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Dave De ruysscher

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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 three substantial books, and several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in English, French and Dutch. In 2016, he was awarded an ERC Starting Grant, on the theme of collateral rights and insolvency (see 

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 
  • Remko Mooi, Insolvency and Security Interests in Early Modern Frankfurt
  • Marta Lupi, Insolvency and Security Interests in Early Modern Lyon
  • Mark A. Samut, An Analysis of Private Law Elements of the Municipal Code of Malta 1784

External positions

(Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

1 Jan 2017 → …

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Research Output 2015 2019

Der dogmatische Handelsbrauch in den Niederlanden und Belgien (19.-21. Jahrhundert)

De ruysscher, D. & In't Veld, C. M., 24 Apr 2019, In : Zeitschrift für neuere Rechtsgeschichte. 40, 3-4, p. 177-205 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

With a little help from friends

De ruysscher, D. & Lupi, M., 17 Jan 2019

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/siteOther research output

At the end the creditors win: Pre-insolvency proceedings in France, Belgium and the Netherlands (1807-c. 1910)

De ruysscher, D., 14 Oct 2018, In : Comparative Legal History. 6, 2, p. 184-206 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Belgium: Marine insurance

De ruysscher, D., 1 May 2018, Comparative history of insurance law in Europe: A research agenda . Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, Vol. 1. p. 110-132 23 p. (Comparative Studies in the History of Insurance Law).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Bescheiden toezichter of bemiddelaar: De plaats van de rechter in reorganisatie en faillissement vanuit rechtshistorisch perspectief

De ruysscher, D., 21 Sep 2018, In : Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht. 2018, 2, p. 147-218 72 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Activities 2013 2019

Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek FWO (External organisation)

Dave De ruysscher (Member)
1 Jan 2019 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

Averting bankruptcy in Belgium 1884-1914. Who made use of pre-insolvency compositions?

Dave De ruysscher (Speaker), Pieter De Reu (Speaker)
14 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

Walls in commerce and academia

Dave De ruysscher (Speaker)
12 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

XVIIIh World Economic History Congress Boston

D. De ruysscher (Chair)
30 Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course etc.Scientific

Security Interests and Consistency in Commercial Law: the Example of Roman-Dutch Scholarship (17th c.)

D. De ruysscher (Speaker)
10 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Prizes / Recognition

ERC Starting Grant 2016

Dave De ruysscher (Recipient), 15 Aug 2016

Prize: Fellowship

Dutch Language
political history

TPR-prize 2012

Dave De ruysscher (Recipient), 1 Jun 2012