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Josep Capdeferro is a Legal Historian specialised in the Early Modern period (16th-18th centuries). He is associate professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). Most of his works are based on archival research.

He deals with a wide range of topics: Jurists; legal sources; legal culture; rule of law; judicial records; representative institutions; parliamentarism; local governments; accountability; minorities; discriminations; women; guilds; conflicts of jurisdictions; hospitals; epidemics.

Some of his recent works focus on a singular court called "Tribunal de Contrafaccions" (early 18th century), the punishment that adulteress women received in Barcelona at the "Casa de les Egipcíaques" (15th-18th centuries), parliamentary dynamics (parliamentary committees) and institutional accountability.

Together with Dr. Rafael Ramis (Universitat de les Illes Balears), from 01.09.2021 until 31.08.2024 he is leading the Research Project “Conflictos singulares para juzgar, arbitrar o concordar (siglos XII-XX)” funded by the Spanish Ministery of Science and Innovation (Gobierno de España, Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación). 



"The pactis nuptialibus sive capitulis matrimonialibus tractatus (Treatise on Nuptial Pacts or Marital Agreements). Joan Pere Fontanella (Iohannes Petrus Fontanella) (1575-1649)". In: Serge Dauchy, Georges Martyn et al. (eds.), The Formation and Transmission of Western Legal Culture: 150 Books that Made the Law in the Age of Printing. Cham (CH): Springer, 2016, 164-167.

"Commissioners, ad hoc committees and negotiators in the cortes of Catalonia, 1701-02", in Parliaments, Estates and Representation, 2019, vol. 39, issue 3, 328-339.

"The Configuration of the Tribunal de Contrafaccions of Catalonia in the Corts of 1701-1702". In: Joaquim Albareda & Manuel Herrero Sánchez (eds.), Political Representation in the Ancien Régime. NYC (USA)-Abingdon (UK): Routledge, 2019, 231-244.

“Humble, but courageous. Modest women defending their rights in Early Modern Catalonia". In: Vicent J. Escartí (ed.) Biografies invisibles: Marginats i marginals (segles XV-XVIII). Amsterdam (NL) - Philadelphia (USA): John Benjamins-IVITRA, 2021, 91-101.

Josep Capdeferro, Esther Farnós & Raquel Montaner, "Gender and the Law: a test-bed for providing law students with a broad gender perspective", in Revista CIDUI, 2021.


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