KU Leuven

Postdoc Early-Modern Legal History

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KU Leuven is an autonomous university. It was founded in 1425. It was born of and has grown within the Catholic tradition.

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The KU Leuven Research Unit Roman Law and Legal History, which is a department of the Faculty of Law and Criminology, is an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented research group, which currently consists of three professors and about ten junior researchers. Next to a research axis on the history of international law, the department has a strong focus on and track record in the study of ius commune, especially in the early modern period (15th-18th centuries). The current vacancy is part of a CELSA-project, a collaboration between KU Leuven and the Jagiellonian University of Kraków, focusing on the interaction between late medieval and early modern learned law (ius commune) and legal practice, especially in the area of testamentary inheritance law.

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As a postdoctoral researcher, you conduct research on the history of testamentary succession law and/or the legal practice with regard to last wills (15th-18th centuries) in Europe, preferably with a focus on the role of the learned law (ius commune).

  • You will prepare scientific articles for internationally reputed and peer-reviewed journals and/or contributions for collective volumes with international publishers.
  • You will present your research results at international scientific conferences.
  • You are willing to act as co-editor of a collective volume on the law of last wills with an international publisher.
  • You actively participate in existing cooperations in this field between the KU Leuven and other European scientific institutions.


We are looking for a candidate:

  • who has a Ph.D. in law, history or another relevant field;
  • who has a proven interest – and ideally also one or more publications – either in the field of social and legal history of the late Middle Ages and the early modern period, or in the field of ius commune (Roman and canon law);
  • who is fluent in English and can read Latin; knowledge of other academic languages is an added value;
  • who is willing, whilst working in Leuven, to occasionally attend meetings and/or conferences at other European academic institutions, including Kraków.


A one-year, non-renewable, position as a full-time postdoctoral scientific researcher at the KU Leuven Faculty of Law and Criminology.

You will be warmly welcomed in a dynamic and internationally-oriented research team.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Wouter Druwé, tel.: +32 16 32 98 13, mail: wouter.druwe@kuleuven.be.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at our department!

You can apply for this job no later than August 29, 2022 via the online application tool

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.

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Postdoc Early-Modern Legal History
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