• 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 …

  • How one law journal survived partition

    Today–August 15, 2019–marks the 72nd anniversary of the independence and partition of India and Pakistan. Thousands of survivors’ stories are preserved in the remarkable 1947 Archive and elsewhere. I want to share one more. This …

  • It was the ice cream

    I’m working on early 20th-century forensic experts in India, and have come across two odd research publications. In both cases, the physician-expert experienced an extreme and terrible mass event–one that sickened or killed many people. …

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