Main Focus

Manuscript dissemination of juridical literature in Latin (12th - 15th centuries) | ‘Archaeology’ of manuscripts: reconstruction of textual tradition from the author’s original (which is usually lost) to its extant copies | Juridical incunabula | Transmission of medieval juridical literature | Production of books in the Middle Ages | Legal opinions (‘Consilia’) | Autographs of medieval jurists | Methods of scholasticism, as applied by 12th and 13th century jurists | History of intellectual formation | History of universities | History of private law | Procedure in court and documents from court cases | Ius Commune


Curriculum Vitae

Vincenzo Colli (born 1956) has served the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory (formerly Max Planck Institute for European Legal History) as a Research Fellow (‘Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter’) since 1984. He studied law in Florence (1975-1980). Thereafter he went through several research stays in Germany (Munich 1982-83) and France (Montpellier 1986). Colli took his doctor’s degree in 1987 in the State University of Milan’s “Dottorato di ricerca in storia del diritto italiano” – with special focus on medieval legal history and Ius Commune.

In the Max-Planck-Institute, Colli’s main field of research is legal science in the Middle Ages (12th - 15th centuries) in Latin language. In this field, he began with legal literature of the ‘School of Glossators’ (12th - 13th centuries). Later he expanded his activities and initiated the projects mentioned above. These encompass in particular literature from the late Middle Ages. Their main focus is on aspects and contexts of production of juridical texts and books – also including the transmission of works by the printing press. Procedure in court and documents from court cases are explored on the basis of mid 14th century archival materials from Florence where several courts.

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