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Antwerp commercial legislation in Amsterdam in the 17th century. Legal transplant or jumping board?
The Legal History Review (Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis) (2009)
  • Dave De ruysscher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Abstract

During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the urban law of Antwerp that had been written down in a 1582 law book influenced the law of the city of Amsterdam. Although the Antwerp law has often been considered as the law in force in the Amstel city in that period, its role was actually more limited. At the end of the sixteenth century and during the first half of the seventeenth century, sections contained in the 1582 Antwerp compilation were used by the Amsterdam judges as common and subsidiary applicable rules for certain commercial issues. Later on, as the Amsterdam legislator issued more ordinances on those matters, this function declined. Yet, referring to the 1582 Antwerp law book was still common in eighteenth-century Amsterdam, which was because of the high reputation of the Antwerp norms and not because of their actual application.

Keywords
  • history of law,
  • Antwerp,
  • Amsterdam,
  • sixteenth-seventeenth century,
  • commercial law
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Publication Date
Summer 2009
Citation Information
Dave De ruysscher. "Antwerp commercial legislation in Amsterdam in the 17th century. Legal transplant or jumping board?" The Legal History Review (Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis) Vol. 77 Iss. 2 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/deruysscher/4/