Tips om seminarieserie arrangerad av Helsinki Legal History Series

Föreläsningarna hålls på plats i Helsingfors men det finns även möjlighet att vara med digitalt.

During 2023, the CoCoLaw Project and EuroStorie Centre of Excellence will host the Helsinki Legal History Series. The initiativegathers both established scholars and younger researchers who all work at the intersection of law, society and history. The aim is to promote legal historical research and to illustrate the merits of historical approach in analyzing fundamental questions regarding law’s embeddedness in society and the mechanisms of legal change. The seminar series consists of 9 lectures taking place at the University of Helsinki (and streamed online), according to the following program:

January 31st

National Styles beyond Boarders. A Travelogue of Migrating Legal Stories in the Nineteenth Century

Cristina Vano (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)

February 28th

European Union and its founding values – a legal history autopsy

Tuuli Talvinko (University of Helsinki)

March 28th

From the university-based ius commune to a potentially universal law. A lecture in honour of Mireille Delmas-Marty (1941-2022)

Alain Wijffels (KU Leuven)

April 25th

Homesteading and the American Dream

K-Sue Park (Georgetown University)

May 30th

The English ‘Law of Succession’ as an expression of European Legal Culture: The Story of its Development

Reinhard Zimmermann (Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law)

September 26th 

Transnational Legal Transfers: the extraordinary life of JP Benjamin QC (1811-1884)

Catharine MacMillan (Kings College London)

October 31st  

The History of Cultural Heritage in International Law

Pauno Soirila (University of Helsinki)

November 28th

Usus Theologicus Pandectarum: The Civilian Tradition in a Theological Context

Wim Decock (UCLouvain)

December 12th 

Tombos: How registering the Past became Normative and Why it Faltered in the Nineteenth Century

Tamar Herzog (Harvard University)

CoCoLaw Project

EuroStorie Centre of Excellence

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Konferens, European Society for Comparative Legal History, 21-23 juni 2023 i Augsburg

Professor Phillip Hellwege välkomnar oss till konferens inom European Society for Comparative Legal History (ESCLH) den 21-23 juni 2023 i Augsburg.

Programmet och praktiska anvisningar finns här.

ESCLH:s konferenser brukar vara intressanta mötesplatser för komparativ rättshistorisk forskning, så boka dagarna i kalendern!

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Journal Rechtsgeschichte – Legal History issue 30 published

Now in its 20th year of publication, the latest issue of Rechtsgeschichte – Legal History (Journal of the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory) once again brings together outstanding research contributions on legal historical topics as well as a considerable number of wide-ranging reviews.

This year’s Research section begins with Elizabeth Papp Kamali’s study on the consequences of the excessive consumption of alcohol in medieval English criminal law. Jan Schröder offers a close analysis of the sources to investigate the meaning of words in early modern legal and linguistic theories. The editors of the four-volume Handbuch zur Geschichte der Konfliktlösung in Europa – Handbook on the History of Conflict Resolution in Europe (Peter Collin, Wim Decock, Nadine Grotkamp, David von Mayenburg, Anna Seelentag) explain the conceptualisation underlying this standard reference work (published in 2021), and provide a brief overview of some of the overall patterns and findings emerging from this major project.

The Focus sections cover two fields of modern legal history from an international perspective. Karl Härter and Valeria Vegh Weis provide a substantial introduction to the topics discussed in the Focus on Transnational Criminal Law in Transatlantic Perspective (1870–1945), which comprises contributions by three authors (Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta, Nicolás Duffau, Paul Knepper) who particularly explore Latin American dimensions. The second Focus is dedicated to the complex field of labour law history and includes studies from both German and British researchers (Gerd Bender, Rebecca Zahn, Thorsten Keiser, Martin Otto, Johanna Wolf, Tim-Niklas Vesper, Benjamin Spendrin, Matthias Ebbertz).

As always, the reviews in this edition cover a broad spectrum of regions and epochs, ranging from the cuneiform transmission of the Codex Hammurabi to a three-volume history of Chinese legal culture and the European banking union – and for the first time also includes reviews of digital source editions. Finally, two Marginalia on the visualisation of law conclude this volume – and they could not be more different: Erk Volkmar Heyen’s contribution investigates the figuration of iustitia in the context of the political aspects of Marian devotion in the early 16th century. Daniel Damler, on the other hand, takes the reader into the dark canyons of Batman’s hometown Gotham City. This last contribution also inspired this year’s atmospheric picture series of black-and-white photographs of New York City by Otto Danwerth.

