Law and Liberty: Medieval Roman Law and the Analysis of Politics


This conference explored the contributions of medieval European ius commune and Roman canon law to the development of political ideas such as popular control over rulers (and rulers accountability), local political autonomy, consent-based rule, and plural sovereignty. These ideas, in turn, played important roles in the development of the republican tradition.


Conference Readings

Accursius, Azo of Bologna, and various canon lawyers. Selections. Unpublished translation by M.J. Ryan from public domain sources.

Bartolus of Sassoferrato. "On the Governance of a City." Translated by Magnus J. Ryan and George Garnett (unpublished).

Bartolus of Sassoferrato. "On Guelphs and Ghibellines." Translated by Magnus J. Ryan and George Garnett (unpublished).

Bartolus of Sassoferrato. "On the Tyrant." Translated by Magnus J. Ryan and George Garnett (unpublished).

Anonymous. Vindiciae, Contra Tyrannos. Edited by Garnett, George. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Beza, Theodore, “On the right of magistrates” In Constitutionalism and Resistance in the Sixteenth Century, edited by Julian H. Franklin, 101-135. translated by Julian H. Franklin. New York: Pegasus, 1969.

Hotman, François. Francogallia. Edited by J. Salmon and P. Giesey. Translated by J. Salmon and P. Giesey. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Hotman, François. Antitribonian ou Discours d'un grand et renommé jurisconsulte de nostre temps sur l’estude des loix. Saint-Étienne: Éditions de l'Université de Saint-Étienne, 1980.

Justinian, “The Institutes” In The Library of Original Sources, Volume III: The Roman World, edited by Oliver J. Thatcher, 1-1. Milwaukee: University Research Extension Co., 1907.

Justinian. Code. Edited by Timothy Kearley. Translated by Fred Blume. --: --, --. (accessed July 26, 2012).

Justinian. The Digest of Roman Law. Translated by C. F. Kolbert. London: Penguin Books, 1979.

Tierney, Brian. The Crisis of Church and State, 1050-1300: with selected documents. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1964.