British Legal History Conference 2024

3 July 2024, 12.00 PM - 6 July 2024, 2.00 PM

The University of Bristol Law School is delighted to host the 26th British Legal History Conference, which will take place between 3 - 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.

View the draft programme: BLHC 2024 Schedule (PDF, 252kB)

This conference is open to all. 


This event is now fully booked.  

Please note the call for papers is now closed.

Travel and accommodation

For information on travel and accommodation, please visit the British Legal History Conference website.

Contact information

If you have any questions about the conference, please email the organisers.


The organisers are grateful for the financial and administrative support of the University of Bristol Law School, Centre for Law and History Research, and Centre for Medieval Studies, and for sponsorship from the Selden Society, Journal of Legal History, Burges Salmon, VWV and Bristol University Press.

The staircase in the foyer of Wills Memorial Building, leading up to the Great Hall.

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