Law and History Review, a leading journal of legal history published by Cambridge University Press for the American Society for Legal History, seeks article proposals that explore the relationship between originalism and the field of legal history, broadly construed, for a special volume entitled "Legal History and Originalism: Rethinking the Special Relationship." 

In the past thirty years, the method of constitutional interpretation known as originalism has taken centre stage in the legal academy and the broader universe of American jurisprudence. To a great extent, originalism draws its power from its use of history as a lens to make sense of contemporary legal problems. Powerful legal opinions by originalist judges and justices write their own legal histories while leaning heavily on leading works of legal history. 


Proposals should be no more than a one single-spaced page, including footnotes, and should explain the topic and argument of an article that would be 5,000 words, including notes. Proposals should be emailed as attachments (.PDF or .DOC) to the Editor-in-Chief of Law and History Review, Gautham Rao at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The due date for proposals is December 20, 2017. Authors will be notified of the status of their proposal by January 15, 2017.

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