Seminar: Comparative Constitutional History – Scandinavia and Europe

Comparative Constitutional History – Scandinavia and Europe

April 25, 2016

13.30 – 17.00

Telaris, Juridicum, Lilla Gråbrödersgatan 4, Lund


Comparative legal history is an increasingly applied area of research. There are several research projects, where different histories of law are compared to each other, thus giving a deepened understanding of the reasons behind similarities and differences between legal solutions at different times and places.

Professor Bruno Aguilera Barchet, Madrid, has recently published A History of Western Public Law. Between Nation and State (Springer 2015), where he has provided a broad historical and comparative analysis of European and North American constitutional law.

Professor Eirik Holmøyvik, Bergen, has recently in his dissertation about the separation of powers in the Norwegian constitution of 1814 analyzed the relationship between constitutional thinking in Norway and Europe.

Scandinavian constitutional law could benefit from more historical comparative analyses, and European comparative constitutional legal research could benefit from more research in English about Scandinavia.

Bruno Aguilera Barchet and Eirik Holmøyvik have been invited to talk about their research results, and professor Dag Michalsen, Oslo, professor emeritus Hans-Heinrich Vogel, Lund, and senior professor Kjell Å Modéer, Lund, to comment on their presentations.

An aim of the seminar is to strengthen the internationalization of Nordic constitutional historical research, to discuss the state of the art in comparative constitutional history and to find new topics for comparative legal historical research on the relationship between Scandinavian and European constitutional law.

The seminar is sponsored by the Olin Foundation for Legal History.


Martin Sunnqvist



13.30          Welcome and introductory remarks


13.45          Bruno Aguilera Barchet:

The History of Western Public Law and the Need for More Comparative Research


14.30 Pause


15.00         Eirik Holmøyvik:

The Relationship between Norway and Europe in Nineteenth Century Constitutional Law


15.45          Prepared comments:

Dag Michalsen, Hans-Heinrich Vogel and Kjell Å Modéer




17.00 End of seminar


Faculty of Law, Lund University                    The Olin Foundation for Legal History


The programme as a pdf-file: Programme 25 april 2016

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Postdoctoral and Research Scholarships 2017 The Max Planck Institute for European Legal History

The Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (MPIeR) will be awarding several scholarships for a research stay at the institute in 2017.

Postdoc Scholarships enable highly qualified researchers from abroad who already obtained a PhD to either develop a new research topic in a thematically relevant context or to pursue an already existing project. Established researchers from abroad who have received their PhD more than 10 years ago can apply for a Research Scholarship, which enables them to come to the institute as a guest in order to pursue their own research project at the MPIeR.

For 2017 the research subjects are:

Department I – Professor Stefan Vogenauer

  • Legal transfer in the common law world
  • History of European Union Law
  • Fundamental issues concerning legal reception

Department II – Professor Thomas Duve

  • Legal history of Latin America in early modern and modern periods
  • Methods of legal history in a global perspective
  • Law and Diversity: legal historical perspectives

For a group of international researchers who already hold doctoral degrees and wish to pursue a joint research project, it is possible to jointly apply for scholarships at the MPIeR.

The scholarships are awarded for a period of three or six months. The research stay usually starts at the beginning of Jan./April/July/Oct. The amount of the scholarship awarded is dependent on the scholarship holder’s level of qualification. Post-docs receive 2100.00 € per month and research scholarship holders receive 2300.00 € per month. Those researchers employed either in Germany or abroad have the option of receiving expenditures compensation instead of a scholarship.

The MPIeR has rental apartments, available on a monthly basis. All scholarship holders are required, depending on availability, to utilise them. For more information, please visit our website (

Researchers should apply online via our application management system and need to submit the completed application form, including a curriculum vitae and a complete list of publications. Furthermore, three major publications from within the last five years must be submitted as PDF files and the names of two evaluators should be listed, who can be called upon for a statement regarding the proposed project.

The selection will be based on a 2-4 page project outline providing an overview of the current state of the project as well as a working plan. The connection(s) of the proposed project to the existing research being carried out at the institute should be made explicit.

Applications must be submitted by March 31st 2016.

More information can be found here.

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Symboliken i häradssigill och häradsvapen i Norden den 18 februari 2016

Den 18 februari kl. 18.00 håller rådman & jur.dr Martin Sunnqvist ett seminarium om symboliken i häradssigill och häradsvapen i Norden.

