21 February 2020

JOB : Lecturer at the Université Catholique de l'Ouest (deadline 30 MARCH 2020)

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RESUME : The Université Catholique de l'Ouest (France) is hiring a "Maître de conférences" (eq. Lecturer) to teach legal history (especially French legal history).



CONTACT : Association StYves/ UCO – DRH - 3, Place André Leroy – BP 10808 - 49008 ANGERS Cedex 01 ou

BOOK: Richard CULLEN, Hong Kong Constitutionalism : The British Legacy and the Chinese Future (London: Routledge, 2019). ISBN 9781138320130, £96.00

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Routledge is publishing a new book on the history of Hong Kong constitutionalism.


Hong Kong is widely regarded as an exemplar of authoritarian jurisdictions with a positive history of adhering to Rule of Law shaped governance systems. British Hong Kong provides a remarkable story of the effective development and consolidation of such a system, which has continued to apply since 1997 when it became the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) within the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

This book adopts a fresh approach in examining the evolution of Hong Kong’s political-legal experience. It establishes that these prominent governance achievements were built on particular British constitutional foundations forged over many centuries. The work shows how the analysis of the British theorist Albert Dicey and, in particular, `Diceyan Constitutionalism’ was fundamental, within the pivotal context of `Chinese Familism’, in shaping the development of governance institutions and operational procedures within the new British Colony.

It discusses how Hong Kong’s system of Authoritarian Legality has come to pass. Exploring the essence of that system, the study probes how thoroughly it has been stress-tested, not least in 2019, and how well it may be placed to cope with tests yet to come. It also analyzes Hong Kong–Beijing relations and the long-term prospects for the HKSAR within the PRC based on a balanced contemporary assessment of China’s exceptional One Party State.


Richard Cullen is a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong. He first began working in Hong Kong in 1991. His research interests are in Public Law, Taxation Law, Comparative Law, Fundamentals of the Common Law, and Media Law. He has published extensively on these and related areas.

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20 February 2020

BOOK: Valentina VADI, War and Peace. Alberico Gentili and the Early Modern Law of Nations [Legal History Library, 37/Studies in the History of International Law, vol. 14 ed. Randall LESAFFER] (Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff/Brill, MAY 2020), 596 p. ISBN 9789004345249, € 160

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Book abstract:
In War and Peace, Valentina Vadi investigates Alberico Gentili’s contribution to the development of the early modern law of nations. Gentili discussed issues that remain topical today, including the clash of civilizations, the conduct of war, and the maintenance of peace.

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19 February 2020

BOOK: Leonard Francis TAYLOR, Catholic Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020). ISBN 9781108486125, £ 85.00

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Cambridge University Press is publishing a new book on catholic cosmopolitanism and human rights.


It is because Catholicism played such a formative role in the construction of Western legal culture that it is the focal point of this enquiry. The account of international law from its origin in the treaties of Westphalia, and located in the writing of the Grotian tradition, had lost contact with another cosmopolitan history of international law that reappeared with the growth of the early twentieth century human rights movement. The beginnings of the human rights movement, grounded in democratic sovereign power, returned to that moral vocabulary to promote the further growth of international order in the twentieth century. In recognising this technique of periodically returning to Western cosmopolitan legal culture, this book endeavours to provide a more complete account of the human rights project that factors in the contribution that cosmopolitan Catholicism made to a general theory of sovereignty, international law and human rights.


Leonard Francis TaylorNational University of Ireland, Galway
Leonard Taylor is a graduate of the Irish Centre for Human Rights in National University of Ireland, Galway, where he lectures in human rights law. He is also an assistant lecturer at the Institute of Technology, Sligo.


1. Catholic cosmopolitan and the birth of human rights
2. Catholic cosmopolitanism from the centre to the periphery
3. Catholic cosmopolitanism from the periphery to international concern
4. Locating a modern Christian cosmopolitanism
5. An imperfect cosmopolitan project

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18 February 2020

BOOK PRESENTATION: Presentatione del volume "Breve storia degli italiani in Cina" di Stefano Beltrame. Università di Trento - Facoltà di Giurisprudenza, 24 febbraio 2020

Luogo: Palazzo di Giurisprudenza, via Verdi 53 (Trento) - Sala Conferenze
Ore: 11.00-13.00

Saluti istituzionali:
Fulvio Cortese, Preside della Facoltà di Giurisprudenza, Università degli Studi di Trento

Ivan Cardillo, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Università degli Studi di Trento

Ne discutono:
Giuseppe Nesi, Università degli Studi di Trento
Riccardo Zandonini, Centro Studi Martino Martini

Interviene l’Autore:
Stefano Beltrame, Ministro Plenipotenziario Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale

BOOK : Michael SONENSCHER, Jean-Jacques Rousseau - The Division of Labour, The Politics of the Imagination and The Concept of Federal Government (Leiden-New York: Brill, 2020). ISBN 978-90-04-39214-4

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Brill is publishing a new book on the political thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.


This is a book about the political thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Its aim is to explain why, for Rousseau, thinking about politics – whether as democratic sovereignty, representative government, institutionalised power, imaginative vision or a moment of decision – lay at the heart of what he called his “grand, sad system.” This book tracks the gradual emergence of the various components of that system and describes the connections between them. The result is a new and fresh interpretation of one of Europe’s most famous political thinkers, showing why Rousseau can be seen as one of the first theorists of the modern concept of civil society and a key source of the problematic modern idea of a federal system.


Michael Sonenscher is a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. He is the author of Before the Deluge and Sans-Culottes: An Eighteenth-Century Emblem in the French Revolution, as well as the editor of Sieyès: Political Writings.


