A First Approach to the Law and Institutions of Dutch Brazil (1630–1654)

14 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2019 Last revised: 9 Jul 2021

Date Written: February 28, 2019


This article covers a study on the administrative, legal and political organization of the period known as Dutch Brazil (1630-1654). The general objective is to analyze the three main regulations in force during the period – the Order of Government of 1629, the Instruction of 1636 and the Instruction of 1645 – and their effectiveness in the government of the Dutch colony of Brazil. A particular focus lies on the local government institutions – the municipal councils – that already existed during Portuguese rule and were absorbed and modified by the Dutch, resulting in peculiar hybrid institutions. The method used will be inductive through the use of historiographical sources and bibliographic research.

Keywords: History of Law, Dutch Brazil, Institutional History, municipal councils, colonization

Suggested Citation

Stoeterau Navarro, Luize, A First Approach to the Law and Institutions of Dutch Brazil (1630–1654) (February 28, 2019). Max Planck Institute for European Legal History Research Paper Series No. 2019-16, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3413122 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3413122

Luize Stoeterau Navarro (Contact Author)

Federal University of Parana (UFPR) ( email )

Curitiba - PR

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