The American Journal of Legal History (AJLH) was founded in 1957 and was the first English-language periodical in the field. When it was relaunched as an Oxford University Press (OUP) journal in early 2016, Stefan Vogenauer (mpilhlt) was appointed as a co-editor together with Al Brophy (University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill; later University of Alabama School of Law). In 2019, Al handed over to Felice Batlan (IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago).
The comprehensive relaunch also involved a major reorientation of the journal. While retaining its traditional focus on the legal history of the United States, it now aimed to reflect the recent enormous broadening of the intellectual horizon of the discipline and include a substantial number of contributions of a comparative, international or transnational nature.
Since 2021, the editorial process is dealt with in-house by OUP with new editors and editorial team.