New Publication on the Privy Council Appeal

We are delighted to announce the publication of Dr. Thomas Mohr’s Guardian of the TrGuardian of the Treatyeaty by Four Courts Press. Further details are available on our publications page.

All members of the Society will receive a complimentary copy, while non-members can purchase their copy here.

The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council was the final appellate court of the British Empire. Dr. Mohr examines the history of the Irish appeal to the Privy Council in the 1920s and 30s, and looks at the politics behind appeals.

In 1935 the Irish Free State became the first part of the Empire to abolish the right of appeal to the Privy Council.

Dr. Thomas Mohr is a Lecturer / Assistant Professor at the UCD Sutherland School of Law, where he teaches jurisprudence, evidence and the history of public law.

The front cover features a painting of the Privy Council chamber by Ptolemy Dean.


British Legal History Conference 2017

Call for Papers for the 23rd British Legal History Conference 2017: Networks and Connections

Wednesday 5 July 2017 – Saturday 8 July 2017

In tracing the way that legal ideas emerge and expand, historians have become increasingly interested in exploring the way that networks are developed and connections made. Legal history is full of connections – between people and places, jurisdictions and ideas. The way that the law develops may be influenced by particular social, professional or political groups, or by wider national, imperial or transnational networks. The law may change direction because of new connections made, whether in the form of the transplantation of legal concepts from one forum to another, or in the form of the influence of new ways of thinking or acting. These connections or networks may be simple or complex, transitory or enduring, ad hoc or accidental. The aim of this conference is to explore the wide range of networks and connections which influence the development of law and legal ideas over time, in a variety of different scholarly contexts. We welcome proposals from historians interested in exploring these themes in all fields of legal history, whether doctrinal or contextual, domestic or transnational.

About the Conference
The Conference will be held from the 5th to the 8th of July 2017. Registration will be on the 5th of July. Delegates will be able to find accommodation in the wide range of nearby hotels.

Call for Papers

Proposals concerning any epoch or part of the world are welcome and proposals from postgraduate and early career researchers are encouraged.

Proposals for papers (maximum 300 words) should be sent to by 26 August 2016.

Conference Organisers
Dr Ian Williams, Faculty of Laws, UCL
Professor Michael Lobban, LSE Law

Further Information

See the conference website