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Prof Caroline Humfress

Prof Caroline Humfress

Professor in Medieval History

Researcher profile

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Room 11
Mediaeval History, 71 South Street
Office hours
Thursday 9am to 10am ( ME3238), Friday 10am to 11am ( LC5001)



Undergraduate Hons Courses:

Legal Cultures in Late Antiquity (

Holy Lives in Late Antiquity (

Postgraduate teaching:

MLitt in Legal and Constitutional Studies, from 2016/17 (

MLitt in Intellectual History (

Research areas

Caroline Humfress is Director of the University of St Andrews' Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research ( and Postgraduate Convenor of the MLitt in Legal and Constitutional Studies (

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

  • Niels Arends
  • Ingrid Ivarsen
  • Per Rolandsson
  • Misty Ducasse

Selected publications


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