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Matthew Cleary

PhD, Senior Research Fellow

cleary@mpil.de

Main Fields of Research:

Legal History; Comparative Constitutional Law; Legal Theory; Property Law

Academic Career:

Member of the Max Planck Research Group Heisenberg Project: Grotius Census Bibliography (since Oct. 2022)

Lecturer, Law Faculty of Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg (since April 2023)

Former Co-Editor of the Edinburgh Student Law Review (June 2021 - Dec. 2022)

 

Education:

Ph.D. in Law, The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

M.A. in History, University of Western Ontario, Canada

B.A. (Hons., Spec.) in History with Minor in Ancient Studies (cum laude), Laurentian University, Canada

Recent Publications

  • A Printer's View of Hugo Grotius' Mare Liberum (1633). In: Ideas Across Borders: Translating Visions of Authority and Civil Society in Europe c.1600-1840 (edited by Gaby Mahlberg and Thomas Munck). Routledge, London, 2024, 211-244 p. doi: 10.4324/9781003321781-17 (with Edward Jones Corredera, Pablo Nicolas Dufour, Lara Muschel, Jonathan Nathan, Emanuele Salerno and Mark Somos) .
  • Henry Swinburne and Devise of Land: The Textual Evolution of A briefe treatise of Testaments and last Willes and its Reflection on the Law, 1590-1803. In: Forum Historiae Iuris 2024, 1-25 (2024). https://forhistiur.net/media/pdf/2024-01... 2024-01-cleary.pdf (PDF, 244.8 KB)
  • Grotian Moments and Appeals to Authority in Law and History. In: Grotiana 44(1), 65-93 (2023). doi: https://brill.com/view/journals/grot/44/1/article-p65_004.xml (with Pablo Dufour, Emanuele Salerno, Mark Somos).
  • Hugo Grotius’s De Iure Belli ac Pacis: A Report on the Worldwide Census of the Seventh Edition (1646). In: Grotiana 44(1), 154-180 (2023). doi: https://brill.com/view/journals/grot/44/1/article-p154_008.xml (with Edward Jones Corredera, Pablo Dufour, Jonathan Nathan, Emanuele Salerno, Mark Somos).
  • Hugo Grotius’s De iure belli ac pacis: Henricus Laurentius’ Re-Issue (1647) of the 1631 Edition. In: Grotiana 44(1), 181-196 (2023). doi: https://brill.com/view/journals/grot/44/1/article-p181_009.xml (with Edward Jones Corredera, Pablo Dufour, Jonathan Nathan, Emanuele Salerno, Mark Somos).
  • Hugo Grotius’s De iure belli ac pacis: A Report on the Worldwide Census of the 1650 Edition. In: Grotiana 44(1), 197-216 (2023). doi: https://brill.com/view/journals/grot/44/1/article-p197_010.xml (with Edward Jones Corredera, Pablo Dufour, Jonathan Nathan, Emanuele Salerno, Mark Somos).
  • Book Review: Bogle, Stephen: Contract before the Enlightenment: The Ideas of James Dalrymple, Viscount Stair, 1619–1695, New York, Oxford University Press, 2023. In: Grotiana, volume 44, issue 2, 391-393, 2023. https://brill.com/view/journals/grot/44/...
  • Book Review: Gigliola di Renzo Villata, Maria: Succession Law, Practice and Society in Europe across the Centuries, Springer, Studies in the History of Law and Justice, vol. 14, 2018. In: American Journal of Legal History, volume 61, issue 3, 345-347, 2021.

Blogposts

  • Photographing Environmental History — The Humanistic Elements of the Bagh-e-Shazdeh: Man’s Attempts to Control Nature. The Otter blog, NiCHE: Network in Canadian History & Environment., 2019.

Teaching

April 2023 to Current

Lecturer

Law Faculty Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg

Participation in Conferences at Home and Abroad

Arguing over Empire: Hugo Grotius, European Expansionism and Slavery. "Unveiling Uncharted Territories: Readers' Annotations across the 17-20th Centuries on Slavery within Early Editions of Hugo Grotius' De Iure Belli ac Pacis", Amsterdam: Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam, 07.06.2024 - 07.06.2024

Art in Times of War and Peace: Legacies of Early Modern Loot and Repair. "Looting, Ownership, and Annotations: Readers' Engagement with Early Editions of Hugo Grotius' De Iure Belli ac Pacis", Rome: Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute for Art History, 08.05.2024 - 10.05.2024

Law and Literature: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Medieval Texts, University of Geneva. Presentation paper: "Exploring Legal and Linguistic Dimensions in Late Medieval English Jurisprudence: William Lyndwood's Provinciale and Inheritance Practices", 16.02.2024 - 16.02.2024

Ius Commune and local testamentary succession laws and customs (c.1400-1620). Jagiellonian University of Krakow and KU Leuven. Presented paper: 'Legitim and Implied Revocation under Canon and Common Law in English Testamentary Succession Law, c.1450-1540'., Jagiellonian University of Krakow, 12.01.2023 - 13.01.2023

The Fifteenth Century Conference 2022. Presented Paper: 'Testamentary law in Late Fifteenth-Century England: a Reassessment of Canon Influence through a 1476 Embezzlement Case Study.' Supported by Pembroke College and the Richard III Soceity Graduate Bursary., Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, 05.09.2022 - 07.09.2022

Law in Transmission: The Movement of Practices, Texts and Concepts across Time and Space, c.400-1500. Presented Paper: 'The Intersection between Canon and Common Law Jurisdiction in English Inheritance Law during the 1400s.', Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, 05.05.2021 - 07.05.2021

Memberships

Ecclesiastical Law Society (Oct. 2022 - Present)

The Stair Society (Oct. 2022 - Present)

American Society for Legal History (Jan. 2021 - Present)

Selden Society (Jan. 2021 - Present)

Medieval Academy of America (Jan. 2021 - Present)

Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History (Sept. 2020 - Present)

Miscellaneous

Open Access Ambassador at the MPIL