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

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.

"Legibility & Legalism in the Early Modern" - Seeking Co-Panelists and Chair-Commentator for ASLH 2017


We are two PhD candidates looking for one or two other panelists, plus a chair-commentator for our submission to the 2017 ASLH conference to be held October 26-29 in Las Vegas. Our proposed panel is titled “Legibility and Legalism in the Early Modern.” We are open to all geographies, but would like to stay within the period spanning roughly 1400-1650.

Seeking Third Panelist for ASLH: Federalism and American Expansion

A colleague and I are finalizing a panel for the ASLH conference in Las Vegas this October, and we need a third panelist! Our panel investigates the ways federalism shaped, and was shaped by, the expansion of American power during the 19th and 20th centuries.

If you are interested in joining, please contact me at patrick.oconnor [at] umontana.edu.