Category Archives: Legal History

Second ESCLH Postgraduate Conference

Second Postgraduate Conference in Comparative Legal History 27–29 June 2019, Augsburg University (Germany) Call for Papers

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Inaugural Lecture Chair of Roman Law Paul J du Plessis

On 10th October, 2018, Professor Paul du Plessis gave his inaugural lecture in his Chair of Roman Law in the Playfair Libraryin Old College. The lecture was chaired by the Head of the School of Law, Professor Martin Hogg. The … Continue reading

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Forthcoming Legal History Events in Edinburgh

Readers of the Blog may be interested in the two forthcoming events. The first is a Seminar on Thursday 25th October by Dr Emma Macleod of the University of Stirling on the subject of ‘How to Do a Treason Trial: … Continue reading

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Gauls, the Sack of Rome, and Legal Dodges: Tony Thomas Seminar London, 30th Nov. 2018

This Blog is delighted to note that Dr Ulrike Roth of this University will be giving the Tony Thomas Seminar in the newly refurbished Bentham House on 30 November, 2018. Her title is “Third time lucky? The ‘history’ of a … Continue reading

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Adam Smith and a Close Shave?

Your blogger has been reading Jesse Norman’s excellent new biography of Adam Smith, entitled Adam Smith: What He Thought and Why it Matters (London: Allen Lane, 2018). The author manages to convey Smith’s thought with admirable clarity and elegance. It is … Continue reading

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Surrey Roman Law 5 October

With the approach of the Inaugural Lecture of our own Professor of Roman Law, Paul du Plessis, it is worth reminding readers of this blog that Francesco Gigli of Surrey, will be giving a lecture on 5 October entitled “The … Continue reading

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Inaugural Lecture: Roman Law Edinburgh

This is to remind readers of this blog that Professor Paul du Plessis will give his inaugural lecture on 10 October. The poster is below.  

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Palaeography Classes

Palaeography is an important skill for legal historians, and indeed all historical researchers in records. The National Records of Scotland have just advertised their new palaeography course, starting 25 September. See Reading Scotland’s Records

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Slavery and Imagery

One of the most successful books of the nineteenth century was Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, first published in 1852. It is not a subtle work, and to modern tastes its sentimentality makes it rather unreadable. I suspect it is read nowadays … Continue reading

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New Honorary Professors

The Centre for Legal History is delighted to announce that the University of Edinburgh has appointed two of the United Kingdom’s leading legal historians as Honorary Professors in the School of Law with effect from 1 September, 2018. These are … Continue reading

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