Panel 1: Identity within and across Legal Systems

Chair: Prof. Yves Cartuyvels (University Saint Louis of Brussels)

Speakers: Dr Matt Dyson (University of Cambridge), Dr Albert Ruda Gonzalez (University of Girona), Mr Miloš Vukotić (University of Belgrade)

Fourth Panel Session

Dr Matt Dyson

Trinity College, University of Cambridge



Proceed and feedback: legal procedure
and legal development



Mr Miloš Vukotić

University of Belgrade



Punishment in the Law of Tort





Panel 2: Commerce and Craft


Chair: Prof. David Fraser (University of Nottingham)


Prof. Assaf Likhovsky

Tel Aviv University



An Elusive Legacy: Polish Lawyers and Israeli Law


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Panel 3: Axiological Constitutionalism (II): 19th Century Identity Building

Chair: Prof. Frederik Dhondt (Free University of Brussels University of Ghent)

Speakers: : Dr. Imre Képessy (Eötvös Loránd University), Mr Stefan Huygebaert (Ghent University), Dr Judit Beke-Martos (Ruhr University Bochum)


Panel overview

The participants take an axiological approach to the law by examining how constitutional development, both successful and failed attempts at creating or reviving constitutions and constitutional orders helped shape or strengthen national identity. The panelists do not restrict their analysis to the constitutional events and documents, they also examine the symbolism and iconography of the changes throughout the 19th Century to better demonstrate how a basic legal tool, the constitution, determined the formations of a nation and the actions of the people.

Dr. Képessy introduces the Hungarian constitutional development of the long 19th century with special emphasis on the constitutional changes of the so-called April Laws in 1848. Drs. Huygebaert introduces the analytical tool of the decisive constitutional moment, focusing on artistic depiction of constitutional history. Finally Dr. Beke-Martos talks about the constitutional relevance of Franz Joseph’s coronation in 1867, as an example of restoring a suspended constitutional order with ceremony and symbolism. All three papers individually as well as correspondingly provide examples of how constitutional events, decisive in and of themselves in the period of nation-building, were both tools of modernization and a well of national identity.