Monthly Archives: October 2017

Awards Success for Talking Law Project

The 2016 AHRC-funded ILCR project ‘Talking Law’ has been named runner up in the Association for Heritage Interpretation’s ‘Discover Heritage’ Awards, 2017, in the category ‘Interpretation for a Target Audience’.

Talking Law involved a dramatisation of the trial of Patrick Hamilton (tried and executed for heresy in St Andrews in 1528), followed by a public debate about the legal issues raised by the trial which are still relevant today.

The sell-out event took place at the Byre theatre in St Andrews on 6 May 2016.

The awards dinner took place in Inverness on 5 October 2017.

Talking Law has also received national media coverage through a feature on the BBC News website: (

A pitch for a follow-up radio series, bringing the ‘Talking Law’ format to a wider audience, is currently being developed.

Talking Law at the 2017 Discover Heritage Awards Ceremony


Law’s Two Bodies – Benjamin Earl

The first of this year’s Law’s Two Bodies events, an interview with Benjamin Earl, Procurator General of the Dominican Order, took place on 3 October 2017. John Hudson interviewed the Procurator about his role in the Order and his use of law in this role. As the first canon lawyer interviewed for the series, the Procurator provided a fascinating and different perspective on the law in the ecclesiastical sphere.

Annual Academic Lecture

The Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research’s annual Academic Lecture was delivered by Professor Don Herzog of the University of Michigan Law School on 28 September 2017. Professor Herzog’s title was ‘Sovereignty, RIP: Part of the Story’. He proposed that arguments concerning sovereignty continue to be dominated by ideas that were developed in the early modern period. Such ideas, with their emphasis on the undivided, unlimited, and indivisible nature of sovereignty, may have been well-suited to that period but are now not merely outdated but also pernicious and malign in their effect. Even in earlier contexts such as eighteenth-century conflicts over American independence and the U.S. Constitution, debates framed by both sides in terms of sovereignty were often rendered harder to solve by use of the concept and in particular emphasis on indivisibility. Often, argued Professor Herzog, abandonment of ideas of sovereignty and their replacement by ones such as ‘jurisdiction’ would have a beneficial effect.