1:30-2:30 – Conference Registration; tea, coffee and lunch will be available

2:30-2:45 – Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research Welcome – John Hudson (St Andrews)

2:45-4:00 – Panel 1 – The Manipulation of Legal Process in High Medieval Europe

William Ian Miller (Michigan) – Chair

Felicity Hill (East Anglia)

  • Communities Caught in the Cross-fire: The Use and Abuse of Excommunication

Kenneth Duggan (KCL)

  • The Uses and Abuses of Mainprise in Thirteenth-Century England

Cory Hitt (St Andrews)

  • Common Blood and Knightly Bloodlines: Institutionalisation of Norms of Knighthood in Northern French and Anglo-Norman Law Codes and Case Evidence

4:00-4:30 – Tea & Coffee Break

4:30-5:30 – Plenary 1

John Baker (Cambridge)

  • 1616: ‘A Year Consecrate to Justice’ 

Caroline Humfress (St Andrews) – Chair

5:30-6:30 – Wine Reception



9:30-10:45 – Panel 2 – Legal Interpretation and Theory

Emanuele Conte (Roma Tre) – Chair

Danica Summerlin (UCL)

  • Arguing with the Law in the Papal Curia: Changing and Adapting Conciliar Decrees before the Liber Extra

Joanna McCunn (Cambridge)

  • Changing Perceptions of Legal Interpretation in Early Modern England

Lorenzo Maniscalco (Cambridge)

  • Legal Humanism and the Juristic Revival of aequitas as epieikeia

10:45-11:15 – Tea & Coffee Break

11:15-12:15 – Plenary 2

Paul Brand (Oxford)

  • The Law and Social Mobility in Thirteenth-Century England: The Case of the Weyland Family

John Hudson (St Andrews) – Chair

12:15-1:15 – Lunch

1:15-2:30 – Edinburgh Law Session

Colin Kidd (St Andrews) – Chair

John Cairns (Edinburgh)

  • Failure at the Bar in the Late Seventeenth Century

Hector MacQueen (Edinburgh)

  • Law, Lordship and Tenure in Mid-Fifteenth Century Scotland

2:30-3:00 – Tea & Coffee Break 

3:00-4:15 – Panel 3 – Law and Legal Practice in Early Modern Europe

Magnus Ryan (Cambridge) – Chair

Kelsey Jackson-Williams (St Andrews)

  • Curious and Learned: The Faculty of Advocates in Early Enlightenment Scotland

Julia Kelsoe (Cambridge)

  • Arbitration and the Neighbourhood: Changing Practices of Enforcement in the Arbitration of Interpersonal Disputes in Seventeenth-Century England

Saskia Limbach (St Andrews)

  • ‘For the common good’: Regulating German Society in the Sixteenth Century

4:15-4:30 – Short Break

4:30-5:30 – Visit to the University of St Andrews Special Collections

  • Outing to view the newly-acquired Marchmont Manuscript of the Scottish legal text Regiam Majestatem in Lowland Scots, along with the Latin version of the same text and a selection of other holdings.

7:00 on – Dinner



9:30-10:30 – Panel 4 – Lordship, Loyalty, and the Law

George Garnett (Oxford) – Chair

Matt McHaffie (KCL)

  • Violentia and the Courts in Eleventh-Century Northern France

Josh Hey (St Andrews)

  • Contra omnes and Oaths of Loyalty

10:30-11:00 – Tea & Coffee Break

11:00-12:00 – Round table discussion

John Hudson (St Andrews), William Ian Miller (Michigan), Magnus Ryan (Cambridge)

12:00-12:15 – Closing Comments – Caroline Humfress (St Andrews)