Abbreviations Used in Footnotes and a Note on Citations

1 Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Marvellous in Life
 1 The Power of Prose
 2 Rousseau and Burke
 3 An Elusive System
 4 The Problem of Unity
 5 A Cumulative Process
 6 The Mystery of Federalism

2 The Fénelon Problem
 1 The Many Dimensions of Reform
 2 Rousseau and Montesquieu
 3 Markets, Politics and Reform
 4 Rousseau and the Fénelon Problem

3 The Division of Labour and the Political Economy of the General Will
 1 Population and Subsistence Goods
 2 Perfectibility, Autonomy and the Idea of a Federal Government
 3 The Social Contract
 4 Gradated Promotion and the General Will
 5 Taxation and Representation
 6 The Federal Dimension of Rousseau’s Thought

4 The Politics of the Imagination
 1 The Language of Signs
 2 The Origins of the Imagination
 3 The Genealogy of Love
 4 The Imagination and the Social Contract

5 Conscience and the Structure of Federal Government
 1 A Simulacrum of Virtue
 2 The Origins of Conscience
 3 The Power of Enchantment

6 Rousseau’s Legacy
 1 Theodicies and Their Properties
 2 From Metapolitics to Civil Society
 3 Theories of the Political State
 4 Lorenz von Stein
 5 Rudolf von Jhering
 6 The Concept of Sovereignty
 7 Otto von Gierke
 8 Epilogue: the Jean-Jacques Rousseau Problem in Historical Context


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17 February 2020

LECTURE SERIES: E-Lectures program 2019-2020, I-HILT, Institute for the History of International Law - Tilburg Law School

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I-HILT, Institute for the History of International Law @ Tilburg is a group of researchers from the Department of Public Law and Governance at Tilburg Law School, the Netherlands. The group is responsible for teaching several classes on the subject of the history of international law and relations, next to other legal history subjects. I-HILT organizes a series of lectures on the history of international law at the Tilburg Law School.

In the academic year 2019-2020, the I-HILT institute will continue its series of E-lectures. Please feel welcome to attend any of them in real life. Alternatively, you can watch the recording afterwards on this page. The full program and information about the speakers can be found here

A short overview of forthcoming lectures:

27 February 2020, 11:00-12:00, CubeZ 222
Maurits den Hollander, Tilburg University
'Insolvency and Economic Misfortune in 17th Century Amsterdam'

12 March 2020, 11:00 -12:00, CubeZ 222
Dr. Ingo Venzke, University of Amsterdam
'Situating Contingency: How International Law Could Have Been'

26 March 2020, 11:00 to 12:00, CubeZ 222
Remko Mooi, Tilburg University
'Protecting the Foreign Creditor: International Insolvency Procedures in Early Modern Frankfurt am Main'

Each lecture will be 40 minutes accompanied by a question and answer period of 20 minutes. Come to one of the lectures (see program above) or simply stream it here!

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PAPERS: SSRN Research Paper Series of University of Milano-Bicocca School of Law

The Università degli Studi di Milano - Bicocca has resently publish some papers of legal history importance at its SSRN research paper series: 

Polish Memory Laws and Historical Identity in Europe: Analysing the Defence of 'Disinformation' (Uladzislau Belavusau)

Neither Secular State nor Laical Republic? Legal Position of Religious Communities in Communist Yugoslavia – Legal Framework Analysis (Marko Božić)


16 February 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS, Approches épistémologique et historiographique du droit criminel. Jalons pour une histoire intellectuelle du droit pénal, (Université de Bordeaux), 2 October 2020.

(Source : Université de Bordeaux)

WHEN : Wednesday 2 October 2020

APPLICATION DEADLINE : 26 February 2020 

WHERE : Université de Bordeaux

TOPIC : This symposium aims to promote legal criminal thought and discussing about "an intellectual history of criminal law".



1) Envoi et sélection : Les propositions (500 mots maximum) devront nous parvenir au plus tard le 26 avril 2020 à l’adresse
suivante : . Vous serez recontacté.e.s fin mai 2020.
2) Financement : Les participant.e.s sélectionné.e.s seront défrayé.e.s pour le transport et le logement (le cas échéant), et ce dans les limites du budget du colloque.
3) Publication : Les actes de cette journée feront, en principe, l’objet d’une publication dans une revue — sous réserve d'acceptation par son comité de lecture.
4) Présentation : Ce colloque est organisé par Alexandre FRAMBÉRY-IACOBONE et Marine VETTER, doctorant.e.s contractuel.le.s de l’Université de Bordeaux ; il bénéficie du soutien structurel et scientifique de l’Institut de Recherche Montesquieu (IRM-CAHD — Université de Bordeaux), du Centre d’Études et de Recherche sur la Diplomatie, l’Administration publique et le Politique (CERDAP2 — Université de Grenoble Alpes), et du Centre d’Histoire et d’Anthropologie du Droit (CHAD — Université Paris Nanterre).

-Antonio AMALFITANO, Docteur en droit (université de Bordeaux) & Docteur en Sciences   politiques (Università Federico II di Napoli) ;
- Jérôme FERRAND, Maître de conférences, Université de Grenoble Alpes ;
- Nader HAKIM, Professeur, Université de Bordeaux ;
- Jean-Louis HALPÉRIN, Professeur, ENS ;
- Martine KALUSZYNSKI, Directrice de recherche CNRS, Pacte ;
- Marie MANIKIS, Professeure, McGill University ;
- Massimo MECCARELLI, Professeur, Università di Macerata ;
- Annamaria MONTI, Professeure, Università Bocconi ;
- Mathieu SOULA, Professeur, Université Paris Nanterre.

14 February 2020

BOOK: Vincent K.L. CHANG, Forgotten Diplomacy, The Modern Remaking of Dutch-Chinese Relations, 1927–1950. Series: Studies on Modern East Asian History, Vol. 2 (Leiden/Boston: Nijhoff/Brill, 2019). ISBN: 9789004410701, € 149.00

Cover Forgotten Diplomacy
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In this meticulously researched volume, Vincent Chang resurrects a near forgotten yet pivotal chapter of Dutch-Chinese ties to narrate how World War II, the civil war in China, and Indonesia’s decolonization redefined and remade this age-old bilateral relationship. 
Drawing on a unique range of hitherto unexplored archives, the book explains how China’s nascent rise on the global scene and the Netherlands’ simultaneous decline as a colonial power shaped events in Dutch-controlled Indonesia (and vice versa) and prompted a re-calibration of their mutual ties, culminating in the Netherlands’ recognition of the People’s Republic and laying the foundations for Dutch and Chinese policies through to the present. 
Offering insightful analyses of power dynamics and international law at the close of empire, this book is a critical resource for historians and China specialists as well as scholars of international relations.


Vincent K.L. Chang, PhD (2016), a Dutch lawyer and historian, is Associate Professor of History at Southwest University (China) specializing in modern Chinese history and diplomacy. He also teaches at Leiden University and serves as a fellow of the LeidenAsiaCentre.


