 1600 and 1665’ 

- Quentin Verreycken (Harvard University), ‘The experience of war according to late medieval petitions in France, England and the Low Countries’ 

Panel: ‘Roman identity and citizenship: centre and periphery’ (Chair: Andreja Katančević, University of Belgrade) (Middenzolder) 

- Joanna Kulawiak-Cyrankowska (University of Łódź), ‘Was ius civile exclusively Romanum? Grasping the idea of civil law in the light of Roman legal sources one more time’ 

- Szilvia Nemes (Eötvös Loránd University), ‘Civis romanus et rusticus sum! How agriculture had a huge impact on Roman identity’ 

- Jan Lukas Horneff (University of Dresden), ‘Elitist identity questioned. Apuleius and the defence of cosmopolitan identity against provincials’ 

- Marko Sukacic (J.J. Strossmayer University of Osijek), ‘Legal position of the peregrini dediticii compared to contemporary refugees’ 

Panel: ‘Identity, citizenship in the Middle East, Turkey and Morocco’ (Chair: Stephanie Plasschaert, Vrije Universiteit Brussel) (Conferentiezaal 1) 

- Abdullah Islamoglu (Istanbul University), ‘The crime and punishment of murder in the context of the right to live in the Ottoman Empire’ 

- Kassim Alsraiha (Ben-Gurion University), ‘Sharia law and citizenship in the Gulf States: The thinking of contemporary Muslim intellectuals’ 

- Omer Aloni (University of Potsdam), ‘Traditional Identities confronting a new citizenship: Early Israeli law and the dilemma of bigamy and polygamy among eastern communities’ 

- Siham Darkaoui (Université Lille II), ‘Reforms of family law in Morocco: The confrontation around the reference system’ 

Panel: ‘Damaged identity: Reputation and Bankruptcy’ (Chair: Dave De ruysscher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Tilburg University) (Conferentiezaal 2) 

- Jan Siegemund (Technische Universität Dresden), ‘Fights for social affiliation. Norms and practice in libelling trials of the sixteenth century’ 

- Remko Mooi (Tilburg University), ‘Securing foreign claims: Early modern Frankfurt am Main’s development towards an inclusive bankruptcy regime’ 

- Pieter de Reu (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), ‘Shaping procedural practices and economic identities. An inquiry into middling groups in financial distress and negociated debt adjustment during Belgian’s Second Industrial Revolution, 1890-1914’ 

11.00-11.30 Break 

11.30-13.00 Panel: ‘The identity of Amsterdam and its mercantile citizens’ (Chair: Dave De ruysscher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Tilburg University) (Spiegelzaal) 

- Marco in ‘t Veld (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), ‘The mercantile identity of early modern Amsterdam: An institutional overview’ 

- Maurits den Hollander (Tilburg University), ‘Insolvents identities’ in late seventeenth century Amsterdam’ 

- Manon Moerman (Maastricht University), ‘Private partnerships in early modern Amsterdam: the identity of the business partners in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries’ 

Panel: ‘Identity and citizenship in Poland (II)’ (Tomasz Królasik, University of Warsaw) (Middenzolder) 

- Lukasz Golaszewski (University of Warsaw), ‘The concept of urban citizenship in the light of urban chronicles from early modern Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Law and reality’ 

- Premyslaw Gawron & Jan Jerzy Sowa (University of Warsaw), ‘Military service in the foreign enlistment as a way of social promotion in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, 1587-1696’ 

- Stanislaw Zakrocynski (University of Warsaw), ‘Forms of the lawyers’ participation in the “solidarity” movement (1980-1981)’ 

Panel: ‘Identity and Citizenship in Latin America (I), (Chair: Frederik Dhondt, Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Universiteit Antwerpen) (Conferentiezaal 1) 

- Oscar Hernández Santiago (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico), ‘Discussions about the citizenship in the New Spain (Mexico) in the Constitution of Cadiz (1811-1812)’ 

- Bruno Lima (University of Brasília, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History), ‘A former slave and black lawyer reader of August Heffter: The principle of free soil in the legal thought of Luiz Gama (Brazil, 1870-1880)’ 

- Gabriel Faustino Santos (Università Degli Studie di Macerata), ‘From the juico de amparo to the mandado de segurança: For a comparative history of the legal dimensions of justice in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina’ 

Panel: ‘Colonial identity and citizenship’ (Chair: Romain Landmeters, Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles) (Conferentiezaal 2) 

- Marvin Messinetti (University of Camerino), ‘The Itialian-Libyan citizenship in Italian colonial and post-colonial experience’ 

- Clotilde Fontaine (Université de Lille), ‘Sovereignty and citizenship in New-Caledonia: a specific example among French colonies’ 

- Maarten van Opstal (Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Université libre de Bruxelles), ‘Community Rights and Forest Governance in India: A Genealogy of Subjectification of "Tribals" in Mewar’ 

13.00-14.00 Lunch 

14.00-15.30 Panel: ‘Citizens and their property: the insurance market’ (Chair: Dave De ruysscher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Tilburg University) (Spiegelzaal) 

- Sinem Ogis (Universität Augsburg), ‘The history and the development of marine, life and fire insurance in England’ 

- Delphine Sirks (Universität Augsburg), ‘The development of mutual fire insurance in the Zaanstreek during the seventeenth and eighteenth century’ 

- Stephanie Plasschaert (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), ‘Competition or cooperation? Analysis of the marine insurance market in nineteenth century Antwerp’ 

Panel: ‘“Classical” identity and citizenship’ (Chair: Nicolas Meunier, Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles) (Conferentiezaal 1) 

- Tea Dularize (Ivane Javakhishvilli Tblisi State University), ‘The function of the embassy in the conflict resolution process. The structure of diplomatic speeches in the Iliad’ 

- Delios Athanasios (Democritus University of Thrace), ‘Atimia as a penalty for parents’ abuse in classical Athens’ 

- Emmanuel van Dongen (Utrecht University), ‘Nullus videtur dolo facere, qui suo iure utitur. On the concept of abuse of rights in Roman law’ 

Panel: ‘Identity and citizenship in Latin Amercia II’ (Chair: Oscar Hernández Santiago, 

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico) (Conferentiezaal 2) 

- Anna Clara Lehmann Martins (Federal University of Minas Gerais; Max Planck Institute for European Legal History), ‘Between a national church of citizens and citizens of a universal church. Citizenship and foreignness in the governance of ecclesiastical affairs in Brazil (nineteenth century)’ 

- Arthur Barrêto de Almeida Costa (Federal University of Minas Gerais), ‘Protecting the “sacred” property against “state violence”: Expropriation and the construction of citizenship through property rights in Brazil (1826-1930)’ 

- Tatiana Castro (Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro), ‘The exercise of citizenship through the use of habeas corpus as legal remedy in the Federal Supreme Court of Brazil (1920-1929)’ 

15.30-16.00 Break 

16.00-17.00 General Assembly (Spiegelzaal) 

20.00- Gala dinner in Restaurant La Manufacture (Rue Notre Dame du Sommeil 12, 1000 Brussels)

This conference is made possible by the generous support of:

Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science (KVAB) and the Arts and the Young Academy

Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)

Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS)

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Hoover Fund, Doctoral School, Faculty of Law and Criminology, CORE research group)

Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles (CRHiDI)

Université libre de Bruxelles (CHDAJ)