After studying history at the University of Tartu and Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Pärtel Piirimäe received an M.Phil. in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History in 1999 and a Ph.D. in History in 2007, both from the University of Cambridge. Between 2003 and 2006, he worked as a Research Fellow in European History at St John’s College, University of Cambridge, and since 2006, he has been working as Senior Researcher and Associate Professor at the University of Tartu. His research field covers early modern political and legal ideas, propaganda and the public sphere, regional identities and intellectual history in the Baltic area. He is the Editor of Ajalooline Ajakiri: The Estonian Historical Journal.
During his stay at CES, Pärtel Piirimäe intends to study the discourses of law of nations, natural law and civilisation from Hugo Grotius to Emer de Vattel. His project focuses on the origins of the Euro-centric concept ‘the law of civilized nations’ that replaced the aspirations of seventeenth-century natural jurists to developed a universalist doctrine of international law.
This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.
Areas of Expertise:
Early modern political thought
Early modern legal history
Law of Nations between Natural Law and a Code of Civility: Discourses of International Morality in Early Modern Europe