About this blog

Otto Vervaart, 2015This blog has been created by Otto Vervaart from Utrecht, The Netherlands. My first post (December 2009) tells you something about my earlier presence on the web. On this blog I like to present news concerning legal history, and also news from the perspective of legal history. When possible I will try to cross borders and frontiers of countries, disciplines and time. Doing legal history is an international activity, but hopefully you will not mind finding some Dutch accents.

The picture in the header of this blog shows a sculpture above the entrance of the former provincial court of justice, later the seat of the arrondisementsrechtbank, the regional tribunal in Utrecht. You can read more about this building in my post Traces of legal history in Utrecht.

In March 2010 I launched www.rechtshistorie.nl, a new website for legal history that will gradually replace the information on my old home pages. On this multilingual site the Dutch and English version are more or less complete. On my website you will find more information about me. Your questions and comments are welcome by e-mail to info [at] rechtshistorie [dot] nl.

In February 2013 I launched a second blog, Glossae – Middeleeuwse juridische glossen in beeld [Glossae. Looking at medieval legal glosses], to accompany a project for the edition of medieval juridical glosses using digital tools. This blog is a part of the Hypotheses network.

In February 2014 I started Digital 1418, a website aiming at bringing together conveniently digital projects around the First World War.

Personal information

I have studied history at Utrecht University, specializing in medieval history (M.Litt. 1988). The law faculty of the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam supported my research for my Ph.D. In 1994 I graduated with a thesis on Nicolaas Everaerts (Nicolaus Everardi) (around 1462-1532) and his book on juridical argumentation [Studies over Nicolaas Everaerts (1462-1532) en zijn Topica (Arnhem 1994)]. I have been a post-doc at the University of Munich where I catalogued the books of the library of the Stephan-Kuttner-Institute of Medieval Canon Law, since 2013 located at Yale University’s Lillian Goldman Law Library. Later on I have worked at the Centre for Dutch Monastic Archives, now the Center for the Heritage of Dutch Monastic Life at Cuijk-St. Agatha, and at the general library of a Dutch religious congregation, the Brothers of Tilburg.


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