Värd är Societas Heraldica Lundensis. Ingen föranmälan krävs.

Plats: Sessionsrumet, Juridiska fakulteten, Lilla Gråbrödersgatan 4, Lund.

Varmt välkomna!


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Ny bok: ”New Horizons in Spanish Colonial Law: Contributions to Transnational Early Modern Legal History”


Thomas Duve & Heikki Pihlajamäki (eds.),

New Horizons in Spanish Colonial Law: Contributions to Transnational Early Modern Legal History (Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Global Perspectives on Legal History, Frankfurt am Main 2015)

Including articles by Richard Ross, Tamar Herzog, Marta Lorente, Brian Owensby, Luigi Nuzzo, Ezequiel Abásolo, Rafael García, Thomas Duve, Heikki Pihlajamäki and – of course – the great Víctor Tau Anzoátegui, for whom the volume is at the same time a homage. The book ”draws rich insights from Tau Anzoátegui’s work [the programmatical Nuevos Horizontes en el Estudio Histórico del Derecho Indiano, 1997] in order to address some new challenges confronting the discipline” of colonial law.

Boken finns i fulltext här!


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Learning Law by Doing Law – konferens i Åbo den 14-16 januari 2016

Registrering är nu möjlig via konferensens hemsida.

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The Method and Culture of Comparative Law
Essays in Honour of Mark Van Hoecke
Edited by Maurice Adams and Dirk Heirbaut

[including my ‘Things being various: normativity, legality, state legality’]


‘In this beautifully produced volume, leading theorists and researchers look at significant aspects of their fields…As a whole, the most important contribution of this volume, however, is having collected essays which all indicate, in various ways, the role of comparative law in enhancing knowledge not only of law but also society, of context and interdisciplinary approaches, and of the significant place of imaginative interpretation for our understanding of law and society.’
Esin Örücü, The Edinburgh Law Review

Awareness of the need to deepen the method and methodology of legal research is only recent. The same is true for comparative law, by nature a more adventurous branch of legal research, which is often something researchers simply do, whenever they look at foreign legal systems to answer one or more of a range of questions about law, whether these questions are doctrinal, economic, sociological, etc. Given the diversity of comparative research projects, the precise contours of the methods employed, or the epistemological issues raised by them, are to a great extent a function of the nature of the research questions asked. As a result, the search for a unique, one-size-fits-all comparative law methodology is unlikely to be fruitful. That, however, does not make reflection on the method and culture of comparative law meaningless. Mark Van Hoecke has been interested in many topics throughout his career, but legal theory, comparative law and methodology of law stand out. Building upon his work, this book brings together a group of leading authors working at the crossroads of these themes: the method and culture of comparative law.

With contributions by: Maurice Adams, John Bell, Joxerramon Bengoetxea, Roger Brownsword, Sean Patrick Donlan, Rob van Gestel and Hans Micklitz, Patrick Glenn, Jaap Hage, Dirk Heirbaut, Jaakko Husa, Souichirou Kozuka and Luke Nottage, Martin Löhnig, Susan Millns, Toon Moonen, Francois Ost, Heikki Pihlajamäki, Geoffrey Samuel, Mathias Siems, Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde, Catherine Valcke, Matthew Grellette and Alain Wijffels.

Maurice Adams is Professor of General Jurisprudence at Tilburg University.
Dirk Heirbaut is Professor of Legal History and Roman Law at Ghent University.

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Inbjudan till seminarium i rättshistoria i Stockholm den 12 november


Torsdagen den 12 november 2015 håller professor Martin Avenarius (Universität zu Köln) ett seminarium med titeln:

”Hermeneutik der Fremdheit und rechtshistorisches Verstehen. Die römisch-westeuropäische Rechtswissenschaft aus russischer Sicht”

Martin Avenarius är professor i civilrätt, romersk rätt och modern privaträttshistoria. Han är verksam vid Institutet för romersk rätt vid universitetet i Köln. Mer information om professor Avenarius återfinns här.

Tid: 16.00-18.00

Plats: Institutet för Rättshistorisk Forskning, Lilla Nygatan 19, 2 tr. (T-bana Gamla Stan). Anmälan till seminariet krävs inte, men kan göras till

Språk: Inledning på tyska med efterföljande diskussion på tyska och engelska


Claes Peterson

Professor i rättshistoria

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