28 Feb
15:00 - 17:00

Maastricht Foundations of Law Colloquia

Manon Moerman, Maastricht University - Title:  Normative hybridity in private partnerships: an exploration into the rules of conduct for business partners in early modern Amsterdam (1601-1791).

The Department of Foundations of Law in the Faculty of Law cordially invites you to the next meeting of our Maastricht Foundations of Law Colloquia. On 28 February our speaker is Manon Moerman

Until late in the twentieth century, historical legal scholarship was primarily a history of what was written in books of learned jurists and not a history of practices. In my dissertation, I challenge this presumed centrality of the legal norm, whilst arguing that early modern entrepreneurs – and not jurists – were the driving force behind legal developments on private partnerships in Amsterdam. In this paper, I will present the conceptual framework, archival sources, and methodology that were used for my research into early modern private partnership contracts. More specifically, the paper will start by positioning this study within the existing academic literature in legal- and socio-economic history. This will then be followed by an introduction to the different (archival) sources that were collected and analysed, which will be positioned within Eugen Ehrlich’s socio-legal framework on the rules of conduct, including both social norms of behaviour (or living law) and legal norms for decision. The paper will conclude by illustrating how this framework of normative hybridity was reflected in early modern private partnership contracts and tied to a complex jurisdictional infrastructure.

The colloquium’s format is pre-read. Those attending are expected to have read the text in advance. The draft will be circulated in advance.

Lukasz Dziedzic
Sebastian Reyes Molina
Roland Pierik

The colloquia will take place physically and online. The Zoom link for the online sessions will be distributed later.

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