Studies in the History of Private Law


Series Editors:
C.H. (Remco) van Rhee
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Dirk G.M. Heirbaut
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Matthew C. Mirow
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Studies in the History of Private Law is a peer-reviewed book series on the history of private law in the broadest sense. It focuses on the history of the two major families of private law in the world, European and Anglo-American private law. The history of civil procedure is expressly included in the series. There is no restriction in terms of chronology or geography as long as the particular object studied finds its origin in these two families. The approach is preferably comparative in nature, both vertically and horizontally, although studies that approach the subject matter from a different perspective are not automatically excluded. The aim of the series is to study the historical development of particular areas and topics of private law and to explain existing differences and similarities between and within the two major families from a historical perspective. An additional aim is to contribute to a mutual understanding of different approaches to similar problems within the various legal systems. The series also studies the growing need for a ius commune in today’s globalising world and provides the necessary historical information for those working in the field of harmonisation projects. The series not only incorporates dogmatical studies, but also offers a forum for interdisciplinary studies that do not only concentrate on private law and legal history but which, nevertheless, have private law and legal history as their main theme. In addition, it welcomes studies that study private law in relationship to other fields of law, for example constitutional law.

This is a subseries of the Legal History Library.
Series Editors:
C.H. (Remco) van Rhee, Maastricht University
Dirk Heirbaut, Ghent University
Matthew C. Mirow, Florida International University

Editorial Board:
Hamilton Bryson, University of Richmond
Thomas P. Gallanis, University of Iowa
James Gordley, Tulane University
Richard Helmholz, University of Chicago
Michael Hoeflich, University of Kansas
Neil Jones, University of Cambridge
Hector MacQueen, University of Edinburgh
Paul Oberhammer, University of Vienna
Marko Petrak, University of Zagreb
Jacques du Plessis, University of Stellenbosch
Mathias Reimann, University of Michigan
Jan M. Smits, Maastricht University
Alain Wijffels, Université Catholique de Louvain, Leiden University, CNRS
Reinhard Zimmermann, Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht, Hamburg
Studies in the History of Private Law aspires at offering a forum for all scholars working on the history of private law regardless of their perspective, from truly historical studies on doctrines and practices of the past to works of theory of private law, heavily relying on historical argument. It publishes works of scholars from several constituencies, primarily private lawyers and legal historians, but also other scholars such as legal philosophers and intellectual historians.
The press about volume 1 in the subseries:
"[The book] succeeds as an excellent point of entry to what at times can seem like a highly complex subject. [..] [The editors] and their fellow contributors have undoubtedly got the new series off to the strongest possible start." – Warren Swain, The Edinburgh Law Review
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