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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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The Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Association, an internationally recognized academic organization, invites applications for membership in its Law and Politics Studies Area. This group will examine the interconnections between fandom and media on the one hand and politics and law on the other. “How is political culture played out in the media?” “How is law (mis)represented in fiction?” and similar questions will fit into this field.

Peter M. Beattie
Amy Chazkel

Chazkel on Beattie, 'Punishment in Paradise: Race, Slavery, Human Rights, and a Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Penal Colony'

Peter M. Beattie. Punishment in Paradise: Race, Slavery, Human Rights, and a Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Penal Colony. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015. 352 pp. $27.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8223-5830-5; $99.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8223-5816-9.

Reviewed by Amy Chazkel (Queens College/CUNY Graduate Center)
Published on H-Law (May, 2017)
Commissioned by Michael J. Pfeifer

ANN: The Selden Society David Yale Prize

The Selden Society David Yale Prize


This prize competition was established in 1998 in honour of Mr D.E.C. Yale, QC, FBA, a past President and Literary Director of the Society.

The prize is for an outstanding contribution to the history of the laws of England and Wales, from scholars who have been engaged in research on the subject for not longer than ten years.

A competition for the prize will be held again in 2017. The value of the prize will be £1000.