Prof. Dr. Thomas Duve


Research Interests

Thomas Duve is a jurist and legal historian, who writes about the legal history of the Iberian empires and modern Germany from a global perspective. His main research explores how knowledge of normativity was produced in the early modern period, taking into account the entanglements between the secular and religious normative spheres. He is also interested in the use of the past and of history by legal scholars, in colonial law and the formation of the international legal thought of jurists and theologians from the Global North, particularly in School of Salamanca and in early modern and modern German legal scholars of law.

Project Management

Glocalising Normativities

Thomas Duve, Luisa Stella Coutinho, Rômulo da Silva Ehalt, Fupeng Li, Raquel R. Sirotti, Luca Alexander von Bogdandy, Karolyne Mendes Mendonça Moreira, Haochen Ku, Mauro Armando Adelino Manhanguele, Karoline Marques Machado, Vanessa Massuchetto, Sandra Michelle Röseler, Julia Hütten, Christian Pogies more

Thomas Duve, Julia Hütten, Alexandra Wielandt more

Research Projects

Completed Projects

Curriculum Vitae

Thomas Duve was born in Hamburg in 1967. After compulsory military service and an apprenticeship in a bank, he studied at the universities of Heidelberg, Buenos Aires and Munich. He passed the two German State Examinations in Law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and the Universität Hamburg, respectively, receiving his practical training in Hamburg. He then worked at the Faculty of Law in Munich, first as a faculty assistant, then as an assistant professor, and 2004–2005 as the leader of a subproject in the Collaborative Research Centre Pluralization and Authority in the Early Modern Age funded by the DFG (CRC 573). He was awarded his doctorate in 1997 and in 2005 gained his professorial qualification (Habilitation) for civil law, German legal history, historical comparative law, canon law and philosophy of law. Between 2005 and 2009, he was Professor of Legal History with a so-called dedicación especial en investigación at the Faculty of Law and Professor of the History of Canon Law at the Faculty of Canon Law of the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA), as well as a member of the board of directors of the Instituto de Investigaciones de Historia del Derecho, Buenos Aires. He became a Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society in 2009, and since 2010 has been a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory (formerly Max Planck Institute for European Legal History) as well as Professor for Comparative Legal History at the Faculty of Law of the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt.

Thomas Duve is the (co-)editor of numerous academic journals and publications series, and a member of many scholarly associations, scientific academies and research cooperations (for details, see his full CV).

Publications (Selection, 2018-2024)

Rechtsgeschichte als Geschichte von Normativitätswissen?
Rechtsgeschichte - Legal History Rg 29 (2021) 41-68 more
What is global legal history?
Thomas Duve in: Comparative Legal History (2020) more
Wie schreibt man eine Geschichte der Globalisierung von Recht?
Thomas Duve in: JuristenZeitung (JZ), Heft 15-16, Jahrgang 75 (2020), 757-766 more
Knowledge of the Pragmatici: Legal and Moral Theological Literature and the Formation of Early Modern Ibero-America
Max-Planck Studies in Global Legal History of the Iberian Worlds, vol. 1, Edited by Thomas Duve and Otto Danwerth, Brill | Nijhoff, 2020 more
复规范性”从何谈起:法律全球化的知识挑战 ( = What is Multinormativity?

复规范性”从何谈起:法律全球化的知识挑战 ( = What is Multinormativity?

Responding to the Intellectual Challenges of Legal Globalization, translated by Fupeng Li), Peking University Law Journal 31,1 (2019), 21-36.
Indigenous Rights: Latin America
in: Dubber, Markus/Tomlins, Christopher (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Legal History, Oxford: OUP 2018, pp. 817-837
Global Legal History. Setting Europe in Perspective
in: Pihlajamäki, Heikki/Dubber, Markus/Godfrey, Mark (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of European Legal History, Oxford: OUP 2018,  pp. 115-139
Ein fruchtbarer Gärungsprozess? Rechtsgeschichtswissenschaft in der Berliner Republik

Ein fruchtbarer Gärungsprozess? Rechtsgeschichtswissenschaft in der Berliner Republik

in: —/Ruppert, Stefan (eds.), Rechtswissenschaft in der Berliner Republik, Frankfurt am Main/Berlin: suhrkamp, 2018, pp. 67-120

Research Communication

Ecclesiastic power and secular law (Thomas Duve, legal historian)

Video: Guest presentation | Städel Museum

Ecclesiastic power and secular law (Thomas Duve, legal historian)

Yearbook 2019 Glocalising Normativities

Yearbook 2015 Regulated self-regulation from a legal historical perspective

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