On the 12th of November 1608, the Conservation of Lyon, which was, at that time, the commercial court of the city and in charge of bankruptcy cases, issued a peculiar law [1].

This court had been created in 1463, under Louis the XIth, and it remained active until 1795;...

November 20, 2018

Located in the North-Eastern part of Frankfurt am Main, the Günthersburgpark is one of the main spots for families and youngsters to spend a relaxed Sunday afternoon. Furthermore, it often is the setting for various sportive activities such as yoga, meditation and runn...

October 12, 2018

In seventeenth-century Holland, it had become common practice to apply the Roman Law – inspired procedure of cessie van goede (from cessio bonorum) for honest bankrupts. This allowed them to cede all their goods to their creditors, in order to escape debt imprisonment....

June 4, 2018

A new voluminous monograph on the history of trade law has hit the shelves. Carlos Petit's Historia del derecho mercantil (Barcelona, Marcial Pons, 2016, 589 p.) presents new insights alongside parts that are based on the author's earlier publications. The scope of the...

January 12, 2018

Arnold Vinnius (1588-1657) was an eminent Dutch lawyer. Just like most other representatives of the Dutch “Elegant School” of jurisprudence of the 17th century, he was an author in the tradition of Legal Humanism, profoundly influenced by the French lawyer Hugo Donellu...

September 14, 2017

In a recent publication, I argue that in early nineteenth-century Antwerp partnership contracts were used not only for small businesses but also when heavy investments were made and for companies involving non-relatives. This argument runs counter a majority view that...

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