Thursday, April 19, 2012

CFP: British Legal History Conference

The Twenty-First British Legal History Conference
"Law and Authority"
University of Glasgow, 10-13 July 2013.

Proposals for papers (up to 500 words) are invited, to reach the organisers by 31 August 2012 via the conference email address at

A draft programme and details of registration and accommodation will be circulated early in 2013.

The conference theme of "law and authority" relates to how sources of law and frameworks for their application have related to underlying conceptions of authority, or to the authority of other institutions, processes or actors within the legal order.

The conference will address the ways law has been shaped historically by different forms and ideas of authority, and by assumptions, arguments and debates about the relationship between law and authority. The theme embraces the authority of lawyers, judges and jurists; law courts, legislatures and other institutions of governance; judicial decisions, legislation and codes; texts such as legal opinions, law reports and juristic treatises; records such as charters, court decrees and verdicts; rules, principles and precedents; forms of argument, interpretation and doctrinal categories; custom, social practice and myth; ideology, equity and wider traditions in intellectual history, legal and political thought.

Papers concerning all jurisdictions, branches of the law and historical periods are welcome. Ideally, papers should reflect the conference theme.

More details are here.