Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Historiography and Sources of Commercial Law

We have word of the conference “Historiography and Sources of Commercial Law,” to be held in Helsinki, September 1-3, 2014.  Its organizer is a project funded by the Academy of Finland and Finnish Cultural Foundation, "The Making of Commercial Law: Common Practices and National Legal Rules from the Early Modern to the Modern Period," which I believe is directed by Professor Heikki Pihlajamäki of the University of Helsinki, with a steering group consisting of the professors Albrecht Cordes (Frankfurt), Serge Dauchy (Lille) and Dave De ruysscher (Brussels).  Here are the sessions:

Monday, 1 September 2014

Session 1: Sources and Commercial Law, 9.30-12.00, venue: Lecture room P545 (Faculty Meeting Room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3


Eberhard Isenmann: Legal, moral-theological and genuinely economic opinions on questions of trade and economy in 15th and early 16th century Germany

Dave De ruysscher: Merchant manuals as sources

Heikki Pihlajamäki: Constructing a Field of Law: The Birth of Commercial Law in Early Modern Sweden

Session 2: Commercial Legal Conflict Resolution in the Baltic Sea Region and Universal Commercial Law, 13.30-15.00, venue: Lecture room P545 (Faculty Meeting Room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3

Justina Wubs-Mrozewicz: Mercantile conflict resolution in practice: connecting diplomatic and legal sources from Danzig c. 1460-1580

Albrecht Cordes: Levin Goldschmidt and the concept of universal commercial law
Coffee Break, 15.00-15.30

Session 3: Superior Courts as Fora for Commercial Legal Conflicts 1, 15.30-17.45, venue: Lecture room P545 (Faculty Meeting Room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3

Alain Wijffels: Records and sources of commercial litigation before the Great Council of Mechelen (15th-16th centuries)

Peter Oestmann: Court records as sources for the history of commercial law: The Oberappellationsgericht Lübeck as commercial court

Mia Korpiola: Svea Court of Appeal records as a source of commercial law

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Session 4: Superior Courts as Fora for Commercial Legal Conflicts 2, 9.00-10.30, venue: Lecture room P545 (Faculty Meeting Room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3

Anja Amend-Traut: The high imperial courts (the Aulic Council and the Imperial Chamber Court) and commerce

Boudewijn Sirks: The High Council of Holland and Zealand (to be confirmed)
Coffee Break, 10.30-11.00

Session 5: Comparing English and Continental Commercial Law, 11.00-12.30, venue: Lecture room P545 (Faculty Meeting Room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3

Guido Rossi: Comparing the sources of English and continental commercial law - with the example of maritime insurance law

Margrit Schulte Beerbühl: Bankruptcies, speculation bubbles and the law: bankruptcy law vs. bankruptcy management in late eighteenth-century Hamburg and London

Session 6: Custom and Codification in French and Italian Commercial Law, 14.00-16.15, venue: Lecture room P545 (Faculty Meeting Room), Faculty of Law, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3

Richard Court:  Genoese merchants and the consuetudine

Edouard Richard: Rise of usages in French commercial law and jurisprudence (17th-19th centuries)

Olivier Descamps: On origins of the French Commercial Code: vicissitudes of the Gorneau Draft

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