Lawyers have historically played an important role in Dutch colonization. For this reason, there are many sources dating from this period, which also have been regarded as authoritative. Moreover, they often therefore still have a special status within our educational system. According to the current ‘zeitgeist’, however, these appear to be outdated, or at least no longer worthy of the praise they have always received. When such a resource is used within a course, it is therefore important to pay attention to the remarks that can be made. Fortunately, we see that this is already being done, for example in the European Legal History course within the Bachelor of Laws.