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About the Journal

The American Journal of Legal History was founded in 1957 and was the first English-language periodical in the field. The journal was relaunched as an Oxford University Press (OUP) publication at the beginning of 2016 with new editors, Professors Al Brophy (University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill) and Stefan Vogenauer (Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt).

The new AJLH aims to publish outstanding scholarship on all facets and periods of legal history. While retaining its focus on American legal history, it accommodates the enormous broadening of the intellectual horizon of the discipline over the past decade and is particularly interested in contributions of a comparative, international or transnational nature. Book reviews are a regular feature. 

The new AJLH is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal, made available in printed and electronic form. Manuscript submissions are handled quickly and efficiently. Manuscripts concurrently submitted for publication elsewhere will not be considered. Accepted papers that have been copyedited and typeset are made available online immediately through the ‘Advance Access’ function on the OUP website.

Interview with Alfred L. Brophy

The field of legal history has many subjects of study and many focal points, drawing on (and engaging with) studies of economics, religion, society, and culture. For a deeper understanding on the history of law, we asked Professor Alfred L. Brophy to give us some insight into the past, present, and future of law’s relationship to culture over time.

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