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Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research


Civil Law, Common Law, Customary Law

Consonance, Divergence and Transformation in Western Europe from the late eleventh to the thirteenth centuries.

Power and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom

A four-year collaborative project by a team of western medievalists, Arabists and Byzantinists – eight partners from prestigious academic institutions and two private sector companies.

Canterbury Court Records Project

An image database hosted by the University of St Andrews Library in collaboration with the Canterbury Cathedral Archives. The aim of this project is to bring primary sources to the forefront and to help facilitate access to manuscript sources.

Talking Law

In February 2016 the ILCR received an AHRC 10th Anniversary Public Engagement Grant for a project entitled ‘Talking Law’. The aim was to unite scholars and legal professionals with members of public in a discussion about the role of law in our society.

Medieval Law and its Practice

This series looks at the literature (latin and vernacular, church and secular) of law, as well as legal practice and its context in Europe from Justinian in the 6th century down to the 1560s.

The Cambridge Comparative History of Ancient Law

This project is the first of its kind in the field of comparative ancient legal history. Working with Dr Michael Sharp (chief editor of Classics and Byzantine Studies at Cambridge University Press),  The Cambridge Comparative History of Ancient Law [CCHAL] comprises an International team of scholars, all of whom are world leaders in the fields of Ancient Greek, Roman, Indo-European, Near-Eastern and Chinese legal history. 

ILCR Laidlaw Scholar

How did nineteenth-century legal reformers conceive of the law?

Working Papers