MemberJacob Currie

…Medieval Libraries of Great Britain

Centre for English Legal History…

I am a medievalist, Latinist, and legal historian. I grew up in Toronto and studied classical and medieval languages there before moving to Trinity College, Cambridge for a master’s and doctorate in medieval legal history. After leaving Cambridge, I worked at Oxford, largely on English medieval manuscript provenance. Since then I have been a research fellow at the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes, Paris (part of the CNRS).

MemberNga Bellis-Phan

…18 Conference, International Institute of Social History (IISH), Amsterdam, Netherlands, 6-8 June 2018. [Abstract] [Slides]
5. Les sources de l’histoire du droit vietnamien (XIe-XIXe siècle) : législation royale et littérature juridique, Seminar Chinese Legal History of Jérôme Bourgon and Frédéric Constant, Écoles des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (ÉHESS), Paris, France, 9 February 2018. [Programme]
4. Landlord’s privilege regarding debts resulting from rent in 16-17th century France, in compar…
…; Law
AJCH – Association des Jeunes Chercheurs en Histoire (French Association of Young Researchers in History)
AFHE – Association Française d’Histoire Economique (French Association of Economic History)
ASLH – American Society for Legal History
AYLH – Association of Young Legal Historians
Freunde des Frankfurter Max-Planck-Instituts für europäische Rechtsgeschichte e.V. (Friends of the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt, Germany)
SSFH – Society…
…Ph.D. candidate in Legal History…
…Ph.D thesis in Legal History

Thesis project: The theoretical and practical Legal History of Pawnbroking, from the 16th century to the 1804 French Civil Code. Advisor: Pr Laurent Pfister (University Paris 2)

This research explores the historical evolution in the practice and the legal frame of pawns, a type of securities for debt based on movable assets. The primary sources involved are essentially 1) legal theory and commentaries, 2) royal legislation and specific regulations (customary or commercial law), …
…2013-… Ph.D. in Legal History, University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas (France), Advisor: Pr Laurent Pfister
2013   LL.M. in Legal History, University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas (France)
2012   LL.M. in Private Law, University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas (France)
2011    LL.B. in Private Law, University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas (France)
2011    Diploma of the Collège de droit – International Law, University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas (France)
2008  French Baccalaureate in Economics, Lycée français Alexandr…

Nga Bellis-Phan is a Legal Historian specialized in European Early modern Private law and Economic history (16th-19th century). After graduating from law school with a full scholarship from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she is now a funded PhD candidate at the Institute of Legal History – University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas. She has been a visiting researcher to the Max-Planck-Instituts für europäische Rechtsgeschichte (Frankfurt, Germany) in 2017 and a full-time teaching assistant in Legal History at University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas (2014-2016) and University Paris-Nanterre (2017-2019). Her doctoral project, The theoretical and practical Legal History of Pawnbroking, from the 16th century to the 1804 French Civil Code, looks into credit networks and material culture in different social classes of Early Modern France, but also more broadly on the progressive implementation of legal regulations in a growing State to ensure legal security for both creditors and debtors, and to protect the most precarious against fatalities of usury. Since 2015, Nga is also actively involved with MarineLives, a London-based historical research project on 17th century manuscripts of the English High Court of Admiralty using Digital Humanities tools. She presented with Colin Greenstreet some aspects of the project at the DH Benelux 2018 Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In 2018, she became a trustee of Chronoscopic Education, which serves as the legal basis for MarineLives and its sister projects – Maphackathon, Sign of Literacy and others. Academic interests > European Legal History & Economic History (16th-19th century) Pawnbroking, Credit networks, Movable assets, Securities for debts > Digital Humanities Quantitative analysis, Network analysis, Linked Data/Relational Databases, Data Visualization, GIS/Historical Mapping Full up-to-date CV here.

MemberKaren Baston

…Bibliographical Society of London

Centre for Legal History (Edinburgh)

Society of Authors

Stair Society (Publicity and Engagement Manager)…

Dr Karen Baston is a historian, bibliographer, and freelance writer and researcher interested in aspects of the long eighteenth century especially in a British context. She specialises in  early modern Scottish lawyers’ libraries, Scottish legal history, the history of the book, and social history. She has most recently been Project Manager for ‘William Hunter’s Library: A transcription of the early catalogues’ at the University of Glasgow and Research Assistant for the ‘Glasgow Borrowing Registers’ project, also at the University of Glasgow.

DepositA Prequel to Law and Revolution: A Long Lost Manuscript of Harold J. Berman Comes to Light

The late Harold Berman was a pioneering scholar of Soviet law, legal history, jurisprudence, and law and religion; he is best known today for his monumental Law and Revolution series on the Western legal tradition. In the early 1960s, Berman wrote a short book, Law and Language, which was only recently discovered and published in 2013. In this early text, he adumbrated many of the main themes of his later work, including Law and Revolution. He also anticipated a good deal of the interdisciplinary and comparative methodology that we take for granted today, even though it was rare in the intense legal positivist era during which he was writing. This Article contextualizes Berman’s Law and Language within the development of his own legal thought and in the evolution of interdisciplinary legal studies. It focuses particularly on the themes of law and religion, law and history, and law and communication that dominated Berman’s writing until his death in 2007.

MemberJohn Witte, Jr.

John Witte, Jr., JD (Harvard); Dr. Theol. h.c. (Heidelberg), is Robert W. Woodruff University Professor of Law, McDonald Distinguished Professor, and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. A leading specialist in legal history, human rights, religious freedom, marriage and family law, and law and religion, he has published over 250 articles, 17 journal symposia, and 32 books. 

MemberSelim Karlitekin

I am a Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Middle East, South Asia, and African Studies at Columbia University. My dissertation is on the international legal history of Muslim sovereignty claims in the 19th century. I am tracing the biopoliticization of Islamic political discourses and the aporetic structure of Muslim nationalism through a study of sites of emergency in the century of nationalist uprisings. Besides the scholarship, I have been an editor for the Turkish publisher Açılım Kitap since 2011.