Lectures by Prof. Albrecht Cordes

 Posted on March 13, 2023

It is a pleasure and an honour to announce that Prof. Albrecht Cordes (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main), external expert of the ERC CoG #Micoll, will give two lectures on the history of commercial law in Luebeck and Frankfurt on Tuesday 21 March at 5:00 pm and on Wednesday 22 March at 10:00 am at the Department of Private Law and Critique of Law of the University of Padua. If you want to join on Zoom, write an email to:

You can download the leaflet here.

New post-doc position on mercantile justice (and art) at the University of Padua

Posted on December 16, 2023

Are you an art historian, historian of architecture, or legal historian with a passion for visual arts? Then this call for a post-doc position might interest you! The project is called Iustitia Mercatoria. Places, Spaces, and Iconographies of Mercantile Justice in Europe (11th-17th Cent.) - IUSTITIAM and is financed by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (Call FARE 2020).

The project is linked to the ERC Micoll.

Full details: here.

First Workshop - December 2 2022

Posted on November 21, 2023

The first workshop of the project will be held on December 2 2022 at Caffé Pedrocchi (Sala Rossini), Padua.

You can download the leaflet with the program here.

You can consult the full program online here.

Jacob Fugger

Kickoff Meeting - March 25 2022

Posted on November 23, 2023

The Kickoff meeting of the project will be held on March 25 2022 at the University of Padova, Aula D'Ayala Palazzo Bo. You can download the program of the meeting here.

6 open positions at the University of Padua

Posted on November 29, 2021

6 calls for research grants within the framework of the ERC-Consolidator Grant MICOLL are open until December 17th, 2021 and are available on the website of the Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy. The 6 positions are divided into 3 calls available in Italian and English (see links below).

The calls are addressed to PhD graduates, or graduates with a Master’s degree in legal, historical, economic, archival, paleographic, diplomatic and linguistic disciplines, with a suitable and documented academic and professional experience in an area related to the aforementioned research fields. The position, which is called “assegno di ricerca”, is similar to a “post-doc” position even though a PhD is not necessary but only recommended in order to apply. The contracts will start on the 1st of March 2022 and will last 36 months.

They are all very interdisciplinary as the focus of the project relies in the relationship between legal and economic history and historical linguistics. The overall aim is, in fact, to analyze the development of commercial law between the 11th and 17th centuries, in the geographical area comprising Northern Italy and present-day Germany, through the tools of historical linguistics. The borrowing and transfer of legal terms will be carried out through a comprehensive and systematic survey of medieval and early modern legal sources, in particular commercial letters, contracts and statutes, both published and unpublished. The analysis of technical-legal words used in commercial transactions will allow to verify the impact of merchants’ migrations on the development of law as well as on social and economic history. The archival research will focus in the first instance on the following archives: Archivio di Stato di Venezia (Venice), Archivio di Stato di Genova (Genoa), Stadtarchiv Nürnberg (Nuremberg) and Archiv der Hansestadt Lübeck. The project foresees the creation of a "Glossary of Medieval Commercial Law Terms" and of interactive digital maps of the routes that connected Venice with Northern Europe and the Tyrrhenian Sea.

The first step of the evaluation will take into account the qualifications, the academic and professional career and the publications of the candidate. Those who will pass the first step of the evaluation will have access to the interview. The interviews will take place on January 24, 25 and 26, 2022 (at the University of Padua or via Zoom).

Website of the Department of Private Law and Critique of Law

The calls are available also here:

  1. Call 1: Two "Legal historians"
  2. Call 2: Two "Paleographers"
  3. Call 3: Two "Linguists"