Petrus van der Aa

Peter van der Aa, latin Peter Vanderanus called (* 1530 in Leuven, Belgium, † 1594 in Luxembourg ) was a Flemish lawyer.


Peter van der Aa was the son of Elise Blocx and Johann van der Aa, who came from a respected, attested in the 11th century Flemish patrician family. This was moved from Bruges to Brabant and branched out to Leuven, Mechelen and Antwerp. Whether just the branch to which Peter belonged was Calvinist, may remain undecided. Members of the family distinguished themselves in the struggle of the Dutch against the Spaniards from.

Peter van der Aa studied in his native city, was founded in October 1559 Doctor of Laws, and received 1562, when Johann Ramus was (actually Johann tack) appointed by lions to Douai, as his successor at the University of Louvain professor of Roman law. Prior to October 1565, he married Margaret or Mary Vanden Broeck. On December 13, 1565, he joined the Sovereign Council of Brabant. He was a favorite of the Viglius and was appointed in 1574 as President of the Higher Regional Court of the Duchy of Luxembourg and the county Chiny. This handsome office he held, collected on October 31, 1583 to eques auratus, until his death. Politically, he was one of the opponents of King Philip II of Spain.


Already in 1558, ie before Peter van der Aa doctorate, his first book, published in the limited circulation Prochiron appeared in Leuven at Stephan Valerius sive Enchiridion judiciarum with a preface de ordine judiciario apud veteres usitato. His second work Commentarii de privilegiis creditorum, published at Antwerp after the signature of the preface in 1560, was in the Tractatus tractatuum juris (Vol. 18, pp. 110ff. ) And Gerard Meersmans Novus thesaurus Juris Civilis et Canonici (Vol. 2, pp. 671ff. ) reprinted. Nevertheless, the author owes his reputation probably less these writings as his practical activities.