Professor Langbein to Deliver Law Lecture at British Academy on March 17

John H. Langbein, Sterling Professor of Law and Legal History, will give a British Academy Law Lecture on March 17, 2015, in London. The talk, titled “The Four Epochs of Jury Trial in England,” will discuss the history of jury trial in England from medieval to modern times, describing four distinct epochs of its development.

Professor Langbein is a legal historian and a leading American authority on trust, probate, pension, and investment law. He teaches and writes in the fields of Anglo-American and European legal history, modern comparative law, trust and estate law, and pension and employee benefit law (ERISA). His books include The Origins of Adversary Criminal Trial (2003), History of the Common Law: The Development of Anglo-American Legal Institutions (with R. Lerner & B. Smith, 2009), and Pension & Employee Benefit Law (with D. Pratt & S. Stabile, 5th ed. 2010). Professor Langbein was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1987. He is an honorary fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and a corresponding fellow of the British Academy. He is admitted to the bar in Florida and the District of Columbia, and as a barrister of the Inner Temple in England.

The British Academy Law Lecture series was established in 2004 at the suggestion of the Academy’s Law Section.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please email