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Legal History Journals

On this website you will find an annotated overview of international legal history specialist journals which have maintain their own  websites.

German

Beiträge zur Rechtsgeschichte Österreichs

Beiträge zur Rechtsgeschichte Österreichs

Die BRGÖ erscheinen seit 2011 zweimal jährlich sowohl in einer Printfassung als auch online; in der Regel ist ein Band einem besonderen Thema gewidmet, während der zweite Band vermischte Beiträge zur Rechtsgeschichte enthält.
Jahrbuch der Juristischen Zeitgeschichte

Jahrbuch der Juristischen Zeitgeschichte

Das Jahrbuch der Juristischen Zeitgeschichte ist erstmals im Jahr 2000 erschienen. Es umfasst acht Abteilungen:

  • Abteilung 1: Allgemeine Beiträge
  • Abteilung 2: Forum Juristische Zeitgeschichte
  • Abteilung 3: Beiträge zur modernen deutschen Strafgesetzgebung. Materialien zu einem Historischen Kommentar
  • Abteilung 4: Leben und Werk. Biographien und Werkanalysen
  • Abteilung 5: Juristisches Zeitgeschehen. Rechtspolitik und Justiz aus zeitgenössischer Perspektive
  • Abteilung 6: Recht in der Kunst - Kunst im Recht
  • Abteilung 7: Beiträge zur Anwaltsgeschichte
  • Abteilung 8: Judaica: Jüdisches Recht, Judenrecht, Recht und Antisemitismus 
Journal der Juristischen Zeitgeschichte

Journal der Juristischen Zeitgeschichte

Im Jahr 2007 hat die Zeitschrift ihr Erscheinen aufgenommen. Der zeitliche Bereich umfasst das 19. bis 21. Jahrhundert, schließt also auch das juristische Zeitgeschehen ein, d.h. aktuelle Vorgänge von – voraussichtlicher – historischer Bedeutung. Außer redaktionellen Beiträgen und Rezensionen bietet die Zeitschrift bei Bedarf zusätzlich ein lebendiges Diskussionsforum. Entscheidungen des Bundesgerichtshofs und des Bundesverfassungsgerichts gehören zu den wichtigen Faktoren der Rechtsentwicklung: Karl-Dieter Möller schreibt über sie in seinem regelmäßigen „Bericht aus Karlsruhe“.

Die Zeitschrift erscheint dreimal jährlich: im März, Juni und Oktober. Thematisch ist sie eng mit dem Jahrbuch der Juristischen Zeitgeschichte verbunden, das im Dezember herausgebracht wird.

Zeitschrift für neuere Rechtsgeschichte

Zeitschrift für neuere Rechtsgeschichte

Der Zweck der Zeitschrift für Neuere Rechtsgeschichte liegt in der wissenschaftlichen Behandlung und kritischen Analyse der Rechtsentwicklung insbesondere auf den Gebieten des Privat-, Verfassungs-, Verwaltungs- und Strafrechts sowie der Verfahrensrechte vor allem in der neueren Zeit.

English

The Journal of Legal History

The Journal of Legal History

The Journal of Legal History , founded in 1980, is the only British journal concerned solely with legal history. It publishes articles in English on the sources and development of the common law, both in the British Isles and overseas, on the history of the laws of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and on Roman Law and the European legal tradition. There is a section for shorter research notes, review-articles, and a wide-ranging section of reviews of recent literature.
 Continuity and Change. A journal of social structure, law and demography in past societies

Continuity and Change. A journal of social structure, law and demography in past societies

Continuity and Change aims to define a field of historical sociology concerned with long-term continuities and discontinuities in the structures of past societies. Emphasis is upon studies whose agenda or methodology combines elements from traditional fields such as history, sociology, law, demography, economics or anthropology, or ranges freely between them. There is a strong commitment to comparative studies over a broad range of cultures and time spans.
American Journal of Legal History

American Journal of Legal History

The American Journal of Legal History was founded in 1957 and was the first English-language periodical in the field. Today, the Journal continues to serve as a showcase for outstanding scholarship on all facets of legal history.
Comparative Legal History

Comparative Legal History

Comparative Legal History is an international and comparative review of law and history.

Articles will explore both 'internal' legal history (doctrinal and disciplinary developments in the law) and 'external' legal history (legal ideas and institutions in wider contexts). Rooted in the complexity of the various Western legal traditions worldwide, the journal will also investigate other laws and customs from around the globe. Comparisons may be either temporal or geographical and both legal and other law-like normative traditions will be considered. Scholarship on comparative and trans-national historiography, including trans-disciplinary approaches, is particularly welcome.

