New Journal: Comparative Legal History

This new journal may be of interest to Stair Society Members.

Hart Publishing is delighted to announce the publication of Comparative Legal History a new double blind peer reviewed journal.


An international and comparative review of law and history

The official journal of the European Society for Comparative Legal History (ESCLH)

Please note that members of the ESCLH will receive a subscription to Comparative Legal History as part of their ESCLH membership.

Seán Patrick Donlan, University of Limerick

Heikki Pihlajamäki, University of Helsinki

Agustín Parise, Maastricht University

Wim Decock, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (LOEWE Research Focus Judicial and Extrajudicial Conflict Resolution)
Dolores Freda, University of Napoli – Federico II
Nir Kedar, Bar-Ilan University
Richard McMahon, University of Liverpool
Zülâl Muslu, University of Paris X-Nanterre and Max Planck Institute for European Legal History
Allison Tirres, DePaul University
Adelyn Wilson, University of Aberdeen

Please click here to see the International Editorial Board

Comparative Legal History is an international and comparative review of law and history. Articles will explore both 'internal' legal history (doctrinal and disciplinary developments in the law) and 'external' legal history (legal ideas and institutions in wider contexts). Rooted in the complexity of the various Western legal traditions worldwide, the journal will also investigate other laws and customs from around the globe. Comparisons may be either temporal or geographical and both legal and other law-like normative traditions will be considered. Scholarship on comparative and trans-national historiography, including trans-disciplinary approaches, is particularly welcome. The Editors welcome scholarly submissions in the English language.


·         To submit an article please contact Seán Donlan or Heikki Pihlajamäki. The optimal length for articles is between 7500 to 15000 words, including footnotes. Shorter submissions will be considered for our 'Short Articles' section. All articles are submitted to double blind peer review. Information for contributors can be viewed through the following link:


·         To propose a review, please contact Agustín Parise. Book reviews will generally range from 1500 to 2500 words. Review articles will also be considered.

The journal is published, both online and in print, twice a year, appearing in the spring and the autumn.


To download David M Rabban's article "American Responses to German Legal Scholarship: From the Civil War to World War I" please click on the link below and follow the instructions:

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Volume 1. Number 1. May 2013

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The Challenges of Comparative Legal History
David Ibbetson

American Responses to German Legal Scholarship: From the Civil War to World War I
David M Rabban

The Political Offence and the Safeguarding of the Nation State: Constitutional Ideals, French Legal Standards and Belgian Legal Practice (1830-1870)
Bram Delbecke

Sex, Crime and the Law: Russian and European Early Modern Legal Thought on Sex Crimes
Marianna Muravyeva

Review Article
Comparative and Economic Approaches to Law: A Tale of Wilful Misunderstanding?
Jaakko Husa

Book Reviews
Manlio Bellomo, Inediti della giurisprudenza medievale
Reviewed by Emanuele Conte

Alejandro Guzmán-Brito, Codificación del Derecho Civil e Interpretación de las Leyes
Reviewed by MC Mirow

Turan Kayaoğlu, Legal Imperialism: Sovereignty and Extraterritoriality in Japan, the Ottoman Empire and China
Reviewed by Zülâl Muslu

Mia Korpiola (ed), Regional Variations in Matrimonial Law and Custom in Europe, 1150-1600
Reviewed by Richard Mc Mahon

MC Mirow, Florida's First Constitution, the Constitution of Cádiz: Introduction, Translation, and Text
Reviewed by Peter L Reich

Anthony Musson and Chantal Stebbings (eds), Making Legal History: Approaches and Methodologies
Reviewed by Adelyn LM Wilson

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