List of Tables
List of Plates
 1 Dutch Diplomatic History
 2 Chinese Diplomatic History
 3 Merging Histories
 4 Traits of Modern Dutch-Chinese Relations
 5 Aims, Arguments, and Organization of the Book

Part 1: Readjustment
1 Diplomatic Relations During the Prewar Years: 1927–1936
 1 International Context
 2 Development of Bilateral Ties
 3 Dutch Official Representation in China
 4 Chinese Official Representation in the Netherlands
 5 Conclusion
2 Remission of the Dutch Share in China’s Boxer Indemnity
 1 A Watershed Moment
 2 The Central Hydraulic Research Institute at Nanjing
 3 Life, Loss, and Lasting Friendship
 4 Effects and Significance
Plates 1–24

Part 2: Realignment
3 Diplomatic Relations during the War Years: 1937–1945
 1 International Context
 2 Development of Bilateral Ties
 3 Dutch Official Representation in China
 4 Chinese Official Representation in the Netherlands
 5 Conclusion
4 Abrogation of Dutch Extraterritorial Rights in China
 1 The System of Extraterritoriality in China
 2 Extraterritoriality and Dutch-Chinese Treaty Relations
 3 The Dutch-Chinese Treaty of
 4 Effects and Significance
Plates 25–45

Part 3: Reset
5 Diplomatic Relations during the Postwar Years: 1946–1950
 1 International Context
 2 Development of Bilateral Ties
 3 Dutch Official Representation in China
 4 Chinese Official Representation in the Netherlands
 5 Conclusion
6 Recognition of the People’s Republic of China
 1 Early Encounters
 2 The Path to Recognition
 3 Rationales, Response, Result
 4 Effects and Significance

 1 Change and Continuity
 2 Policies and People
 3 Power Dynamics
 4 Past and Present
 5 The Future Past
Appendix 1: Chronology of Major Events
Appendix 2: Overview of Senior Envoys, 1927–1950
Appendix 3: Exchange of Notes Dated 4 April 1933
Appendix 4: Joint Announcement Dated 15 February 1943
Appendix 5: Dutch-Chinese Treaty of 29 May 1945
Appendix 6: Notes on Recognition, March/April 1950

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LECTURE: La Cour de cassation italienne: histoire, rôle et perspectives - Nantes 18 févr. 2020



Paolo Alvazzi del Frate è professore ordinario di "Storia del diritto medievale e moderno" presso il dipartimento di giurisprudenza dell'Università Roma Tre.

13 February 2020

JOB: Fixed-Term Lecturership in international law, three years (Cambridge, DEADLINE 2 MAR 2020)

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The Faculty of Law is seeking to appoint an appropriately qualified person to a fixed-term Lectureship in International Law commencing 1 September 2020. The funds for the post are available for three years in the first instance, but a further two years of funding may be possible, depending on the return of the substantive post holder. The person appointed will teach on international law papers at undergraduate and postgraduate level, conduct and assist in the supervision of research, and participate in the general work of the Faculty.
The appointee will demonstrate potential to lecture effectively and to carry out and publish research of the highest calibre. The person appointed will normally hold a PhD or equivalent qualification. The Lecturer will be based in central Cambridge.
If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Julie Boucher by email Please quote reference JK22281 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
Further particulars and details of the application procedure are available at the University Job Opportunities site.  Online application is available via that site.
Closing date: 2 March 2020
Vacancy Reference No: JK22281
Salary: £41,526-£52,559
The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.
The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

BOOK: Mathieu SOULA, Martine CHARAGEAT, Bernard RIBEMONT & Mathieu VIVAS (dir.), Résister à la justice XIIe-XVIIIe siècles [POLEN - Pouvoirs, lettres, normes , Vol. 17] (Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2020), 351 p. ISBN 978-2-4060-9713-6, € 25

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Book abstract:
À la lumière de l’historiographie récente et de l’analyse résistancielle issue des sciences sociales, il s’agit de considérer l’histoire judiciaire non pas seulement des résistances à la manière foucaldienne mais par les résistances, en termes de pratiques et en dépassant l’alternative obéissance/résistance.
Table of contents:
Martine Charageat et Mathieu Soula, Introduction. L’affrontement des légitimités, p. 7

Première partie. Se dresser contre la justice
Bernard Ribémont, Résister à la justice dans la littérature narrative de fiction du Moyen Âge. L’efficace de l’ambiguïté, p. 27
Luca Fois, L’inquisiteur mis en échec. Savoir juridique et contrôle des informations, l’exemple d’un procès pour hérésie dans la Lombardie du xiiie siècle, p. 45
Laure Verdon, Refus de justice et identité nobiliaire. L’affaire Hugues de Baux contre Pelet de Mimet, Roquevaire (1298-1303), p. 59
María Asenjo González, Resistencia a la justicia y desacato en las ciudades castellanas (1450-1520), p. 75
María Luisa Pedrós Ciurana, Otro género de resistencia. La magia apresada, p. 107
Giovanni Romeo, Résister à l’inquisition, résister à la justice de l’Église. Le cas de l’Italie de la Contre-Réforme, p. 121

Deuxième partie. Jouer avec les règles de la justice
Pascal Texier, Résistance, contournement ou instrumentalisation ? Usage de la justice dans la France du bas Moyen Âge, p. 139
Ricardo Córdoba de la Llave, Factores de prevaricación judicial en la Castilla medieval, p. 153
Sandrine Lavaud, En lutte contre les privilèges du vin. Marchands du Haut-Pays contre jurade de Bordeaux sous arbitrage du parlement (fin xve-début xvie siècle), p. 169
Roberto Tufano, Resistenze di parte e di ceto alla giustizia regia nelle Sicilie durante il Settecento. La ricusazione del giudice come strumento di lotta politica tra élites durante il viceregno austriaco, p. 187
Mathieu Soula, Mettre à nue la violence judiciaire. Faire face au pouvoir de mort à Toulouse au xviiie siècle, p. 207
Sébastien Annen, Résister par la grâce aux « poursuites non-méritées du Ministère public ». La grâce, la fuite et l’innocence dans la France des années 1780, p. 225

