In memoriam Nicolaas van der Wal, 1925–2015

In: Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis / Revue d'histoire du droit / The Legal History Review
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On April 17th, 2015, Nicolaas van der Wal peacefully died, just short of celebrating his 90th birthday. For the ‘Groningen School of Legal Byzantinists’ his death means the loss of the last of its founding fathers1.

Nico (as he was called for short) van der Wal’s career was to a certain extent the result of chance. Blessed with an excellent set of brains, he could in principle have chosen from a variety of possibilities. That he became a lawyer 
was just one of these quirks of fate. Not coming from a wealthy background, going to university meant that

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