The Catholic University of America


Professor Kenneth Pennington Offers Bi-Coastal Lecture Series
on Medieval Legal Texts During Spring Break


Catholic University law school professor Kenneth Pennington offered a series of lectures on the jurisprudence regulating torture from Ancient Rome to the 18th century in Los Angeles and on medieval legal manuscripts in Boston during the first week of March.
Invited to speak at a faculty colloquium on March 2nd by UCLA Law School, Pennington presented "Medieval and Early Modern Jurists' Definitions of Torture and its Use in the Courts."
Three days later, he offered three presentations at Harvard University and Harvard Law School (March 5-8) on "Reading the Ius Commune: The Secrets of Roman and Canon Law Manuscripts." The series lecture explored the study and use of medieval legal manuscripts. 
In conjunction with the lectures, Pennington also conducted workshops on reading and navigating medieval legal manuscripts using examples from Harvard special collections. The workshops were intended to provide Harvard graduate students an opportunity to work closely with outstanding originals from Harvard special collections under the direction of a renowned specialist.
Ken Pennington is Kelly-Quinn Professor of Ecclesiastical and Legal History, School of Canon Law and Columbus School of Law. His most recent publications include: The History of Byzantine and Eastern Canon Law to 1500, edited with Wilfried Hartmann (2012); Law as Profession and Practice in Medieval Europe: Essays in Honor of James A. Brundage, edited with Melanie Harris Eichbauer (2011) and The History of Medieval Canon Law in the Classical Period, 1140-1234: From Gratian to the Decrees of Pope Gregory IX, edited with Wilfried Hartmann (2008).