Troisième partie. Résistances et construction de la souveraineté
Julien Briand, Justiciables, échevins et officiers seigneuriaux face aux évolutions de la procédure rémoise (xive-xve siècles), p. 243
Véronique Beaulande-Barraud, La juridiction du chapitre de Reims, un moyen de résister à la justice archiépiscopale, p. 263
Bernard Dauven, Contester la grâce. Les rapports de pouvoir entretenus entre le prince et la partie intéressée dans les rémissions (Brabant, xvie et xviie siècles), p. 279
Olivier Caporossi, Résister aux abus du corregidor de Plasencia en 1622, un triomphe pour la justice du roi ?, p. 293
Rachel Renault, Résistance à la justice et construction du politique. Les territoires immédiats d’Empire de Saxe et Thuringe face aux justices impériales et territoriales (xviie-xviiie siècles), p. 311
Sophie Delbrel, Quand l’administration résiste à la justice. L’accord en matière de fiscalité indirecte aux xviiie et xixe siècles, p. 325 
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BOOK: Thomas OLECHOWSKI, Brigitte MAZOHL, Karin SCHNEIDER & Reinhard STAUBER (Hrsg.), Der Wiener Kongress 1814/15 [Denkschriften der philosophisch-historischen Klasse, Band: 517]. (Wien: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2019), 2 v. ISBN 978-3-7001-8182-8, € 99

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The Vienna Congress of 1814/15 was a major event, attended by monarchs, diplomats and lobbyists, but also by adventure seekers, dancers and actors to represent their interests, to do business or to enjoy themselves. It provided the opportunity to compose pieces of music and to create many works of fine art, so that it has remained alive in the collective memory until today. The reorganization of Europe agreed at the congress had lasted for half a century. The 34 authors from ten countries analyse the Vienna Congress and its consequences. Both the internationality and the interdisciplinary nature of the research offer new perspectives on the event that changed Europe and the world forever.
See table of contents here.

(source: Austrian Academy of Sciences)

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LECTURE: Verso il Corpus iuris canonici - lezione di Lorenzo Sinisi, Bergamo 18 febbraio 2020


12 February 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Ann THOMSON on Jürgen OSTERHAMMEL, Unfabling the East: The Enlightenment’s Encounter with Asia (American Historical Review 2020)

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First paragraph:
Jürgen Osterhammel’s Die Entzauberung Asiens, published in 1998, with a second edition in 2013, has acquired the status of something of a classic in the German-speaking world. Its translation into English after twenty years is therefore long overdue and very welcome. This translation, Unfabling the East: The Enlightenment’s Encounter with Asia, by Robert Savage, is a revised and updated version of the original, which has thus allowed Osterhammel to take account of a certain amount of more recent literature; he indicates that it should be seen as the “standard edition” of the work. The choice of “unfabling” in the title rather than the more common translation of Entzauberung as “disenchantment” was made, as Osterhammel explains on pages 30–31, in order to avoid discussions of its meaning for Max Weber and to draw the reader’s attention to what he sees as eighteenth-century travelers’ deliberate undermining of “the fabled East.” It is also interesting that “Asia” in the original German title has been replaced by “the East,” with Asia relegated to the subtitle. In addition, the German subtitle referred to Europe in the eighteenth century rather than the Enlightenment; it might perhaps have been preferable to follow the German original here, as the period under study is the long eighteenth century, from around 1680 to around 1830.
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BOOK: Caroline DERRY, Lesbianism and the Criminal Law - Three Centuries of Legal Regulation in England and Wales (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). ISBN 978-3-030-35300-1, 92,64 €

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Routledge is publishing a new book on lesbianism and criminal law in English and Welsh legal history.


This book offers a comprehensive examination of the ways in which the criminal justice system of England and Wales has regulated, and failed or refused to regulate, lesbianism. It identifies the overarching approach as one of silencing: lesbianism has not only been ignored or regarded as unimaginable, but was deliberately excluded from legal discourses. A series of case studies ranging from 1746 to 2013 from parliamentary debates to individual prosecutions shed light on the complex process of regulation through silencing. They illuminate its evolution over three centuries and explore when and why it has been breached. The answers Derry uncovers can be fully understood only in the context of surrounding social and legal developments which are also considered. Lesbianism and the Criminal Law makes an important contribution to the growing bodies of literature on feminism, sexuality and the law and the legal history of sexual offences.


Caroline Derry is Lecturer in Law at the Open University, UK. She taught for fifteen years at London Metropolitan University where she was a senior lecturer in Criminal and Evidence Law and Gender and Law, and LLB course leader. She has been a visiting lecturer in Criminal Law at SOAS and at Paris Descartes. She is a co-author of Complete Criminal Law (OUP, 2018) and Gender and Law (Routledge, 2018).


Mary/Charles Hamilton: Eighteenth-Century Female Husband Prosecutions
Louise Mourey and the ‘Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon’
‘Gross Indecency Between Females’: The 1921 Parliamentary Debates
Victor/Valerie Barker: Sexology and Challenges to Silencing
The Wolfenden Report: A Shift in Silencing
Allen: Sexual Offences Prosecutions in the Late Twentieth Century
McNally: After the Sexual Offences Act 2003

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11 February 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS: Law, Theology, and the Moral Regulation of “Economy” in the Early-Modern Atlantic World (Chicago, 23 April 2021) (DEADLINE: 15 March 2020)

We learned of a call for papers for a conference on “Law, Theology, and the Moral Regulation of “Economy” in the Early-Modern Atlantic World” in Chicago.

This is a call for papers in anticipation of a one-day conference to be organized by Brian Owensby (University of Virginia) and Richard Ross (University of Illinois) through the Symposium on Comparative Early Modern Legal History [].  The conference, to be held at the Newberry Library in Chicago on Friday, April 23, 2021 is entitled, “Law, Theology, and the Moral Regulation of ‘Economy’ in the Early-Modern Atlantic World.”  The time is long past when the Western world’s emergent commercial culture could be understood solely in terms of a Protestant ethos or the division between commerce and social morality occasioned by the Protestant Reformation. Scholarship has shown that “modern” ideas regarding commerce and “economics” had their roots in late-medieval Catholic thought and in neo-scholastic ideas that blended theology, justice, and law. It is clear as well that the rise of commercial thinking was not a linear intellectual development. Protestants and Catholics alike, facing the moral and social implications of novel “economic” relations, undertook deep theological and legal reflections regarding unbridled, competitive, exchange-oriented gain seeking. Many of these concerns were raised in the context of Europe’s westward expansion to the New World. Usury, just price, interest, legal personality, slavery, reciprocity, property, cases of conscience, doubts regarding self-regulating mechanisms, concerns for the poor—all figured in a vibrant legal discourse that simultaneously elaborated and critiqued a set of ideas regarding human economy that became dominant between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. This conference will bring together historians, legal scholars, and social scientists to investigate law’s historical role in enabling and regulating behaviors now recognized as foundational to modern economies.

