Appointment of Bram Van Hofstraeten as endowed chair of Legal History of the Limburg Territories
Dr Bram Van Hofstraeten was appointed on 15 June as endowed chair of Legal History of the Limburg Territories (0,2 fte). He succeeds Professor Louis Berkvens, who will retire in July 2018.
The chair was established in the 1980s by the historical society LGOG (Limburgs Geschied- en Oudheidkundig Genootschap, LGOG), motivated by the particular legal history of Limburg, which differs significantly from that of the rest of the Netherlands.
Bram Van Hofstraeten, who is an associate professor at the law faculty, will develop the course Comparative Legal History of the Meuse-Rhine Euregion and teach additional courses in both Maastricht and Hasselt. His research will fall under the Department of Foundations and Methods of Law.
Van Hofstraeten obtained his PhD cum laude at UM in 2008 and worked as a postdoc at KU Leuven until 2012, when he returned to UM as a Marie Curie fellow. In 2015 he was awarded a Vidi grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for a comparative legal study of the history of commercial law, focusing on company law.