I spent the month of July at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies in Charlottesville, where I researched and delivered a paper dedicated to The Constitutional Purpose of Thomas Jefferson’s doctrine on Tyranny. The research offered the opportunity to look at the relationship between common and civil law and question their distinction from the specific vantage point of public law doctrines concerning the degeneration of power.
Having returned from the United States, I moved to Frankfurt at the beginning of October and spent the following three months as a postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte. While in Frankfurt, I furthered my work on Blackstone by investigating his use of ius communeprinciples and arguments previously adopted and re-interpreted by jurists such as Arthur Duck and John Selden. I incorporated these findings in a comprehensive paper that illustrates the main hypothesis and results of my first year on the CLCLCL project. After having presented the paper at the Max-Planck in December, I am now ready to submit it for publication.
Meanwhile, Brill has accepted to publish in its Medieval Law and its Practiceseries my English edition of Francesco Calasso’s Introduzione al diritto comuneand has secured the relevant translation rights.