Graduate Student Survey from American Society of Legal History

The American Society of Legal History regards graduate students as an important part of our legal history community.  We are proud of our efforts to date to make the ASLH a hospitable home for early-stage scholars.  But we want to do better. 

Among other things, we want to enhance the presence of international graduate students in the organization.  Accordingly, we are gathering information that will help us to make the society an even more inclusive place for early-stage legal historians. 

If you are a graduate student or a historically minded law student, please click this link to take a short survey in English, Spanish, or Portuguese, as you choose.  We appreciate your time and hope to see you at the annual meeting in Chicago!

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Student Research Colloquium in Chicago, November 11-12

The American Society of Legal History invites graduate students to apply to the Student Research Colloquium (SRC), currently scheduled (fingers crossed) for Nov. 11-12, in Chicago, Illinois, immediately prior to the ASLH annual meeting there. 

At this pre-conference, funded workshop, eight graduate students will discuss their in-progress research projects with each other and with distinguished legal historians.  Target applicants include early-post-coursework Ph.D. students and historically minded law students. 

To apply, electronically submit the following four items to John Wertheimer at: srcproposals@aslh.net: a CV; a cover letter describing, among other things, how many years remain in your course of graduate study; a two-page, single-spaced Research Statement that begins with a title and describes the in-progress project that you propose to present to the colloquium; and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member, sent separately from the other materials. 

The application deadline is June 15, 2020.  For more information, click this link

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Policing Colonial Brisbane

In June, UQP will be releasing a new book, To Preserve and Protect: Policing Colonial Brisbane, by Anastasia Dukova.

To Preserve and Protect exposes political power abuse, corruption, mismanagement, professional burnout and gendered justice, issues which continue to challenge police forces.

Through exploring their personal stories, Dukova highlights how biography and history are inextricably linked and reveals the differences between metropolitan aspirations and colonial reality. A flyer about the book can be downloaded below.

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Private Security and the Modern State

Members may be interested in a new edited collection – Private Security and the Modern State: Historical and Comparative Perspectives – published last month by Routledge. The book features case studies from the US, UK, France, Belgium and Germany, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and includes contributions from criminologists, historians and socio-legal scholars. Topics covered include plural policing, security governance, vigilantism, self-defence, informal justice, detective work, surveillance, political policing, war, paramilitarism and intelligence. Full details available here: https://www.routledge.com/Private-Security-and-the-Modern-State-Historical-and-Comparative-Perspectives/Churchill-Janiewski-Leloup/p/book/9780367183493

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Legal History of Epidemics Sources

The David Berg Foundation Institute for Law and History at Tel Aviv University has put together a web page with links to sources – primary and secondary – on the legal history of epidemics, their consequences, and responses to them.

You can view the list here. If you have suggestions for other sources you would like to see added to the list, you can contact the Foundation’s Director, David Schorr at dschorr@tauex.tau.ac.il.

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Legal History of Epidemics

The David Berg Foundation Institute for Law and History at Tel Aviv University is putting together a web page with links to sources – primary and secondary – on the legal history of epidemics, their consequences, and responses to them.

Please send any sources and resources to David Schorr at dschorr@tauex.tau.ac.il.

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New book – Law in War

A new book by ANZLHS member Associate Professor Catherine Bond, titled Law in War: Freedom and restriction in Australia during the Great War, was released by NewSouth Publishing on 1 April. The book examines the legal experiences of a range of individuals living in Australia during the First World War, including those who wrote the law, those who enforced the law and those who were imprisoned under the law, among others. Law in War reveals the injustice and discrimination perpetuated by Australia’s wartime regime, done in the name of victory in war.

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