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Mussard, Bénigne (* 1657.xx.xx † 1722.04.20)

Basic Overview Data

1657.xx.xx, Montpellier
1722.04.20, Geneva
Protestant, Calvinist
Institutional Affiliation
Academy (University) of Geneva
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Important Family Relations:
Son, Pierre Mussard (1690.09.17 - 1767.12.24), honorary professor of natural and public law, member of the Small Council of the city of Geneva, syndic
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Bénigne Mussard was born in Montpellier in 1657 and obtained his doctorate in law from the University of Montpellier. He returned to his home town Geneva in the aftermath of the revocation of the edict of Nantes. He was appointed honorary professor in law in 1686 as successor of Philipp Reinhard Vitriarius. He obtained a salary since 1691, and was promoted to ordinary professor in 1695. He kept this chair until his death on 20 April 1722. In 1704, he was elected head of the Collège de l'Académie, and he was also secretary of the Compagnie des pasteurs. His son Pierre, born in 1690, was to become honorary professor of natural and public law (1719-1722) and a highly influential member of the Genevan government.

Comment on main natural law works:

No information is available on Mussard's teaching, and it seems that he did not publish any book in his own name. We only know two disputations and a dissertation he presided over.

Academic Data


../1685, Doctor of law, University of Montpellier

Professional Data


1686 - 1695, honorary professor of law, Academy of Geneva
1695 - 1722, ordinary professor of law, Academy of Geneva

Titles, Memberships and Other Relevant Roles

1704, Director, Collège de l'Académie, Geneva
1704\.., Secretary, Compagnie des pasteurs, Geneva

Printed Sources


John Ereskine de Alva, Disputatio juridica de sponsalibus et nuptiis [...] (Geneva: fratres de Tournes, 1698).

Jacques Mestrezat, Theses juridicae de mutuo [...] (Geneva: Vincent Miege, 1705), [Praeses: Bénigne Mussard]

Johan Steenlack, Disputatio juridica de Acquirendo Rerum Dominio (Geneva: Fabri & Barillot, 1717): Digital version

Manuscript Sources

Direct Personal Connections:

1690.09.17, Pierre Mussard, Geneva [Bénigne Mussard was Pierre's father.]
Mikkel Munthe Jensen, Last Update:  21.07.2022