Academic Advisory Board

The Academic Advisory Board supports the Kolleg’s Directorate and is responsible for selecting the fellows.

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Prof. Dr. José Luis Alonso

University of Zurich

Prof. Dr. iur. José Luis Alonso has held the chair of Roman Law, Legal Papyrology and Private Law at the University of Zurich since 2017. Previously, he held professorships in Roman Law and Ancient History at the University of the Basque Country and the University of Warsaw. He is a member of the Société d'Histoire du Droit and has published various monographs and articles on Roman and Greek legal history. He is currently researching the phenomenon of legal pluralism in antiquity on the basis of papyri.

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Prof. em. Dr. Keebet von
Benda-Beckmann

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Prof. em. Dr. Kebeet von Benda-Beckmann is an associate of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, where she led a project group on legal pluralism from 2000 to 2012. She has held an honorary professorship in Ethnology at the University of Leipzig since 2003 and in Legal Pluralism at the University of Halle-Wittenberg since 2004. Previously, she was a professor of Anthropology of Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Building on her extensive field research in Indonesia, she has published countless books and articles on legal pluralism, social security, human rights and law and development.

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Duve

Goethe University Frankfurt

Prof. Dr. Thomas Duve is a professor of Comparative Legal History at the Goethe University Frankfurt. Since 2009 he has also been a scientific member of the Max Planck Society and director at the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory. After his habilitation at the University of Munich, he served as a professor of Legal History and History of Canon Law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina from 2005 to 2009. His research interests include the legal history of the Iberian monarchies in the early modern period, as well as global historical perspectives on European legal history.

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Prof. Dr. Gerd Schwerhoff

Technische Universität Dresden

Prof. Dr. Gerd Schwerhoff has held the chair of Early Modern History at the TU Dresden since 2000 and is currently speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre 1285 “Invectivity. Constellations and Dynamics of Disparagement”. In 1997 he habilitated at Bielefeld University with a thesis on the phenomenon of blasphemy from theological, legal and social perspectives. His research interests include the history of criminality and deviant behaviour, the history of witch-hunts and public spaces in the early modern period.

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Prof. Dr. Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger

Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin

Prof. Dr. Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger is the rector of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Previously, she was professor of Modern History at the University of Münster from 1997 to 2018. She has published widely on early modern history, especially on the constitutional und cultural history of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation and on the exercise of power in the pre-modern era. She has received numerous honours for her research, including the Prize of the Historisches Kolleg, the Leibniz Prize and the Leipzig Book Fair Prize.