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Studying Dutch legal history is traditionally called studying Old Dutch law. No nationalism is implied in this word, for dealing with it means studying a lot of varying regional and local legal systems. Apart from that, one has to see whether one is interested not only in the present Netherlands, but also in its sometime southern part, Belgium.

The first page I added concerns the medieval history of the city and diocese Utrecht. Legal history gets plenty attention on this page.

The study of Old Dutch law

One can consult some major collections for the old printed sources of and concerning the old Dutch law, such as law books, statutes, ordonnances, collections of ordonnances and placards, and collections of sentences or juridical advice. On the spot or nearby these libraries there is in most cases a collection of the relevant scientific literature on Dutch legal history. 

The study of the Old Dutch law has been furthered in particular by some learned societies. Already at the end of the eighteenth century the society Pro iure patria excolendo was founded in Groningen. In 1860 the Vereeniging tot beoefening van Overijsselsch regt en geschiedenis (VORG, the Society for Overijssel's law and history) was founded. On a more national level the Vereeniging tot Uitgaaf der Bronnen van het oud-vaderlandsche recht came into existence in 1879. Nowadays it is a chartered foundation, often abbreviated as OVR. OVR published its own journal, de Verslagen en Mededeelingen, of which two series appeared. Since 1999 OVR has got a new journal, Pro Memorie. OVR supports the edition of sources for legal history in their Werken (Works), of which the fourth series is appearing now. A special place was occupied by the former NCRD, the Dutch Center for Documentation in Legal History and Iconography in The Hague, housed in the Royal Library. Each of the departments of legal history in the Dutch and Belgian universities has its own specialties in subjects, periods and themes. The Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis, too,  has been an important vehicle for articles on Old Dutch law ever since its first appearance in 1918.

The study of Old Dutch Law    Introductions to Old Dutch Law    Journals    Links

Introductions to Old Dutch law

A number of more or less classic introductions exist. Traditionally universities put one or two of them on the reading program of students. The order here is purely alphabetical on author name.

For literatur on 19th century Dutch legal hustory the following bibliography is very useful:

The study of Old Dutch Law    Introductions to Old Dutch Law    Journals    Links

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The study of Old Dutch Law    Introductions to Old Dutch Law    Journals    Links

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Some individual subjects:

The study of Old Dutch Law    Introductions to Old Dutch Law    Journals    Links


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