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.
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.
BackgroundCharlotte Smith joined the School of Law in September 2002 while putting the finishing touches to her doctoral thesis at King's College London.
Academic qualificationsLLB (King's College), PhD (King's College).
- 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
- "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.
- Smith, C. (2020) The disruptive power of legal biography: the life of Lord Phillimore – churchman and judge. Journal of Legal History , 41 (2). pp. 164-185. ISSN: 1744-0564 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01440365.2020.1783607
- Smith, C. (2019) The Church of England and same sex marriage: beyond a rights-based analysis. Ecclesiastical Law Journal , 21 (2). pp. 153-178. ISSN: 0956-618X | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0956618X19000048
- Smith, C. (2011) The quest for an authoritative court of final appeal in ecclesiastical causes: a study of the difficulties, c. 1830-1876. Journal of Legal History , 32 (2). pp. 189-213. ISSN: 1744-0564 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01440365.2011.591562
- Smith, C. and Wilde, M. (2010) R v Pease (1832). In: Mitchell, C. and Mitchell, P. , (eds.) Landmark cases in the law of tort. Hart , Oxford. pp. 1-31. ISBN: 9781849460033
- Smith, C. (2010) Establishment and human rights in the English constitution: happy bed-fellows or uneasy allies?. In: Doe, N. and Sandberg, R. , (eds.) Law and religion: new horizons. Law and religion studies Peeters (7). , Leuven. pp. 41-56. ISBN: 9789042921597
- Smith, C. (2008) Ridsdale v Clifton: representations of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in ecclesiastical appeals. King's Law Journal , 19 (3). pp. 551 -574. ISSN: 0961-5768
- Smith, C. (2008) A very English affair: establishment and human rights in an organic constitution. In: Cane, P. , Evans, C. , Robinson, Z. , (eds.) Law and religion in theoretical and historical context. Cambridge University Press , Cambridge. pp. 157-185. ISBN: 9780521425902