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 is a Fellow in Law and Director of Studies at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. He specialises in the relationship between criminal law and tort law in comparative and historical perspectives. His recent publications include editing Law and Legal Process (CUP, with David Ibbetson, 2013), Unravelling Tort and Crime (CUP, 2014), Comparing Tort and Crime (CUP, 2015), Fifty Years of the Law Commissions (Hart, 2016, forthcoming) and articles in the Cambridge Law Journal, the Journal of European Tort Law and the American Journal of Legal History. He is currently Secretary-General of the European Society for Comparative Legal History and would be delighted to help with any aspect of the Society.
Dr Matt Dyson
Trinity College, University of Cambridge
Dr Albert Ruda Gonzalez
University of Girona
Mr Miloš Vukotić
University of Belgrade
Albert Ruda Gonzalez is a senior lecturer in private law at the University of Girona.
Miloš Vukotić is an assistant lecturer in the Department of Civil Law at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law. He conducted courses in Comparative Legal History for two years and wrote a master thesis focusing on punitive damages from a comparative perspective. His main field of interest is the historical and comparative research of civil law rules and institutions.
Panel 2: Commerce and Craft
Chair: Prof. David Fraser (University of Nottingham)
Prof. Assaf Likhovsky
Tel Aviv University
Prof. Arno Dal Ri Jr.
Federal University of Santa Catarina
Ms Katharina Isabel Schmidt
Yale Law School & Princeton University
Assaf Likhovski is a professor of law and legal history at Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, and the former director of the TAU David Berg Foundation Institute for Law and History. His research interests include the history of law in the British Empire, the history of European legal transplants, and the history of tax law. He is the author of a book entitled Law and Identity in Mandate Palestine as well as articles and edited collections on Israeli, American and English legal history.
Katharina Isabel Schmidt is a JSD candidate in law at the Yale Law School and a PhD student in history at Princeton University. She researches transnational legal realist movements at the beginning of the twentieth century.
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)
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.
Imre Képessy is an assistant professor at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest as well as at the Széchenyi István University in Győr. He studied at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. After earning his degree, he received a scholarship for his PhD at the Department of History of the Hungarian State and Law. His area of research focuses on the tools of the constitutional protection in Hungary in the 19th century.
Stefan Huygebaert graduated as an Art Historian in 2011 and is currently a PhD student at the Ghent Legal History Institute and the Department of History of Ghent University. From 2012 until 2015 his research on the nineteenth-century iconology of Belgian law was funded by the BelSPo IAP Justice and Populations. For half a year in 2014-2015, he was a fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (Max-Planck-Institut) within the Minerva Research Group The Nomos of Images. Since 2015, he is a PhD fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). He publishes on nineteenth-century art and legal history and legal iconology.
Dr. Beke-Martos is a Lecturer at the Legal Faculty of the Ruhr University in Bochum (Germany). She earned her J.D. and Ph.D. in Law at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, and her LL.M in US and Global Business Law at Suffolk University Law School (SULS) in Boston, MA, USA. She spent a year in residence as a Visiting Scholar at SULS in Boston (2008-2009), where she conducted comparative research in constitutional and legal history and gave lectures to students, faculty and other interested audiences. She spent three months in residence as a Foreign Legal Researcher at the Legal History Institute of Gent University conducting research on the 19th Century constitutional history of Europe. She published a book and several scholarly articles on various topics in English, German and Hungarian. Her current research interest focuses on American-European comparative constitutional law and legal history including legal tradition and culture. She is a member of the European Society for Comparative Legal History as well as its Membership Committee and a strong supporter of international academic cooperation.
Mr Stefan Huygebaert
Dr Imre Képessy
Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest
Dr Judit Beke-Martos
Ruhr University Bochum