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Common Law, Civil Law, and Colonial Law

Eves, William; Hudson, John; Ivarsen, Ingrid; White, Sarah B.


Assistant Professor

John Hudson

Ingrid Ivarsen

Sarah B. White


Common Law, Civil Law, and Colonial Law builds upon the legal historian F.W. Maitland's famous observation that history involves comparison, and that those who ignore every system but their own 'hardly came in sight of the idea of legal history'. The extensive introduction addresses the intellectual challenges posed by comparative approaches to legal history. This is followed by twelve essays derived from papers delivered at the 24th British Legal History Conference. These essays explore patterns in legal norms, processes, and practice across an exceptionally broad chronological and geographical range. Carefully selected to provide a network of inter-connections, they contribute to our better understanding of legal history by combining depth of analysis with historical contextualization. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.


Eves, W., Hudson, J., Ivarsen, I., & White, S. B. (2021). Common Law, Civil Law, and Colonial Law. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press (CUP).

Book Type Scholarly Edition
Online Publication Date Apr 1, 2021
Publication Date Apr 1, 2021
Deposit Date Dec 9, 2022
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Pages x, 1-338
ISBN 9781108845274
Keywords Legal History, Law, British History after 1450, History
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Additional Information An online version of this work is published at under a Creative Commons Open Access license CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 which permits re-use, distribution and reproduction in any medium for non-commercial purposes providing appropriate credit to the original work is given. You may not distribute derivative works without permission.