2023: Law in the Christian Life

Our 2023 conference will take place in St Andrews, Monday 28-Wednesday 30 August 2023. The theme will be ‘Law in the Christian Life’.

Accommodation is from Sunday 27-Tuesday 29 August, inclusive, and is for 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast, and 1 night bed & breakfast in en-suite rooms at Agnes Blackadder Hall. The registration fee includes all tea/coffee, 3 lunches, and the conference dinner.

Provisional programme:

Sunday 27 August Monday 28 August Tuesday 29 August Wednesday 30 August
0700-0930 Breakfast (Agnes Blackadder) Breakfast (Agnes Blackadder) Breakfast (Agnes Blackadder)


The Natural Law

Chair Ashley Beck

Gerard Loughlin

Philip Reynolds

Human rights

Chair Simon Gaine OP

Ethna Regan

Stephen McKinney

1030-1130 Coffee (Parliament Hall) Coffee (Parliament Hall) Coffee (Parliament Hall)
1130-1300 Registrations (Parliament Hall) Short papers Short papers

Summary & conclusion

1300-1400 Lunch (Parliament Hall) Lunch (Parliament Hall) Lunch (Parliament Hall)
1400-1530 Residential delegates arrive

(Agnes Blackadder)

Welcome to St Andrews

Prof Oliver Crisp

Introductory Keynote

Chair Stephen McKinney

Simon Gaine OP

The legal wisdom of the Church

Chair Michael Kirwan SJ

Gregory Pearson OP

Peter Magee



1530-1600 Tea (Parliament Hall) Tea (Parliament Hall)
1600-1730 Residential delegates arrive

(Agnes Blackadder)

Law in the Scriptures

Chair Beáta Tóth

Susan Docherty

Madhavi Nevader

Dominika Kurek-Chomycz

Optional tour of St Andrews


1800-1900 AGM (Agnes Blackadder) Mass for deceased members
1900 Dinner (Agnes Blackadder) Dinner (Agnes Blackadder) Conference dinner (Lower College Hall)

The CTA is always ready to welcome new members who are actively involved in some way in the promotion of theology through their teaching.