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Jan Hallebeek studied law at Utrecht University and got his PhD-degree in jurisprudence at the same university in 1986. From 1989 until 1999 he was Research-Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and from 1997 until 2006 he was Extraordinary Professor “Ancient Structures of the Catholic Church” at the Faculty of Theology of Utrecht University. Since 1986 he is working at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, since 1999 as full professor of legal history.




The investigations belong to the fourth research cluster of CLUE+ “Knowledge formation and its history”, the programme “Contract Law and Law of Obligations in General” of the research school Ius Commune (senior researcher) and the programme “Public and Private Interests in Financial and Corporate Law” of the Kooijmans–Institute for Law and Governance, more specifically the subprogramme “Legal certainty”. Since 1990 investigations partly take place during an annual stay at the Max Planck-Institute for European Legal History at Frankfurt am Main.

He participates in the following research projects

- Limitations and prescription, international working group Gerda Henkel Stiftung

- Amende honorable and amende profitable, in cooperation with the department of private law

- Medieval Frisian Sources of Law, in cooperation with the Fryske Akademy

- Appel comme d’abus, in cooperation with Université Paris 8 and Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense




Legal History (B1)

Religious communities and law (optional)

Historical Introduction to European Legal Science (exchange)

Science and Religion: Views from History (Honours Programme)

Amsterdam Law Trials (Honours Programme)

Summer School “Laws in Antiquity”

Incompany courses (Vula)




Co-ordinator of the Honours Programme

Member of the editorial boards of Legal History Review (Brill Publishers) and Nederlands Tijdschrift Religie & Recht (Paris)

Member of the editorial council of Fundamina. A Journal of Legal History (UNISA Pretoria) and Comparative Legal History (Hart Publishers)

Member of the supervisory board of the Centre for Religion and Law

Executive of the Stevin Centre for the history of Science and Humanities (VU University Amsterdam)

Member of the Committee for the Edition of the History of Dutch Legal Scholarship of the Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Associated researcher of the Old Catholic Seminary, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University.




Roman Law, History of Canon Law, History of Private Law, Medieval Legal Scholarship, Legal Palaeography, Reception of Roman Law, Early-modern Scholasticism, Codifications of Private Law, Law of Obligations, Ecclesiological Jansenism.


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Research Output 1995 2019

Early Modern Scholasticism on acquisitive and extinctive prescription

Hallebeek, J., 2019, Limitation and prescription. A comparative legal history . Dondorp, H. (ed.). Duncker & Humblot, p. 229-262 33 p. (Comparative studies in continental and Anglo-American legal history; vol. 33).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review


Layci erant coiudices: Over de rol van leken in de Westerlauwerse seendprocedure

Hallebeek, J., 26 Apr 2019, Amsterdam: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 52 p.

Research output: Book / ReportValedictory speechProfessional

Open Access

Ph. Thull 60 Porträts aus dem Kirchenrecht

Hallebeek, J., 2019, In : Internationale Kirchliche Zeitschrift. 2018, 3-4, p. 279-280 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademic

Synodality and Authority. Canon law doctrines and practices in the tradition of Old Catholicism

Hallebeek, J., 2019, Incarnating authority. A critical account of authority in the Church. Avis, P. (ed.). p. 81-101 (ra ethika; no. 18).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Activities 1999 2016

  • 42 Lecture / Presentation
  • 21 Membership
  • 3 Editorial work

Opening Symposium Stevin Centre

H.W. de Regt (Speaker), J. Hallebeek (Speaker), I. Stamhuis (Speaker)
18 Mar 2014

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

De aansprakelijkheid van de onwetende verkoper voor verborgen gebreken volgens de rechtsleer van de glossatoren en commentatoren

J. Hallebeek (Invited speaker)
10 Mar 2009

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Het derdenbeding in historisch perspectief

J. Hallebeek (Speaker)
28 Nov 2008

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Tutorial medieval studies (7 bijeenkomsten en begeleiding paper)

J. Hallebeek (Invited speaker)
18 Jan 2008

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic