Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Gallanis on the Judical Notes of Sir Dudley Ryder

We heard that the librarians at Iowa Law have launched a series of short videos highlighting the scholarship and research of the faculty.  In the first, Thomas Gallanis
Thomas Gallanis (credit)
speaks briefly about his forthcoming book for the Selden Society: an edition of the judicial notes of Sir Dudley Ryder. Ryder served as Chief Justice of the Court of King’s Bench in England from 1754 to 1756. The notes and diaries Ryder kept during his tenure as Chief Justice have never been published, but they provide an invaluable window on the history of English law and legal institutions in the middle of the eighteenth century. The sources are valuable for many reasons, including that Ryder knew shorthand. His notes and diaries capture a wealth of detail that no other surviving set of judges’ notes has been able to match. In this short video, Professor Gallanis discusses “The History of the Common Law: What Can We Learn from the Ryder Sources?"