Prof. Dr. Mia Korpiola
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Prof. Dr. Mia Korpiola
Käte Hamburger Kolleg "Legal Unity and Pluralism"
Servatiiplatz 9
48143 Münster

Mia Korpiola was a Fellow of the Kolleg from August 2022 to December 2022.

  • Vita

    Mia Korpiola is Professor of Legal History at the Faculty of Law, University of Turku since 2014. She was Research Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies in 2010-2013, Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters 2014-2015 (and 2021-2022) and visiting researcher at the Department of History of Uppsala University in 2014. Korpiola’s main fields of expertise are the history of family law, the reception of learned law in medieval and early modern Sweden, the history of legal work and professions, and the legal history of vehicles. Her main publications are Between Betrothal and Bedding: Marriage Formation in Sweden, 1200–1600 (Brill, Leiden, 2009); (ed.) Regional Variations in Matrimonial Law and Custom in Europe, 1150-1600 (Brill, Leiden, 2011); (ed.) The Svea Court of Appeal in the Early Modern Period: Historical Reinterpretations and New Perspectives (The Olin Foundation, Stockholm, 2014); (ed.) Legal Literacy in Premodern European Societies (Palgrave, London, 2019); (ed. together with Anu Lahtinen) Dying Prepared in Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe (Brill, Leiden, 2018); (ed. together with Anu Lahtinen) Planning for Death: Wills and Death-Related Property Arrangements in Europe, 1200-1600 (Brill, Leiden, 2018).

  • Research Project

    The Reception of the Ius Commune and Foreign Law in Sweden, ca. 1520-1620

    My project deals with the reception of the ius commune and German law in sixteenth and early seventeenth-century Sweden, roughly 1520-1620. This period coincides with the accession of the Vasa dynasty and the onset of the Reformation. The state-building process required new legislation and the novel diplomatic needs required ius commune-trained lawyers. Many steps towards legal unification or harmonization were initiated during the period. These included attempts to draft a new law to replace the medieval law, but as this attempt failed, the kings had the medieval laws printed in 1608 and 1617. King Gustav II Adolf also established the first multifunctional Court of Appeal in Stockholm in 1614 and legal education was reinitiated in Sweden in the 1620s and 1630s through universities and a practical trainee system in the 1630s. The territorial expansion of the Swedish Realm in the Baltic Region created a consolidated or conglomerate state, contributing to an influx of foreigners and other religious groups and an increasing influence of feudal law. All these factors contributed in their different ways to the reception of foreign law in Sweden during the period.

  • Selected Publications

    Korpiola, Mia, Between Betrothal and Bedding. Marriage Formation in Sweden. 1200–1600, Leiden 2009.

    Korpiola, Mia (ed.), Regional Variations in Matrimonial Law and Custom in Europe. 1150-1600, Leiden 2011.

    Korpiola, Mia (ed.), The Svea Court of Appeal in the Early Modern Period. Historical Reinterpretations and New Perspectives, Stockholm 2014.

    Korpiola, Mia (ed.), Legal Literacy in Premodern European Societies, London 2019.

    Korpiola, Mia/Lahtinen, Anu (eds.), Dying Prepared in Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe, Leiden 2018.

    Korpiola, Mia/Lahtinen, Anu (eds.), Planning for Death. Wills and Death-Related Property Arrangements in Europe. 1200-1600, Leiden 2018.