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Project title

9th Conference in Legal History in the Baltic Sea Area „Law and Economics in Urban and Rural Environment” 

Time of implementation

16.05. - 30.09.2018 

Involved countries and institutions

1. Estonia: University of Tartu, Tallinn City Archives, Estonian Academy of Science Under and Tuglas Literature Center

2. Latvia: University of Latvia

3. Lithuania: Vytautas Magnus University

4. Germany: Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Goethe-University in Frankfurt am Main, Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald, Christian Albrecht University of Kiel, University of Hamburg, University of Bonn, University of Freiburg i. Br., University of Cologne

5. Poland: Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, University of Szczecin, University of Bialystok, Uniwersytet Gdański, Uniwersytet im. A. Mickiewicza w Poznaniu

6. Russian Federation: Saint Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg State Economy University, Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University, Higher School of Economics, RGUTIS Moscow, State University of Ivanovo

7. Finnland: University of Helsinki

8. Norway: University of Bergen

9. Denmark: University of Copenhagen

10. Czech Republic: Car-University og Prague

11. Austria: University of Vienna  

Aim(s) of the project

Law and economics are strong factors in the governance of social life. Their interrelationship deserves special attention no less historically than nowadays. Legal history offers a particularly strong framework for understanding this interaction because it has the means for the historical research of the legal phenomena in the respective economic environment as well as vice versa. In our network conference of legal historians of the Baltic Sea region (established already in the year 2000), the intention is to ask about the history of the law and economics in the Baltic Sea area. A special reason for the election of this year’s theme is the anniversary of awarding the town ordinances of Lübeck to Reval 770 years ago.

The meeting of the Baltic Sea area legal historians is intended primarily to connect the already PhD-graduated legal historians and historians in this region, and, above all, offer the opportunity for the newly graduated young scholars to meet the most important colleagues from the states of the Baltic Sea region.

So far, well known scholars B. T. Duve, A. Cordes, J. Rückert, D. Janicka, M. Luts-Sootak, J. Lazdins, S. Osipova, M. Laur, T. Simon, M. Schmoeckel, F. L. Schäfer, among others, have registered to the conference with a presentation. 

Target group

Direct: The direct target group of the conference are the registered participants (by 12.10.17, 64 persons are registered, incl. 26 participants from Germany and Baltic States); the doctoral students of law, history, economics, and also other disciplines; the participating colleagues from the institutions involved with the organization of the conference, and the public who is welcome to come and listen to the conference presentations.

Indirect: Indirectly the target group is unlimited. Above all, the publication of the conference proceedings in an internationally recognized publishing house, based on the conference presentations, should reach a much wider audience in an unlimited period of time, rather than the direct audience during the conference. 

Main activities of the project and venue(s) where the project activities will be carried out:

1. Preparation of presentations – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Poland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Czech, Russia;

2. Conference, 16-20 May 2018 in Tallinn, Sagadi and Tartu, Estonia. 

Public events in the frame of the project

May 16 - 20

Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia

9th Conference in Legal History in the Baltic Sea Area „Law and Economics in Urban and Rural Environment”

English and German

Program of the conference