Legal Historiography

Every academic discipline profits from reflection on its own doings. This entails keeping up with the development of the academic system and, in the case of jurisprudence, of the legal system of which it is a part. Jurists must reflect on the history of their discipline and on the history of their research objects to build on existing analytical traditions, to identify and, if necessary, to overcome path dependencies. If a reflection on legal history is an essential component of each sub-discipline of jurisprudence, then legal history must also continuously and critically re-evaluate the foundations of its own work. The dynamic changes associated with the transnationalisation of law and academic research serve only to reinforce this imperative. The Max Planck Institute for European Legal History has assumed the task of encouraging such reflection on the goals and methods of legal history through academic events and publications on these questions. Among other efforts, the Max Planck Summer Academy for Legal History as well as the book series methodica – Einführungen in die rechtshistorische Forschung (Introductions to the Methods of Legal History), which is managed by the Institute’s own researchers, serve this purpose.

Publications in the Research Field

Gerhard Dilcher et al.
Debatte 'Rechtsgewohnheiten aus rechtshistorischer und rechtstheoretische Perspektive'
Rechtsgeschichte - Legal History 17 (2010), 15-90.
Thomas Duve, "Von der europäischen Rechtsgeschichte zu einer Rechtsgeschichte Europas in globalhistorischer Perspektive," Rechtsgeschichte - Legal History Rg 20, 18-71 (2012).
Benedetta Albani, "The Apostolic See and the World: Challenges and risks facing global history. Invitation to debate," Rechtsgeschichte - Legal History Rg 20, 330-331 (2012).
Thomas Duve, "Law and Revolution - Revisited," Rechtsgeschichte - Legal History Rg 21, 156-159 (2013).
Thomas Duve, "German Legal History: National Traditions and Transnational Perspectives," Rechtsgeschichte - Legal History Rg 22, 16-48 (2014).
Thomas Duve, Translated by Xu Lan
法律翻译:欧洲视角下对法律史学研究方法思考 [德]托马斯·杜威 著,许兰 译 中华法系第5卷(中国政法大学法律史学研究院院刊),朱勇主编,法律出版社2014年10月1日版
(Legal Translation: A Study on Research Methods of Legal History From A European Perspective)
Chinese Legal System (Journal of Institute of Legal History, CUPL), Vol.5, 225-236,
Edited by Zhu Yong, Beijing: Law Press, January 2014.
Thomas Duve, Translated by Li Mingqian, Reviewed by Yu Ming
欧洲法律史——全球化的视野 [德]托马斯·杜福 著, 李明倩 译, 于明 校 华东政法大学学报,2014年第4期(总第95期
(European Legal History: A Global Perspective)
Journal of the East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL Journal), No.4 (2014) (General Serial No.95), 92-109.
Thomas Duve et al.
Focus 'European Normativity – Global Historical Perspectives. Introductory remarks'
Rechtsgeschichte – Legal History 22 (2014), 51ff.
Thomas Duve, "Rechtsgeschichte - Traditionen und Perspektiven," Kritische Vierteljahresschrift für Gesetzgebung und Rechtswissenschaft 2014, 96-132 (2014).
Thomas Duve (ed), "Entanglements in Legal History: Conceptual Approaches", in Global Perspectives on Legal History, (2014), Vol. 1, pp. 568.
Thomas Duve, Samuel Barbosa, and Benedetta Albani, "La Formación de Espacios Jurídicos Iberoamericanos (S. XVI-XIX): Actores, Artefactos e Ideas. Comentarios Introductorios (The Formation of Iberoamerican Legal Spaces (C. XVI-XIX): Actors, Artefacts and Ideas. Introductory Comments)", in Max Planck Institute for European Legal History Research Paper Series, (2014), Vol. 2014-07, pp. 8.
Thomas Duve, Peter Oestmann et al.
Debatte 'Normengeschichte, Wissenschaftsgeschichte und Praxisgeschichte. Drei Blickwinkel auf das Recht der Vergangenheit'
Rechtsgeschichte – Legal History 23 (2015), 255-281.

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