British Legal History Conference 2024

3-6 July 2024: Insiders and Outsiders in the History of Law

The University of Bristol Law School is delighted to host the 26th British Legal History Conference, which will take place between 3 and 6 July 2024. The conference theme is 'Insiders and Outsiders in the History of Law'.

The history of Bristol is closely entwined with the law: the city has long been a significant legal centre, and a great deal of legal business has been done here for centuries. Bristol has also been an important site for protest and resistance to the law, with connections to a wide variety of law reform causes. 

The conference theme draws on these elements of Bristol’s past. Participants will be encouraged to explore the theme by reflecting on dividing lines drawn in the history of the law, and on who, or what, is within and without them. There will be panels and plenaries addressing the theme from a variety of perspectives.


Professor Gwen Seabourne and Dr Joanna McCunn.

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View the draft programme

BLHC 2024 Schedule (PDF, 252kB)

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