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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.

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Announcement: H-Law Podcast 5 is now available

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As part of H-Law's onging efforts to expand our content offerings on all topics legal historical, H-Law podcaster Siobhan Barco has posted the fifth instalment of H-Law Podcasts.  The topic for Podcast 5 is William Domnarski and his biography of Judge Richard Posner (OUP 2016).  The Podcast can be found on H-Law's webpage https://newtorks.h-net.org/h-law.  

Episode 5: William Domnarski


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Most individuals who have touched legal scholarship even briefly have been introduced to the prolific writings of Richard Posner, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and great force behind the law and economics movement.

Seeking a Chair/Commentator for ASLH panel on International law and public opinion

I am organizing a panel for the ASLH in Las Vegas. We have all the papers, but are still looking for a chair/commentator. This panel focuses on the relationship between international law and public opinion from WWII to the present. It examines this topic using case studies in the United States, Australia, and South Africa to help elucidate the role of public opinion in shaping, driving, or impeding the application of international law. If you are interested, please email me at: clamberson@angelo.edu


Christine Lamberson 

"Military necessity, imperial control, and the making of law"- ASLH panel seeking third paper and commentator

We are seeking a third paper and a commentator for a panel at the ASLH conference. Our panel will examine how war shapes the legal rule of empires. Any geographic or chronological focus is welcome.