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Speakers and papers

A private workshop will take place in the morning of Thursday 11th September. The public conference will start in the afternoon. The following list contains a profile of the speakers at both events.

Dr René R. Brouwer : ‘Cicero on Justice and Private Goods’ (workshop)

René Brouwer is a lecturer at the University of Utrecht, where he teaches on law and philosophy in the Faculty of Law. He works on theory of law and topics in ancient philosophy and the tradition of natural law. His monograph The Stoic Sage. The Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates (CUP) was published earlier this year.

Prof Dmitry Dozhdev : ‘Force Majeure: Between Form and Nature’ (conference)

PhD in Law (1988), Doctor of Sciences (1997), Professor (2003). Head of research group at the Institute of State and Law, Russian Academy of Sciences; Dean of the Faculty of Law, Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (Russian-British Postgraduate University); Professor of Property Law at the Russian High School of Private Law by the President of the Russian Federation; Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. Fields of expertise: Roman Law, Private Law, Private International Law, Comparative Law, Philosophy of Law.

Dr Francesco Giglio : ‘Some Thoughts on the Furtum Usus and the Concept of Ownership’ (workshop) and ‘Law as an Open System: A Role for History and Philosophy in Private Law’ (conference)

Francesco Giglio is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Manchester University and Visiting Professor of Private Law at Groningen University. His teaching and research interests lie in legal theory as applied to the private law, Roman law, private international law. In his research, he seeks to understand the foundations and the operative mechanisms of legal institutions. He is presently working on the concept of ownership.

Prof Gábor Hamza : 'The Concept of Contract in Roman Law and in the Contemporary Legal Systems'

Professor of the Department of Civil Law at the Eötvös Loránd University School of Law, Budapest; Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Hungarian bar; President of the Civil Law and Comparative Law Section of the Academy of European Law; Adviser and member of the Commission on European Integration Affairs of the Hungarian Parliament. He has published 20 books, 1026 partly autonomous, partly co-authored, partly edited or co-edited volumes, articles and review articles on Roman law, legal history, comparative law, EC law, legal philosophy and constitutional law.

Prof David Johnston QC : ‘Roman Law: Theory in Practice’ (conference)

David Johnston practises as a Queen’s Counsel at the Scottish Bar in Edinburgh, where he works mainly in public and commercial law. Prior to becoming a lawyer he read classics in Cambridge. From 1993-99 he was Regius Professor of Civil Law in Cambridge and a Fellow of Christ's College. He is currently an honorary professor at Edinburgh Law School.

Prof William Lucy : ‘Legal History and Legal Philosophy: Some Problems’ (conference)

William Lucy teaches at Durham Law School since summer 2012, having previously been a Professor at the Law School, University of Manchester. Before that he had held chairs at Cardiff University, Keele University and the University of Hull Law School (where he was almost the inaugural HK Bevan Professor of Law). He researches mainly private law subjects and legal philosophy and has supervised a number of doctoral students in these fields. His two main monographs so far are Understanding and Explaining Adjudication (Oxford: Clarendon Press 1999) and Philosophy of Private Law (Oxford: Clarendon Press 2007), neither of which is as expensive as you might think. He has held visiting posts at a number of Universities, including most recently the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, Brisbane, the College of Law, Australian National University, Canberra, and the Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal.

Prof Helen Scott : ‘ Roman Roots of the Foreseeability Concept in the Modern Law of Negligence’ (workshop)

Helen Scott is a professor in the Department of Private Law at the University of Cape Town, having joined the UCT Law Faculty permanently in May 2009. Between 2005 and 2009 she was a University Lecturer in Law at the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor in Law at St Catherine’s College Oxford, and before that a Fixed Term Fellow in Law at Trinity College Oxford. She is an occasional lecturer in Roman law at Oxford and a visiting professor at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) where she teaches a course in the common law of tort. At UCT she teaches courses on unjustified enrichment, delict, advanced Roman law and comparative legal history, and her research interests fall within the comparative law of obligations (particularly tort/delict and unjust/unjustified enrichment) and Roman law.

Prof Laura Solidoro Maruotti : ‘The Burden of Proof in Vindication Claims Concerning Land’ (conference)

Laura Solidoro Maruotti is a Professor of Institutes of Roman Law, Roman Law, and Roman Foundations of European Law at the Università degli Studi di Salerno. She is the author of several essays and monographs, among which Studi sull’abbandono degli immobili, Napoli, 1989; La repressione della violenza nel diritto romano, Napoli, 1993; Problemi di storia sociale nell’elaborazione giuridica romana, Napoli, 1994; La tutela del possesso in età costantiniana, Napoli, 1998; Esperienze giuridiche a confronto, Napoli, 2001; Gli obblighi di informazione a carico del venditore, Napoli, 2008; La tutela dell’ambiente nella sua evoluzione storica, Torino, 2009; La tradizione romanistica nel diritto europeo, 2 vols., II ed., Torino, 2010-2011; I percorsi del diritto, Torino, 2011. Since 2007, she is the Chair of the Salerno section of the Associazione di Studi Tardoantichi (AST – Late Antiquity Studies Association). In 2008, she founded the online journal ‘Teoria e Storia del Diritto Privato’ (, of which she is the director. In 2009, she started the Associazione di Teoria Storia e Sociologia delle Istituzioni Giuridiche (ATSSIG).

Prof Pauline Westerman : ‘Legal Concepts as Institutional Facts’ (conference)

Pauline Westerman is professor of Philosophy of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Groningen and a member of staff at the Academy for Legislation in The Hague. She is general editor of the journal The Theory and Practice of Legislation (formerly Legisprudence), Hart’s Publishing, Oxford. She is also member of the Executive Board of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR) and is appointed member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences as well as the Social Sciences Council of the same Academy. Her current interests include alternative forms of legislation, the relation between legislation and regulation, and legal methodology.

Prof Mark Wissink: Concluding Remarks

Advocate General, Dutch Supreme Court
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