• Epidemics in South Asian legal history

    Our COVID-19 era has me thinking about  the bubonic plague’s 1896 arrival in Bombay. It stayed for over a decade. Here’s my description of the experience via two of my favorite legal memoirists: A. J. …

  • Digging at the British Library

    I regularly receive e-mails from junior scholars trying to figure out what to work on for a major research project. For grad students and others lucky enough to spend time at the British Library, there’s …

  • Where South Asian & African legal history meet

    Last month in Boston, I attended the African Legal History Symposium, a one-day event at the start of the American Society for Legal History‘s annual meeting. The symposium was organized by  Erin Braatz (Suffolk University), …

  • Women in Law (part 2)

    Last month, I posted this passage from A.J.C. Mistry’s law firm memoirs on the early history of women in the legal profession in British India. This month, I’m sharing a list of life writing titles …

  • Women in Law (part 1)

    One of my favorite chroniclers of the history of the legal profession in India is A. J. C. Mistry. Mistry was an unusual author of legal memoirs. He was not a lawyer or judge recounting …

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