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Analysing coherence in law through legal scholarship

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Project "CLLS" data sheet

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Organization address
address: WARANDELAAN 2
postcode: 5037 AB

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙495˙625 €
 EC max contribution 1˙495˙625 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2021-12-31


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 Project objective

Coherence of law is created in the writings of legal scholars who systematize rules and principles of law. Their pursuit of coherence is vital for the effectiveness of legal systems. However, coherence of law has almost not been analysed in a systematic, empirical way. The project will therefore develop a methodology that will address coherence across forms (‘sources’) of law (legislation, legal scholarship, case law, customs), across themes (e.g. criminal law and contracts) and across authors, and which will additionally encompass interaction with societal demand and contextual factors. The methodology will be ground-breaking because it will disentangle the concept of coherence into measurable modes of interconnectedness, weighing them together so as to assess (in)coherence at the level of the legal system. This methodology will constitute a stepping stone for a new field of dynamic coherence of law created through legal scholarship that will ultimately improve the quality of law. It will be founded on academic writings on law from the early modern period (ca. 1500 - ca. 1800) that concern the theme of collateral rights, that is, those rights facilitating expropriation of the assets of debtors in case of their default. Indications are that the impact of rules on collateral rights hinged on coherence as established in legal writings, and that in the period mentioned legal coherence for this theme was increasing. Coherence in development will be traced in the interpretations of legal scholars following on from interactions between scholarly writings, local law (bylaws, judgments) and commercial practice (contracts). Connections of rules and principles found will be presented in frames of analysis that cluster them along variables of context, time and source of law. The combination of legal analysis with a broad scope of coherence (cross-source, context-driven) will build bridges across gaps now existing between the different disciplines that study law.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Dave De ruysscher
Security Interests, Insolvency and the Ranking of Debts in Early Modern Continental Europe: Transnational Trends in Legal Change
published pages: 1-10, ISSN: 2568-4469, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3366163
Rechtskultur: Zeitschrift für europäische Rechtsgeschichte 7 2019-08-29
2017 Dave De ruysscher Marco In\'t Veld
De gewoonte in het Nederlands en Belgische economisch privaatrecht (19de-21ste eeuw)
published pages: 417-454, ISSN: 0082-4313, DOI:
Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht 2017 2019-06-13
2018 Dave de Ruysscher
Legal Culture, Path Dependence and Dysfunctional Layering in Belgian Corporate Insolvency Law
published pages: , ISSN: 1180-0518, DOI: 10.1002/iir.1315
International Insolvency Review 2019-06-13
2018 Dave De ruysscher
Bescheiden toezichter of bemiddelaar? De rol van de rechter in reorganisatie en faillissement vanuit rechtshistorisch perspectief
published pages: 147-218, ISSN: 0082-4313, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3366158
Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht 2018 2019-08-29
2019 Dave De ruysscher
Ius Commune Legal Scholarship and Coherence: the Author\'s Structure
published pages: article no 7, ISSN: 2279-7416, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3366155
Historia et Ius 8/15 2019-08-29
2018 Dave De ruysscher
At the End, the Creditors Win. Pre-Insolvency Proceedings in France, Belgium and the Netherlands (1807-c. 1910)
published pages: 184-206, ISSN: 2049-6788, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.2296546
Comparative Legal History 6/2 2019-08-29
2019 Dave De ruysscher
De zakelijke rechten van de onbetaalde verkoper, rechtshistorisch bekeken
published pages: 404-420, ISSN: 0772-8050, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3366170
Tijdschrift voor Belgisch Handelsrecht/Revue Belge de Droit Commercial 2019/3 2019-08-29

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