Head of the Department

Prof. Dr. Thomas Duve
Thomas Duve
Managing Director

Phone: +49 (69) 789 78 - 165

Assistant to the Director

Nicole Pasakarnis
Nicole Pasakarnis
Assistant to the Director

Phone: +49 (69) 789 78 - 165
Fax: +49 (69) 789 78 - 211

Colleagues of Department II

Literature for Orientation

For more information regarding the conception of legal history underlying the research conducted in department II, please see, e.g.

Thomas Duve
Global Legal History: Setting Europe in Perspective
Thomas Duve
Global Legal History: A Methodological Approach
Thomas Duve, "Indigenous Rights in Latin America: A Legal Historical Perspective", in Max Planck Institute for European Legal History Research Paper Series, (2017), Vol. 2017-02.
Thomas Duve, "European Legal History - Concepts, Methods, Challenges", in Entanglements in Legal History: Conceptual Approaches, edited by Thomas Duve (Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt a.M., 2014), pp. 29-66.
Thomas Duve, "German Legal History: National Traditions and Transnational Perspectives," Rechtsgeschichte - Legal History Rg 22, 16-48 (2014).
Thomas Duve, "Von der europäischen Rechtsgeschichte zu einer Rechtsgeschichte Europas in globalhistorischer Perspektive," Rechtsgeschichte - Legal History Rg 20, 18-71 (2012).


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Department II

The research in department II (Thomas Duve) primarily deals with legal history in the early Modern and Modern period. Of particular interest is the analysis of religiously shaped normativity – Canon law, Moral theology – as part of a multi-normative setting in socially and culturally complex societies. One of our regional focuses involves Ibero-America as an imperial space. Additional research fields include the history of criminal law and the shifts in regulatory and decision-making systems during the Modern Period. Particular importance is placed upon enriching legal historical work by means of comparative and global historical perspectives and to develop it even further via an intensive dialogue with the legal scholarship.

We are involved in a number of institutional co-operations, such as with “Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz”, with the research project focusing on the School of Salamanca (since 2013). Since 2018 Department II is participing with is own research group in the Cluster of Excellence "Beyond Slavery and Freedom" of the Univeristy of Bonn. Within the framework of the institute’s participation in the Frankfurt Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”, three research projects are currently being carried out involving multi-normativity, transnational regimes of criminal law and structures of legitimation of regulatory systems (since 2012). Furthermore, we have a series of co-operative relationships with domestically situated and international colleagues and research institutions that are project-related or connected to individual researchers.


Research Projects

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