Ian joined UCL in September 2009 from Cambridge University, where he was a College Lecturer at Christ’s College. He was a Francis Bacon Foundation Fellow at the Henry E. Huntington Library, California in 2006.
Ian's research interests are in legal history, particularly early-modern English legal history (c.1500-c.1640). He has a particular interest in the history of common-law reasoning and its interaction with legal theory. Recent work examined the reception of the book known as Bracton in early-modern England, and how the techniques lawyers applied when reading affected their understanding of both the law and the legal past.
Current research projects cluster around a major study of early-modern legal reasoning and theory, which will involve investigation of neglected sources in early-modern public law. Ian is also working on the theory and practice of the court of Star Chamber as a court of equity and the idea of the Chancery as a prerogative court. Both of these projects have a particular focus on the work and influence of the Elizabethan scholar William Lambarde. He is investigating the utility of speeches in the Inns of Court as a source for understanding lawyers’ legal and political thought.
‘The Tudor Genesis of Edward Coke’s Immemorial Common Law’ (2012) 43(1) Sixteenth Century Journal 103-123
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