Mariana Dias Paes is Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory (Frankfurt am Main) as well as at the «Beyond Slavery and Freedom» Cluster of Excellence (Bonn). She holds a master’s degree and a PhD from the University of São Paulo. In recent years her research has focused on law, slavery, dependency relations and owner-ship in Brazil and Angola during the nineteenth century. She is working on a book project on dependency relations in the South Atlantic between the 1780s and 1910s. She also coordinates the «Global Legal History on the Ground» project, which focuses on the in-depth analyses of court cases processed in African jurisdictions.