The "Law, Trade and the Sea: Discovering Maritime Trade in the Roman World" conference is co-organized by the SpaceLaw project together with Emilia Mataix Ferrándiz (University of Helsinki), Paul J. du Plessis (University of Edinburgh), and Peter Candy (University of Edinburgh/University of Cambridge).
The purpose of this conference is to explore the role of trade and its legal framework for the development of the Roman Empire. The ancient Roman Empire utilized, promoted and relied upon long-distance maritime trade in a scale unprecedented in the ancient world. This led to the development of both trade networks that made possible the growth of urban centres, water-related infrastructures and economic specialization, but also a normative framework, which enabled trade and commerce across political, linguistic and cultural boundaries. The purpose of this workshop is to explore the emergence of the Roman system of maritime trade both as a logistical and a normative enterprise. The technology of transportation, from the ships to the ports and warehouses, developed in tandem with the rules that governed that trade. The conference will benefit of communications that place legal theory versus daily sea practices.