Prof Caroline Humfress

Prof Caroline Humfress

Deputy Head of School

Researcher profile

Phone
+44 (0)1334 46 2893
Email
ch226@st-andrews.ac.uk
Location
Mediaeval History, 71 South Street
Office hours
On Research Leave

 

Teaching

Undergraduate Hons Courses:

Legal Cultures in Late Antiquity (http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/history/undergrad/modules/med/ME3237.htm)

Holy Lives in Late Antiquity (http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/history/undergrad/modules/med/ME3238.htm)

Postgraduate teaching:

MLitt in Legal and Constitutional Studies, from 2016/17 (http://ilcr.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/mlitt/)

MLitt in Intellectual History (http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/history/postgrad/taughtpostgrad/intellectualhistory.html)

Research areas

Caroline Humfress is Director of the University of St Andrews' Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research (http://ilcr.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/) and Postgraduate Convenor of the MLitt in Legal and Constitutional Studies (http://ilcr.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/mlitt/).

She has published widely on the history of Late Antiquity (c.200-c.600AD) and is currently finishing a monograph for Oxford University Press: Multi-legalism in Late Antiquity. She has also published on the history of empires, recently co-editing a volume on Law and Empire: Ideas, Practices, Actors, in addition to researching early Christian history and ecclesiastical law. Some of her recent research also explores contemporary approaches to law and legal history within the disciplines of anthropology and sociology.

Recent international research projects include the European Commission-funded project Power and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom and The Cambridge Comparative History of Ancient Law: the first project of its kind in the field of Comparative Ancient Legal History, working with an international team of scholars specialising in the fields of Ancient Greek, Roman, Indo-European, Near-Eastern and Chinese Law.

PhD supervision

  • Misty Ducasse
  • Chao Xiao
  • Sophia Kniaz
  • Freja Stamper
  • Meghan Dulsky

Selected publications

  • “The Early Church”

    Humfress, C., Feb 2022, The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Canon Law . Winroth, A. & Wei, J. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Open access

    Beyond the (Byzantine) state: towards a user theory of jurisdiction

    Humfress, C., Oct 2021, Entangled Legalities Beyond the State . Krisch, N. (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 353 - 375 (Global Law Series).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  • Law, bureaucracy and the practice of government and rule

    Humfress, C., 31 Mar 2021, The Oxford World History of Empire. Bang, P., Bayly, C. & Scheidel, W. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, Vol. I. p. 266-287

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  • Open access

    Natural law and casuistic reasoning in Roman jurisprudence

    Humfress, C., 19 Apr 2021, State and Nature: Studies in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy . Adamson, P. & Rapp, C. (eds.). Berlin: de Gruyter, p. 247-266 20 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Open access

    'Cherchez la femme!' Heresy and law in late antiquity

    Humfress, C., Jun 2020, The church and the law. McKitterick, R., Methuen, C. & Spicer, A. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, Vol. 56. p. 36-59 (Studies in Church History).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Open access

    A new legal cosmos: late Roman lawyers and the early medieval church

    Humfress, C., 9 Feb 2018, The medieval world. Linehan, P., Nelson, J. L. & Costambeys, M. (eds.). 2nd ed. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 21 p. (Routledge worlds).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Open access

    Gift-giving and inheritance strategies in late Roman law and legal practice

    Humfress, C., 7 Jun 2017, Donations, inheritance and property in the Nordic and Western world from late Antiquity until today. Rønning, O-A., Møller Sigh, H. & Vogt, H. (eds.). Routledge, Vol. Abingdon. 19 p. (Routledge studies in cultural history).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity

    Humphries, M., Nicholson O., and team of 'subject editors', 2017, Oxford University Press.

    Research output: Other contribution

  • Open access

    Ordering divine knowledge in late Roman legal discourse

    Humfress, C., 1 Apr 2016, In: COLLeGIUM. 20, p. 160-176

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Patristic sources

    Humfress, C., Apr 2015, The Cambridge companion to Roman law . Johnston, D. (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 97-118 (Cambridge companions to the ancient world).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

 

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