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Research interests

Dave De ruysscher (1978) (MA, LLM, PhD) is legal historian and lawyer. He researches in themes regarding the history of commercial and private law until the present day. The focus of his research has thus far been on early modern commercial law, in particular on bills of exchange, partnership (legal personhood) and bankruptcy, and also on contract law of that period (assignment, legal capacity to contract). He has written five substantial books, and several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in English, French, Dutch and Spanish. In 2016, he was awarded an ERC Starting Grant, on the theme of collateral rights and insolvency (see www.clls.eu). In 2022 he obtained an ERC Consolidator Grant on the theme of economic sovereignty, for cities of commerce in the late medieval and early modern period. He is member of the Young Academy of Flanders (Jonge Academie) and of the Young Academy of Europe.

Current courses

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PhD supervision

  • Maurits den Hollander, Authority or Aldermen? Legal Traditions and Commercial Practices on Bankruptcy in Amsterdam between c. 1500 and c. 1800, co-supervisor: Randall Lesaffer, public defense 22 June 2021, cum laude 
  • Remko Mooi, Without Regard to Foreignness. The Emergence of Equal Treatment in Early Modern German Insolvency, 1648-1806, co-supervisor: Randall Lesaffer, public defense 25 January 2023, cum laude
  • Marta Lupi, Insolvency and Security Interests in Early Modern Lyon, co-supervisor: Randall Lesaffer, defense 2023
  • Femke Gordijn, Sovereignty and Trade in Southampton and Bruges (c 1400-c 1520), co-supervisor: Randall Lesaffer
  • Daniel Bökenkamp, Sovereignty and Trade in Rouen and Lübeck (c. 1450-c. 1620), co-supervisor: Maurits den Hollander
  • Andriws Gonzalez Barrera, Sovereignty and Trade in Florence and Toulouse (c 1450-c 1600), co-supervisor: Maurits den Hollander

External positions

Member editorial board (Stichting Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis)

6 Feb 2021 → …

Legal-preparatory work (Jonge Academie)

5 Jun 2019 → …

Teaching (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

1 Jan 2017 → …


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