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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1340: Law and Problem Solving, c. 1000-c. 1300, III: Legal Experts, Schools of Law, and Legal Problems

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Organisers:Philippa Byrne, St John's College, University of Oxford
Meghan Woolley, Department of History, Duke University
Moderator/Chair:Thomas McSweeney, Department of History, Cornell University
Paper 1340-aRise of the Experts: Legal Officials and Scholarship in the Byzantine Church, 11th-12th Centuries
(Language: English)
James Deas David Jack Morton, Department of History Chinese University of Hong Kong
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Law
Paper 1340-bLegal Treatises in 12th-Century England: Forms and Forensics
(Language: English)
Sarah White, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Canon Law, Education, Language and Literature - Latin, Law

What can legal sources tell us about the legal experts and types of expertise behind their creation? This session explores problems in the production of legal knowledge. The first paper argues that increasing demand for legal expertise in the Byzantine church in the 11th and 12th centuries produced professional and academic standardisation in Byzantine canon law. The second paper compares canon and common law treatises to identify a shared thread of legal thinking encompassing both secular and canon law. Especially together, these papers shed light on how legal expertise developed through connections between Roman law, canon law, and common law.