Rechtsgeschichte – Legal History 30 is now available in print from the publisher Vittorio Klostermann and online in Open Access via the journal’s website.

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Call for Papers: ESCLH-konferens juni 2023

Call for papers från European Society for Comparative Legal History:

The European Society for Comparative Legal History’s Seventh Biennial Conference 21 – 23 June 2023 – University of Augsburg, Germany

Call for Papers

The Organising Committee and the Executive Council of the European Society for Comparative Legal History are pleased to call for papers for the upcoming Society’s Seventh Biennial Conference to be held from 21 to 23 June 2023 at the University of Augsburg, Germany.

A conference in 2023 will be a change to our normal timing. We began in Valencia (2010), followed by Amsterdam (2012), Macerata (2014), Gdańsk (2016), Paris (2018), and most recently, after a delay caused by Covid, we enjoyed the event in Lisboa (2022). However, not only does that mean we did not have a conference for four years. Covid has also moved some other large international conferences now to even-numbered years. To avoid collision with these other conferences, the ESCHL conferences would after 2023 continue at two-year intervals moving them to uneven-numbered years. The offer from Augsburg was made some years ago, but kindly deferred and the Executive Council is delighted to be able to take it up now.

For the Augsburg event in 2023, there is no general conference theme. Rather, the organisers hope that the sessions will reflect – in terms of covered topics, time periods, and regions – the full breadth of international research in comparative legal history. The Organising Committee does so in the belief that the Society’s Biennial Conference should foremost be a platform for researchers to present their most recent research in comparative legal history. Papers should address and explore doctrinal, theoretical, cultural, or methodological aspects of comparative legal history. Papers should also be comparative, covering at least two legal systems, as well as historical.

To offer a paper, please send an abstract of up to 400 words by 15 November 2022. Papers, and abstracts, should be in English. The abstract should give the title of your paper and your personal data (full name, email address, work affiliation). Please also send a short CV (no more than 4 pages). Everyone, at whatever stage in their research career can offer a paper. The application should be sent to: Abstracts will be assessed against: (1) the aim to have a diverse conference; (2) the novelty of the work; (3) the evidence of scholarly rigour and promise of a fully researched and referenced paper; (4) in order to allow as many people as possible to speak at the conference, a person may normally offer only one paper.

It is also possible to submit a proposal for a complete panel. Panels normally consist of three papers. A panel proposal should – in addition to the abstracts and CVs of those who wish to present a paper in that panel – include an abstract for the entire panel as well as a CV of the panel organizer.

Applicants will be informed by 15 December 2022 whether their paper has been accepted. The conference programme will be published on 31 December 2022 on the conference website:

The conference website will also contain information on the attendance fee for those who are not members of the ESCLH, on transport to and from Augsburg, on accommodation in Augsburg. Finally, the conference website will allow, starting 15 December 2022, registration for the conference.

Finally, the conference will be preceded by an additional PhD-workshop on 21 June 2023. Further information about the workshop will also be published on 15 December 2022.

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Magtens kvinder før enevælden

Magtens kvinder: De kvindelige lensmænd 1400-1600. Symposium på Videnskabernes Selskab, København

Udgivelsen af Grethe Jacobsens monografi Magtens kvinder før enevælden, Gads Forlag, er en kærkommen anledning til at holde et symposium om kvinder og magt i senmiddelalderen og tidlig moderne tid. Arrangementet afholdes i Videnskabernes Selskab, H.C. Andersens Boulevard 35, København, onsdag den 25. maj 2022 kl. 14.30-18.00.

Monografien er kulminationen på mange års forskning i adelens kvinder ca. 1400-1600. I denne periode sadmange kvinder som lensmænd i Danmark. Disse kvinder, hvis familier tilhørte samfundets absolutte elite havde den samme magt, rettigheder og forpligtigelser som de mandelige lensmænd. Alligevel er disse kvinder blevet skrevet ud af historien, hvilket har bidraget til at give et skævt billede af køn og magt.


14.30: Ankomst og kaffe på 3. sal

1 sal:

15.00: Velkomst ved prof. Helle Vogt, Københavns Universitet.