Interested presenters should submit an abstract of between 200 and 500 words and a c.v. by March 15, 2020.  Please send submissions and inquiries to Richard Ross []; 217-244-7890.  No previously published work will be accepted. Applicants will be notified by email shortly after the submission deadline.  Accepted participants will be required to submit a full paper of no more than 10,000 words by the end of February 2021. Papers will be pre-circulated and read by all participants.  The conference will pay for travel and hotel expenses.

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Days of the Society for Legal and Institutional History of Flanders, Picardy and Wallonia (Middelburg, 22-23 MAY 2020)

Société d'histoire du droit et des institutions des pays flamands, picards et wallons


Les journées internationales d'histoire du droit et des institutions 2020 auront lieu à Middelbourg (Middelburg), les 22 et 23 mai 2020 et seront consacrées au thème de L’Art et le Droit.

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L’Art et le Droit, un thème universel à travers les âges. Différentes approches peuvent être distinguées. Tout d’abord, le droit lui-même est un art : ars aequi et boni. Ainsi, les notions du droit peuvent ressembler à la poésie : `en fait de meubles, la possession vaut titre’, `we hold these truths to be self-evident’. De plus, l’art peut être une représentation du droit. Les effigies de la justice et des juges vertueux (Zaleucos, Cambyse, Brutus) ornent nos lieux publics. Troisièmement, le plus important, l’art lui-même est l’objet du droit, et bien loin d'être clair et précis. L’artiste, les objets d’art, les obligations concernant l’art sont tous l’objet d'intérêts individuels et communs, privés et publics, locaux et universels, des temps révolus et des temps futurs.

Il va de soi qu’il y a tant d’autres aspects, compte tenu des réalités de la vie quotidienne dans ce domaine. Notre thème couvre maints sujets, qui peuvent aborder de nombreuses perspectives. Tous candidats à faire une communication sont cordialement invités. L'art, par nature, nous concerne en effet tous.

Ce thème général n’exclut pas, par ailleurs, la possibilité de communiquer sur d’autres sujets d’histoire du droit, de la justice et des institutions.

Les interventions peuvent être faites en français, en anglais ou en néerlandais. Les orateurs sont priés d’envoyer un résumé à l’avance aux organisateurs (de préférence en français).

Les personnes désireuses de communiquer sont priées de faire parvenir leur proposition de communication avant le 20 avril 2020 à J.M. MILO et E.K.E. von BONE par courriel:


De internationale dagen 2020 van de Société d'histoire du droit et des institutions des pays flamands, picards et wallons zullen op 22 en 23 mei 2020 in Middelburg plaatsvinden.

Het thema is: “L’Art et le Droit” (“Kunst en Recht”).

Kunst en Recht – het is een tijdloos en universeel thema. Een grote verscheidenheid aan benaderingen zijn mogelijk, zoals de volgende. Recht op zichzelf is een kunst – ars aequi et boni. Welgekozen woorden kunnen een norm verdichten (zoals `we hold these truths to be self-evident’; or `en fait des meubles la possession vaut titre’). Ten tweede kan kunst het recht verbeelden. Zo zijn onze publieke plaatsen van bestuur en rechtspraak van oudsher met exemplarische deugden (en ondeugden) verlucht – Zaleukos, Cambyses en Brutus zijn slechts drie voorbeelden. Ten derde, en niet het minst belangrijk, kunst zelf is een object van recht. Kunstenaar, kunstwerken, verhoudingen en verbintenissen aangaande kunst vertonen zich steeds op ons schouwtoneel, in gecompliceerd en ragfijn spel tussen individuele en gemeenschappelijke, private en publieke belangen, locaal en universeel, in verleden en toekomende tijden.

Vanzelfsprekend is er veel en veel meer, in de klare lijn en het pointillisme van de werkelijke wereld. Ons thema laat zich vanuit meer perspectieven benaderen, die alle vrij zijn om als insteek voor een bijdrage te dienen. Van harte uitgenodigd. Kunst, van nature, raakt ons allen.

Dit hoofdthema sluit overigens lezingen over andere onderwerpen van rechtsgeschiedenis of van de geschiedenis der instellingen niet uit.

De lezingen kunnen in het Frans, het Engels of het Nederlands doorgaan. De sprekers worden verzocht vooraf een samenvatting aan de organisatoren te bezorgen (bij voorkeur in het Frans).

Kandidaat-sprekers kunnen hun voorgenomen onderwerp met titel vóór 20 april 2020 meedelen aan J.M. MILO en E.K.E von BONE (per e-mail:

(source: Standen & Landen/Anciens Pays & Assemblées d'États)

SPECIAL ISSUE: Trop, c’est trop ! Justice, religion et société devant l’inacceptable (Sources, 2019)

