The past decade has brought an impressive expansion of scholarship on legal history, with historians working on every aspect of society paying greater attention to law's archive. 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.


Catherine Evans, Franziska Exeler, Kalyani Ramnath, Surabhi Ranganathan