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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Legal History at the CHA at Congress

Not a lot of legal history at the CHA conference this year--of 81 panels, one is devoted to regulation in Canada and one to British eighteenth century law. A few law themed papers scattered through out, and a roundtable on John Weaver's award winning The Great Land Rush and the Making of the Modern World, which those who have read it will know focuses a great deal on comparative property law.

I would be disappointed by the lack of legal history if I were going to the CHA this year. I am a member, but the conference dates overlap with the CLSA, which has first claim on my attendance this year. In past years I have tried to juggle both conferences, but ended up remembering very little of what I'd heard.

The panel on eighteenth century English law (no. 64) does look fascinating, though. It includes James Moran of the University of PEI, "Bordering on Madness: Law, Lunacy Commissions and Indefinite Mental States," Jennine Hurl-Eamon of Trent, "Did Unwed Mothers Really Charge Innocent Men with Fathering their Babies? A Closer Look at Malicious Prosecution in London Bastardy Cases" and Susan Brown of  UPEI, "Actor's Equity: Theatrical Working Conditions as Revealed in Eighteenth Century Chancery Suits."

For the rest of the programme, look here.

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