Category Archives: CMEMLL

University of Cambridge: Maitland Studentship in Legal History

This studentship in Legal History, which can include Law and Literature, might be of interest to junior members of the Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research or to the students of members

The Managers of the F.W. Maitland Memorial Fund are able to offer one maintenance-only Studentship for Home/EU, or Overseas/Islands students applying to undertake doctoral research in legal history at the University of Cambridge, starting in October 2016. Studentships are tenable in the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of History, or the Faculty of English.

Applications will be accepted from students applying directly to read for the PhD degree only. Studentships are tenable for up to three years. Continued tenure of the Studentship will be subject to satisfactory academic progress, and to the meeting of any other conditions set by the University for continuation of study. In making decisions on the award or continuation of studentships, the Managers will take into account funding available from other sources.

The maximum annual value of the Studentship will be the University of Cambridge’s minimum maintenance requirement for PhD students, which for the academic year 2015-16 is £12750. Candidates wishing to be considered for this Studentship should complete the studentship application form and send it directly to Mrs Alison Hirst, University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law, 10 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DZ or by email to by 30 January 2016. Candidates should also apply for admission as a graduate student by the relevant PhD course closing date in the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of History or the Faculty of English.


M.Litt Scholarships 2016-7

The University of St Andrews’ Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research invites applications for a number of scholarships for the MLitt in Legal and Constitutional Studies

Combining historical and contemporary approaches within one unique, cross-disciplinary, degree, the MLitt in Legal and Constitutional Studies introduces students to a dynamic and expanding field of research. Taught by leading experts in the field, this degree enables students to pursue an exciting programme of study through a combination of research-led taught classes and directed individual study. For further details see:

The ILCR MLitt scholarship competition is open to outstanding Home/EU and International Students who are applying for a place on the MLitt Legal and Constitutional Studies at the University of St Andrews, to commence September 2016. Awards will be made on the basis of academic merit.

Each MLitt scholarship is worth a maximum of £5K.

How to apply:

To apply for an ILCR MLitt scholarship you must:

1. Apply for a place on the MLitt Legal and Constitutional Studies via the University of St Andrews Postgraduate on-line application process:

The MLitt Legal and Constitutional Studies is a cross-disciplinary degree housed in the School of History: select “History” on the application drop-down menu when applying.

2. Send an email to Professor Caroline Humfress ( stating your name and the following declaration: “I have already applied for a place on the MLitt in Legal and Constitutional Studies and wish to be considered for an ILCR MLitt scholarship.”

The deadline for applications to the ILCR MLitt scholarship competition is 5pm on MAY 1 2016.

For enquiries about the MLitt Legal and Constitutional Research please contact Professor Caroline Humfress ( For more details about postgraduate study at St Andrews see

Baroness Hale Lecture Available Online

The opening lecture of the ILCR took place on Thursday 8th October. Baroness Hale provided an overview of the constitutional relationship between Westminster and the devolved parliaments of the UK. The role played by the Supreme Court in disputes concerning devolved powers was then discussed. Baroness Hale also considered the role of the Supreme Court within the political and legal framework of international law, particularly that of the European Union and the Council of Europe. The overarching theme of the lecture was the rule of law. In light of the often complex jurisdictional forces acting on the Westminster government, how might the ideas underpinning the rule of law guide the Supreme Court in its interpretation of the UK constitution?

The Institute is very grateful to Baroness Hale for delivering the lecture, the full text of which may be accessed here: The UK Supreme Court in the United Kingdom Constitution

Reading Group: Interpreting Literature, Law, and Constitution (I)

Tuesday 6 October, 12:30-2 pm
Old Seminar Room, 71 South Street, School of History

The first CMEMLL Reading Group and the first meeting of the Institute of Legal And Constitutional Research will take place next Tuesday lunchtime (6th October). We’ll meet in the Old Seminar Room on the first floor of 71 South Street at 12.30pm for a sandwich lunch, with the Reading Group on ‘Interpreting Literature, Law, and Constitution (I)’ starting soon after 1pm and finishing in time for people to teach at 2pm.

The Reading Group will involve an introduction by John Hudson and Lorna Hutson followed by discussion on the theme of ‘Literature, Law and Constitution’.

The background reading is Chapter 1 of Christopher Warren, Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580-1680 (Oxford: OUP, 2015), available at:

We look forward to seeing you there.