Roman Law
European Legal History
European Private Law and

Comparative Law



Recent Publication

The article »Tradition and Innovation in the Rescript Practice of the Emperor Caracalla« has recently been published in open access and can be accessed via this link.



  • On June 12th, the annual conference »Junge Romanistentage« took place in Münster.
  • On 14 May, Elsemieke Daalder will give a lecture for the Wiener rechtsgeschichtliche Gesellschaft on the orationes principis of Septimius Severus. More information can be found via this link.
  • On 19 April, Elsemieke Daalder gave a lecture on the oratio principis in the Principate at Glasgow University.
  • On 14 March, Elsemieke Daalder presented a paper on the use and interpretation of wills in the imperial administration of justice at a conference on tabulae testamenti held in Zürich. The programme can be found here.
Next 'abendgespräch'

The 37th 'rechtshistorisches Abengespräch' will take place in the Karl-Bender-Saal on Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.

Professor Thomas Rüfner (Trier) gives a lecture on the subject: »Geschäftsgrundlage in der Vormoderne. Zur praktischen Anwendung der clausula rebus sic stantibus im Ius Commune«.

As usual, there will be an opportunity to continue the conversation with a drink after the lecture.


Teaching (Summer)


  • Common Law of Contract

  • History of European private law

  • Roman foundations of European private law


  • The Anglo-American trust and trust-like concepts on the continent

Junge Romanistentage

On Wednesday 12 June and Thursday 13 June, the annual meeting of the Dutch Young Romanists took place at the University of Münster. At the young Romanist Days, PhD students in the field of legal history have the chance to present and discuss their research amongst each other, without the critical eye of their Doktorvater or -Mutter present. A diverse range of topics was discussed, from classical Roman law to the reception history, from public to private law and the always intriguing twilight zone in between. 

Four PhD-students held a presentation on an aspect of their thesis. Maarten Klink, PhD candidate at the Radboud University Nijmegen, talked about how the Roman concept of praescriptio played a role in the power struggle between the pope and worldly leaders. Eva Drommel, PhD candidate at Leiden University, discussed the concurrence of actions out of the private law-oriented lex Aquilia, and the criminal lex Cornelia de sicariis et veneficiis, a first-century law by Sulla aimed at tackling gangster-practices in ancient Rome. Ward Strengers, PhD candidate at the University of Münster, evaluated the priority of the general pledge of the Roman fiscus, by way of an exegesis of D. 20,4,21 pr. Lastly, Willem Rijnenberg, PhD candidate at the Radboud University Nijmegen, took the participants along a tour of the workings and implications of the pactum de distrahendo pignore, in a comparison between Roman and French law. 

After the presentations, the young academics gathered for drinks in the Rechtshistorische Bibliothek. The young Romanists Days were concluded with a dinner together, followed by a city tour, a boat trip along the Aasee and a visit to the Freilichtmuseum Mühlenhof on Thursday. Further insights in the Feuilleton.



Winter-semester 2024/25: »Roman constitutional law«.

More information on the subject of the seminar, registration and dates can be found here.

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