PHD position in legal history (deadline 12 December 2018)

The research is aimed at the reception of canon law and Roman law in the medieval Frisian law of the 15th century. In the Middle Ages Frisia had an autonomous tradition of indigenous law, characterized by a strong continuity. From the beginning of the 12th century Frisian monks set off for the newly established universities of Paris and Bologna to study law. From around 1400 the influence of learned law increased considerably.  A text tradition emerged, that of the Excerpta Legum or Jurisprudentia Frisica, which fused together elements of indigenous Frisian law and learned law. The investigations of the PhD student will focus on this text tradition. How did this tradition come into being? Which were the sources used? Which concepts were problematic in the dialectical encounter of indigenous and learned law? To what extent was this tradition

Your duties
The main task of the PhD-student will be to conduct investigations within the research project The Impact of Canon and Roman Law in Frisia: Continuity or Discontinuity?, resulting in a PhD thesis.

Requirements

• A Master Degree in Law and/or History;
• Demonstrable affinity with legal historical research;
• Sound knowledge of Latin;
• Knowledge of Old Frisian or willingness to amess this knowledge within the first year of appointment;
• Capability of reading secondary literature in Dutch;
• Readiness to perform part of the investigations at the Fryske Akademy in Leeuwarden;
• Demonstrable good writing skills;
• Good analytical skills.

Additional information

Are you interested in this position? Send us an e-mail with in which you describe your abilities and motivation, accompanied by your curriculum vitae and an academic transcript (list of grades) from your BA and MA by 13 December 2018. Mention vacancy number 18414.

Name:                  M.J.J. van Raaphorst
Position:              operational manager
E-mail:                 secretariaat.rr.tls.rch@vu.nl

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Professor Jan Hallebeek
Position: Professor
Expert’s e-mail address: j.hallebeek@vu.nl
Telephone: (020) 598 6324

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