Dr. David De Concilio | PhD
LL.M. (Università degli Studi Roma Tre), Ph.D. (University of St Andrews/Università degli Studi Roma Tre)
I am a legal historian with a particular interest in the Middle Ages. I studied Law at Roma Tre University, where I obtained my master’s degree in 2018. The same year I undertook a joint PhD in medieval history and in legal disciplines, under a co-tutelle at the University of St Andrews and Roma Tre University, within
the ERC research project “Civil Law, Common Law, Customary Law: Consonance, Divergence and Transformation in Western Europe from the Late Eleventh to the Thirteenth Centuries” (CLCLCL). After
defending my thesis ‘Via Brocardica. The Development of Brocards and the Western European Legal Tradition (c.1160 – c.1215)’, in March 2022 I joined the MICOLL team at the University of Padua as a
research fellow, to work on the legal sources of the project.
I am also a member of the PRIN research project Precetto religioso e norma giuridica: storia e dinamica di una dialettica fondativa della civiltà giuridica occidentale (secoli IV-XVII), funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MUR), and I collaborate with the project Circulation des Savoirs Médiévaux –
CiSaMe funded by the French Agency for Research (ANR). In these years, I have been visiting researcher at the Leopold-Wenger-Institut für Rechtsgeschichte, Ludwig- Maximilians-Universität of Munich (2021) and at the Robbins Collection, University of California, Berkeley, where I have been awarded a “Robbins Fellowship” (2022). My main research interests are twelfth- and thirteenth-century methods of legal argumentation and learning in the ius commune tradition and the medieval theory on legal presumptions. I am also interested in the historical relationship between law and other fields of human knowledge, like theology and literature.