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Summer Course Frontiers of Private Law and its Theory

Frontiers of Private Law and its Theory

The CSECL International Summer School serves as a platform for junior scholars to explore cross-cutting themes of private law and its theory, and provides participants with a unique opportunity to present their own work and receive meaningful feedback from their peers and the advanced scholars teaching the programme.

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After three successful summer programmes, we are happy to announce the fourth annual CSECL International Summer School. Topics of previous years included ‘Contract Law in a Liberal Society’ (2016), ‘Contract Law and the Moral Limits of the Market’ (2017), and ‘Private Law and Vulnerability’ (2018). For more information about past Summer Schools visit the website.

This year’s Summer School is themed ‘Frontiers of Private Law and its Theory’. The Summer School explicitly adopts a rather wide conception of the theme, which includes not only a broad range of questions contemporary private law is confronted with, but also a wide array of theoretical and critical perspectives on these questions. While the workshops during the morning sessions will mainly deal with matters of contract and property, we warmly welcome contributions and participant presentations from all fields of private law (contract, property, tort, family and beyond) and using all kinds of methods (normative, critical, analytical, empirical, historical, etc.). Boundary-crossing projects, crossing or transcending national borders or (sub)disciplinary ones, are explicitly invited.

For whom?

We kindly invite Master’s students, Graduate/PhD students, Postdoctoral researchers and other junior scholars in law, the humanities, social sciences, and/or economics to apply for the 2019 CSECL International Summer School. Extensive prior knowledge of private law theory is not required, but a theoretical inclination is certainly appreciated. Above all, the Summer School is meant to provide participants with the opportunity to test, develop, and refine their own thoughts on contemporary questions of private law and its theory.

Those admitted to the programme are expected to attend all the sessions, read the course materials in advance, and participate actively in the course sessions. Most of the literature will be made available to the participants prior to the course.

How to apply?

Applications should consist of a CV; an abstract (max 500 words) of a proposed paper, or work in progress, on the theme ‘Frontiers of Private Law and its Theory’ to present and discuss at the Summer School; a letter of motivation which includes a brief description of the applicant’s own research, and the contact information of one referee who may be contacted. The referee should be someone who knows the applicant’s work well, such as a supervisor or other professor. Applications should be emailed to and

There is a maximum of 20 places available. Admission will be competitive, based on CV, the abstract, the letter of motivation, and the overall relevance of the summer school for the applicant’s own research.


  • The deadline for application is (extended to) 12 April 2019. Decisions on admission will be made within three weeks from the application deadline.
  • The paper, or work in progress, to be presented at the Summer School, must be submitted by 3 June 2019.

Schedule (tentative)               

Monday 24 June   
Morning                                 Workshop by Martijn Hesselink, ‘Private Law and Democracy’
Afternoon                                Participant Paper Discussions
Tuesday 25 June     
Morning                                 Workshop by Hanoch Dagan, ‘A Liberal Theory of Property’
Afternoon                               Participant Paper Discussions
Wednesday 26 June    
Morning                                  Workshop by Aditi Bagchi, ‘Private Power and Responsibility in Employment’
Afternoon                               Participant Paper Discussions
Thursday 27 June  
Morning                                  Workshop by Lyn Tjon Soei Len
Afternoon Participant Paper Discussions (tentative)

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There is no course fee, but participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs and living expenses. The CSECL can offer some assistance with suggesting and arranging accommodation. For information contact


There is a maximum of ten scholarships (up to 500 euros each) available to cover the costs of travel and accommodation. Scholarships are only available to participants who do not have sufficient access to funding for course participation through their home institution. If necessary, please indicate your request for a scholarship clearly in your application letter, and confirm that your home institution is not providing financial support for your participation to the Summer School. Amongst eligible candidates, preference will be given to applicants who are unable to attend the summer school without financial assistance.

Frontiers of Private Law and its Theory
Mode Short-term
Credits ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in June