Exploring the Dynamics of Legal History in India

In her research project, Reeju Ray delves into the complex landscape of legal history in India, a field enriched by the contributions of historians, practitioners, jurists and activists. The project aims to map the key contributors to legal history and assess the scope of the discipline, its challenges and opportunities for collaboration. It seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of the existing culture of legal history in India, identifying its various elements and participants. more

Digital resources for legal history

The typical sources for legal history, such as court records or laws, are often available in large quantities and with a low average degree of originality, thus representing an obvious body of material for applying Digital Humanities methods. This is discussed in Andreas Wagner’s contribution on ‘Legal History’ in Clio Guides, part of the main German Digital Humanities website for historians. His article provides an overview of the developments of the use of Digital Humanities in legal history and indicates the key collections, institutional players and resources. more

mpilhlt part of MS Wissenschaft

This year, the mpilhlt is be part of the floating science exhibition MS Wissenschaft. The ship has been travelling on German rivers every summer for over 20 years and is dedicated to imparting knowledge with practical exhibitions where visitors can try things out and take part in activities. Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the German Basic Law (Grundgesetz), the theme of this year's exhibition is freedom. A contribution by Marietta Auer provides a theoretical basis for the exhibition. more

The Spectre of AI-Generated Historical Documents

We are witnessing how AI can generate incredibly accurate, natural sounding, and grammatically correct text. It also can create convincing images that mimick the texture, damage, and the colours of old photographic paper. But how long until it starts creating entirely realistic historical documents, complete with authentic-looking text? What will the implications be for research? It is time to prepare for this new era writes Rômulo da Silva Ehalt on our blog legalhistoryinsights.com more

Unveiling the Shadows of Empire

How did colonial powers shape labor laws in Australia and India from 1850 to 1950? Prakhar Ganguly's research project explores the intertwining legal landscapes of factories and unions in these distant colonies. He investigates the unique paths of legal transplantation, the clash of cultures, and the lasting impacts of colonial rule on labor regulation. From the gold rush to the gavels of justice, he seeks to uncover the shared histories and divergent destinies of two nations under the British Empire. more

CfA: Max Planck-ASLH Dissertation Prize for European Legal History in Global Perspective

mpilhlt and the American Society for Legal History (ASLH) are pleased to announce a new dissertation prize. It will honour outstanding dissertations on topics in European legal history in global perspective, presented for PhD or JSD degrees awarded in the previous calendar year.  Topics may include European legal interactions with people or places outside Europe, legal processes spanning Europe and other regions of the world, and developments in legal theory closely linked to imperial, transnational or trans-regional trends. The deadline for submissions is 1 June 2024. more

Legal Theory in Colonial India and Mandatory Palestine

Our next lecture of the Frankfurter Rechtshistorische Abendgespräche will focus on a central but often overlooked aspect of the history and theory of law: The development of legal theory in colonial India and Mandatory Palestine. Assaf Likhovski (Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law) will challenge the Eurocentric focus prevalent in current narratives of the history of modern legal theory and offer a broader perspective on the global development of legal thought. more

Open House at Max Planck Law

Max Planck Law is a network of nine Max Planck Institutes across Germany, dedicated to a wide array of legal research from the anthropology of law to tax law. On May 7 at 4 pm, it will host an Open House event online, designed for early career researchers in law. This 45-minute session will provide an opportunity for participants to engage with one another, share ideas, and pose questions in a professional environment. more

<span><span><span>From texts and traditions</span></span></span>

From texts and traditions

March 27, 2024

Despite regular reporting on political and economic developments in China, a deeper understanding of the country's culture, history and current intellectual debates falls by the wayside. A research project at mpilhlt is translating contemporary Chinese texts into German and aims to build linguistic and cultural bridges. Previously unheard voices from Chinese academia are thus becoming accessible to a wider audience and a more differentiated picture of China is emerging. more

Unveiling Historical Bonds

In his recent blog article ‚Migration and trade: two sides of the same coin?‘, Thomas Duve delves into the historical intertwining of migration and trade, drawing on the insights of the School of Salamanca and its significant figures like Domingo de Soto. He shows how theologians and philosophers of the time advocated for the free movement of goods and people based on the ius gentium. more

<span><span>Byzantine multinormativity</span></span>

Throughout his career, John Haldon has served as an intellectual link between different academic cultures, methods, and disciplines. A true scholar of Byzantine society, his work combines a meticulous treatment of texts and material evidence with a holistic approach to social history. Volume 337 of the Studien zur europäischen Rechtsgeschichte dedicated to him focusses on the history of law and legal culture in the transformation of the Roman world. more

Otto Hintze ca 1900

The great German scholar Otto Hintze (1861–1940) is still known to many as a historian only of Prussia or the Hohenzollern dynasty. Yet his research went far beyond these fields and are of impressive contemporary relevance. Volume 346 of the Studien zur Europäischen Rechtsgeschichte by Hans Joas and Wolfgang Neugebauer (eds.) focuses on its impact in the historical social sciences. more

Bridging Nations

Bridging Nations

February 23, 2024

Parliamentary democracy has long been cited as one of the key legal inheritances of the British Empire in its former colonies, but this can obscure our view of the cross-fertilisation of ideas of law, democracy and sovereignty between different British colonies. In this interview, Martin O’Donoghue explains why comparing a small island nation to a subcontinent will yield important insights. more

Legal history meets carnival in Rio

Legal history and the Rio carnival might seem worlds apart. Yet, this year the Portela Samba school seamlessly wove Rio's long-silenced slavery legacy together with the story of 19th-century lawyer Luiz Gama, whose work freeing hundreds of enslaved people is now being appreciated thanks to the research of our scholar Bruno Lima. more

The gradual suppression of the slave trade in the 19<sup>th</sup> century

The treaties for the suppression of the slave trade were the subject of intense legal battles and debates in the first half of the 19th century. Adriane Sanctis de Brito’s book examines the legal disputes that took place within the context of the Anglo-Brazilian treaty by focusing on the political importance of the rules and proceedings regarding the search and capture of ships in the Atlantic Ocean. more

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