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Paul Scholten Project

The Digital Paul Scholten Project considers Paul Scholten’s 'Algemeen Deel' (1931) to be one of the most important parts of the Dutch Cultural Legal Heritage which should be preserved as a relevant source of legal theory.

Paul Scholten

The Paul Scholten Projects aims to make the works of Paul Scholten, which include many essays on practical and philosophical legal topics, free downloadable and to broaden the attention for his ideas. It also aims to publish in open access an English translation of Paul Scholten’s ‘Algemeen Deel’ -  ‘General Method of Private Law’ - to create attention for this important work in a European and even global context.

The project supports the further development of comparative legal theory and creates an online research model to this end, which introduces open peer review and argued selection of all texts created for and placed on the website. By open source documentation it facilitates others to set up online research on Cultural Legal Heritage projects and to share results.



The project is hosted by the Faculty of Law, the Department of General Jurisprudence. It is intended that the project will be finished in 2020. Via this site funds are raised to publish the web materials in open access in 2020 to organize symposia to dissiminate and elaborate the theoretical relevance of the ‘General Method of Private Law’.

Support the Paul Scholten Project by bank transfer 

You can transfer your donation to the bank account of the Amsterdam University Fund, citing Paul Scholten Project.

Our bank details are as follows:

IBAN NL24ABNA0453215653


About Paul Scholten

Paul Scholten (1875-1946) was one of the most important legal theorists in the field of private law in the Netherlands. He was Professor of Civil Law and Philosophy of Law at the University of Amsterdam.