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Common Law, Canon Law, and the English Reformation

Speaker: Dr. Glenn R. Butterton, Consultant, MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience

Moderator: Prof. Norman Ho, Peking University School of Transnational Law

Date and Time: June 23 (Thursday), 8:30 – 9:30 PM (Beijing time)

Zoom Meeting ID: 854 3913 8457 (passcode: 127115)

Language: English

Speaker Bio:

Glenn R. Butterton serves as a consultant at the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience. He has taught at several research universities, including Harvard University, Columbia University, Peking University, the University of Chicago and the University of Miami. He has also practiced law in the private sector and worked for the federal government in the United States. He was educated at Columbia University Law School (J.D.); Cambridge University, Trinity College (M.Phil.); and the University of California, Berkeley (A.B., M.A., Ph.D.).


The discipline of Comparative Law typically emphasizes Common Law and Civil Law, which are often seen as the two most influential legal systems in the world. However, many other normative and customary systems have likewise been highly influential. In England, Church Canon Law played a key role in the seismic shift known as the English Reformation of the 16th century. This talk will discuss some historical details of that shift, some of the personalities who helped bring it about, and some of the effects it had on English society.

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