Gespräch am 21.6.2017

Dr. Guido Rossi (University of Edinburgh):
The medieval origins of the Scheinbeamter

How could a deed be valid if its source is not? This question was widely discussed among medieval lawyers. Dr. Guido Rossi examines the - surprising - route leading to the modern idea of Scheinbeamter or de facto officer, a route starting with Roman law, but undergoing a profound change through the influence of Canon law.