Antwerp commercial legislation in Amsterdam in the 17th century. Legal transplant or jumping board?

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Abstract

During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the 1582 Antwerp costuymen influenced Amsterdam law. Although the Antwerp municipal law has often been considered as an applicable law in the Amstel city, its role was more limited. At the end of the sixteenth century and during the first half of the seventeenth century, it was used as a common and subsidiary applicable law for certain mercantile issues. Later on, as the Amsterdam legislator issued ordinances on these themes, this function declined. Yet, references to the Antwerp law book were still common in the eighteenth century, although they were more a consequence of a cultural attraction than of an actual application of the Brabant law book.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-479
Number of pages21
JournalTijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis
Volume77
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009

Keywords

  • history of commercial law (continental)
  • legal transplants
  • Antwerp sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
  • Amsterdam seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

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