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The AHMUF anounced the publication of a theme issue of Sources: Arts, Civilisation et Histoire de l'Europe on Religion, justice and society against the inacceptable.
Trop, c’est trop !
Avec le numéro double 14-15 de la revue SOURCE(S) s’achève l’édition du séminaire « Trop c’est trop » organisé par le professeur Antoine Follain, axe « Autorité » dirigé par Antoine Follain, UR 3400 ARCHE, Université de Strasbourg. Le séminaire d’axe a été mis au point pour partager des recherches diverses qui avaient en commun de partir de situations extrêmes. Son titre, employé au départ par commodité, afin de nommer rapidement l’entreprise, a finalement été adopté par tous, comme le montre sa présence dans plusieurs contributions. Il s’agissait d’explorer, en histoire et en histoire de l’art, les faits, discours et représentations intolérables, inacceptables, insupportables. Où sont les limites et pourquoi ? Que se passe-t-il concrètement quand elles sont atteintes et dépassées ? Que nous apprennent les cas extrêmes et comment l’historien peut-il les utiliser pour autre chose que présenter un cas singulier ? En histoire, l’insupportable s’inscrit dans le temps et quantité de choses réprouvées à une époque ont fini par être tolérées plus tard, alors que d’autres ignorées ou sues et tolérées sont devenues interdites et éventuellement punies de plus en plus durement. Il n’est pas facile de faire la balance, mais à notre époque il semble que les cas intolérables dans l’espace public ont été multipliés jusqu’à susciter une impression de saturation, tant il y a de faits socialement réprouvés et/ou sanctionnés par le droit. Ce que l’on dit intolérable est vu et qualifié de mal absolu alors que se retourner vers le passé montre que la limite est toujours historiquement constituée et donc relative. Bien souvent les choses ne sont pas énoncées au préalable et c’est l’étude même des cas qui est révélatrice de l’acceptabilité d’une situation et de ce qui, au contraire, est complètement inacceptable – ou en tout cas l’est à un moment donné. Une analyse fine devait aussi permettre de distinguer entre des transgressions qui sont évaluées plus ou moins gravement par l’ensemble de la société ou celles qui sont socialement diversifiées – intolérables pour les uns et acceptables par d’autres. Observer les actions est probablement plus pertinent que les discours, qui sont soit dépassés par les faits, soit trop avancés par rapport aux crispations anciennes. C’est ainsi la sanction des faits qui exprime au cas par cas ce qu’il est tolérable de faire ou de dire dans l’espace public et dans la sphère privée. Le judiciaire se prête particulièrement à une telle approche.

SOURCE(S) 2019 – n° 14-15

DOSSIER : « Trop, c’est trop ! Justice, religion et société devant l’inacceptable » rassemblé et édité par Antoine Follain

Antoine Follain « Présentation » p. 7-18

Anne Brogini « Le Saint-Office de Malte et les irréductibles de l’apostasie (XVIe-XVIIe siècles) » p. 19-38

Laurent Ropp « Des tueries horribles ? Les violences religieuses dans la France du XVIe siècle selon les mémorialistes » p. 39-58

Pierre-Benoît Roumagnou « Qui trop embrasse mal étreint. Le maillage judiciaire dans les environs de Paris mis en échec au XVIIIe siècle » p. 59-74

Fabrice Mauclair « Une justice mise en échec ? Les crimes impunis de deux « méchants nobles » en Touraine au XVIIIe siècle » p. 75-92

Adèle Delaporte « Du noble incestueux à l’honneur bafoué de toute une famille : les rebondissements des crimes de Claude de Tance au XVIIIe siècle » p. 93-114

Gwénael Murphy « Justice, société et violences conjugales aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles : les seuils de tolérance » p. 115-134

Élodie Lemaire, « Dans la tête du curé Bennenot. Le suicide du curé de Pompierre en Franche-Comté en 1689 » p. 135-162


Antoine Follain « Cinquante nuances (criminelles) de Gray au XVIIIe siècle. Comprendre un fonds d’archives et trouver comment l’étudier » et « Les jugements définitifs pour homicide dans le « registre des sentences » du bailliage de Gray de 1738 à 1751. Édition annotée » p. 171-220


Camille Dagot (position de thèse dir. Antoine Follain) « Le voleur face à ses juges. Criminels d’habitude et délinquants d’occasion dans les Vosges lorraines des XVIe et XVIIe siècles » p. 222-230
SOURCE(S) 2017 – n° 11

DOSSIER : : « Trop, c’est trop ! » rassemblé et édité par Antoine Follain

Antoine Follain « Présentation » p. 7-14

Adrien Dubois « Abdication face à l’intolérable ou désir de vengeance posthume : suicide et genre à la fin du Moyen Âge » p. 15-34

Emmanuel Gerardin « Réflexions sur les limites du pardonnable dans les lettres de rémission en Lorraine au XVIe siècle » p. 35-54

Christophe Regina « Toutes les femmes sont perfides, artificieuses, vaniteuses, curieuses et dépravées : toutes les femmes, non, mais… la soeur Marie-Thérèse de la Croix, si ! » p. 55-68

Myriam Deniel-Ternant « Effets de sources et effets de seuil de la sexualité cléricale. Mise en regard des ecclésiastiques à la Bastille et à l’officialité de Paris au XVIIIe siècle » p. 69-88

Hervé Piant « Un mauvais sujet dont la commune seroit fort aise d’être débarrassée » : justice, crimes et relations sociales en Lorraine à l’époque révolutionnaire (1799) » p. 89-106

Sarah Dumortier « Il est impossible de souffrir plu lontems les ordures qui se font au presbitaire. La paroisse entre tolérance et condamnation de la sexualité des gens d’Église (XVIe-XVIIIe siècle) » p. 107-124


Antoine Follain « Un crime capital en voie de disparition. La bestialité et l’exemple du procès fait à Léonard Forrest en 1783 » et « Procédure commencée dans le marquisat de l’Isle-Jourdain en 1783. Édition annotée » p. 127-154


Antoine Fersing (position de thèse dir. Antoine Follain) « Idoines et suffisants. Les officiers d’État et l’extension des droits du prince en Lorraine ducale (début du XVIe siècle – 1633) » p. 155-165

Antoine Follain « L’axe « Autorité Contrainte Liberté » : bilan et perspectives (2011-2018) » p. 175-180
(source: AHMUF)

BOOK: Ron HARRIS, Going the Distance: Eurasian Trade and the Rise of the Business Corporation, 1400-1700 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020). ISBN 9780691150772, £34.00

Princeton University Press is publishing a new book on Eurasian trade and the rise of the business corporation (1400-1700).


Before the seventeenth century, trade across Eurasia was mostly conducted in short segments along the Silk Route and Indian Ocean. Business was organized in family firms, merchant networks, and state-owned enterprises, and dominated by Chinese, Indian, and Arabic traders. However, around 1600 the first two joint-stock corporations, the English and Dutch East India Companies, were established. Going the Distance tells the story of overland and maritime trade without Europeans, of European Cape Route trade without corporations, and of how new, large-scale, and impersonal organizations arose in Europe to control long-distance trade for more than three centuries.

Ron Harris shows that by 1700, the scene and methods for global trade had dramatically changed: Dutch and English merchants shepherded goods directly from China and India to northwestern Europe. To understand this transformation, Harris compares the organizational forms used in four major regions: China, India, the Middle East, and Western Europe. The English and Dutch were the last to leap into Eurasian trade, and they innovated in order to compete. They raised capital from passive investors through impersonal stock markets and their joint-stock corporations deployed more capital, ships, and agents to deliver goods from their origins to consumers.

