Bio

Randall Lesaffer (Brugge, 25 April 1968) studied law and history at the universities of Ghent and Leuven. From the latter university, he obtained his PhD in law in 1998. In 1999, he was appointed to the chair of legal history at Tilburg University. He is also part-time professor of International and European Legal History at the University of Leuven as well as visiting professor of International Law at Catolica Global School of Law, Lisbon. His scholarly work focuses on the history of international law since 1500. He is editor-in-chief of the book series Studies in the History of International Law (Brill/Nijhoff), of Oxford Historical Treaties online (Oxford University Press) and editor of the Journal of the History of International Law (Brill/Nijhoff) as well as the Global Law Series (Cambridge University Press). He is general editor of the Cambridge History of International Law (13 volumes planned). Since 2015, he is president of the Grotiana Foundation.

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Recent publications

  1. A short overview of Dutch legal history

    Lesaffer, R., & Kubben, R. (2020). A short overview of Dutch legal history. In S. Taekema, A. De Roo, & C. Elion-Valter (Eds.), Understanding Dutch Law (3 ed., pp. 31-62). Eleven International Publishing.
  2. Blokwijzer geschiedenis van het publiekrecht

    Lesaffer, R. (2020). Blokwijzer geschiedenis van het publiekrecht. Uitgeverij Acco.
  3. Early modern sovereignties - Theory and practice of a burgeoning conc…

    Lesaffer, R., De Bom, E. (Ed.), & Thomas, W. (Ed.) (2020). Early modern sovereignties: Theory and practice of a burgeoning concept in the Netherlands. (Legal History Library; Vol. 47). Brill Nijhoff.
  4. Grotius on reprisal

    Lesaffer, R. (2020). Grotius on reprisal. Grotiana: A journal under the auspices of the Foundation Grotiana, 41(2), 330-348.
  5. Grotius on the use of force. Perfect, imperfect and civil wars - An i…

    Lesaffer, R. (2020). Grotius on the use of force. Perfect, imperfect and civil wars: An introduction. Grotiana: A journal under the auspices of the Foundation Grotiana, 41(2), 255-262.

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