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About the Journal

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 (ESCLH, http://esclh.blogspot.com/).
Please note that members of the ESCLH will receive a subscription to
Comparative Legal History as part of their ESCLH membership.

Please click here to read the preface of Volume 1. Issue 1 CLHPreface1.1.pdf

To recommend a subscription to Comparative Legal History please click here to download a PDF flyer that you can submit to your librarian. Please ensure that the section titled 'To the librarian' on page two is completed. Alternatively, to place a personal subscription please click here

To encourage promising young researchers, the ESCLH has established the Van Caenegem Prize, named after RC Van Caenegem, a leading scholar in the field of comparative legal history. The prize is awarded bienniallyto a young legal historian deemed to have written the best article in Comparative Legal History in the two years between ESCLH conferences.

The inaugural prize was given to Bram Delbecke for his article, "The Political Offence and the Safeguarding of the Nation State: Constitutional Ideals, French Legal Standards and Belgian Legal Practice, 1830-70", which appeared in (2013) 1:1 Comparative Legal History 45.

Full details about the prize can be found here.

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