IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 626: Patterns and Forms of Dispute Resolution from 13th- to 15th-Century England, Germany, and Japan

Tuesday 11 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Kumamoto University
Organiser:Hirokazu Tsurushima, Faculty of Education, Kumamoto University
Moderator/Chair:Richard Barrie Dobson, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Paper 626-aJudicial or Extra-Judicial?: How They Treated Arbitrations in the Courtroom in 15th-Century England
(Language: English)
Kaoru Kitano, Faculty of Law, Komazawa University
Index terms: Administration, Law
Paper 626-bAdmission of Accords: Authorized Dispute Settlement in the Judicial Process in 13th- and 14th-Century Japan
(Language: English)
Yasuhiro Nishimura, Doshisha University
Index terms: Administration, Law
Paper 626-cFeud: Ritualized Conflict as Judicial Process, Germany in the Late 15th Century
(Language: English)
Kenji Wakasone, Kumamoto University
Index terms: Administration, Law
Abstract

In the modern legal system, judgement is the ‘formal’, ‘ordinary’, or ‘official’ pattern of the dispute resolution. But in the Middle Ages, this was not self-evident. Governments should struggle to pursuade their people to accept the judicial process supplied by them, for people had many other patterns and courses to settle their disputes and conflicts. In this session, we will show several patterns of non-judicial dispute resolution in England, Japan, and Germany in the Middle Ages, and would like to reproduce the ways that governments were trying to absorb or connect them with their ‘official’ course of dispute resolution.