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CFP - Crime, Justice, and the Law Network and Globalization & the Law in Historical Perspective

Title: Social Science History Association - Crime, Justice, and
       the Law Network - Deadline Extended

    Location: Maryland
    Date: 2015-03-02
    Description: Call for papers for Crime, Justice and the Law
       Network of the Social Science History Association, Baltimore,
       MD, 12-15 November 2015. The Crime, Justice and the Law Network
       is part of the Social Science History Association (SSHA) and
       linked with the European Social Science History Conference
       (ESSHC) ...

Re: Law and Borderlands/Frontiers

Good morning Karen, from a sunny spring morning Bloomsbury.
Just a couple of ideas, which if they don't satiate you, will have footnotes that may lead you down more fruitful paths.

R. Frame, 'Power and society in the lordship of Ireland, 1272-1377' in Past & Present 76 (1977)

R. Frame, 'Les Engleys Nees en Irlande: The English political identitiy in medieval Ireland', Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 6th series, 3 (1993)

Law and Borderlands/Frontiers


I'm working on a paper that examines social actors (e.g. lawyers, judges, litigants, community notables) and their utilization of law and legal processes in borderland regions.  I wish to locate some foundation studies that analyze law in borderland/frontier regions (frontiers being broadly defined and not necessarily geographic).  I work on non-US legal history, but would be grateful for any advice and direction, US or otherwise.  Thanks in advance. 

ANN: The Max-Planck Summer Academy for Legal History -- Summer Academy

The Max-Planck Summer Academy for Legal History, offered by the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (MPIeR), provides an in-depth introduction to methods and principles of research in legal history. Although its main focus is on European legal history, there is special emphasis on global perspectives on legal history. It addresses a selected group of highly motivated early-stage researchers, usually PhD candidates, working on a research project with an interest in the basic research of historical formation and transformations of law and other normative orders.