Welcome to the home page of H-LAW, a Humanities Social Sciences Online discussion network sponsored by the American Society for Legal History. H-LAW solicits discussion of issues relating to teaching and research in the history of all legal traditions: common-law, civil-law, and all other legal systems.

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

Recent Content

Summer Workshop in Constitutional History: The Constitutional History of Anglo-American Empire

Interdisciplinary Summer Workshop in Constitutional History
July 8-13, 2018
Stanford, California
The Constitutional History of Anglo-American Empire
Sponsored by the Institute for Constitutional History
with the Stanford Constitutional Law Center
Tom Lambert
Jay Gates

Gates on Lambert, 'Law and Order in Anglo-Saxon England'

Tom Lambert. Law and Order in Anglo-Saxon England. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. xvi + 390 pp. $115.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-19-878631-3.

Reviewed by Jay Gates (John Jay College of Criminal Justice)
Published on H-Law (March, 2018)
Commissioned by Michael J. Pfeifer (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York)

Announcement: H-Law Podcast episode 8 is available on H-Law

H-Law Podcasts

As part of H-Law's onging efforts to expand our content offerings on all topics legal historical, H-Law podcaster Siobhan Barcohas posted the eighth instalment of H-Law Podcasts.  The topic for Podcast 8 is a discussion with Fahad Ahmad Bishara about his book A Sea of Debt: Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean, 1780-1950 (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

H-Law Podcast Episode 8: Fahad Ahmad Bishara


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A discussion with Fahad Ahmad Bishara about his book A Sea of Debt: Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean, 1780-1950 (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Dr. Bishara is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He specializes in the economic and legal history of the Indian Ocean and Islamic world. In this podcast, Dr. Bishara discusses his sophisticated work that explores the intricate legal and economic regimes that traversed the Western Indian Ocean for generations.

Yale Law Library exhibit: "Law Books Bright and Beautiful"

Although law books may not be known for their beauty, two dozen lovely exceptions are on display in the Lillian Goldman Law Library.

"Law Books Bright and Beautiful: Examples from the Yale Law Library Collection" is on display February 26 - June 1, 2018, in the Rare Book Exhibition Gallery, located on Level L2 of the Yale Law School (127 Wall Street, New Haven CT).

The exhibition was curated by Rare Book Librarian Mike Widener. He selected the books for the beauty of their typography, decoration, or overall design.