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

2017-2018

WRG Talk André Van Brussel (philosophy of law). On 14 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.

Symposium on Hobbes. drs. Maarten Colette co-organises a symposium on the controversial natural law-theorist Thomas Hobbes. The event takes place on 19 April in Leiden. More information here.

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

Call for papers (deadline 15 April 2018). ESIL CONFERENCE PRE-CONFERENCE CALL: Consumers or Producers of international law? Non-European experiences with the law of nations in comparative perspective. ESIL Interest Group History of International Law. More information here.

Call for papers (deadline 30 May 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.

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

Program available: 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) will participate. 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 Gathering: save the date. On Thursday 21 June 2018, dr. Magnus Ressel (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main) will hold 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”

L&C Talk: save the date. On Tuesday 29 May 2018, prof. dr. Rostane Mehdi (College of Europe) will hold a Law & Criminology Talk, at the invitation of dr. Raphael Cahen.

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).

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.

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

The European Society for Comparative Legal History released the 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 (Raphaël Cahen, Kaat Cappelle, Dave De ruysscher, Frederik Dhondt).

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 dr. Raphaël Cahen (Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, CORE). More information here.

Prof. em. dr. Jef Van Bellingen retired on 1 October 2017. He will be celebrated 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.

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

Call for Papers: Joseph-Marie Portalis (1778-1858): diplomate, magistrat et législateur (deadline 15 Dec 2017). Prof. dr. Nicolas Laurent-Bonne (Université d'Auvergne) and dr. Raphaël Cahen (Marie Curie Fellow, CORE) co-organise a conference in Paris on 'Portalis le jeune'. All information in the call here.

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.

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. 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) will hold a talk on Monday 15 May 2017 in Room 4C306, at 12:45. Eric Schnakenbourg will intervene 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 dr. Raphaël Cahen, Prof. dr. Stella Ghervas, Assistant Professor at the University of Birmingham and Associate of the Department of History at Harvard University, will hold a talk on Thursday 11 May 2017 at 17:00 in Room E.0.12. Stella Ghervas will intervene 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, 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) will hold 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 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.

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 will act 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). Recently, 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 will be 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 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). More information here.

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. The Acta (Reconsidering Constitutional Formation II Decisive Constitutional Normativity) will be published in an open access-volume by Springer (Heidelberg/New York) in January 2018 (Series "Studies in the History of Law and Justice", eds. Prof. dr. Georges Martyn and Prof. dr. Mortimer Sellars). More information here.

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 Desutter 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) will present ‘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 will hold 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) will present 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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