Conference Programme

Wednesday 10 July

Registration – 12:00-14:00 - Lower College Hall


Session I – 14:00-15:30


Panel 1                                                                                                                                                                                                                    School 1


Charles Donahue (Harvard), ‘The 'Discovery' of Public Law in Fourteenth-Century England: Herewith of the Deposition of Kings and Salt-Fish at Blakeney’

David Ibbetson (Clare College, Cambridge), ‘The Medieval Action of Covenant: The Comparative Dimension?’

Jason Taliadoros (Deakin Law School), ‘Magna Carta and Pluralism as Comparative Legal History in the Thirteenth Century’

Chair: Janet Loengard (Moravian College)

Panel 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                    School 2


Raymond Cocks (Keele), ‘Intellect and Colonial Law Reform: British India in the 1860s’

Joshua Getzler (St. Hugh’s College, Oxford), ‘Pre-emption, Native Title, and Crown Fiduciary Duties’

David Williams (Auckland), ‘Radical Title of the Crown and Native Title: North America 1763, New South Wales 1788 and New Zealand 1840

Chair: Michael Lobban (LSE)


Panel 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                   School 3


Kevin Costello (University College Dublin), ‘The Doctrine of Employment at Will in England and the United States, 1750-1870’

Thomas Gallanis (Iowa), ‘Commercial Trusts in Legal Thought: A Puzzle in Comparative Legal History’

Fleur Stolker (New College, Oxford), ‘Bankruptcy in Early Modern England: Comparing Common Law and Equity’

Chair: Sara Menzinger (Roma Tre)


Panel 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                   School 5


Carsten Fischer (Cologne), ‘Through a Glass Darkly: Early German Literary Perceptions of English Common Law in the Eighteenth Century’

Laura Ford (Bard College), ‘Formal Rationality in Law: Max Weber’s Comparative Learning Process, With Special Attention to “The England Problem”’

Clara Günzl (Münster), ‘Germany’s Case-Law Revolution’

Chair: Frank Müller (St Andrews)


Coffee & Tea – 15:30-16:00

Upper & Lower College Hall


Plenary I – 16:00-17:30

Buchanan Lecture Theatre

 Alice Taylor (KCL), ‘What’s does Scotland’s earliest legal tractate actually say (and what does it mean)?’

 Chair: John Hudson (St Andrews)


Wine Reception – 17:30-18:30

Lower College Hall


Thursday 11 July


 Plenary II 9:00-10:30

Buchanan Lecture Theatre

 Janet McLean (Auckland), 'Constitutional History, as History'

 Chair: William Eves (St Andrews)


Coffee & Tea – 10:30-11:00

Upper & Lower College Hall


Session II – 11:00-12:30


Panel 1                                                                                                                                                                                                              School 1


Cordelia Beattie (Edinburgh), ‘Married Women’s Will-making in Late Medieval Ireland: A Comparative Approach’

Timothy Haskett (Victoria, CA), ‘Comparative Approaches by Petitioners in Testamentary Cases in the Late-Medieval Court of Chancery’

David Waddilove (Harvard), ‘Chancery Business Levels’

Chair: Margaret McGlynn (Western Ontario)


Panel 2                                                                                                                                                                                                             School 2


Justine Collins (Max Planck), ‘An Examination of British Societal Laws as the Origins of the Comprehensive Slave Laws of the British West Indies’

Amanda Nettlebeck (Adelaide), ‘Legal Circulations of Protection Around the British Empire’

Richard Ross (Illinois), ‘The Rule of Law in British America: Thinking with Indians while Comparing to Spaniards’

Chair: Catharine MacMillan (KCL)

Panel 3                                                                                                                                                                                                    School 3


Andrew Cecchinato (St Andrews), ‘The Nature of Custom: Legal Science and Comparative Legal History in Blackstone’s Commentaries’

Wilfrid Prest (Adelaide), ‘English Assizes after the Glorious Revolution: ‘a lamb in wolf’s clothing’’

Julia Rudolph (North Carolina State), ‘William Blackstone’s Mortgage’

Chair: Felicity Loughlin (St Andrews)


Panel 4                                                                                                                                                                                                            School 5


Kjell Modéer (Lund), ‘Law émigré Max Rheinstein (1899–1977): Comparatist in Different Contexts: Pre-WWII Germany and Post-WWII USA’

Annamaria Monti (Bocconi), ‘Leone Levi (1821–1888) and the History of Comparative Commercial Law’

Agustín Parise (Maastricht), ‘Continental Legal History Series (1912-1928): Paving the Path for a Transatlantic Approach to Comparative Legal History’

Chair: Emanuele Conte (Roma Tre)


Lunch – 12:30-14:00

Upper & Lower College Hall


Session III – 14:00-15:30


Panel 1                                                                                                                                                                                                        School 1


Bruce Brasington (West Texas A&M), ‘Uncommon Law: Medieval and Early Modern Commentaries on Dig. 50.17.64’

