Comparative Legal History is an international and comparative review of law and history.
Articles will explore both 'internal' legal history (doctrinal and disciplinary developments in the law) and 'external' legal history (legal ideas and institutions in wider contexts). Rooted in the complexity of the various Western legal traditions worldwide, the journal will also investigate other laws and customs from around the globe. Comparisons may be either temporal or geographical and both legal and other law-like normative traditions will be considered. Scholarship on comparative and trans-national historiography, including trans-disciplinary approaches, is particularly welcome.
The Editors welcome scholarly submissions in the English language.
The optimal length for articles is between 7500 to 15000 words, including footnotes. Shorter submissions will be considered for our 'Short Articles' section. All articles are submitted to double blind peer review.
Book reviews will generally range from 1500 to 2500 words. Review articles will also be considered.
The journal is published, both online and in print, twice a year, appearing in the spring and the autumn.
Comparative Legal History is the official journal of the European Society for Comparative Legal History
Please note that members of the ESCLH will receive a subscription to
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Please click here to read the preface of Volume 1. Issue 1
Contents of Volume 1. Number 1. May 2013
The Challenges of Comparative Legal History
American Responses to German Legal Scholarship: From the Civil War to World War I
David M Rabban
The Political Offence and the Safeguarding of the Nation State: Constitutional Ideals, French Legal Standards and Belgian Legal Practice
Sex, Crime and the Law: Russian and European Early Modern Legal Thought on Sex Crimes
Comparative and Economic Approaches to Law: A Tale of Wilful Misunderstanding?
Manlio Bellomo, Inediti della giurisprudenza medievale
Reviewed by Emanuele Conte
Alejandro Guzmán-Brito, Codificación del Derecho Civil e Interpretación de las Leyes: Las normas sobre interpretación de las leyes en los principales Códigos civiles europeo-occidentales y americanos emitidos hasta fines del siglo XIX
Reviewed by MC Mirow
Turan Kayaoglu, Legal Imperialism: Sovereignty and Extraterritoriality in Japan, the Ottoman Empire and China
Reviewed by Zülâl Muslu
Mia Korpiola (ed), Regional Variations in Matrimonial Law and Custom in Europe, 1150-1600
Reviewed by Richard Mc Mahon
MC Mirow, Florida's First Constitution, the Constitution of Cádiz: Introduction, Translation, and Text
Reviewed by Peter L Reich
Anthony Musson and Chantal Stebbings (eds), Making Legal History: Approaches and Methodologies
Reviewed by Adelyn LM Wilson