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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.

Recent Content

Call for applications: Masters/Doctoral/Postdoctoral fellowships -- Water Law in Mandate Palestine -- Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Law

This call is for a one-year or semester-long fellowship for a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow wishing to work on the history of water law in Israel/Palestine or a related topic (such as the history of water law in a related jurisdiction, the history of related areas of law in Israel/Palestine, legal transfers in the British Empire, etc.). The fellowship is part of the Israel Science Foundation-funded research project headed by Dr. David Schorr: "Private and Public Water Rights in Mandate Palestine and Early Israel".

Michelle A. McKinley
Lyman Johnson

Johnson on McKinley, 'Fractional Freedoms: Slavery, Intimacy, and Legal Mobilization in Colonial Lima, 1600-1700'

Michelle A. McKinley. Fractional Freedoms: Slavery, Intimacy, and Legal Mobilization in Colonial Lima, 1600-1700. Studies in Legal History Series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. 294 pp. $99.99 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-107-16898-5.

Reviewed by Lyman Johnson (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) Published on H-Law (December, 2017) Commissioned by Laurent Corbeil

Joseph A. Ranney
Michelle Martindale

Martindale on Ranney, 'Wisconsin and the Shaping of American Law'

Joseph A. Ranney. Wisconsin and the Shaping of American Law. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2017. 320 pp. $49.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-299-31240-4.

Reviewed by Michelle Martindale (Purdue University) Published on H-Law (December, 2017) Commissioned by Michael J. Pfeifer

Conference Announcement: The Many 14th Amendments

We are pleased to announce that registration is live for the upcoming conference, "The Many 14th Amendments." It will take place at the University of Miami March 1-3, 2018, to make the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment. Full conference details as well as links for registration are on the conference website: