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ASLH publishes Law & History Review through the Cambridge University Press. The journal is available online via the History Cooperative and JSTOR.

Recent Content

Publication: Jedidiah J. Kroncke, The Futility of Law and Development: China and the Dangers of Exporting American Law (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016)

World Legal History Blog

Jedidiah J. Kroncke’s book The Futility of Law and Development: China and the Dangers of Exporting American Law (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016) would be of interest to readers of this blog. Kroncke, currently Professor of Law at Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School at São Paulo, examines the historical role of US-China relations in the formation of modern American legal internationalism and the decline of American legal comparativism.

 

A Sixteenth-Century Fatwa Collection: Islamic Law in “Periphery"

World Legal History Blog

Our blog post today highlights a discrete volume of fatwas (legal opinions) from the sixteenth century compiled in South Asia. Our blogger is Mahmood Kooria, a doctoral candidate at the Leiden University Institute for History. His dissertation focuses on the circulation of Islamic legal ideas and texts across the Indian Ocean and Eastern Mediterranean worlds. He read his M.A. and M.Phil.

Re: Death row in the world?

For Canada, Ken Leyton-Brown's The Practice of Execution in Canada (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2010), has several chapters on the interval from sentencing to execution, during the period from Confederation in 1867 until the abolition of capital punishment in 1962.
Best wishes,
Eric Reiter
Concordia University, Montreal

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