Dave De ruysscher (MA, LLM, PhD) is historian and lawyer. He specializes in the history of commercial law. The focus of his research is on early modern and modern commercial law, in particular on partnership and bankruptcy. He has written three substantial books, several articles, and many chapters in peer reviewed books. For his publications, he was awarded with two scientific prizes (Prix Charles Duvivier 2012, Private Law Review (TPR) Prize 2012). He is currently working at the Department of Interdisciplinary Legal Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, where he leads the research group CORE (COntextual REsearch in Law), and as postdoctoral researcher of the Fund of Scientific Research – Flanders, at the University of Antwerp. In Brussels, he teaches legal history, at undergraduate and graduate level.