LEX est REX?: The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Administration of Republican Justicedate: 2021-03-09

In the second lecture of our series Ethnic Minorities in the Polish Lands, JLS is honored to present a distinguished speaker, Professor Robert Frost, the chaired professor of history and philosophy at the Aberdeen University, UK, the eminent scholar of the Polish-Lithuanian Union.

The lecture would set out to challenge what is, in the popular accounts at least, a vision of legal and governing chaos in the Polish-Lithuanian Union. Professor Frost would talk about the diversity of legal systems across the republic, suggesting that if one understands the underlying philosophy, the Union was by no means as dysfunctional as is usually suggested. The talk will be illustrated by actual cases from the territory of modern Ukraine or Lithuania, and it will showcase how the Polish-Lithuanian Union dealt with its diversity and its ethnic and religious minorities.

Professor Frost attended the University of St Andrews and the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He has earned his doctorate in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at the University of London (UCL).  He is a foreign member of the Polish Academy of the Arts and Sciences and a British Academy member since 2016. His latest book is a three-volume history of Poland and Lithuania by Oxford University Press; the first volume is already out. The second volume is to be released shortly. 

We recommend that you get the first volume of the Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania: The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, 1385-1569 available on Amazon and elsewhere. The lecture will be based on the new materials for the forthcoming Second Volume of that History.


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