Grotiana

Grotiana

Grotiana appears under the auspices of the Grotiana Foundation. The journal’s leading objective is the furtherance of the Grotian tradition. It will welcome any relevant contribution to a better understanding of Grotius’ life and works. At the same time close attention will be paid to Grotius’ relevance for present-day thinking about world problems. Grotiana therefore intends to be a forum for exchanges concerning the philosophical, ethical and legal fundamentals of the search for an international order.

The journal is to be published annually. At intervals thematic issues will be inserted.

Law and History Review

Law and History Review

Law and History Review (LHR), internationally recognized as the leading journal in the field, examines the history of law from ancient to modern times. The journal's purpose is to further research in the fields of the social history of law and the history of legal ideas and institutions. LHR features articles, essays, commentaries by international authorities, and reviews of important books on legal history.
Roman Legal Tradition

Roman Legal Tradition

A Journal of Ancient Medieval and Modern Civil Law

Roman Legal Tradition is a peer-reviewed journal published online by the Ames Foundation and the University of Glasgow School of Law. ISSN 1943-6483.

The journal aims to promote the study of the civilian tradition in English. The editors welcome contributions on any aspect of the civilian tradition in ancient, medieval, and modern law.

All articles and reviews published in Roman Legal Tradition are available from this site free of charge. In addition, all articles and reviews are also available to subscribers of HeinOnline. We encourage readers to use and distribute these materials as they see fit, but ask readers not to make any commercial use of these materials without seeking the consent of the editors and relevant authors.

The Cambridge Law Journal

The Cambridge Law Journal

The Cambridge Law Journal publishes articles on all aspects of law. Special emphasis is placed on contemporary developments, but the journal's range includes jurisprudence and legal history. An important feature of the journal is the Case and Comment section, in which members of the Cambridge Law Faculty and other distinguished contributors analyse recent judicial decisions, new legislation and current law reform proposals. The articles and case notes are designed to have the widest appeal to those interested in the law — whether as practitioners, students, teachers, judges or administrators — and to provide an opportunity for them to keep abreast of new ideas and the progress of legal reform. Each issue also contains an extensive section of book reviews.

French

Italian

Historia et ius

Historia et ius

Historia et Ius is an on-line International journal dedicated to medieval, modern and contemporary historical legal studies. Founded after the initiative of a group Italian legal historians, the journal is supported by an editorial board composed by European legal historians of high scientific profile.

It is divided into three sections: the first one – Topics and issues – hosts essays of general content on legal history made by well-established academics; the second – Studies – concerns articles which are admitted through a preventive evaluation based on a double blind peer review system; the third – Interventions – regards communications, research projects and book reviews.

The journal’s main purpose is to provide an agile and easy to use tool aimed at disseminating the results of legal-historical researches at the international level, as well as facilitating the exchange of ideas and methods.

Materiali per una storia della cultura giuridica

Materiali per una storia della cultura giuridica

Founded by Giovanni Tarello, Materiali per una Storia della Cultura Giuridicahas been published as a six-monthly review since 1979. From an historical/theoretical perspective, it collects studies and research articles dedicated to the relation between law, juridical thinking and political-economic institutions. The aims of the Review also incorporate the story of the present, with critical considerations on juridical changes in recent decades (new rights, bioethics, globalisation, artificial intelligence). The Review is unanimously considered one of the most prestigious fruits of Italian research in the field of history and theory of law. The contributors include both Italian and foreign scientific figures of great authoritativeness, along with some of the most brilliant scholars of the last generation. The innovative, original project of the Review has earned praise and widespread recognition at international level too.

Dutch

Spanish

Historia. Instituciones. Documentos

Historia. Instituciones. Documentos

En 1974 aparecía el primer Número de la revista Historia. Instituciones. Documentos. Se trataba, como sucede en estos casos, de una aventura editorial emprendida con enorme entusiasmo por tres Departamentos universitarios en torno a los cuales y al calor del magisterio los profesores Martínez Gijón, Núñez Contreras y Valdeón Baruque comenzaba a agruparse todo un plantel de jóvenes investigadores.

La revista surgió así y sirvió para dar acogida tanto a la investigación propia como a la de otros investigadores nacionales y extranjeros. Historia. Instituciones. Documentos, es una publicación miscelánea de carácter anual que, como el título de la colección indica, da cabida a trabajos de índole histórica, histórico-institucional, ediciones de documentos escritos o de interés metodológico, referentes especialmente al período anterior a la disolución del Antiguo Régimen.

Revista de estudios historico-juridicos

Revista de estudios historico-juridicos

"La Revista de Estudios Histórico-Jurídicos tiene el objetivo de difundir artículos originales e inéditos de investigación de historia dogmática, legislativa e institucional en los campos del Derecho romano y de la Historia del Derecho, especialmente de la tradición romanística europea e iberoamericana; y de Historia del pensamiento jurídico y político occidentales. También admite revisiones sobre el estado de una cuestión, y revisiones bibliográficas amplias, siempre que ofrezcan carácter crítico. La Revista no publica trabajos de contenido puramente filosófico, teórico, político o sociológico; tampoco si sean de mera divulgación, consistan en charlas o conferencias no reelaboradas bajo forma de artículos, u ofrezcan carácter de ensayo ("reflexiones", "observaciones", "consideraciones", "apuntaciones", "notas", etcétera)".


