24 May 2012


The European Society for Comparative Legal History (ESCLH) is looking for a Chief Blogger and Occasional Bloggers to provide its members and other blog readers with information on events, publications, etc.
Founded in 2009, the ESCLH promotes a broad view of comparative legal history through the blog, its conferences and projects, and co-operation with those with shared aims. 

The work of ESCLH bloggers will not be especially onerous as the blog is largely informational rather than opinion-oriented. The posting process is quite straightforward and no special computer skills are required.  

Those interested should contact the ESCLH President, Setu Masferrer, at 

Both professionals and graduate students will be considered.

21 May 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS: Law and Culture in Medieval /Early Modern Europe & the Atlantic World

The following was recently posted on the Legal History Blog:
Posted: 17 May 2012 09:00 AM PDT
Via H-Law, we have the following call for papers, from the Centro de Estudos Medievais - Oriente & Ocidente, Departamento de Filosofia e Ciências da Educação da Faculdade de Educação da Universidade de São Paulo:
The international peer reviewed journal International Studies on Law and Education (ISSN 1516-6821) published by the Universidade de São Paulo, the Universidade do Porto and the Editora Mandruvá of Brazil requests submissions of previously unpublished articles that treat any aspect of the interrelationship between law and culture in Medieval/early modern Europe and the Atlantic world. Studies with a strong comparative and or interdisciplinary focus are encouraged.

Submissions and any questions should be directed to Prof. Enric Mallorquí-Ruscalleda, coordinator of this volume. Although the language of preference is English, studies written in any romance language, as well as German, will be considered.
The deadline for submission is the 30th of November of 2012, and decisions regarding acceptance will be communicated no later than fifteen days later (along with necessary modifications, if applicable).

NOTICE: Time Lapse Map of European history

A Time Lapse Map of European history has been around for several years now. It was also recently posted on Huffington Post.

I thought that many of you might enjoy having a look.

04 May 2012

REVIEW: Fosi on Papal Justice

The following review appeared on H-Net and might be of interest to ESCLH members:

Irene Fosi.  Papal Justice: Subjects and Courts in the Papal State, 1500-1750.  Translated by Thomas V. Cohen. Washington, DC  Catholic University of America Press, 2011.  272 pp.  $29.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8132-1858-8.
Reviewed by Sara Beam (University of Victoria) Published on H-Law (May, 2012) Commissioned by Ethan Zadoff

The Black Legend of Papal Justice

_Papal Justice: Subjects and Courts in the Papal State_ is an invaluable addition to the English-language scholarship on criminal justice in early modern Italy. Irene Fosi originally published this work in Italian in 2007, but has subsequently expanded the text and footnotes with a North American audience in mind. Both a survey of up-to-date Italian research and a showcase for the author's deep knowledge of the archives, this volume succeeds in introducing a broad audience to a new subject and offers satisfying new material for those familiar with the topic. This wide-ranging study, masterfully translated from the Italian by Thomas V. Cohen, is a satisfying and indispensable read for historians and for legal scholars interested in the intersection of law and "good governance"
(_buon governo, _p. 2) in the pre-1800 period.