makes Law Effective?', Times Higher Education Supplement,
a great deal about legal process in other parts of this web-site. In
particular, all of the materials under the Earls
Colne database includes detailed accounts of how the courts worked
and very extensive transcripts of legal records of all types.
of the criminal courts in seventeenth century England are described
in the book THE JUSTICE
AND THE MARE'S ALE.
also other materials under the heading of 'witchcraft',
where the workings of the courts in relation to this particular crime
are analysed in detailed.
philosophy of law, law in its wider context, and the differences over
time and space are considered in the
'Encounters' with figures such as Montesquieu, Tocqueville, Sir
Henry Maine, and F.W.Maitland, all of whom I have written about at length
and all of whom were legal historians (among other things).
deal of work has been undertaken on comparing the British common law
tradition to that of other parts of the world. One is the whole world
of continental, inquisitorial, Roman law, in particular a project I
was engaged in for some years on the records of the Portuguese Inquisition.
One small example of this is:
and Anthropology', Temenos, Studies in Comparative Religion,
a series of short video interviews on aspects of English legal history
comparison is with the legal traditions of Japan.
of this comparison is:
and custom in Japan: some comparative reflections', Continuity and
Change, 10 (3), (1995)
articles reviewing others work in this field are:
English Assize Records', American Journal of Legal History,
and the Courts in England 1660-1800', London Review of Books,
vol.8, no.13 (1986)