Danica Summerlin (Sheffield), ‘Law and the Anti-Popes in the Twelfth Century’

Andreas Thier (Zurich), ‘Ex collatione...apparebit tibi lux quaedam mirabilis – Changing

Legal Notions of Space and Time in European Differentiae Literature between the Thirteenth and Eighteenth Centuries’

Chair: Richard Helmholz (Chicago)


Panel 2                                                                                                                                                                                                        School 2


Lyndsay Campbell (Calgary), ‘Privilege and Punishment: Stockdale v. Hansard at Home and Abroad’

Shaunnagh Dorsett (University of Technology Sydney), ‘Procedural Reform in the Empire: ‘Fusion’ and the Refashioning of The Relationship between Law and Equity in the 1850s'

Ciara Kennefick (Queen’s College, Oxford), ‘‘Continuous and Apparent’ Problems with Easements: Revisiting a Famous Legal Transplant’

Chair: Mandy Tibbey (8 Wentworth Chambers)


Panel 3                                                                                                                                                                                                        School 3


Andrew Bell (Graz) and Joanna McCunn (Bristol), ‘Known Unknowns: Dealing with Doubt in the European Legal Tradition’

John Cairns (Edinburgh), 'Transplants and Translations: Louisiana and France in the Early Nineteenth Century'

Willem van Boom (Leiden), ‘Insuring vs Investing in Litigation – A Comparative Legal History of Litigation Insurance and Litigation Investment’

Chair: Helle Vogt (Copenhagen)


Panel 4                                                                                                                                                                                                       School 5


Caroline Derry (Open University), ‘Woods and Pirie v Cumming Gordon: Comparing Law and Anatomy in the Scottish and English Courts’

Chathuni Jayathilaka (Bristol), ‘Frustration of Contract in Scots Law’

Adelyn Wilson (Aberdeen), ‘Comparing and Compiling: The Method of Morison’s Dictionary’

Chair: William Taylor QC


Coffee & Tea – 15:30-16:00

Upper & Lower College Hall


Session IV – 16:00-17:30


Panel 1                                                                                                                                                                                                     School 1


Riona Doolan (University College Cork), ‘Arson and Justifiable Killing in Early Irish Legal Material’

Ingrid Ivarsen (St Andrews), ‘Translating Laws from Latin into English in Anglo-Saxon England’

Michael Stuckey (Victoria, AU), ‘Early Manuscripts of John Mitchell Kemble, Held by the Library of Congress: Collections for the Early Law of England’

Chair: Caroline Humfress


Panel 2                                                                                                                                                                                                    School 2


Christopher Curtis (Georgia Southern), ‘The Question of Advowsons in British Colonial Churches: Case Histories from Virginia, New South Wales, and Cape Town’

James Pfander (Northwestern), ‘Scotland and the Judicial Institutions of the United States’

Coleman Dennehy (University College Dublin), 'Ireland, England, and the imperial project – creating a criminal law for Ireland in the early modern period'

Chair: John Cairns (Edinburgh)

Panel 3                                                                                                                                                                                                             School 3


Paul Cavill (Pembroke College, Cambridge), ‘Reading Lyndwood’s Provinciale, 1434–1534’

Ulrike Müssig (Passau), ‘Reason and Fairness: A Protestant Conception of the Rule of Law?'

Ted Powell (Cambridge), ‘The Origins and Development of the Body Corporate in Late Medieval England’

Chair: Susanne Brand (AALT)


Panel 4                                                                                                                                                                                                   School 5


Jill Hunter (New South Wales) and Andrew Choo (City Law School), ‘Gender Discrimination and Juries in the Twentieth Century: Judging Women Judging Men’

Kevin Crosby (Newcastle), ‘Jury Trial and Jury Service after 1919’

Amanda Tyler (UC Berkeley), ‘Courts and the Executive in Wartime: A Comparative Study of the American and British Approaches to the Internment of Citizens during World War II and their Lessons for Today’

Chair: Chloë Kennedy (Edinburgh)


Friday 12 July


Session V ­– 9:00-10:30


Panel 1                                                                                                                                                                                                   School 1


Sara Butler (Ohio State), ‘Women Behaving Badly: Women’s Malicious Appeals, Settlement, and Extortion in Thirteenth-century England’

Elizabeth Papp Kamali (Harvard), ‘Tales of the Living Dead: Dealing with Doubt in Medieval English Criminal and Civil Law’

Gwen Seabourne (Bristol), ‘Hanging and Hiding the Facts: Agnes Glover v Walter Devereux, William Herbert and Others (1457)’

Chair: Wendy Turner (Augusta)


Panel 2                                                                                                                                                                                                 School 2


Donal Coffey (Max Planck), ‘Provincialism and Federalism in Commonwealth Constitutional Thought’

Tanya Josev (Melbourne), ‘The Curious Case of Australia’s “Declaration of Judicial Independence” from English Common Law: Dixon, the Privy Council and Cultural Britishness’

David Schorr (Tel Aviv), ‘The Uncommon Law: How the Privy Council Dealt with “Foreign” Law in Colonial Appeals’

Chair: Chantal Stebbings (Exeter)


Panel 3                                                                                                                                                                                                School 3


Laura Flannigan (Newnham College, Cambridge), ‘The Court of Requests and Jurisdictional Boundaries in early Tudor England’

Neil Jones (Magdalene College, Cambridge), ‘Common Injunctions: from Ellesmere to Bacon’

Peter Turner (St Catharine’s College, Cambridge), ‘What Became Of Henry VIII’s Statute Of Equity?’

