Dr. Jacob Giltaij (1981) holds an LL.M. and a Ph.D. from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Before joining the research project ‘Reinventing the Foundations of European Legal Culture (1934-1964)’ as a post-doctoral researcher, he worked as an assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam, teaching courses both on legal theory and legal history. His research interests include Roman law, legal humanism, legal philosophy, the history and theory of international law and human rights, and the historical development of legal science, on which topics he has published both on a Dutch national and international level.
His dissertation treats the complex problem of the possibility of the existence of human rights in Roman law. It was composed partially during extended research visits to the Leopold Wenger-Institut of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität at Munich and the Università di Roma I ‘La Sapienza’, and deals with questions of anachronism, ideology and the role of legal science as a source of law as well as technical aspects of Roman law and procedure. Early results were presented at international conferences, notably the Société International pour l’Histoire des Droits de l’Antiquité.