Going the Distance explores the history behind a cornerstone of the modern economy, and how this organizational revolution contributed to the formation of global trade and the creation of the business corporation as a key factor in Europe’s economic rise.


Ron Harris is professor of legal history and former dean of law at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of Industrializing English Law.

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BOOK: Gregor ALBERS et al., Causa Contractus: Auf der Suche nach den Bedingungen der Wirksamkeit des Vertraglichen Willens (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2020).

(Source: Mohr Siebeck)

Mohr Siebeck is publishing a book on historical and comparative approaches to the “causa contractus” in different European legal traditions.


European legal tradition uses the notion of causa or la cause both to identify a contract's underlying purpose and to address the reasons for its enforcement. By combining a historical analysis of the causa doctrine with comparative studies of various national systems, this volume seeks to promote a common understanding of Europe's legal heritage and to present proposals for its further development. Contributions are in German, French, Italian and English, summarized by introductory chapters in English.


Gregor Albers ist Akademischer Rat auf Zeit am Institut für Römisches Recht und Vergleichende Rechtsgeschichte an der Universität Bonn.

Francesco Paolo Patti ist Professore associato der Universität Bocconi in Mailand.

Dorothé Perrouin-Verbe ist Wissenschaftliche Assistentin am Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht in Hamburg und Doktorandin an der Universität Paris II-Panthéon-Assas.


Teil 1: Dogmengeschichte / The History of an Idea
Gregor Albers: Introduction – Tommaso dalla Massara: Die causa des Vertrages im Denken des Aristo: zu den Ursprüngen einer Idee – Arnaud Paturet: Réflexions sur des archétypes socio-anthropologique de la cause contractuelle – Martin Schermaier: Die Rolle der causa bei der Überwindung des Typenzwangs durch die mittelalterlichen Juristen – Klaus Kowalski: Die causa des Vertrags im frühen Naturrecht – Céline Combette: La cause de Grotius au Code Napoléon – Emmanuelle Chevreau: La cause du Code civil de 1804 à la réforme du droit des obligations de 2016 – Andrea Maria Garofalo: Il ruolo della causa del contratto in Italia tra il 1865 e il 1942 – Francesca Bartolini: La causa dal codice del 1942 ai giorni nostri – Gregor Albers: Deutschland und die causa des Vertrages: vom Code Civil bis zum BGB – Birke Häcker: Causa und Consideration – ein historischer Dialog

Teil 2: Vergleich / Comparison
1. Wirksamkeitsvoraussetzungen / Requirements of Valid Contracts
Dorothée Perrouin-Verbe: Introduction – Elena Giannozzi: Le caractère contraignant des contrats en droit romain classique – Samuel Fulli-Lemaire: Le rôle de la cause au sein des conditions d'efficacité de la volonté contractuelle – Ralf Treibmann: Wirksamkeitsvoraussetzungen des Vertrags im deutschen Recht – Andrea Maria Garofalo/Francesco Paolo Patti: La causa come requisito essenziale del contratto – Kristin Boosfeld: Äquivalente der causa beim Vertragsschluss im englischen Recht

2. Unerwartete Umstände / Unexpected Circumstances
Francesco Paolo Patti: Introduction – Manuel Grasso: Accordo, causa e sopravvenienze: contratto e realtà nel diritto romano – Dorothée Perrouin-Verbe, L'evenement imprévu et le bouleversement de l'équilibre contractuel en droit francais – Gregor Albers: Der Einfluss unerwarteter Ereignisse auf den Vertrag nach deutschem Recht – Francesco Paolo Patti: Causa e sopravvenienze nel diritto italiano – Francesco Mezzanotte: Scopo del contratto e doctrine of frustration

Teil 3: Europäisches Vertragsrecht der Zukunft / Future European Contract Law
1. Nationale Aussichten / National Prospects
Gregor Albers/Francesco Paolo Patti/Dorothée Perrouin-Verbe: Introduction – Thomas Genicon, L'avenir de la cause - Elena Bargelli, Il futuro della causa. Prospettiva italiana – Horst Ehmann, Eine deutsche causa -Lehre – Simon Whittaker, Purpose of contract

2. Proposals
Gregor Albers/Francesco Patti/Dorothée Perrouin-Verbe: Introduction – Samuel Fulli-Lemaire: La cause comme raison d'être du contrat, entre finalité et équilibre – Andrea Maria Garofalo: Speech acts e causa concreta – Ralf Treibmann, Assumer les causae – pour une analyse vectorielle en droit comparé

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10 February 2020

BOOK: Xenophon CONTIADES & Alkmene FOTIADOU (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Change (London: Routledge, JUL 2020), ISBN 9781138496644, 190 GBP

