Elizabeth Papp Kamali

Elizabeth Kamali PhotoElizabeth Papp Kamali
Assistant Professor of Law
Harvard Law School

Elizabeth Papp Kamali is an Assistant Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where she teaches Criminal Law to first-year law students, as well as upper-level classes on English Legal History, Medieval English Law, and Mind and Criminal Responsibility in the Anglo-American Tradition. As a faculty member of the Standing Committee on Medieval Studies, Kamali’s involvement in the university stretches well beyond the law school campus. Her research focuses on the medieval English common law and the history of criminal law, with a particular interest in the early criminal trial jury. Her current projects include studies of the role of criminal intent in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century English felony cases, medieval understandings of anger’s operation in felony adjudication, conflict between urban customary law and the English common law in the early fourteenth century, and the influence of Roman law on the early development of the common law. Forthcoming publications include an article called The Devil’s Daughter of Hell Fire: Anger’s Role in Medieval English Felony Cases (in Law and History Review), an essay on Law and Equity in a Medieval English Manor Court, and a co-authored piece titled A Crossroads in Criminal Procedure: The Assumptions Underlying England’s Adoption of Trial by Jury for Crime.

Kamali recently completed her PhD in History at the University of Michigan. She received the 2016 Arthur Fondler Dissertation Prize from the University of Michigan for her dissertation, A Felonious State of Mind: Mens Rea in Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century England. In 2013, she was awarded the Kathryn T. Preyer Award for best paper by an early career scholar by the American Society for Legal History, as well as the Medieval Academy of America Graduate Student Prize for best graduate student paper. Kamali received an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. Between college and law school, she worked at Orion Consultants, where she advised Wall Street broker/dealers on their relationships with institutional investors, and volunteered as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in foster care.

Faculty website: http://hls.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/11491/Kamali