André Vitória

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I am a comparative historian of law and politics in the later Middle Ages, with a particular interest in the influence of juristic and publicist thought on legal and political practice. I am currently a researcher (CEECIND/01367/2017) at the Instituto de Estudos Medievais (Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas – Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and a member of the Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne). I obtained my PhD from the University of Porto in 2013. Following this, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam. My work in Amsterdam consisted in comparing the efforts of late medieval royal governments in France, England and Portugal to frame and address the problem of corruption. My interest in exploring the tensions and compromises between an ill-defined public sphere and the myriad private interests of political actors grew from there and has carried over to my current research work, which studies the contribution of litigation at the Paris Parlement to political debate about the organisation of civic life and the exercise of public authority between c. 1450 and c. 1500. Main publications: ‘Le traître, les marchands et les deux corps du roi: responsabilité juridique et réflexion politique autour de l’élection de Jean Ier du Portugal à la fin du XIVe siècle’, Revue historique 699/3 (2021) 555-592; (with Ronald Kroeze and G. Geltner) (ed.), Anticorruption in History : From Antiquity to the Modern Era (Oxford 2018), p. 77-89 ; ‘Two Weddings and a Lawsuit : Marriage Litigation in Fourteenth-Century Portugal’, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 67/3 (2016) 513-67.