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Elsemieke Daalder

Assistant professor

Mr.dr. E.S. Daalder
+31 71 527 6851

E. (Elsemieke) Daalder (1987) studied Law and Classics at Leiden University (2005-2012) and completed a cum laude master’s degree in both disciplines. In September 2012, under a scholarship from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), she started to work on a PhD thesis on Julius Paulus’ two collections of imperial judgments (the Decreta and the Imperiales Sententiae) at the Legal History Department of the Leiden Law School. In October 2018 she obtained her doctorate with distinction (cum laude). Her thesis was awarded three different national and international prizes (see below). Elsemieke is currently an assistant professor of legal history at Leiden Law School.

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Grants and awards

  • 2012 – NWO Onderzoekstalent scholarship (3 year research grant). 
  • 2014 – Visiting research fellowship, Royal Dutch Institute in Rome (stay of two months). 
  • 2016 – ‘VBR Publicatieprijs 2015’ / award for the best article of 2015, awarded by the Dutch Society for Private Law for the article E.S. Daalder & R. de Graaff, ‘Rome, Luxemburg, Den Haag: de prejudiciële procedure als rechtsvormend instrument’ Ars Aequi 2014-4, p. 324-332.
  • 2017 – Leiden Law School teaching award 2017 (‘JSVO Onderwijsprijs’).
  • 2019 – Ted Meijer prize for the best dissertation of 2018 within the field of Italian studies (in particular with a focus on Rome), awarded by the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome. 
  • 2019 – ‘Premio della Corte costituzionale’ / major international legal historical prize, awarded by the Corsorzio Interuniversitario Gérard Boulvert every three years to a monograph written by a young researcher and published in Europe.
  • 2020 – J.C. Ruigrok prize 2020, awarded by the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities to the best legal dissertation defended in the last four years.

Thesis: Paul’s collections of imperial judgments

The subject of Elsemieke’s PhD thesis is the Decretorum libri tres and the Imperialium sententiarum in cognitionibus prolatarum libri sex of the Roman jurist Julius Paulus (2nd – 3rd century CE). These remarkable books contain reports of judicial decisions made by the Roman emperor Septimius Severus in the quality of the highest judicial instance in the Roman Empire. Paul’s descriptions offer detailed information on both the proceedings at the imperial court and deliberations of the emperor and his advisory council (consilium) on the case afterwards. Consequently, his reports give us a unique insight in the decision making-process at the highest level of the imperial bureaucracy.

The aim of Elsemieke’s study is to gain a better perspective on the judicial activities of Septimius Severus by means of a legal and contextual analysis of Paul’s case reports and to relate these activities to the constitutional, institutional and historical context in which the judgments of Severus and, subsequently, the works of Paul came into being. The examination of the interaction between content and context makes it possible to discover the motives underlying Paul’s publication of the judicial decisions of Severus.  

Elsemieke's thesis is available (in Dutch, but including an English summary of its main findings) on the Leiden Repository.

Fields of interest

  • Roman law
  • European legal history
  • Modern private law
  • Roman rhetoric (esp. the works of Cicero)
  • Latin epigraphy

Teaching activities

  • Introductory course on Roman law (BA-I)
  • History of European property law  (BA-II/III)
  • Comparative and international private law (BA-III)
  • Bachelor theses (BA-III)
  • Rhetoric and law (elective course at the humanities faculty)
  • Interpretation and persuasion. Rhetoric in theory and in practice (HC Law)

Assistant professor

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Metajuridica
  • Rechtsgeschiedenis

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number A3.10



  • Stichting Philologisch Studiefonds Bestuurslid (secretaris)
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