This course is aimed at stimulating research by students at the EUTOPIA partner universities by using historical sources available on institutional open-access databases to reflect on legal questions of international and constitutional law with contemporary relevance. Key learning outcomes: a thorough understanding of sources of law, the mobilization of legal arguments in political and societal debates, critical analysis of and reflection on primary sources, engagement in debate with lecturers and fellow students.


VUB: Frederik Dhondt (

Frederik Dhondt studied law (Ghent, 2007), history (Ghent/Erasmus Paris IV-Sorbonne, 2008) and International Relations (Sciences Po Paris, 2009). He obtained his PhD in law in 2013 (Ghent). He has been a PhD-Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders, faculty postdoctoral assistant and Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders at Ghent University. From 2015 on, he teaches political history, comparative constitutional history and international legal history at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. From 2015 to 2020, he was a guest lecturer at the Law Faculty of the University of Antwerp. The EUTOPIA project is an opportunity to internationalise the current master course Legal History, which is co-taught with dr. Raphaël Cahen (VUB, currently Fellow in Residence at the IAS in Orléans). Students explore the extensive databases of published 18th and 19th century legal sources and combine them with recent literature to present and write on a legal aspect of past international relations or constitutions. This interactive mode of teaching in Dutch, French and English has allowed us to invite external colleagues and students in the past academic years. We look forward to welcoming out EUTopia partners and their students.


UOL: Katja Skrubej (

Head Of Department: Department of Legal History

Courses: Legal history, Law and language in the European tradition, Ancient Oriental laws, Ancient Greek law, Theory and methods of legal history, European legal history, Legal history of the selected period.



CY: Caroula Argyriadis-Kervegan (

Caroula Argyriadis-Kervegan is professor ofLegal History at the CY Cergy Paris University.She is a former research fellow at the Max Planck Institute of History of Law and professor at the universities of Rouen and Le Havre.Her research focuses oncomparative history of legal thought, conservatism, comparative history of law (France, Germany, Greece, 18th–20thc.), and history of the modern nation-state.Her courses are aboutcomparative history of public law and history of international law, comparativehistory of family law, history of human rights.She is co-responsible forthestudent exchanges of the law faculty.She is the author of numerous publicationsin German, French, English,Italian, and Greek scientific journals.

CY: Carlos Miguel Herrera (

Carlos Miguel Herrera is full professor of Law at CY Cergy Paris Université, France, since 2003. He heads the Center of Philosophy of Law and Political Philosophy (CPJP). He is honorary member of the Institut universitaire de France. Professor Herrera has been visiting professor of universities from Spain, Russia, Colombia, and Argentina, Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution  (Stanford University) in 2018 and invited professor at the universities of Aix-Marseille and Lorraine, in France. Professor Herrera teaches currently Comparative Constitutional Law and Philosophy of Law. His fields of specialization include comparative public law, social rights, philosophy of law and history of political thought. Prof Herrera is an internationally recognized specialist in the thought of Hans Kelsen and legal history of Weimar Republic. He works actually on social counter-power, constitutional populism and mutations in Rules of Law.

UPF:  Alfons Aragoneses (

Alfons Aragoneses is Associate Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Affiliate Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory. He got his PhD in 2006 at the Universitat de Girona with a thesis on the history of comparative Law in France. He has published two books on the topic in German (2006) and Spanish (2009). Since then he has published articles and chapters of books on the history of private law in France and Spain and on the history of Francoist law. He has recently published works on memory laws and memory politics. He teaches legal history from a global perspective at UPF and has also taught in Italy, France and Brazil. He recently co-directed a postgraduate course on Transitional Justice and Public policies of remembrance at the Universitat de les Illes Balears.

UOW:  Jane Bryan (

Dr Jane Bryan is a Reader in Law at the University of Warwick and a Foundation Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy. Jane’s research and teaching interests include medical law, pedagogy, and the student voice. Jane teaches modules on ‘Property Law’ ‘Trusts Law’ and ‘Medical Law’ and was a recipient of a Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence commendation and one of the Finalists in the Oxford University Press Law Teacher of the Year Award 2019. Jane has a keen interest in supporting undergraduate research institutionally and beyond, being the Warwick Student Research Staff Network Lead and a member of the organising committee of the World Conference of Undergraduate Research.


Open discussion on the Challenges and Perspectives of the Highest European Courts, with Professors Koen Lenaerts and Robert Spano, President of the European Court of Justice of the EU and President of the European Court of Human Rights respectively. When? Thursday May 27 2021, 4:30 – 6p.m. CEST (Ljubljana time) Where? by zoom. More info in this brochure.