Prof. Dr. Thomas Duve



Tel.: +49 (69) 789 78 – 165


Curriculum Vitae

Thomas Duve was born in Hamburg in 1967. Following studies in Legal Science and Philosophy in Heidelberg, Buenos Aires and Munich he worked in Munich first as faculty assistant, than as assistant professor and from 2004 as leader of a partial project in the special research field "Pluralization and Authority in the Early Modern Age" funded by the DFG (CRC 573). In 1997 he was awarded a doctorate. In 2005 he qualified as a professor for Civil Law, German Legal History, Historical Comparative Law, Canon Law and Philosophy of Law. From 2005 to 2009 he was Professor of Legal History with a so-called dedicación especial en investigación at the Faculty of Law and Professor of Canon Law History at the Faculty of Canon Law of the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) as well as a member of the board of directors of the Instituto de Investigaciones de Historia del Derecho, Buenos Aires.

Since 2009 he is scientific member of the Max-Planck Society, since 2010 Managing Director of the Max-Planck Institute for European Legal History and Professor for Comparative Legal History at the Faculty of Law of the Goethe University Frankfurt. Thomas Duve is the editor of the journal “Rechtsgeschichte-Legal History”, co-editor of forum historiae iuris, Jahrbuch für Geschichte Lateinamerikas - Anuario de Historia de Amercia Latina as well as the Institute's publication series, the Beiträge zur Rechtsgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts (Mohr Siebeck) und the series Politische Philosophie und Rechtstheorie des Mittelalters und der Neuzeit (PPR).

He is a full member of the Academia Europaea and the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz, principal investigator of the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” at the Goethe University Frankfurt and since 2015 member of the Collaborative Research Center‚ Schwächediskurse und Ressourcenregime‘ of the DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. He is also member in various  scientific advisory boards such as the Max-Weber-Stiftung, Bonn and the Werner-Reimers-Stiftung, Bad Homburg.

Main Focus

His research interests focus on the legal history of the early Modern Age and the Modern Era. One particular research interest is the legal history of Hispanic America and the history of science in the 20th Century.

Recent Publications


Prof. Dr. Dr. Matthias Lutz-Bachmann



Tel.: +49 (69) 798-32779


Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Lutz-Bachmann, was born in 1952, he teaches and researches since 1994 at the Institute of Philosophy at University of Frankfurt with a focus on the philosophy of the Middle Ages, Practical Philosophy with special emphasis on Political Philosophy and Ethics, Philosophy of Religion and Critical Theory. He is married to Gitta Marnach and has two grown children.

Occupations (Selection)

Since 1994 he is a professor of philosophy at the Philosophy Institute of the Goethe University of Frankfurt. He is also an associate professor of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at Saint Louis University, St. Louis / USA.

Since 2012 he is director of the "Forschungskollegs Humanwissenschaften" in Bad Homburg.

Since 2011 he has been a member of the "Interuniversitären Forschungsverbund für Metaphysik und Religionsphilosophie München / Tübingen".

Since 2010 he is a member of the Scientific Society of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University.

From 2009 to 2015 he was vice-president of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University with special direction of the Faculties of Human Sciences.

Since 2007 he has been a member of the executive committee of the Cluster of Excellence "Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen" of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University.

From 2004 to 2008 he was a member of the philosophy guild of the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).

From 1999 to 2003 he was director of the Institute of Research in Philosophy of Religion (IRF) of the Goethe University.

Director of the philosophy section of the Görres Society.

Recent Publications