RIDROM. Revista internacional de derecho romano

RIDROM. Revista internacional de derecho romano

La Revista Internacional de Derecho Romano, creada bajo los auspicios de la Asociación Iberoamericana de Derecho Romano y de la Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, se propone como objetivo la difusión de los resultados de la investigación en el ámbito del Derecho Romano y su recepción. Nace con vocación de superar cualquier frontera geográfica y está abierta a cuantas personas e instituciones se propongan el mismo fin. Asimismo, difundirá las actividades de la Asociación Iberoamericana y cuantas noticias e informaciones sean de interés para la comunidad romanística. La RIDROM aspira a convertirse en una publicación de referencia en su campo. Por ello, procurará el rigor y la calidad de las colaboraciones mediante su evaluación por investigadores de prestigio acreditado.

multilingual

Commentationes Historiae Ivris Helveticae

Commentationes Historiae Ivris Helveticae

Die Rechtsgeschichte ist für die gute Kenntnis und das Verständnis der politischen Institutionen der Schweiz unumgänglich. In der Schweiz gibt es jedoch keine spezifische Zeitschrift für Rechtsgeschichte. Die COMMENTATIONES HISTORIAE IVRIS HELVETICAE wollen nun zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts diese Lücke schliessen. Die Zeitschrift befasst sich mit der Geschichte der politischen und rechtlichen Institutionen, mit der politischen Ideengeschichte sowie mit der Privatrechts- und Strafrechtsgeschichte. Ein besonderes Augenmerk wird auf die Schweiz und ihre Kantone gelegt. Die COMMENTATIONES erfassen aber auch grenzüberschreitend die Rechtsgeschichte anderer Länder.
Journal on European History of Law

Journal on European History of Law

The publisher of the Journal on European History of Law is the STS Science Centre Ltd. seated in London. The European Society for History of Law closely cooperates with the STS Science Centre Ltd. and helps with editing the journal. The journal is published twice a year. It is assigned for law-historians and Romanists that want to share with their colleagues the results of their research in this field.

At the same time, reviews of books with historical themes are being published. You can also find there information about the happenings in the field of law-history.

Articles in the journal are published in English or in German, according to the authors wish. The articles must fulfill the criteria written in the guidelines for authors. The executive editor decides on whether to publish the articles and in which order.

Ius Politicum

Ius Politicum

Jus politicum is an online journal that aims at exploring the connexions between the law, the thought and the history of modern constitutions. That the knowledge of constitutional systems should depend on such a combination of several branches of knowledge is perhaps less obvious today than it was in the past. Constitutional history has long ceased to stand at the core of the study of political systems, and is often associated with a certain lack of scientific impartiality. Yet a somewhat rigid adherence to legal positivism on the part of academic lawyers may have resulted in an excessive shift of the equilibrium on the other direction. Our purpose is to restore the ties between several social sciences with a view to furthering the understanding of constitutional traditions. Not only does such an undertaking require the co-operation of scholars coming from different fields (notably lawyers, historians, philosophers, and political scientists) but it is also, by its very nature, not restricted to one particular jurisdiction. As a result, Jus politicum is run by an international board and will have three working languages : French, English and German.

As an online journal, Jus politicum publishes different kinds of texts, reflecting the diversity of today’s scholarly work. « Articles » hosts accomplished works, around a specific topic in each issue. « Papers » hosts texts reflecting a work still in progress, or unpublished seminar papers. This rubric also welcomes works contributed by junior scholars. Texts contributed to both these rubrics are peer reviewed. Finally, the journal aims at making available classic texts that were previously unpublished or had become unavailable in print.

Crime, History & Societies

Crime, History & Societies

Depuis son premier numéro en 1997, Crime, Histoire et Sociétés - organe officiel de l'International Association for the History of Crime and Criminal Justice, fondée en 1978 - est devenue la principale revue de ce domaine neuf et significatif de recherche. Au cours des trente dernières années, les travaux historiques sur les institutions pénales, la police, la justice, les peines et la criminalité se sont profondément transformés. Faire l'histoire du crime revient désormais à s'interroger sur la définition socialement accpetée de l'ordre et du désordre, la légitimité des structures et des moyens du maintien de l'ordre, la capacité à intégrer de nouveaux groupes sociaux ou les attentes des populations face à la justice.
DIKE

