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RECORDING: Louis Arendt's law of nations (transcript presentation, 2 MAY 2022)

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 (source: CORE-channel, Youtube ) The recording of Monday's presentation of the transcript of Léon Arendt's Droit des gens  (law of nations)-course within the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1904) is now online on our Youtube-channel. The transcript can be consulted, copied, downloaded... for free in open access on OSF (DOI  10.17605/OSF.IO/E7HXS ).

CHAPTER: "Il n'y a que le provisoire qui dure: early eighteenth-century preliminary articles and conventions in doctrine and practice", in: Simona TAROZZI & Elisabetta FIOCCH MALASPINA (eds.), From International Treaties to the Binding Nature of Contract. A Historical and Comparative Analysis, [Collana Ravenna Capitale] (Santarcangelo di Romagna: Maggioli Editore, 2022), pp. 35-50, ISBN 9788891658470

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    (image source:  Mondadori ) Prof. Dhondt contributed a chapter on "early eighteenth-century preliminary articles and conventions in doctrine and practice" in a new collective volume,  From International Treaties to the Binding Nature of Contract. A Historical and Comparative Study , edited by Simona Tarozzi (Bologna) and Elisabetta Fiocchi Malaspina (Zurich). (click on image to enlarge table of contents) More information  here .

PRIZE: Subvention of the Fondation Tilsit for dr. Raphaël Cahen

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  (image: Napoleon and Czar Alexander I leave after concluding the Peace of Tilsit, source: Wikimedia Commons ) On 7 June, the Institut de France  will celebtrate the award of a subvention of the Fondation Tilsit to dr. Raphaël Cahen , postdoctoral researcher (OZR) and guest professor at our Research Group. This subvention serves as an encouragement for his current research project "Le droit international au Ministère des Affaires étrangères (1793-1870): Socio-histoire des juristes internationalistes."

TALK: Dr. Michel Erpelding (Luxembourg) will give a guest lecture on l’esclavage et le travail forcé en droit international entre 1815 et 1945

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Dr. Michel Erpelding ( Luxembourg ) will give a guest lecture on l ’esclavage et le travail forcé en droit international entre 1815 et 1945  within the master Course  Rechtsgeschiedenis  Tuesday 17 May at 15h. More information with Raphaël Cahen .

OPEN SOURCE LAUNCH: Teaching the Law of Nations in King Leopold's Foreign office: L. Arendt's course "Le droit des gens" (2 MAY 2022, 17-18:30, Faculty Council Room/MS Teams)

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  (image source: Belgian State Archives, all rights reserved) This event is a presentation of 175 pages of  manuscript course notes on the law of nations  ( Le droit des gens ) linked to a  course taught at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Belle Époque , retrieved in Louis (Léon) Arendt's private papers in the Belgian State Archives (Fund BE-A0510.320). The inventory can be consulted on the State Archives'  website . Edouard Louis Léon Marie Arendt (1843-1924) was the director-general of political affairs (1886) in the Belgian Foreign Office in the heyday of King Leopold II's reign. He entered the Ministry as 'attaché' in 1870. Belgium's security on the European continent, and of course the affairs of the Congo Free State were the dominant themes of his time in office as a civil servant (1870-1912). Biographical details can be found in the entry by Jacques Willequet in the  Biographie nationale de Belgique . His father,  Academy member  and Profess

CONFERENCE: Journées internationales d’histoire du droit et des institutions: l’art et le droit (Middelburg, 28 MAY 2022)

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(Source:  Image source: Zealand by Isaac Tirion (1747),  Wikimedia Commons ) Stefano Cattelan , Marco in ’t Veld and Niels Fieremans  will present at the   Journées internationales d’histoire du droit et des institutions: l’art et le droit   in Middelburg on 28 May 2022. More information on the event  here .

SEMINAR: Empirical Methods for Lawyers: Legal Historical Applications

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While still somewhat niche, digital humanities (history) and empirical legal studies (law) have successfully established themselves as respectable fields of research. Yet, both Belgian law schools nor legal historians have picked up this trend. In this lecture, I explain how legal historical methods have evolved over the past decades and provide examples of how empirical methods may be applied in legal (historical) research. Although the concerns of lawyers are somewhat different  from legal historians, empirical or digital methods can be beneficial to both. The lecture is thus relevant for all researchers interested in empirical and digital methods. Florenz Volkaert   (°1995) studied law at Ghent University (2018, summa cum laude) and obtained an LL.M/MSc. in Law and Economics (2018-2019, receiving the award for best student in the program) from the Universität Hamburg, Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research as part of an Erasmus Mundus p