Catherine Duggan '06

Catherine has published a book, The Lost Laws of Ireland, offering an intriguing glimpse into early Irish society. Known as Brehon Law, this legal system reveals a complex society in which learning was revered, social mobility was expected, women had certain property rights, could divorce and inherit property, and fairness and harmony were social goals. With laws the customs of the people, written by jurists, 7th century Ireland was a highly developed society that applied surprisingly modern approaches to many legal issues, in marked contrast to practices in feudal Europe.