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Comparative constitutional change has recently emerged as a distinct field in the study of constitutional law. It is the study of the way constitutions change through formal and informal mechanisms, including amendment, replacement, total and partial revision, adaptation, interpretation, disuse, and revolution. The shift of focus from constitution-making to constitutional change makes sense, since amendment power is the means used to refurbish constitutions in established democracies, enhance their adaptation capacity and boost their efficacy. Adversely, constitutional change is also the basic apparatus used to orchestrate constitutional backslide as the erosion of liberal democracies and democratic regression is increasingly affected through legal channels of constitutional change. The Routledge Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Change provides a comprehensive reference tool for all those working in the field and a thorough landscape of all theoretical and practical aspects of the topic. Coherence from this aspect does not suggest a common view, as the chapters address different topics, but reinforces the establishment of Comparative Constitutional Change as a distinct field. The book brings together the most respected scholars working in the field, and presents a genuine contribution to comparative constitutional studies, comparative public law, political science and constitutional history.
Table of contents:
1. Xenophon Contiades & Alkmene Fotiadou - Comparative Constitutional Change: A New Academic Field;
Part I The study of comparative constitutional change: theoretical and methodological aspects;2. Jaakko Husa - Comparative methodology and constitutional change;
3. Oran Doyle - Order from chaos? Typologies and models of constitutional change;
4. Tom Ginsburg - Constitutional endurance;
5. David Law & Ryan Whalen - Constitutional amendment versus constitutional replacement: An empirical comparison;
6. Mark Tushnet - Varieties of liberal constitutionalism;
Part II Formal constitutional change;7. Richard Albert - Formal amendment rules: Functions and design;
8. Manfred Stelzer - Constitutional design through amendment;
9. Yaniv Roznai - The uses and abuses of constitutional unamendability;
10. Nathalie Behnke & Arthur Benz - Federalism and constitutional change;
11. Eoin Carolan - Participatory constitutional change: constitutional referendums;
Part III Informal constitutional change;12. David Feldman - Political practice and constitutional change;
13. Joel I. Colón-Ríos - Judge-made constitutional change;
14. Helle Krunke - Global values, international organizations and constitutional change;
15. Giacomo Delledonne - Crises, emergencies and constitutional change;
16. Marco Goldoni & Olcay Tarik - The material study of constitutional change;
Part IV Contemporary challenges in the theory and practice of comparative constitutional change;17. Chris Thornhill - Constituent power and european constitutionalism;
18. Paul Blokker - Populism and constitutional change;
19. Tomasz Tadeusz Koncewicz - The democratic backsliding in the European Union and the challenge of constitutional design;
20. Zoran Oklopcic - Constitution and self-determination;
21. Silvia Suteu - Gender in comparative constitutional change;
Part V Case studies. Distinct profiles of constitutional change;22. Robert Blackburn - The future of UK constitutional law;
23. Elisa Arcioni & Adrienne Stone - Constitutional change in Australia: The paradox of the frozen continent;
24. Juliano Zaiden Benvindo - Preservationist constitutional change in Latin America: The cases of Chile and Brazil;
25. James Fowkes - Informal constitutional change in unlikely places: The case of South Africa;
26. Yasuo Hasebe - Constitutional changes in Japan; 
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CALL: Legal History on the Web

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The Legal History Blog issued a call from Duke University for further links in its Legal History on the Web Directory:
Second Call for Information about Legal History Websites/Multimedia Projects for “Legal History on the Web”Many of you may have had occasion to use “Legal History on the Web,” a gateway to online resources related to legal history that we started at Duke University in 2006.  This year we are undertaking a long-overdue update of the site, building on the platform first created by Mitch Fraas and revised by Ashton Merck, both working with and under the direction of Ed Balleisen.
We particularly invite suggestions for websites to include in a couple of new categories, as well as sites that engage with legal history outside the United States and the UK.
We are already well into the process of fixing broken links by updating URLs and revising annotations for existing websites where advisable.  If you know of any websites that require updates or that you think merit inclusion on “Legal History on the Web,” please send along the relevant information to Siobhan Barco, at
Please feel free to send along suggested text for annotations to any new links that you nominate for inclusion.  That suggested text needs to be short – just a few lines that encapsulate what the site has to offer legal historians (see current annotations for examples).Existing Categories:
Other Web Gateways to Legal HistoryLibrary Research Guides/General Reference ResourcesPrimary Source Databases/Web Archives (likely to be renamed in some way to convey expansive digital legal history projects that include GIS mapping or other kinds of digital analysis in addition to primary sources).Law & Popular Culture  (possibly to be discontinued unless we locate a sufficient number of relevant sites)ChronologiesJournalsPublishers with Legal History ListsBlogsWorkshops, Seminars, and Working GroupsScholarly Associations and NetworksGraduate Programs in Legal History/Law and SocietyReading ListsSyllabi  (sorely in need of updating – syllabi disappear more frequently than perhaps any other category on the site)FellowshipsGrantsPrizesJob Market for Legal History
New Categories:
  •   Companion Websites to Legal History Books
(See for example, Ed Balleisen’s Suckers & Swindlers in American History, a companion site to his Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff, which includes an extensive bibliography, essay about sources and methods, essay about avenues for future research, compilations of fraud-related slang, and much else besides.)
  • Legal History Multimedia (e.g.) podcasts / documentaries)
Thanks for your crowd-sourcing help as we seek to refresh this resource for the legal history community.
(source: Legal History Blog)

BOOK: Vincenzo FERRONE, The Enlightenment and the Rights of Man (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020), ISBN 9781789620368, $99.99.

(Source: OUP)

Oxford University Press is publishing a new book on the enlightenment and the rights of man.


The Enlightenment redefined the ethics of the rights of man as part of an outlook that was based on reason, the equality of all nations and races, and man's self-determination. This led to the rise of a new language: the political language of the moderns, which spread throughout the world its message of the universality and inalienability of the rights of man, transforming previous references to subjective rights in the state of nature into an actual programme for the emancipation of man.

Ranging from the Italy of Filangieri and Beccaria to the France of Voltaire, Rousseau and Diderot, from the Scotland of Hume, Ferguson and Smith to the Germany of Lessing, Goethe and Schiller, and as far as the America of Franklin and Jefferson, Vincenzo Ferrone deals with a crucial theme of modern historiography: one that addresses the great contemporary debate on the problematic relationship between human rights and the economy, politics and justice, the rights of the individual and the rights of the community, state and religious despotism and freedom of conscience.


Vincenzo Ferrone has written extensively on the Enlightenment and Ancien régime Europe. He has taught and held fellowships at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, Ca' Foscari University in Venice, and the Collège de France in Paris. He is currently Professor of Modern History at the University of Turin.

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07 February 2020

BOOK : Barbara J. SHAPIRO, Law Reform in Early Modern England, (Hart publishing), ISBN : 9781509934218, £63.18

(Source : Hart publishing

ABOUT THE BOOK : Law Reform in Early Modern England, Crown, Parliament and the Press.

This book provides an illuminating commentary of law reform in the early modern era (1500–1740) and views the moves to improve law and legal institutions in the context of changing political and governmental environments.
Although lawyers have often been seen as the chief obstacles to law reform, this book emphasises their contributions – particularly their role in legislation and in reforming the corpus of legal materials – and highlights the previously ignored reform efforts of Lord Chancellors.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR : Barbara J Shapiro is Professor Emerita and Professor in the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley.


1. Introduction
2. The Early Tudors and Law Reform 1509–58
3. The Elizabethan Era 1558–1603
4. The Early Stuarts 1603–40
5. The Civil War and Parliamentary Rule 1640–49
6. Commonwealth and Protectorate 1649–60
7. The Restoration Era 1660–88
8. Revolution and Beyond 1688–1740
9. Conclusion