1066 and All That: What Did the Normans Do for Us?
Event date: 
14 October 2016

14 October 2016 is the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. The Faculty of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong is proud to present a lunchtime legal history seminar presented by Mr Philip Dykes S.C.


On 14 October 1066, Duke William of Normandy defeated and slew King Harold at the Battle of Hastings and went on to be crowned King of England on Christmas day of the same year. The Conquest resulted in profound social, cultural and legal changes that reverberate to this day in English society.

The talk concentrates on the changes to English law after 1066 up until the death of the last Norman King Stephen in 1154. It suggests that the pre-Conquest legal institutions, including the common law, largely survived the changes to law and government made by the Norman kings and that there is indeed something to the claim that Magna Carta in 1215 represented a reassertion of uniquely Anglo- Saxon liberties against an overweening Crown. Nonetheless the Normans nonetheless created the first truly national court system under the Crown which endured in England & Wales until 1971 and even today, the Hong Kong legal system is littered with leftovers from the legal effects of the Conquest.



Graduate Law Centre
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Bank of America Building, Central

Date 14 October 2016
Time 12:30 PM

Anyone interested in attending may contact Steven Gallagher at stevegallagher@cuhk.edu.hk.