CALL FOR PAPERS: Fifth Postgraduate Conference in Comparative Legal History: “The Making of Law in Comparative perspective: Legislators and Judges” (Valencia: Valencia University, 2-4 MAY 2024); DEADLINE 25 MAR 2024


The European Society for Comparative Legal History (ESCLH) is pleased to announce its Fifth Postgraduate Conference. The ESCLH invites PhD-students and post-doctoral researchers who work in the field of comparative legal history to participate in the conference. The conference will be held from 2 to 4 May 2024 at Valencia University, Spain.

The ESCLH wants to overcome the narrow nationalism and geographical segregation of legal history in contemporary European scholarship and professional organisations. The society, thus, aims to promote comparative legal history, the explicit comparison of legal ideas and institutions in two or more legal traditions. The conference will somehow focus on the making of laws, exploring their creation and application by judges.

The Fifth Postgraduate Conference of the ESCLH will give PhD-students and post-doctoral researchers the opportunity to present their research in the field of comparative legal history to a panel of six leading experts. Furthermore, the conference will give all participants the opportunity to build academic networks. The experts on the panel cover a broad range of subjects: Luisa Brunori (Paris), Stefano Vinci (Bari), Matt Dyson (Oxford), Phillip Hellwege (Augsburg) and Judit Beke-Martos (Bochum).

The ESCLH invites doctoral candidates and post-doctoral researchers to submit abstracts of their planned presentation. Please submit one document, as a PDF or Word file with an abstract and a CV, of no more than 5 pages. The abstract should be of no more than 300 words. It should give the title of the research project, the field of research, and personal information (full name, email address, affiliated university). The application should be sent to:

The conference language is English and abstracts must be submitted in English. The closing date for receipt of abstracts is 25 February 2024. Up to twelve applicants will be selected and invited to participate in the conference. Successful applicants will be informed by 25 March 2024.

Participants are expected to cover their own travel expenses (arriving on the 2nd May and departing on the 4th afternoon or evening). Accommodation and catering will be provided without charge. With enough notice, accommodation for the night of Saturday May 4 can also be provided, at cost (approximately 50 Euros per person).

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