Chair: Krista Kesselring (Dalhousie)


Panel 4                                                                                                                                                                                               School 5

Assaf Likhovski (Tel Aviv), ‘A Colonial Legal Laboratory? Jurisprudential Innovation in the British Empire'

Philip Schofield (UCL), ‘Jeremy Bentham and the Language of Universal Jurisprudence’

Richard Nicholl (Inner Temple) '"From bias free of every kind": early utilitarians and the trial jury

Chair: Richard Whatmore (St Andrews)


Coffee & Tea – 10:30-11:00

Upper & Lower College Hall


Plenary III – 11:00-12:30

Buchanan Lecture Theatre

 Rebecca Probert (Exeter), ‘What Makes a Marriage? Religion, the State, and the Individual in the Long Nineteenth Century’

Chair: Andrew Cecchinato (St Andrews)


Lunch – 12:30-14:00

Upper & Lower College Hall


Walking Tour of St Andrews with Dr Bess Rhodes

13:30-14:30 (surnames A-L)

14:45-15:45 (surnames M-Z)

Meet outside Lower College Hall

Coffee & Tea – 15:30-16:00

Upper & Lower College Hall


Plenary Panel – 16:00-17:30

Buchanan Lecture Theatre

 Lorna Drummond QC (Sheriff of Tayside and Fife)

Geoff Lindsay (Justice, Supreme Court of New South Wales)

Hector MacQueen (Edinburgh – Formerly Scottish Law Commission)

Chair: John Hudson (St Andrews)

Wine Reception sponsored by the Journal of Legal History – 17:30-18:30

Upper College Hall


Conference Dinner and Ceilidh – 19:00 onwards

Upper and Lower College Hall


Saturday 13 July


Session VI 9:00-10:30


Panel 1                                                                                                                                                                                           School 1


Thomas McSweeney (William & Mary), ‘Writing the Common Law in Latin in the Late Thirteenth Century’

Cynthia Neville (Dalhousie), ‘The Lives of the Medieval Leges Marchiarum

Attilio Stella (St Andrews), ‘In aliquibus locis est consuetudo. French lawyers and the Lombard 'customs' of fiefs (13th century)’

Chair: Paul Brand (All Souls, Oxford)


Panel 2                                                                                                                                                                                         School 2


John Ford (Aberdeen), ‘The Duties of Masters and Mariners: A View from St Andrews in the late Sixteenth Century’

Scott Styles (Aberdeen), ‘A Tale of Two Admiralties: The contrasting Fates of the Jurisdictions of the English and Scots Admiralty Courts in the Seventeenth Century’

Stephen Waddams (Toronto), ‘Equity in the Nineteenth-Century Court of Admiralty: Control of Unreasonable Contracts’

Chair: Sarah Frank (St Andrews)


Panel 3                                                                                                                                                                                        School 3


Lukasz Korporowicz (Lodz), ‘George Harris and the Common Law Background of the First English Translation of Justinians Institutes’

Mike Macnair (St Hugh’s College, Oxford), ‘Comparative and Other uses of Civilian Citations in the Early Eighteenth-century Reports’

Guido Rossi (Edinburgh), ‘Culpa casum dans: Mos Italicus, Strict Liability and Comparative Law’

Chair: Lorenzo Maniscalco (Clare College, Cambridge)


Panel 4                                                                                                                                                                                       School 5


Frederik Dhondt (Vrije Universiteit, Brussels) ‘Justice and Equality for All Men? Proportional Representation and Constitutional Identity (Belgium/France, 1883-1921)’

Saskia Lettmaier (Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel), ‘Divorce Law Reforms and Underlying Social Causes: in England and Prussia, 1670-1794’

Colm McGrath (KCL), ‘The Emergence of Informed Consent in Germany and England in the Long Nineteenth Century’

Chair: Matthew McHaffie (St Andrews)


Coffee & Tea – 10:30-11:00

Upper & Lower College Hall


Plenary IV – 11:00-12:30

Buchanan Lecture Theatre

 Ian Williams (UCL), ‘James VI and I, Rex et Iudex: One King as Judge in Two Kingdoms’

 Chair: Sarah White (St Andrews)


Closing remarks: John Hudson (St Andrews)

Lunch – 13:00-14:30

Upper & Lower College Hall