Rechtsgeschichte - Legal History (Rg)

Rechtsgeschichte – Legal Historyis the journal of the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory. It is edited by the Institute’s directors, Thomas Duve and Stefan Vogenauer. The journal aims to be a forum for high-level scholarship in all branches of legal history. Its scope therefore reflects the full breadth of the discipline and is not restricted to particular periods of time or specific areas of law. Its particular profile derives from the research conducted at the Institute on the legal history of Europe, the common law world and the Iberian empires.

The journal has an international orientation and adopts a multilingual approach in order to reflect the diversity of global legal and research cultures. A peer review procedure ensures the high quality of the contributions. The journal’s »Research« section presents selected outstanding articles of general interest. The »Focus« section brings together contributions on a common theme, and the short pieces in the »Debate« or »Forum« section discuss a given topic in legal history. The »Critique« section contains reviews of recent publications in the field.

Rg has been published by Klostermann Verlag since 2002. Since 2012, the annual journal is also published online in Open Access simultaneously with the printed edition.

American Journal of Legal History (AJLH)

The American Journal of Legal History was founded in 1957 and was the first English-language periodical in the field. After a comprehensive relaunch in 2016, it is now published by Oxford University Press and edited by Stefan Vogenauer (MPIeR) and Felice Batlan (IIT – Chicago-Kent College of Law).

The 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 AJLH is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal, made available in printed and electronic form.

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