Vectoren van het recht
Brugge: die Keure, 2018 – ISBN 9789048632626
This book searches the roots, the actors and most significant topics in Belgium’s legal periodicals published since 1830. In its etymological sense are legal periodicals vectors of law. They carry legal information, whether it be case-law, legislation or doctrine to the reader. The periodical press surpasses the carrier-function since editors have a certain goal in mind which might be political inspired. This means that the selection of contribution is seldom neutral. Through their publications, editorial boards and authors have the possibility to influence the readership, mostly legal professionals, which allows legal titles to shape law and legal practices.
Legal periodicals respond not only to societal and legal evolutions but also to each other. For instance, the linguistic issue in Belgium generated a particular dynamism in which Flemish titles need to be seen in relation to their francophone counterpart. Moreover, especially during the nineteenth century, the circle of editors and authors was rather limited, hence a small elite dominated legal thoughts and mentality. After the Second World War, when the number of jurists in Belgium soared, one can notice a change in publication strategies of the legal periodical press. A proactive approach of publishing houses professionalized and commercialized legal titles.
The author connects several legal titles over a timespan of almost two centuries around the central questions: who are the actors in the journals? What is their background and which goals do they want to achieve? How do editors want to fulfil their objectives and do they succeed? How are different legal titles related to each other? And are they vectors of law? Those questions are answered through the journal’s content and archival sources.