The Journal of Legal History

The Journal of Legal History, founded in 1980, is the only British journal concerned solely with legal history. It publishes articles in English on the sources and development of the common law, both in the British Isles and overseas, on the history of the laws of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and on Roman Law and the European legal tradition. There is a section for shorter research notes, review-articles, and a wide-ranging section of reviews of recent literature.

3 issues a year.

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Latest articles

Volume 37 (2)

Professor Toby Milsom
vol. 37 (2): 119-120
Thomas Craig’s Aetiology of Law and Society: Literary Dependence and Independence in the Jus Feudale
vol. 37 (2): 121-179
Judge Julia Domna? A Historical Mystery and the Emergence of Imperial Legal Administration
vol. 37 (2): 180-197
‘Mr Peel’s Amendments’ in New South Wales: Imperial Criminal Reform in a Distant Penal Colony
vol. 37 (2): 198-214
Constitutional Irregularities in the British Imperial Courts of Vice Admiralty during the Mid-Nineteenth Century
vol. 37 (2): 215-243
The Life of Thomas E. Scrutton
vol. 37 (2): 244-247
The Criminalization of Abortion in the West
vol. 37 (2): 247-248

Volume 37 (1)

Judges and Juries in Civil Litigation in Later Medieval England: The Millon Thesis Reconsidered
vol. 37 (1): 1-40
Creating a Literature for the King's Courts in the Later Thirteenth Century: Hengham Magna, Fet Asaver, and Bracton
vol. 37 (1): 41-71
Scottish Legal History Group Report 2015
vol. 37 (1): 72-74
Migrations of Manuscripts 2015
vol. 37 (1): 75-102
An Independent Colonial Judiciary: A History of the Bombay High Court during the British Raj, 1862–1947
vol. 37 (1): 103-105
A Bibliographical Catalog of William Blackstone
vol. 37 (1): 106-109
The Glorious Revolution and the Continuity of Law
vol. 37 (1): 109-111
Capital and Corporal Punishment in Anglo-Saxon England
vol. 37 (1): 112-114
Crime, Courtrooms and the Public Sphere in Britain, 1700–1850
vol. 37 (1): 114-117

Volume 36 (3)

Editorial Board
vol. 36 (3): 0-0
Notes on Contributors
vol. 36 (3): 215-215
Romano-Canonical Procedure in Reformation Scotland: The Example of the Court of the Commissaries of Edinburgh
vol. 36 (3): 217-235
Walter Scott and the Reform of the Scottish Judicature 1806–10
vol. 36 (3): 236-259