Chaucer and the Law

Friday 30th June - Saturday 1st July 2017, Senate House


Keynote addresses by Professor Sebastian Sobecki (University of Groningen) and Professor Emily Steiner (University of Pennsylvania).

This two-day conference aims to consider ideas about the law in the age of Chaucer and in relation to the works of Chaucer and his contemporaries, probing questions about legal practices and culture, justice, regulation and instruction, and the consequences of making and breaking laws. Interdisciplinary topics and approaches are most welcome. The conference hopes to bring together scholars and postgraduate students working in a range of disciplines and departments.


  • £65 Standard rate
  • £45 Concessionary rate (Students*, unwaged, retired)

To register, please click the REGISTER HERE button below. Alternatively, please download and complete the registration form below, and return it along with your preferred payment method to the IES Office either via email at or by post at Institute of English Studies, Room 260, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU.


* A small number of bursaries is available to postgraduate students. To apply for a bursary, please submit your application form and supporting statement to no later than May 31st, 2017. Please note the bursaries only cover the registration fee.


This conference has received generous support from the New Chaucer Society and the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature.


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