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Legal Resources

Legal History

Categories: General | Ancient | Medieval | War Documents
Country Specific: Australia | Babylon | Egypt | England | Greece | Roman | United States


General

The Avalon Project at Yale Law School: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy
Documents from pre-18th Century to current - amazing collection of documents

Connections - Legal History Resources
Divided into American Legal History, Ancient Law, English Legal History, Estates and Trusts and Misc.

Legal History and Philosophy
Includes the following Sections: Legal Maxims and Quotes of Sir Edward Coke from The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, Selections from Laws of the Cherokee Nation, Gems from Learned Hand found in The Spirit of Liberty, Quotes from Lieber's Code and the Law of War, quotes from Lincoln the Lawyer, a translation of portions of the Code of Hammurabi, selected provisions of Lauues and Libertyes of Massachusetts (1648), excerpts from letters between Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. and Frederick Pollock 1874-1932, from Holmes-Pollock Letters and passages from The Country Justice. There is also a section on the Origin of Lady of Justice.

Legal History Links
Divided into categories: general, ancient law, American legal history, English legal history and European legal history

On the Origins of Law
Article by Duhaime

Organic Legal Documents
Anglo-American fundamental legal documents (in chronological order) - at the Lonang Institute

The LAW Museum
At the Duhaime's site - contains historical legal documents including Hamurrabi's Code of Laws, The Ten Commandments, the Magna Carta, The English Bill of Rights and The American Declaration of Independence.  Terrific site.

The Legal Legacy - Significant Writings in the Natural Law Tradition
At the Lonang Institute - numerous reproductions - easy to read and navigate

Remember the Internet Archive for Historical Research
Article by Steven M. Cohen published at LLRX on April 1, 2002

Ancient

See also various country links

Agrarian Law 111BC
Collection of documents and information at the Avalon Project, Yale University

Ancient Law (Avalon Project)
Another online version of this text by Henry Maine - this time at the Avalon Project, Yale University

Internet Ancient Legal History Sourcebook
Includes a good categorised list of relevant links

The Avalon Collection of Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance documents
At Yeal University - this is a terrific collection of ancient, medieval and renaissance documents

Code of Lipit-Ishtar - 1868BC
Believed to be some of the earliest known codified laws - some excerpts can be found here.

Laws of the Kings, 753 - 510 B.C.
Part of the Avalon Project, Yale Law School

University of Michigan Papyrus Collection
Here you can search approximately 2,500 records (including images) of papyrological resources.  Most date from third Century BC to eighth Century AD

Medieval

See also various country links

The Avalon Collection of Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance documents
At Yeal University - this is a terrific collection of ancient, medieval and renaissance documents

Medieval Legal History
Internet Medieval Sourcebook from Fordham University - Contains some full text Medieval sources, a page on hagiography, links to other sources and more. Very interesting site.

Internet Medieval Sourcebook - Medieval Legal History
Includes an index of full text medieval sources and a good list of categorised links.

University of Michigan Papyrus Collection
Here you can search approximately 2,500 records (including images) of papyrological resources.  Most date from third Century BC to eighth Century AD

War documents

World War 2: Documents
Part of the Avalon Project at Yale University

The British War Blue Book
Collection of documents at the Avalon Project at Yale University

Nuremberg War Crimes Trials
Documents - part of the Avalon Project at Yale University

Australia

Australian Journal of Legal History
From 2003

Documenting a Democracy - Australia's History
Includes timeline, picture album, glossary and numerous historical documents

Babylon

The Code of Hammurabi
From Lawresearch.com. Includes an introduction from Charles F. Horne, Ph.D.

Code of Hammurabi - 1792BC
The Avalon Project at Yale Law School - this contains the ancient code and associated definitions.

Hammarubi's Code of Laws
From Duhaime's collection - law library

Egypt

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Egypt
Great resource.  Includes the following sections: General (Maps, Chronologies and Modern Egyptology), The Old Kingdom (2705-2213 BCE) [Dynasties 3-8], The Middle Kingdom (1991-1668 BCE) [Dynasties 12-13], The New Kingdom (1570-1070 BCE) [Dynasties 18-20], Akhnaten [Amenhotep IV](r. 1363-1347 BCE), Post Imperial Egypt (1070-332 BCE) [Dynasties 21-31], Religion (Origin Myths, The Memphite Theology, Gods and Goddesses, Isis and Osiris, Death and Resurrection), Art and Architecture, Literature, Music, Everyday Life, Mathematics, Gender and Sexuality, Nubia, Libya and Western North Africa, Modern Perspectives on Egypt

England

Anglo-Saxon Law - Extracts From Early Laws of the English
Documents at the Avalon Project site - Yale University

Blackstone's Commentarites on the Laws of England (1765-1769)
Sir William Blackstone.  Excellent reproduction from the Lonang Institute.  Fully formatted and easy to navigate and read

Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765-1769)
Online version of these commentaries at the Avalon Project site - Yale University

Laws of William the Conquerer
Text at Gavel2Gavel

Magna Carta - 1215
From the Avalon Project at Yale Law School - also includes definitions and an index

Greece

Ancient Greek Texts
Includes both Greek and Roman material

Athenian Constitution
By Aristotle - translated by Sir Frederic G. Kenyon

Roman

The Roman Law Library
Alexandr Koptev and Yves Lassard

United States

A Century of Law Making for a New Nation
US Congressional documents and debates 1774 - 1873 from the Library of Congress. It is categorised into: House Journal, Senate Journal, Senate Executive Journal, Annals of Congress, Journals of the Cont. Congress, Elliot’s Debates, Farrands Records, Maclay's Journal, Statutes at Large - or you can search all titles.

American History: A Documentary Record 1492-1988
At the Yale University Avalon Project.  Great collection of historical documents from the Privileges and Prerogatives Granted by Their Catholic Majesties to Christopher Columbus : 1492 to the Agreement between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on Notifications of Launches of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missiles; May 31, 1988 and including the Gettysburg Address 1863 and the Declaration of Independence : July 4, 1776.

The American Constitution: A Documentary History
Great collection of documents at the Avalon Project, Yale University

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7th June 2013