Exciting Legal History PhD Opportunity, Queen Mary London: The Court of Chancery and its Records, 1820-1888


Queen Mary London has an excellent programme in legal history at both LLM and PhD level, for which one of your Blogger's former Edinburgh undergraduate students, who studied there,  has had nothing but praise. Ably led my Michael Lobban, one of the most talented historians of English law in the period 1760-1900, there are also such outstanding scholars involved as Catharine MacMillan. Lobban was a major contributor to the recently published (2010) three volumes of the Oxford History of English Law covering 1820-1914, while MacMillan's Mistakes in Contract Law (2010) is an excellent work. She is currently writing a biography of Judah Benajamin, a man of considerable interest to this Blog.

At Queen Mary there is now an exciting opportunity for a scholar to pursue research for a PhD for three years with a full scholarship in the Department of Law. The aim is to study the Court of Chancery and its Records in the era of nineteenth century reform in collaboration with the National Archive. The aim of the project, which will be jointly supervised by Professor Michael Lobban in the Department of Law and Dr Amanda Bevan at The National Archives, is to explore the structure, working and business of the court in the era in which Charles Dickens wrote Bleak House. The student will be given in-depth training in the court records at The National Archives, as well as general academic supervision at Queen Mary. Applicants who hold, or are currently taking, a postgraduate degree in law or history are welcome to apply, but must meet the School of Law's PhD programme academic entrance criteria (in terms of the required grades/marks). Any informal enquiries about the studentship can be directed to Michael Lobban by email on m.j.lobban@qmul.ac.uk.