A Law above the Law: Christian Roots of the English Common Law

  • Augusto Zimmermann Murdoch University


The English common law has an incredibly rich Christian heritage. England’s most celebrated jurists – including the likes of Blackstone, Coke and Fortescue – often drew heavily from their Christian faith when expounding and developing what are now well established principles and doctrines of the common law. This article demonstrates how Christian values and principles underpin the English common law, and how they still remain valid to the interpretation of the common law even to the present day. Finally, the article explains why Christianity has always been an important element of the common law, and why the Christian foundations of the common law should not be ignored or neglected.

Nov 11, 2013
How to Cite
ZIMMERMANN, Augusto. A Law above the Law: Christian Roots of the English Common Law. Glocal Conversations, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 85-98, nov. 2013. ISSN 2296-7176. Available at: <https://gc.uofn.edu/index.php/gc/article/view/24>. Date accessed: 23 oct. 2021.


history; common law; jurisprudence; magna carta; rule of law; legal tradition; constitutionalism: