Law School Day

While most of the Congress will take place on SLU’s main campus, Dean William P. Johnson will host the Congress at the School of Law (see website) on Wednesday, July 20. The theme on that day will be “The Influence of the Medieval Legal System (the ius commune) on the Western Legal Tradition and International Law.” The day will feature a plenary address, concurrent sessions, an interactive law library exhibit, and a panel discussion on the day’s theme by six leading legal historians from three different countries. For more information on the speakers, as well as other resources, see the event webpage.

The panel participants are:

  • Prof. Kenneth Pennington (Kelly-Quinn Professor Emeritus of Ecclesiastical and Legal History, Catholic University of America Law School and School of Canon Law)
    • “Due Process and the Maxim ‘Innocent Until Proven Guilty’”
  • Prof. Charles Donahue, Jr. (Paul A. Freund Professor of Law, Harvard Law School)
    • “Romano-Canonical Procedure and Modern Procedure”
  • Prof.ssa Silvia di Paolo (Professor of Jurisprudence, Università degli Studi Roma Tre)
    • “Medieval Canon Law and Today’s Global Surveillance Architecture”
  • Prof. Dr. Mathias Schmoeckel (Executive Director of the Institute of German and Rhenish Legal History and Civil Law, Universität Bonn)
    • “The Influence of Canon Law on International Law”
  • Prof. Orazio Condorelli (Professor Ordinarius of Ecclesiastical Law and Canon Law, Università degli Studi di Catania)
    • “The ius commune, Justice, and the Common Good: A Legacy for the Western Legal Tradition”
  • Prof. R.H. Helmholz (Ruth Wyatt Rosenson Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School)
    • “The ius commune and the Natural Law Tradition”

The respondent will be Karen Petroski, Professor of Law at Saint Louis University.

This day is being advertised regionally as a Continuing Legal Education event for professional lawyers. It will provide 5.4 hours of Missouri CLE credit (it does not count for ethics CLE credit). To register your attendance for the CLE event, please email us at, and we will confirm your registration. Attendance for CLE credit is free of charge.