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 (3)

Editorial Board
vol. 37 (3): 0-0
The Reception of Magna Carta in Early Modern Germany, c. 1650–1800
vol. 37 (3): 249-268
The Development of the Public Benefit Requirement for Charitable Trusts in the Nineteenth Century
vol. 37 (3): 269-302
The Enactment of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1857: The Campbell Commission and the Parliamentary Debates
vol. 37 (3): 303-330
Lord Kames: Legal and Social Theorist
vol. 37 (3): 331-334
Unwritten Verities: The Making of England’s Vernacular Legal Culture, 1463–1549
vol. 37 (3): 335-338
Medical Negligence in Victorian Britain: The Crisis of Care Under the English Poor Law, c.1834-1900
vol. 37 (3): 338-341
Ruin and Redemption: The Struggle for a Canadian Bankruptcy Law, 1867-1919
vol. 37 (3): 341-343

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