English Law, the Legal Profession, and Colonialism: Histories, Parallels, and Influences

Cerian Griffiths (Editor), Łukasz Jan Korporowicz (Editor)

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Modern legal history is increasingly interested in exploring the development of legal systems from novel and nuanced approaches. This edited collection harnesses the lesser-researched perspectives of the impact of global and imperial factors on the development of law. It is argued that to better understand these timely discussions, we must understand the process and significance of colonisation itself. The volume brings together experts in the field of law and history to explore the ways in which law and lawyers contributed to the expansion of the British Empire, and the ways in which the Empire influenced the Metropole. The book sheds new light on the role of the law and legal actors during the pivotal centuries that saw the establishment of the Empire. Exploring such topics as Atlantic relations, the impact of British jurists upon Indian law, and the development of the law settler colonies, this collection reveals some of the lesser-known intersections between law, history, and empire. The book will be of interest to students and researchers in legal history, comparative history, equity and trusts, contract law, the legal profession, slavery, and the British Empire.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages278
ISBN (Electronic)9781003315926
ISBN (Print)9781032326191, 9781032326306
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Comparative Legal History

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