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New Approaches to the History of Commercial Justice

Litiges commerciaux dans l’histoire

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Published on Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Merchant courts and merchants’ strategies before the courts have been studied extensively up to date by both historians of law and economic and social historians. However, given the specialisation of historians, the studies tend to have either a legal and administrative, or an economic and social focus. The workshop will gather historians and legal historians to discuss recent research and new methodological approaches to the study of commercial justice from the Middle Ages to the Nineteenth Century. The aim is to establish an overview of the current research and to discuss the possibilities of combining both organizational and actor-centred perspectives in the study of commercial litigations. 



Jeudi 21 février 2013

13.00 Accueil des participants / Participants Arrival

Section 1 : Enjeux et perspectives / Problems and Perspectives

Présidence / Chair : Laurence Fontaine (CNRS-CRH)

  • 14.15 Hanna Sonkajärvi (IHA / Universität Duisburg-Essen), Introduction
  • 14.45 Albrecht Cordes (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt), Countries, Problems, Sources: the Landscape of Pre-Modern Commercial Law
  • 15.15-15.45 Discussion

Section 2 : Tribunaux commerciaux spécialisés en France / Specialized Merchant Courts in France

Présidence / Chair : Jochen Hoock (université Paris 7)

  • 16.00 Julie Hardwick (University of Texas, Austin), Law and Commerce in the Lyon « Merchants Court » in the Seventeenth Century
  • 16.30 Claire Lemercier (CNRS), Were Commercial Courts Tools of  « Self-Regulation » for the Merchants? The Case of Nineteenth Century Paris
  • 17.00-17.40 Discussion

18.00 Conférence du soir / Key Note Lecture

  • Mark Häberlein (Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg), South German Merchants and the Law Courts, 1500-1620
  • Commentaire / Comment : Laurence Fontaine (CNRS-CRH)

Vendredi 22 février 2013

Section 3 : Les Consulados espagnols / The Spanish Consulados

Présidence / Chair : Simona Cerutti (EHESS-CRH)

  • 09.00 Tamar Herzog (Stanford University), Commercial Litigation on Non-Mercantile Issues: the Consulados and Citizenship (Early Modern Spain and Spanish America)
  • 09.30 Ana Belem Fernández Castro (European University Institute Florence), The jurisdiction of the Sevilian commercial courts by the end of the sixteenth century
  • 10.00-10.40 Discussion

Section 4 : Approches comparatives / Comparative Approaches

Présidence / Chair : Zacarias Moutoukias (université Paris7)

  • 11.00 Hanna Sonkajärvi (IHA / Universität Duisburg-Essen), Conceptualizing Commercial Litigations in Bilbao and Rio de Janeiro (1750-1850)
  • 11.30 Guillaume Calafat (université Paris 1 / École française de Rome), Juridictions et étapes du contentieux marchand (Livourne, Pise et Florence, XVIIe-XVIIIe siècle)
  • 12.00-12.40 Discussion

Section 5 : Arbitrages commerciaux devant des cours non spécialisées / Commercial Litigations before Non-Specialised Courts

Chair : Wolfgang Kaiser (université Paris 1)

  • 13.40 James Masschaele (Rutgers University, New Jersey), Merchants and Commercial Law in the Late Medieval England
  • 14.10 Dave De ruysscher (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Merchants before the Antwerp City Court (1490-1550)
  • 14.40-15.20 Discussion

15.35 Discussion finale / Final discussion

Les langues de l’atelier sont l'anglais et le français. Entrée libre sur inscription préalable : event@dhi-paris.fr


  • Institut historique allemand. Hôtel Duret-de-Chevry - 8 rue du Parc-Royal
    Paris, France (75003)


  • Thursday, February 21, 2013
  • Friday, February 22, 2013


  • litiges commerciaux, commerçants, tribunaux, histoire du droit, histoire sociale, histoire administrative


  • Hanna Sonkajärvi
    courriel : hanna [dot] sonkajarvi [at] eui [dot] eu

Information source

  • Hanna Sonkajärvi
    courriel : hanna [dot] sonkajarvi [at] eui [dot] eu


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