The International Research Network PHEDRA

The IRN « International Research Network » PHEDRA

Led by Luisa Brunori of the Centre d’Histoire Judiciaire (Lille), the project involves eight teams based in France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Morocco, Spain and the United Kingdom and individual researchers based also in Finland, Belgium and Turkey.

The IRN PHEDRA project aims at developing a concerted approach to European research on the history of business law, from antiquity to the present day, apprehended in its « European ecosystem ». This theme remains little explored by historiography, which nevertheless underlines the extent to which commercial norms and practices constitute a fundamental element in the study of issues related to the historical transformation of our societies.
To meet these objectives, the project – going beyond the traditional national approaches – mobilises several European teams around a collective reflection aiming at identifying the European characteristics of the evolution of business law, through a pooling of knowledge, expertise and sources.
The project relies on solid previous collaborations that highlighted the specific need for collective inter-team scientific work and identified the most appropriate collaborative instruments for this purpose.
The choice of partners follows a logic of strong complementarity: each team is a specialist in the history of business law in its own country, and at the same time each has its own specificities which make them indispensable to the project.
The organization of the network PHEDRA will allow for a collective work on sources and scientific discussions through face-to-face meetings.  The mobility of teams is therefore at the heart of the proposed new methodology. For these reasons, regular working meetings are planned, as well as annual methodological and practical workshops, regular thematic seminars, a thematic school, one-day study sessions, and international conferences.

List of Participants

In France

NameLaboratoryInstitutional affiliation (employer)
Luisa BrunoriCentre d’Histoire Judiciaire UMR 8025Cnrs
Alain WijffelsCentre d’Histoire Judiciaire UMR 8025Cnrs
Victor SimonCentre d’Histoire Judiciaire UMR 08025Université de Lille  
Renaud LimeletteCentre d’Histoire Judiciaire UMR 8025Université de Lille
Alexis AudemarCentre d’Histoire Judiciaire UMR 8025Univesité de Lille – ED 74
Gilles HebbenCentre d’Histoire Judiciaire UMR 8024Université de Lille – ED 74
Olivier DescampsInstitut d’Histoire du Droit UMR 7184Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas
Emanuelle ChevreauInstitut d’Histoire du Droit UMR 7184Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas
Laurent PfisterInstitut d’Histoire du Droit UMR 7184Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas
Vincent GobinInstitut d’Histoire du Droit UMR 7184Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas
Xavier PrévostIRM – Institut de recherche Monstesquieu EA 7434Université de Bordeaux
Victor Le Breton-BlonIRM-Institut de recherche Montesquieu EA 7434Université de Bordeaux

In Germany

NameLaboratoryInstitutional affiliation (employer)
Anja Amend-TrautLehrstuhl für Deutsche und Europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Kirchenrecht und Bürgerliches Recht – Juristische FakultätJulius-Maximilians-Universität (JMU) Würzburg
Johannes RomanskiLehrstuhl für Deutsche und Europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Kirchenrecht und Bürgerliches Recht – Juristische FakultätJulius-Maximilians-Universität (JMU) Würzburg
Albrecht CordesInstitut für RechtsgeschichteGoethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

In Spain

NameLaboratoryInstitutional affiliation (employer)
Carlos Manuel Petit CalvoDepartamento Theodor MommsenUniversidad de Huelva
Aurora Maria Lopez MedinaDepartamento Theodor MommsenUniversidad de Huelva

In Holland

NameLaboratoryInstitutional affiliation (employer)
Dave de RuysscherTilburg Law School, Public Law & GovernanceTilburg University
Nikolas RajkovicTilburg Law School, Public Law & GovernanceTilburg University
Maurits den HollanderTilburg Law School, Public Law & GovernanceTilburg University
Marta LupiTilburg Law School, Public Law & GovernanceTilburg University
Remko MooiTilburg Law School, Public Law & GovernanceTilburg University

In Italy

NameLaboratoryInstitutional affiliation (employer)
Annamaria MontiDipartimento di studi giuridici « Angelo Sraffa »Università Bocconi di Milano
Stefania GialdroniDipartimento di GiurisprudenzaUniversità Roma Tre
Gabriella GimiglianoDipartimento di Studi Aziendali e GiuridiciUniversità di Siena

In Morocco

NameLaboratoryInstitutional affiliation (employer)
Fouzi RherrousseFaculté des Sciences Juridiques, Économiques et SocialesUniversité Mohammed Premier Oujda

In Great Britain

NameLaboratoryInstitutional affiliation (employer)
Guido RossiCenter for Legal HistoryEdimbourgh Law School  – Edimbourgh University
Paul De PlessisCenter for Legal HistoryEdimbourgh Law School  – Edimbourgh University

In Belgium

NameLaboratoryInstitutional affiliation (employer)
David KusmanSociAMMUniversité Libre de Bruxelles

In Turkey

NameLaboratoryInstitutional affiliation (employer)
Onur YıldırımDepartment of Economics – Faculty of Economic and Administrative SciencesMiddle East Technical University

In Finland

NameLaboratoryInstitutional affiliation (employer)
Pihlajamäki HeikkiFaculty of LawUniversity of Helsinki