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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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