15.05: Dr.phil. Grethe Jacobsen, ”De var trykt med småt.” Magtens kvinders manglende historie

15.35: Prof. Erik Opsahl, Trondheim Universitet: ”Bak enhver stor mann står ei kvinne. Foran enhver stor kvinne står en mann”

16.05: Kort pause

16.15: Redaktør Birgitte Bøggild Johannsen, Nationalmuseet, Køn, magt og erindring

16.45-18.00: Reception på 3. sal

Af hensyn til forplejning er tilmelding nødvendig senest den 20. maj til

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Rättshistorisk podd

Nu finns en ny rättshistorisk poddserie tillgänglig – Legal History from a European Perspective – med korta avsnitt som tillsammans ger en översikt över europeisk rättshistoria.

Podden har tagits fram av Emanuele Conte, tillsammans med John Hudson, Matthew McHaffie, Sarah White, Attilio Stella, William Eves, Andrew Cecchinato, David De Concilio, Dan Armstrong och Kim Tao Le, med Caroline Humfress, Robert Bartlett och Piotr Gorecki som särskilt inbjudna gäster.

Avsnitten går att hitta på Spotify, Apple Podcasts och Google Podcasts.

Läs mer här.

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Program för det nordiska rättshistorikermötet 27-29 april 2022

Det Femte nordiska rättshistorikermötet hålls den 27-29 april 2022 i Lund. Vi kommer inom kort att här meddela hur anmälan sker.

Stiftelsen Institutet för Rättshistorisk Forskning grundat av Gustav och Carin Olin arrangerar mötet och finansierar luncher och middagar m.m.

Föredragen äger rum i Rättegångssalen, Tryckeriet.

Onsdagen den 27 april 2022

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch, Gallerian, Juridicum.

13.00 – 13.15 Välkomsthälsning.

13.15 – 13.45 Heikki Pihlajamäki: Den tidigmoderna kolonialrätten: några jämförande synpunkter.

13.45 – 14.15 Max Lyles: ”Ofta bliwfer dömbdt ex consuetudine” – oskriven rätt och konfliktytor i teori och praxis före 1734 års lag.

14.15 – 14.45 Marius Mikkel Kjølstad: Henrik Steenbuch – en schlegelianer. Frederik Stang – en hegelianer?

14.45 – 15.15 Paus.

15.15 – 15.45 Filippo Valguarnera: Resan från status till avtal: ett rättshistoriskt perspektiv på den kooperativa rörelsen i Sverige.

15.45 – 16.15 Marianne Vasara-Aaltonen: Arbetarrörelsen och rättshjälp i Finland i början av 1900-talet.

16.15 – 16.45 Brage Thunestvedt Hatløy: Kontinuitet og endring – Lovgivingsteknikk i Magnus Lagabøters landslov av 1274.

18.30 Middag, Gallerian, Juridicum.

Torsdagen den 28 april 2022

9.15 – 9.45 Pernille Ulla Knudsen: Struensees henrettelse 28. april 1772 – mellem forræderi og loyalitet. Refleksioner over retshistoriens bidrag til forståelsen af krydsfeltet mellem
forvaltningsret og statsret.

9.45 – 10.15 Lovisa Brännstedt: Romerska kvinnor inför rätta.

10.15 – 10.45 Paus.

10.45 – 11.15 Sören Koch: Det hanseatiske kontor: hanseatenes egentlig eneste institusjoner?

11.15 – 11.45 Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde: Fiksjon eller realitet? Samsvarar dommareida i den norske Landslova II-10 med rettspraksis frå 1300- og 1400-talet?

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch, Gallerian, Juridicum.

13.15 – 13.45 Mathilda Tarandi: På samma gång brott och rättighet? Om aborthandlingens rättsliga ställning i en mellantid.

13.45 – 14.15 Viktor Carlsson: The Duty to Decide – en rättshistorisk bakgrund.

14.15 – 14.45 Elin Boyer: Naturens rättigheter i Antropocen. Människa och natur i den svenska grundlagen.

14.45 – 15.15 Paus.

15.15 – 15.45 Rawaz Shanagar: Att bilda en lagkommitté.

15.45 – 16.15 Olof Wilske: Svensk konstitutionell historia: en forskningsidé.

16.15 – 16.45 Martin Dackling: Egendom och succession. Tvister om svenska fideikommiss under 1800-talet.

18.00 Vandring genom Lundagård till Helsingkrona nation.

Ca 18.30 Middag Helsingkrona nation.

Fredagen den 29 april 2021

9.15 – 9.45 Aura Kostiainen: Att lägga grunden till den finländska kriminalpolitiken. Ett samtidshistoriskt perspektiv mellan traditioner.

9.45 – 10.15 Andreas Anderberg och Robert Andersson: When we were heroes – ett generationsuppror skriver sin historia.

10.15 – 10.45 Paus.

10.45 – 11.15 Mia Korpiola: De okända hovrättsskrivarna vid Kejserliga Åbo hovrätt 1871–1900.

11.15 – 11.45 Andrea Lindblom, Elsa Trolle Önnerfors och Martin Sunnqvist: Den historiska utställningen i Helsingborgs tingsrätt.

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch, Gallerian, Juridicum.

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Ny bok om rättshjälpens historia

Marianne Vasara-Aaltonen och Felice Batlan har redigerat en antologi om rättshjälpens historia i ett komparativt och internationellt perspektiv. Den finns nu tillgänglig på Springer Link.

Boken har följande innehåll:

Introduction: Understanding the History of Legal Aid in an
International and Comparative Perspective – Felice Batlan and Marianne Vasara-Aaltonen

Part I Grand Histories of Legal Aid

The Persistent Question of Legal Aid in the Professional Development of Russian Lawyers – William E. Pomeranz

From pro Deo to pro Pecunia. An Institutional History of Legal Aid in Belgium – Bruno Debaenst

The Historical Evolution of Legal Aid in China from the Perspective of Globalisation (1890–2003) – Jin Dong

Part II Growing Needs and New Providers: Legal Aid at the Fin de Siècle

For Workers and for the Disadvantaged: Legal Advice Centres in Germany from the Late Nineteenth Century to the Early Twentieth Century – Hiroki Kawamura

“To Poor and Rich Alike”: Legal Modernisation, the Women’s Movement, and Legal Aid in Late-Nineteenth-Century Finland – Marianne Vasara-Aaltonen

Lawyers Providing Legal Aid in Print: Legal Question and Answer Columns in Finnish Newspapers Around 1900 – Mia Korpiola

Part III Politics, Memory, and the Writing of History

The Organisation of l’Assistance Judiciaire, the Politics of Poverty, and the Rewriting of History in Nineteenth-Century France – Sylvia Schafer

Training and Disciplining Lawyers Through Legal Aid: Chile, 1932–1960s – Marianne González Le Saux

Archival Confrontations and Rewriting the History of Legal Aid in the U.S. – Felice Batlan


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Nordiskt rättshistorikermöte 27-29 april 2022

Efter lång väntan under pandemin vågar vi nu äntligen kalla till ett Nordiskt rättshistorikermöte i Lund. Vi gläder oss åt att vi åter ska kunna träffa varandra! Mötet inleds den 27 april 2022 kl. 12.00 och avslutas den 29 april 2022 kl. 13.00. 

Var och en är varmt välkommen! 

För det Nordiska rättshistorikermötet i Lund 2022 har vi – medvetet – inte valt något särskilt tema, utan välkomnar alla förslag till föredrag om aktuell rättshistorisk forskning. Det kan vara fråga om nya forskningsresultat eller nya forskningsprojekt: vi välkomnar alltså lika mycket ansatser som resultat. 

Därutöver ser vi fram emot föredrag om nya sätt att undervisa i rättshistoria (det kan handla om digitala erfarenheter från pandemiperioden eller nya undervisningsformer när vi nu åter kan samlas på plats) och om samverkan mellan rättshistoria och omvärlden (exempelvis hur rättshistorieämnet kan samverka med andra akademiska ämnen och med intressenter utanför akademin).

Vill du bidra med ett fördrag? Anmäl dig senast den 15 januari 2022. Då vill vi gärna ha rubrik och ett abstract, högst 200 ord. Skicka detta till Era kolleger i Lund kommer sedan att göra ett urval  och publicera ett program i februari 2022.

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The Rule of Law Crisis in Europe – Historical and Procedural Aspects. Online conference 28-29 September 2021

The project Judges Assessing he Independence of Judges. Historical Foundations and Practical Procedures in Facing the Threats against the Rule of Law in Europe runs at the Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden, 2020-2022. Members of the research group are professor Xavier Groussot (EU law), associate professor Martin Sunnqvist (legal history) and assistant professor Lotta Maunsbach (procedural law).

