Dr. Emilia Mataix Ferrándiz



seit 2021
University of Helsinki
Researcher at the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives
University of Ghent
Visiting Post-Doc at the Department of Ancient History
under the umbrella of the Research Group „Structural Determinants of Economic Performance in the Roman World“
2018 – 2020
University of Helsinki
Research Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
seit 2018
University of Helsinki
Collaborator in ERC Project „Spaces of Roman Republicanism“
University of Southampton
PhD in Archaeology in collaboration within the ERC Advanced Grant Project „Portus Limen“
(Co-tutelle with the Université Lyon II La Lumiere)
University of Alicante / University of Palermo
PhD in Law


Commercial Portscapes: A Holistic Approach to Roman Trade

The Mediterranean sea was always a polyglot and plural legal domain, a site of alternative constructions of sovereignty, in which provincials and subaltern sailors and merchants resisted diverse efforts to impose hegemonic control. My project will place the focus on Roman trade as one clear example of legal pluralism in action, as it was part of a customary tradition; it constitutes a rich source of experience, and it implies a system of interaction among actors from different legal backgrounds and with differing access to justice. Viewing trade as legally plural leads to an examination of the cultural or ideological nature of law and systems of normative ordering. This will be the focus of this study, providing a clear contribution to the field of Roman law, but also offering ground-breaking input into legal history and especially the history of international law more broadly. The project will bring legal history into conversation with third world approaches to international law (TWAIL). The latter implies reconsidering the Mediterranean not as only governed by the law of the Empire, but as a site of legal plurality and multiple jurisdictions where subaltern actors also had an impact in legal practice.

Einschlägige Veröffentlichungen

Mataix Ferrándiz, Emilia, Gone under Sea. Shipwrecks, Legal Landscapes and Mediterranean Paradigms (Mnemosyne. Supplements, History and Archaeology of Classical Antiquity), 2021.

Mataix Ferrándiz, Emilia/Candy, Peter (Eds.), Law, Trade, and the Sea. Essays in Roman Law and Maritime Commerce, Edinburgh University Press 2021.

Mataix Ferrándiz, Emilia/Lampinen, Antti (Eds.), Seafaring, Mobility and the Mediterranean in Late Antiquity (ca. 150-700 CE), Bloomsbury 2021.

Mataix Ferrándiz, Emilia, System and Custom in the inscribed merchandise of Roman Imperial Trade (1st -3rd cent AD), in: Journal of Ancient History (2021).

Mataix Ferrándiz, Emilia, De incendio ruina naufragio rate nave expugnata. Origins, context and legal treatment of shipwrecking in Roman law, in: Revue Internationale des droits de l’antiquité (RIDA) LXVI (2019).

Mataix Ferrándiz, Emilia, Will the circle be unbroken? Continuity and change of the Lex Rhodia’s jettison principles in Roman and Medieval Mediterranean rulings, in: Al-Masaq. Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean 29,1 (2017), 41-59.