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Alice Taylor Visiting Scholar Talk

This Thursday (24th) at 5.15pm Alice Taylor (King’s College London) will give a talk on ‘What’s in medieval Scottish legal manuscripts and why does it matter?’

Alice Taylor is lecturer in Medieval History at King’s College London and has published extensively on law in Medieval Scotland.

The talk takes place in the Napier Reading Room in Martyrs Kirk, North Street, St Andrews.


Law’s Two Bodies – Hugh Dillon Interview

The fourth ‘Law’s Two Bodies’ workshop will take place on Thursday 4 May at 1pm in the Old Seminar Room, (69 South Street, Dept. of Medieval History). Lunch will be available from 12.30 in Room 9, (71 South Street).

Professor John Hudson will be interviewing Hugh Dillon (Deputy State Coroner, New South Wales; Committee Member, National Judicial College of Australia).

‘Law and Literature’ Lecture

The Annual ILCR ‘Law and Literature’ Lecture will take place on Monday 17 April, at 5.15pm in Parliament Hall.

‘Thomas Hobbes and the Norman Conquest’ Professor George Garnett, (University of Oxford) 

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

Professor Garnett is a medievalist with interests ranging well into the early modern period. He has published a large study of the impact of the Norman Conquest on notions of kingship, succession, and tenure; a briefer introduction to the Conquest; and several essays on these and related themes. He also works on political thought in a more conventional sense: he has published an edition of Vindiciae, contra tyrannos, the highly influential sixteenth-century Huguenot resistance treatise, and a study of the role of providential history in the thought of the fourteenth-century Italian theorist and anti-papal publicist, Marsilius of Padua.

The Law’s Two Bodies

Introducing ‘The Law’s Two Bodies’… (beginning Friday 28 October at 1pm)

This project, conducted within the Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research, asks the question ‘what is law’, but pursues an answer in a fashion different from typical jurisprudential studies.  It examines what legal practitioners do; how they regard law; to what extent they think about law in the abstract.

The title and some of the inspiration for the project comes from Sir John Baker’s book of the same name.  Central to the book is the argument that ‘The common law is almost universally regarded as a system of case-law, increasingly supplemented by legislation, but this is only partly true. There is an extensive body of lawyers’ law which has a real existence outside the formal sources but is seldom acknowledged or discussed either by legal theorists or legal historians.’ Sir John’s book is historical in its focus, but that of the present project is contemporary.

The approach is ethnographic rather than philosophical or sociological.  The aim is to build up a corpus of interviews with a variety of legal practitioners, concentrating on the issues outlined above.

The interviews involve a set of questions posed to all interviewees and then further questions arising from the initial answers or appropriate to each interviewee. Interviews take place in a workshop setting, with attendees from the Institute, the Student Law Society, and others including local practitioners.

At present the purpose is to stimulate thought rather than to produce any publication.  The aim is to create a set of interesting case studies, rather than a carefully representative sample of practitioners.

Interviewees in the first year of the project will include:

David Brynmor Thomas, Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers (Friday 28 October)

Malik Dahlan, Principal of Institution Quraysh for Law and Policy (Monday 7 November)

Hugh Dillon, Deputy State Coroner, New South Wales; Committee Member, National Judicial College of Australia (TBC)

Our first interview, with David Brynmor Thomas, takes place on Friday 28 October at 1pm (Old Class Library, 71 South Street). Lunch will be available at 12.30pm (Room 9, 71 South St).

Representations of Law in Early Modern Venice

ILCR members may be interested in an exhibition by Yale Law School Library on how law was represented in Early Modern Venice. Some materials are available online (free of charge).

The exhibition catalogue has been published as a PDF document in the Yale Law School Legal Scholarship Repository: http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/itsta/7/

An album on the Rare Book Collection’s Flickr site presents a slightly abbreviated version of the exhibit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yalelawlibrary/sets/72157636845012106