Background to the project

Impartial and independent courts are cornerstones of the success of the European project. The recent renaissance of ‘illiberal states’, to use the words of Viktor Orbán in 2014, jeopardizes the application of the rule of law and risk destroying the foundations of the EU legal order. During 2018, the ECJ has developed two new lines of case law: On the one hand, the ECJ has made itself competent to rule on matters regarding the independence of the judiciary, which used to be part of the pure internal competence of the Member States. On the other hand, the ECJ has empowered national courts to realize a ‘rule of law’ check of other Member States, by assessing the independence and impartiality of the issuing judicial authorities in the context of the arrest warrant – a new task for courts of first instance.

Aim of the project

We aim at analyzing this recent evolution using a European, historical and procedural perspective. We combine a historic analysis of the development of the rule of law and similar but not identical concepts Rechtsstaat and état de droit with an analysis of the roles of the EU institutions and the procedural aspects of of a ‘fair trial’ and the mutual trust (and distrust) between courts and judiciaries in different member states. This will be a fruitful way of getting a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses in the protection of the independence and impartiality of the judiciary in Europe.

In the two-day online conference 28-29 September 2021, we wish to discuss historical and procedural aspects relevant to our project. How do we define the ‘rule of law’ and the ‘Rechtsstaat’ that we are discussing? What is the origin of these concepts? What approaches can courts use in dealing procedurally with a rule of law crisis in another country?

The project is financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and administered by the Faculty of Law, Lund University.


(With reservation for changes.)

Tuesday 28 September 2021:
I. Rule of law – the origins and the implementation of the thought that the ruler is bound by the laws
Swedish time (CEST — Central European Summer Time)

  • 14:30 Introduction
  • 14:40 Atria Larson (Saint Louis University): Liberty and the Rule of Law in the Medieval Age
  • 15:20 Marie-France Fortin (University of Ottawa): The King Can Do No Wrong – the Evolution of the Rule of Law from the Late Middle Ages up to the 21st Century
  • 16:00 – 16:10 Pause
  • 16:10 Raffaella Bianchi Riva (University of Milan): Independence of Advocates as a Requirement for Independence of Judges
  • 16:50 Martin Sunnqvist (Lund University): The Rechtsstaat in a Material and a Formal Sense
  • 17:30 – 17:40 Pause
  • 17:40 William Phelan (Trinity College, Dublin): Robert Lecourt and the Development of the Basic Principles of EU Legal Order
  • 18:20 Concluding discussion
  • 19:00 End

Wednesday 29 September 2021:
II. Procedure – how does a court assess whether another state does not adhere to the principle of the rule of law?
Swedish time (CEST — Central European Summer Time)

  • 8:30 Introduction
  • 8:40 Petra Bárd (Central European University/European University Institute): How to Deal with the LM Test?
  • 9:20 Birgit Aasa (Copenhagen university): Mutual Trust and the Rule of Law
  • 10:00 – 10:10 Pause
  • 10:10 Vincent Glerum (Rechtbank Amsterdam/University of Groningen): The Case Law of Dutch Courts Relating to the EAW and Poland
  • 10:50 Lotta Maunsbach (Lund University): Procedural Aspects on Impartial and Independent Judging. How Can a Court Decide Whether Another Court and its Judges are Impartial and Independent?
  • 11:30 Concluding discussion
  • 12:00 – 13:00 Pause

III. The current status in Hungary and Poland

  • 13:00 Viktor Vadász (Hungarian Judge, member of the National Judicial Council): The Current Situation in Hungary
  • 13:30 Dorota Zabludowska (Polish Judge, board member of the Polish Judges Association Iustitia): The Current Situation in Poland
  • 14:00 Questions and discussion

IV. How can the concept ‘rule of law’ be defined?

  • 14:30 Xavier Groussot (Lund University): The Distinction between ‘Rule of Law’ and ‘Rule by Law’. A common concept of ‘Rule of Law’ in the European Union?
  • 15:10 Theodore Konstadinides (University of Essex): The Rule of Law in the UK Post-Brexit: An Uncommon Concept of ‘Rule of Law’ outside the European Union?
  • 15:50 – 17:00 Concluding discussion on topics that have been brought forward during the conference, such as:
    • Is there a common definition of the rule of law in Europe, or what are the main differences in various definitions?
    • How can the historical development of the concepts Rechtsstaat and rule of law contribute to our understanding and to clarity?
    • How can these concepts be used as practical tools when the independence of courts and judges is to be assessed?

How to participate

The conference take place through Zoom. To participate, send an e-mail message to

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