European Legal Traditions – Centralising and Decentralising Forces

The 17th European Forum of Young Legal Historians will be held from April 13 to 16 in Maastricht. The conference is special in that it is meant for and organised by young legal historians. They are the audience, they are the speakers and they are the organizers.

This large, truly European, congress is being organized by researchers at Maastricht University, namely, Emanuel van Dongen, Hester van der Kaaij, Mariken Lenaerts, Tanja van der Meer, Janwillem Oosterhuis, Serban Vacarelu and Stefan Weishaar. A number are M-EPLI fellows. The conference will take place at the Faculty of Law in Maastricht.

For those interested to attend, more information and an application form are available on the website

The Forum will focus on European legal traditions and their centralizing and de-centralizing forces; Justinian’s Corpus iuris, the medieval ius commune of Roman and canon law, the usus modernus pandectarum. Also discussed are the jus proprium, such as customary law, including the English common law and, specifically, the national codifications of the 19th century. 


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