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Dr Charlotte Smith

Dr Charlotte Smith
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Associate Professor
Dr Charlotte Smith



Charlotte is the Deputy Research Division Lead for Law and Co-Chair of the Law, Justice and Society research grouping.

In addition to convening the part 2 LLB module on Crime and Society Charlotte is the Programme Director for the Master of Arts by Research in Legal History.

Areas of Interest

My research interests lie predominantly in legal history and ecclesiastical law. Much of my work has explored the impact of church-state relations upon various aspects of clergy discipline and ecclesiastical court reform in the nineteenth century, and upon the constitutional status and treatment of the Church of England in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. I have also developed my research in ways which intersect with imperial and colonial history, and my research in this area explores the transmission and experience of English law to and in British settler colonies in the nineteenth century, and the impact that this has had upon the history and formation of the Worldwide Anglican Communion. In recent years I have also developed a keen interest in legal biography, and I have written a number of biographical pieces about the Churchmen and lawyers whom I have encountered in my research.

PhD Supervision

I have successfully supervised a number of doctoral candidates to completion in the fields of modern and early modern legal history and ecclesiastical law. I welcome expressions of interest from prospective PhD students in these and allied fields.

Memberships and Appointments

  • Book Reviews Editor and member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Legal History
  • Book Reviews Editor and member of the Editorial Board of the Ecclesiastical Law Journal
  • Member of the Ecclesiastical Law Society
  • Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Anglican Chaplaincy at the University of Reading
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research groups / Centres


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Further Publications

  • "A Curious Episode in the History of Appellate Jurisdiction", 74 Amicus Curiae (Summer, 2008), pp. 17-23.
  • "Allcard v Skinner (1887)" in C. Mitchell and P. Mitchell (Eds.), Landmark Cases in the Law of Restitution (Oxford: Hart, 2006).
  • " Allcard v Skinner Revisited: Historical Perspectives on Undue Influence", in E. J. Cooke (Ed.), Modern Studies in Property Law (vol. III) (Oxford: Hart, 2005)
  • "The Place of Representatives of Religion in the Reformed Second Chamber", (2003) Public Law, pp 674-696.
  • "Martin v Mackonochie/Mackonochie v Penzance: A Crisis of Character and Identity in the Court of Arches?" (2003) Legal History, vol. 24, pp. 250-272.
  • "Episcopal Seats and Proposals for Reform of the House of Lords" (2002) Kings College Law Journal, vol. 13, pp. 109-117.


LL.B. (King's College), Ph.D. (King's College)

Biographical Details

Charlotte Smith joined the School of Law in September 2002 while putting the finishing touches to her doctoral thesis at King's College London.

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