For years the study of legal history conjured up images of antiquarian lawyers tracing the ancient origins of legal doctrines. However, an expansion of scholarship over the last decade has broadened the canvas of legal history, with historians working on every aspect of society paying greater attention to law's archive. Moving beyond a focus on Western law, legal historians have turned their attention to different cultures and geographical settings, and sought to understand how law travels and is transplanted.
What insights does historical engagement bring to the study of law? How does an engagement with law and its processes help historians? This website aims to be a resource for scholars working on law and history.
Do participate in our events, and join our Research Network of scholars working on law and history. We invite you to explore our original resources. Examine bibliographies and digital archives, visit our curated section on the use and interpretation of legal documents and listen to legal historians discuss their scholarship and the state of the emerging field.
The History and the Law Project is part of the Exchanges of Economic, Legal and Political Ideas Programme, supported at the University of Cambridge by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
- Rohit De and Fei-Hsien Wang