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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

TOC: Journal of Supreme Court History Vol. 39, issue 2

Journal of Supreme Court History Vol. 39, issue 2

Melvin I. Urofsky


A Better Story in Prigg v. Pennsylvania?
H. Robert Baker

Judicial Modesty in the Wartime Context: Roosevelt v. Meyer (1863)

Dawinder S. Sidhu

Doing Brandeis Justice: the Development of the Liebmann Dissent
Jessie Steffan

Debunking Douglas: The Case Against Writing Both Majority and Minority Opinions
Craig Alan Smith

Supreme Court Messenger, 1977 Term
Thomas G. Snow

The Burger Court and the Conflict Over the Rational Basis Test: The Untold Story of Massachusetts Board of Retirement v. Murgia.
Earl M. Maltz

Judicial Bookshelf

H-Net Job Guide for 14 April - 21 April


Queen's University Belfast - Temporary Research Fellow

Queen's University Belfast - Temporary Research Assistants

2014 Kathryn T. Preyer Scholars Competition


Named after the late Kathryn T. Preyer, a distinguished historian of the law of early America known for her generosity to young legal historians, the program of Kathryn T. Preyer Scholars is designed to help legal historians at the beginning of their careers. At the annual meeting of the Society two younger legal historians designated Kathryn T. Preyer Scholars will present what would normally be their first papers to the Society. The generosity of Professor Preyer’s friends and family has enabled the Society to offer a small honorarium to the Preyer Scholars and to reimburse, in some measure or entirely, their costs of attending the meeting. The competition for Preyer Scholars is organized by the Society’s Kathryn T. Preyer Memorial Committee.

CFP: The ERA in the 21st Century (Frontiers: Journal of Women's Studies; 10/1/14)

A Special Issue of Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies
The ERA in the 21st Century
Guest Editor: Laura Mattoon D’Amore
Due date for receipt of papers is October 1, 2014

CFP: new in 2015: the Journal of Human Trafficking

New to Routledge in 2015: 


The Journal of Human Trafficking is devoted to the dissemination of scholarship on all issues related to trafficking in persons and allied forms of contemporary slavery. The principal aim of the journal is to draw upon insights and expertise from a variety of disciplines and perspectives in order to better understand the global dimensions of – and evolving policy responses relating to – human trafficking. In keeping with this expansive mandate, the journal welcomes submissions in a range of areas, including:   

- Enabling factors which contribute to global patterns of human trafficking;
- Connections and intersections between human trafficking, smuggling and migration;