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Wim   Decock

Wim Decock

Research Professor of Legal History, Universities of Leuven and Liège

Areas of Expertise

Legal History; Roman Law; Economics; Contracts; Law and Theology

    Decock teaches legal history at the Faculties of Law and Canon Law at the Universities of Leuven and Liège. He is an associate researcher at the Max Planck Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte and a visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He was a visiting researcher at Harvard in 2011 and the University of Bergen in Norway in 2016. Decock was awarded the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Preis of the German Research Foundation in 2014.

    Decock is the author of many journal articles, chapters, and books, including Theologians and Contract Law, the Moral Transformation of the Ius Commune, ca. 1500 – 1650 (Brill, 2012), which investigates the historical foundations of modern contract law. It was awarded the Raymond Derine Prize 2012 and the ASL-Prize in Humanities and Social Sciences 2012, and it was named “legal book of the year” in Neue Juristische Wochenschrift in 2013. His most recent book, Recht und Moral in der Scholastik der Frühen Neuzeit (De Gruyter, 2016), co-authored with Christiane Birr, provides an introduction to the study of scholastic sources in law, ethics and economics from the early modern period.

    Decock holds a doctorate in law from the University of Leuven and the degree of Dottore de ricerca in diritto europeo su base storico-comparatistica from the Università degli Studi Roma Tre. He has a master of arts in classics from KU Leuven and a master of law from Ghent University.