Conference in Helsinki, 26-28 September, 2017

Historiography of Commercial Law: Past, Present, and Future

Helsinki, 26-28 September, 2017


Venue: University of Helsinki, Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3)




First Day (Tuesday, Sept 26): The Past (Porthania, P724 )

13.00 Opening

13.15 – 18.00 Presentations on the historiography of commercial law


Stefania Gialdroni (Rome): Benvenuto Stracca

Anja Amend-Traut (Würzburg): Johann Marquard (1610-1668) and his Contribution to the Commercial law’s development

14.30-14.45: Coffee & sandwiches


Estelle Rothweiler (Strasbourg): Believer in Strong Capitalism and Free Trade in the Eighteenth Century

Norman Poser (New York): Lord Mansfield’s influence on the commercial law of England and other common-law countries


Dave De ruysscher (Tilburg): Reception of French Commercial Law Literature in the Low Countries

Heikki Pihlajamäki (Helsinki): Scandinavian Commercial Law Scholarship in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

18.30 – 19.30 Keynote (public lecture) Porthania, Suomen Laki -lecture hall

Sheilagh Ogilvie (Cambridge): Public-Order versus Private-Order Institutions in Commercial Contract Enforcement


Second Day (Wednesday, Sept 27): The Present and the Future

9.00 – 12.00 Debate: Historians and Positive-Law Scholars on the History and Present of Commercial Law (Porthania, room P722)

Histories of commercial law: What is needed? What is the use? What is the relationship between history and positive law in matters commercial?

Discussants: Ellen Eftestøl-Wilhelmsson (Helsinki), Jukka Mähönen (Oslo), Vincenzo Zeno-Zenkovich (Rome). 20 minute presentations and panel discussion.

12.00 – 13.00 Keynote: Albrecht Cordes (Frankfurt): The Codification of Sea Law in Northern and Western Europe in the 13th Century

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch (Restaurant Sunn, Aleksanterinkatu 26)

14.00 – 17.00 Doctoral school (Porthania, room P724)


19.00 Dinner (Restaurant Kolme Kruunua, Liisankatu 5


Third Day (Thursday, Sept 28):


10.00 Optional city tour

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