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Presentation second part of 'A History of Russian Law'

Five years after the presentation of 'A History of Russian Law', emeritus professor Ferdinand Feldbrugge presented the second volume of his unique reference work to Joanne van der Leun, Dean of Leiden Law School, on 16 January.

During the ceremonial gathering, several guests spoke about the importance of academia continuing to gather knowledge about the legal history of a country so large, complex and also significant for Europe; and the prominent place Feldbrugge's work occupies in gathering this knowledge.

After the presentation, the Dean thanked Ferdinand Feldbrugge for his unfailing curiosity and commitment to putting his knowledge on paper. ‘Curiosity and curiosity-driven research are at the core of everything we do in academia and here at Leiden Law School. Ferrie, you are a true source of inspiration in this respect and we are thankful that you have been able to put your knowledge on paper, driven by the curiosity that all speakers before me have emphasised.’

Ferdinand Feldbrugge has written a total of two reference works that together comprise the lion’s share of the legal history of Russia. The first part has the title: 'A History of Russian Law. From Ancient Times to the Council Code (Ulozhenie) of Tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich of 1649'. The second part picks up directly where the first part left off and has the title: 'A History of Russian Law. From the Council Code of Tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich of 1649 to the Bolshevik Revolution of 1912'. Both books are published by Brill.

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