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Antwerp commercial legislation in Amsterdam in the 17th century: legal transplant or jumping board?

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The 1582 Antwerp costuymen influenced Amsterdam law during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Although the Antwerp law has often been considered as an applicable law in the Amstel city, its role was more limited. At the end of the sixteenth century and during the first half of the seventeenth century, it was used as a common and subsidiary applicable law for certain mercantile issues. Later on, as the Amsterdam legislator issued ordinances on these themes, this function declined. Yet, references to the Antwerp law book were still common in the eighteenth century, although they were more a consequence of a cultural attraction than of an actual application of the Brabant law book.

Affiliations: 1: Onderzoekseenheid Romeins Recht en Rechtsgeschiedenis (Research Unit Roman Law and Legal History), Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid (Faculty of Law), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Tiensestraat 41, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium;, Email:


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