DIKE

DIKE is the first journal specifically dedicated to the study of Greek and Hellenistic law. It is published with the contribution and under the patronage of the Law School of the University of Milano, and is scheduled to appear in December each year. Its aim is to promote the knowledge of an aspect of the greek world, whose importance is increasingly recognised. DIKE is open not only to the specialists in the field, but also to all scholars interested in legal aspects of greek civilisation. It will publish articles written in English, French, Spanish, German, Greek and Italian.
European Journal of Legal Studies (EJLS)

European Journal of Legal Studies (EJLS)

Founded in 2007, the European Journal of Legal Studies (EJLS) is a European University Institute (EUI) review dedicated to the promotion of legal scholarship. It publishes articles on any topic of legal scholarship relating to international, comparative and European law, or legal theory. A strict and rigorous anonymous peer-review procedure ensures the quality and equal standing of articles submitted by professors, practitioners or students, and a distinctive linguistic policy and expertise gives authors the opportunity to publish their papers in most European languages. Furthermore, managerial and editorial decisions and work is carried out independently by graduate researchers, something still uncommon in Europe.
EJLS serves two additional goals. First, it equips students with valuable editing and organizational experience as well as writing skills, since Book Reviews are exclusively done by editorial members. Secondly, in harmony with the European nature of the EUI and its cultural and linguistic diversity, the EJLS particularly encourages submissions by young academics and less known Western and Eastern European authors fostering a true European legal sphere. It is the EJLS firm conviction that the latter can only be achieved when the quality of ideas, and not geographic or rank divides, prevails.
Journal of Constitutional History

Journal of Constitutional History

The Giornale di Storia costituzionale is a periodical published twice a year. It was born in 2001 with the aim of promoting and gathering research and methodological proposals that concern the manifold paths of constitutional history. The articles here published intend to analyse - in a multidisciplinary and comparative perspective - the foundations and characters of a complex historical and cultural phenomenon which has given birth to a common inheritance, yet with different forms and conceptions. Between present and past, the scholars of law, politics, institutions, and more generally the experts of social sciences think and dialogue about constitutionalism, marked by deep historical roots and growing tensions. The Giornale has already become a meeting and reference point for the different practices of constitutional history, it publishes essays in various languages and is characterised by thematic richness and variety in surveys, alternating miscellaneous issues with others dedicated to monographic research.
Journal of the History of International Law

Journal of the History of International Law

The object of the Journal of the History of International Law/Revue d'histoire du droit international is to contribute to the effort to make intelligible the international legal past, however varied and eccentric it may be, to stimulate interest in the whys, the whats and wheres of international legal development,
without projecting present relationships upon the past, and to promote the application of a sense of proportion to the study of current international legal problems. The aim of the Journal is to open fields of inquiry, to enable new questions to be asked, to be awake to and always aware of the plurality of human civilizations and cultures, past and present, and to maintain an appreciation of patterns of cultural flow and interaction that centrally affect international law and its development.
Without abandoning chronology and contextualization, which provide the essential framework within which laws and legal events make sense, the Journal of the History of International Law/Revue d'histoire du droit international aims to publish articles, essays and comments on thematic lines as well. By encouraging different methods of approaching the subject it is thought that new light will be cast upon familiar and not so familiar aspects of international law, including private international law.
Orbis Iuris Romani. Journal of Ancient Law Studies

Orbis Iuris Romani. Journal of Ancient Law Studies

Orbis Iuris Romani. Journal of Ancient Law Studies
focuses mainly on Roman Law and its reception and reflection in various legal systems. Since 1995 publishes the studies, reviews and other articles in german, english, french or italian language, nowadays at the Trnava University. Founded by Peter Blaho and Michaela Židlická.
Rechtsgeschichte - Legal History

Rechtsgeschichte - Legal History

Rechtsgeschichte – Legal History is the official journal of the Max Planck Institute for European History of Law. It publishes international and interdisciplinary research articles in the field of legal history. The journal has been published in print since 2002. Starting with issue 20 (2012), it will also be released online in open access, with an additional “Legal History” in its title. This is supposed to illustrate what the title of the predecessor journal, Ius Commune, might have conveyed even more clearly, namely that legal history cannot be limited to one region or language area. Therefore, the journal’s content is deliberately not bound to one or two, but instead open to a multitude of languages. Apart from detailed research articles and discussions on topical issues which are initiated by the editors, the journal also contains critical reviews of recent publications dealing with legal history.
The Legal History Review

The Legal History Review

The Legal History Review is a peer-reviewed journal in which much attention is paid not only to the common foundations of the western legal tradition but also to the special, frequently divergent development of national law in the various countries belonging to, or influenced by it. Modern and contemporary, as well as ancient and medieval history is considered. Roman law and its later development, as well as canon law, have always been particularly important; in addition the history of the English Common Law has been extensively studied.