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

Voices in the Legal Archives in the French Atlantic

"The central aim of this conference is to draw together a dynamic group of international scholars from France, Canada, and the United States whose work stands at the interface of two emerging sub-disciplines:  the history of the French Atlantic and the "new legal history" whose central vector insists on shifting the focus of the field beyond legal structures and frameworks, towards an understanding of how law was actively shaped and applied through the lives and experiences of ordinary men and women.  By uncovering and identifying the "voices" of slaves, indentured servants, artisans, abori

Research Fellowship on the historical use of the state clemency power at NYU LS Center on the Administration of Criminal Law

The Center on the Administration of Criminal Law at NYU Law School is a nonpartisan research center that focuses on good government practices in the criminal justice system. One area of research includes the role of mercy and the opportunity for second chances in the justice system. As an example, it has worked on obtaining federal and state clemency grants for individuals incarcerated in prison and is drafting a report analyzing President Obama’s clemency initiative that took place between 2014 and 2017.

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