The Centre for Legal History provides a lively social and scholarly focus for the active research community – faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, and postgraduate students - in legal history, including Civil (Roman) law, at Edinburgh Law School. The University has a long tradition in the field, as the Chair of Civil Law was founded in 1710, with Civil Law taught continuously in the University since then. Major interests pursued are Roman law, the learned laws in the Middle Ages, the history of law in Europe, the history of Scots law, and legal history in Louisiana.
The Centre for Legal History is a research centre within Edinburgh Law School at the University of Edinburgh.
The faculty, students, visitors, and honorary graduates associated with the Centre for Legal History.
The University of Edinburgh has a long tradition of teaching in the field of legal history.
The Centre for Legal History hosts a range of seminars, lectures, and discussion groups.
Recent research on Roman law's influence across the centuries
The detailed consideration of law in the English village community reveals alternative ways of making and conceiving of law which are not dependent on state authority, particularly in relation to customary and communal property rights. This book argues that medieval customary law ought to be considered ‘law’ if we are ever going to fully understand law – both then and now.