Ville Erkkilä’s thesis defence

Mr. Ville Erkkilä (MA) will defend his doctoral thesis, The Conceptual Change of Conscience: Franz Wieacker and German Legal Historiography 1933-1968, in a public examination on 13 October 2017 at 12 noon. The defence will take place at the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki, in lecture hall IV (Suomen Laki -sali, Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3). The opponent will be Dr. Udi Greenberg (Dartmouth College). The defence is open to the public. The thesis is available in E-Thesis.

Kaius Tuori’s “Emperor of Law” book launch

Welcome to the book launch Kaius Tuori’s book “Emperor of Law: The emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication” (OUP 2016) Wednesday 22.3. at 16-18 at the University of Helsinki in Unioninkatu 37 faculty room (1st floor). Comments from Janne Pölönen, Tommaso Beggio and Jacob Giltaij. Refreshments will be served.

More on the book from the OUP blog. The first online review of the book is also out here.

“Conceptual Change in History” conference

The FoundLaw project, in collaboration with the Oulu Centre for Theoretical and Philosophical Studies of History, is organizing a “Conceptual Change in History” conference at University of Helsinki, September 22-24, 2016. Keynote speakers of the conference are Theodore Arabatzis (University of Athens), Jaakko Husa (University of Lapland), Sinai Rusinek (Van Leer Jerusalem Institute), Benjamin Straumann (New York University), and Paul Thagard (University of Waterloo). The conference is open to the public and there is no registration fee. If you wish to attend, please send an e-mail to by September 14th, 2016. For more information, see the event page.

Lecture: Tommaso Beggio

Dr. Tommaso Beggio will give a lecture, titled “Paul Koschaker und die Reform des romanistischen Rechtsstudiums in Deutschland”, on May 10th, 2016. The lecture is organized by Die Heidelberger Rechtshistorische Gesellschaft and will be held at the Institut für geschichtliche Rechtswissenschaft, University of Heidelberg.

Lecture: Rena van den Bergh

Professor Rena van den Bergh (University of South Africa) will give a guest lecture on Monday, January 25th, 2016, at 4 pm. The lecture, titled “Communication and publicity of the law in Rome”, will explore how public policy such as law was communicated through the Roman empire, the means by which imperial letters, rescripts and laws spread via the road network and how this was affected by the spread of Roman citizenship in the provinces. The lecture will be held at the main building of Social Sciences (Unioninkatu 37), in the room number 1094.

“Revisiting the Origins of Human Rights” panel discussion

FoundLaw’s post-doctoral researcher Jacob Giltaij will take part in a panel debate at the book launch of Revisiting the Origins of Human Rights (Cambridge University Press 2015) at Tiedekulma/Think Corner Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3) on November 19th at 3 pm. The event will be livestreamed.

Jacob Giltaij and Miia Halme-Tuomisaari at the book launch.

Jacob Giltaij and Miia Halme-Tuomisaari at the book launch.

Lecture: Pierangelo Buongiorno

Professor Pierangelo Buongiorno (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster) will give a lecture titled “”The ethics of a jurist”. Edoardo Volterra between the Palingenesia Codicis, the edition of the Senatus consulta and the Italian Fascism (1930-1945)”. The lecture will be held at the faculty room of Social Sciences (Unioninkatu 37, 1st floor) on Monday, May 25th, 2015, at 10.15 am.

Workshop in Helsinki: The cultural breach of 2nd World War and ‘Europe’ in historiography and legal thought

The “Reinventing the Foundations of European Legal Culture 1934-1964” project is organizing a workshop in Helsinki on the 27th of January, 2015. The theme of the workshop is “The cultural breach of 2nd World War and ‘Europe’ in historiography and legal thought”. All sessions will take place at the social sciences faculty room (Unioninkatu 37, 00170 Helsinki). Please find the programme below.

9.15-10.45 Session 1
Chair: Kaius Tuori
Emanuele Conte: The Medieval “Order” as an Alternative to Individualist Rule of Law. The Enduring Fascination of the German Constitutional History.
Pia Letto-Vanamo: From Bologna to Brussels – Legal Historians and European Integration.

11.15-12.45 Session 2
Chair: Jacob Giltaij
Timo Miettinen: How to do philosophy with the past? Phenomenology and the origins of European universalism.
Kaius Tuori: The narrative of ‘European’ in legal history.

15.15-16.00 Session 3
Chair: Ville Erkkilä
Timo Pankakoski: European Legacies: The Perspective of Carl Schmitt Scholarship.