Albrecht Cordes

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Albrecht Cordes (born October 31, 1958 in Hagen ) is a German legal historian .


Albrecht Cordes received his doctorate in 1992 from the law faculty of the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau. In his dissertation, he dealt with the parlors and parlor associations on the Upper Rhine and in northern Switzerland. In 1997 the habilitation followed. Their topic was the late medieval social trade in the Hanseatic region . The work was published in 1998 as volume 45 in the series sources and representations on Hanseatic history . Between 1997 and 1999 he was represented at professorships in Würzburg , Cologne and Freiburg. He turned down a call to the University of Cologne and accepted a call to the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universityin Frankfurt am Main. There he took over the chair for medieval legal history, modern legal history and civil law in 1999 .

In 2000 he became a member of the board and took over the chairmanship of the scientific advisory board of the Society for Research on the Reich Chamber of Justice in Wetzlar, which he handed over to Anja Amend-Traut in 2012. In 2002 he turned down an offer at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen . In the same year he was visiting professor at Levin College of Law at the University of Florida and was also a board member of the Hanseatic History Association . Cordes was spokesman for the International Max Planck Research College for Comparative Legal History - International Max Planck Research School for Comparative Legal History from 2002 to 2007 and was a 2007/08 scholarship holder at the Historical College in Munich . In 2009 a visiting professorship at the University of Tokyo followed. Cordes played a key role in the acquisition of the LOEWE focus “Extrajudicial and judicial conflict resolution” (2012–2015). In 2014 he taught again as a visiting professor at Levin College of Law at the University of Florida and in 2015 he was a visiting professor in Tel-Aviv. He is liaison professor of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom at the University of Frankfurt. Since 2017 (until September 2019) he has been Dean of the Law Faculty at Goethe University. One focus of his work is the establishment of a UniRep program for students to improve exam preparation.

Cordes is co-editor of the concise dictionary on German legal history and was a permanent member of the management committee of the LOEWE focus on extrajudicial and judicial conflict resolution , an interdisciplinary joint research project within the framework of the Hessian excellence program. From 2015 to 2018, he was involved in a sub-project on the law of the Hanseatic League at the Collaborative Research Center 1095 “Discourses of weakness and resource regimes”.

Publications (selection)

  • Flandrischer Copiar No. 9. Legal commentary, in: Carsten Jahnke and Antjekathrin Graßmann (ed.) From the archive of the Hanseatic city of Lübeck, law of the sea in the Hanseatic region of the 15th century. Edition and commentary on the Flemish Copiar No. 9, Lübeck 2003, ISBN 978-3-7950-0476-7 , pp. 119-144
  • (together with Karin Nehlsen-von Stryk , Karl Kroeschell ): Deutsche Rechtsgeschichte , Vol. 2nd 9th edition, Böhlau, Cologne, UTB, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8252-2735-7 .
  • (Ed. Together with Anja Amend-Traut, Wolfgang Sellert ): Money, Commerce, Economy. Supreme courts in the Old Kingdom as a body and institution. De Gruyter, Berlin / Boston 2013.
  • (Ed. Together with Serge Dauchy): A limit in motion. Private and public conflict resolution in trade and maritime law = Une frontière mouvante. Justice privée et justice publique en matières commerciales et maritimes. (= Writings of the Historical College, Colloquia. Volume 81), Oldenbourg, Munich 2013, ISBN 978-3-486-71799-0 .
  • Lex maritima? Local, regional and universal maritime law in the Middle Ages, in: Wim Blockmans / Mikhail Krom / Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Maritime Trade around Europe 1300-1600. Commercial Networks and Urban Autonomy, 2017, ISBN 978-1-138-89950-6 , pp. 69-85.

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