New publication online

Prof. Sanne Taekema and prof. Elaine Mak, both of Erasmus School of Law, have written an article in The Hague Journal on the Rule of Law.

Hague Journal- Rule of Law

Elaine Mak and Sanne Taekema, ‘The European Union’s Rule of Law Agenda: Identifying Its Core and Contextualizing Its Application’, The Hague Journal on the Rule of Law 2016, p. 1-26. Link:


New book by INFAR member Prof Robert von Friedeburg

Luther’s Legacy: The Thirty Years War and the Modern Notion of ‘State’ in the Empire, 1530’s to 1790’s, Cambridge University Press, February 2016.

csm_robert-von-friedeburg_08cf3c3e0fAbstract from publisher:
In this new account of the emergence of a distinctive territorial state in early modern Germany, Robert von Friedeburg examines how the modern notion of state does not rest on the experience of a bureaucratic state-apparatus. It emerged to stabilize monarchy from dynastic insecurity and constrain it to protect the rule of law, subjects, and their lives and property. Against this background, Lutheran and neo-Aristotelian notions on the spiritual and material welfare of subjects dominating German debate interacted with Western European arguments against ‘despotism’ to protect the lives and property of subjects. The combined result of this interaction under the impact of the Thirty Years War was Seckendorff’s Der Deutsche Fürstenstaat (1656), constraining the evil machinations of princes and organizing the detailed administration of life in the tradition of German Policey, and which founded a specifically German notion of the modern state as comprehensive provision of services to its subjects.

  • Provides a new account of the intellectual making of the modern notion of ‘state’, linking it to late-medieval and sixteenth-century Lutheran and Aristotelian notions of the polity
  • Connects intellectual history with local and regional social history under the impact of the Thirty Years War
  • Examines the interrelation between German and Western European political thought, explaining the national variance of German political thought through this interaction