Laura Beck


Censorship and Dissent


Laura Beck Varela is Associate Professor of History of Law at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid since 2013. She accomplished her PhD studies in the University of Seville and the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main/Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte and her LL.M. and her B.A. degrees at the Faculty of Law of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the EHESS (Paris, 2012), at the Max-Planck Institut (Frankfurt am Main, 2015) and the Herzog August Bibliothek (Wolfenbüttel, 2019) and visiting professor in several universities. She was a member of the research project HICOES (Historia Constitucional de España y América), directed by Bartolomé Clavero (2004-2019), and is currently a member of several academic associations, such as the international research network “Natural law 1625-1850” (Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg). Together with Julia Solla, she organized the first editions of the Encuentros Hispano-Lusos de Historia del Derecho (2015, 2017). Beck Varela has worked and published on the history of property law, legal education, gender history and book and censorship studies. She has explored the impact of censorship on the circulation of legal literature in her book Literatura Jurídica y Censura. Fortuna de Vinnius en España (Valencia, 2013) and in other studies, such as “La enseñanza del derecho y los Índices de libros prohibidos. Notas para un panorama ibérico, 1583-1640”, in: Le università e la Riforma protestante. Studi e ricerche nel quinto anniversario delle tesi luterane (Bologna, 2018).



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