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Meijers' heritage: 70 years of recognition and inspiration

Monday 24 June 2024
Academy Building
Rapenburg 67-73
Telders Auditorium

About the conference

June 2024 will mark the 70th anniversary of the death of Eduard Maurits Meijers (1880-1954).

Meijers was invaluable to the Dutch legal arena and to Leiden Law School in particular. While he primarily rose to prominence for his recodification of the Dutch Civil Code, his legal legacy extends far beyond the field of private law. Meijers also made a significant contribution to legal history, legal theory, labour law, private international law and even empirical legal studies.

This symposium – which will be held the day before the anniversary of his death – will reflect on Meijers' life and shed new light on his extensive work. Six distinguished speakers will discuss his legacy from various legal disciplines and perspectives, reflecting on his influence on today’s legal system. Later this year, these contributions and input from other authors will be combined into a special publication that will be edited by the symposium organisers.


  • Professor A. G. Castermans, Professor of Civil Law (Leiden University)
  • Professor E. Koops, Professor of Legal History (Leiden University)
  • Professor V. Mak, Professor of Civil Law (Leiden University)
  • Professor C. W. Maris, Professor of Legal Philosophy and General Legal Theory (University of Amsterdam)
  • Professor C. E. du Perron, Justice at the Dutch Supreme Court and Professor of Private Law (University of Amsterdam)
  • Professor V. Sagaert, Professor of Private Law (KU Leuven)

This conference will be held in Dutch and is intended for faculty staff, students and any other interested parties.


13.45 Doors open
14.00 Opening
Professor Matthias Haentjens
14.10 Met Meijers de boer op: empirical legal studies avant la lettre
Professor Alex Geert Castermans 
14.35 Meijers en de rechtspolitieke kleur van het BW
Professor Vanessa Mak
15.00 Meijers en de Hoge Raad
Professor Edgar du Perron


15.45 Meijers als rechtshistoricus
Professor Egbert Koops
16.10 Meijers en de codificatie: een rechtsvergelijkend perspectief
Professor Vincent Sagaert
16.35 Meijers, Scholten en de rechtstheorie
Professor Cees Maris
17.00 Close
17.15-18.15 Reception
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