Dave De ruysscher

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    5037 DE Tilburg



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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). He is member of the Young Academy of Flanders (Jonge Academie) and of the Young Academy of Europe.

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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

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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