Richard H. Helmholz
Historical Period: The 20th Century and Beyond
Richard H. Helmholz (1940 - ) is the Ruth Wyatt Rosenson Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. He teaches the modern American law of real and personal property, but his research interests have been concentrated in the area of the history of the European ius commune, with particular attention to its place in the development of the English legal system. Working from their manuscript records, he has taken a hand in tracing the history of the jurisdiction of the ecclesiastical courts in England from their beginning in the 13th century to their temporary abolition in the 1640s.