IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 307: Law, Power, and Learning in the North: Presenting a New Paradigm for Studying the Danish Provincial Laws

Monday 7 July 2008, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:København Network for Medieval Legal History
Organiser:Mia Münster-Swendsen, Saxo Institute, Faculty of Humanities, Københavns Universitet
Moderator/Chair:Ditlev Tamm, Faculty of Law, Københavns Universitet
Paper 307-aThe King's Power to Legislate in 13th-Century Denmark
(Language: English)
Helle Vogt, Center for Retskulturelle Studier, Det Juridiske Fakultet, Københavns Universitet
Index terms: Law, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 307-bLearned Law and Secular Lawmaking: Legal Procedure in the Danish Provincial Laws
(Language: English)
Per Andersen, Medieval Nordic Laws / School of Law
Index terms: Canon Law, Law, Political Thought
Paper 307-cExplaining Danish Law to a Roman Cardinal-Legate, 1222
(Language: English)
Michael H. Gelting, Centre for Scandinavian Studies King's College University of Aberdeen 24 High Street OLD ABERDEEN AB24 3EB
Index terms: Canon Law, Law, Politics and Diplomacy

The aim of this session is to shed new light on the formative phases in the codification of Danish law from three different, yet interconnected angles. Combining legal, political, and intellectual aspects, the themes covered range from the limits of royal legislative power in regard to the provincial assemblies, the question of how elements of Roman and Canon law were incorporated into the Danish legal system, and the manner in which peculiarities of Danish law, through the medium of Latin learning, were explained to an educated foreigner, the Cardinal legate Gregorius de Crescentio. Though the focus rests on Danish cases, the session will address questions that ought to be equally relevant to scholars studying the making of the legal order in other parts of Europe.