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Research interests

Lawrence's research interests concentrate on the intellectual history of Law, and the relationship between Law, Politics and Religion. Most especially, he is interested in the religious, political and social roots of legal ideas. He is similarly interested in history of constitutional ideas, the nature and content of political trials, as well as the analysis and intellectual roots of legal arguments.

Further, he is interested in the methods and, specifically, on the improvement of methods in historical analysis - with an emphasis upon the unknown and uncertainity of conclusions.

Recently, Lawrence has began work on the future of Law, and legal responses to existential risks, threats to civilisation and the future of humanity.


Lawrence has taught a wide variety of legal and non-legal subjects. These include Law of Contract, Land Law, Seventeenth Century British History, English Legal System, Family Law, Business Law and Public Law.

Educational background

Lawrence graduated with a 1st class degree in Law from the University of Kent - achieving the second highest grade average in the year, and one of the top 8 grades across the social sciences at Kent.

Following this Lawrence undertook an MRes in Rhetoric and Oratory in the Classics department at RHUL, achieving a distinction. Within the MRes Lawrence produced projects from across the history of Law, through analysis of ancient greek legal speeches, to 16th century English legal training to a dissertation on the legal rhetoric within the Nuremberg trials.

Lawrence recently completed his PhD thesis on the Legal, Political and Religious rhetoric at the trial of Charles I. This work was the first in-depth analysis of the arguments of the court used to prosecute, convict and sentence to death King Charles I. Lawrence completed this under the supervision of Professor Justin Champion, in the department of History at Royal Holloway.


Member of the University of London's Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric

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