Prof. Dr. Thomas Duve

Prof. Dr. Thomas Duve

Thomas Duve is professor for Comparative Legal History at the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main and since 2009 scientific member of the Max-Planck Society, since 2010 Director at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History.

He studied law and and philosophy in Heidelberg, Buenos Aires and Munich and obtained his Dr. iur. University of Munich 1997.  After his second state examination (1999), he first worked as a faculty assistant for the Faculty of law at the University of Munich and proceeded as a research assistant in a sub-project of the special research project “Pluralization and Authority in the Early Modern Period" at the University of Munich (sponsored by the DFG) from 2001-2003, of which he later became the head of project from 2001-2003.

In 2005, he was awarded Habilitation (venia legendi) in the subjects Civil Law, German Legal History, Historical Comparative Law, Canon Law and Philosophy of Law by Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. He teached as professor of Legal History with a dedicación especial en investigación at the Faculty of Law and for the History of Canon Law at the Faculty of Canon Law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina from 2005-2009. From 2009-2010 he was professor for the History of Canon Law at the Faculty of Canon Law at the Pontifícia Universidad Católica Argentina.

Honors and Offices Held (selection)

  • Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society
  • Member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz 
  • Member of the Academia Europaea (Section A1 - History & Archaeology)
  • Corresponding Member of the National Academy of History of the Argentinian Republic (Academia Nacional de la Historia de la República Argentina, Buenos Aires)
  • Member of the Instituto de Investigaciones de Historia del Derecho, Buenos Aires
  • Member of the Instituto Internacional de Historia del Derecho Indiano
  • Member of the Board of Directors and Partner Investigator of the Cluster of Excellence 'The Formation of Normative Orders', Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main
  • Co-Director of the Research Project 'The School of Salamanca. A Digital Collection of Sources and a Dictionary of its Juridical-Political Language' (long-term-project financed by the Union of the German Academies of Science and Humanities)
  • Spokesperson and Member of the Board of the LOEWE research focus 'Extrajudicial and judicial conflict resolution', a joint research project between the Max Planck Institute, Goethe University and the University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main (01/2012-12/2014)


Prof. Dr. Thomas Duve

Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Institut für Rechtsgeschichte
Professur für vergleichende Rechtsgeschichte
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 4
Gebäude Rechts- und Wirtschaftswiss., Zi. RuW 4.119
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Tel. 069/789 78165

Consultation hour Prof. Dr. Duve:
upon agreement