Piublicaton of “Law and Revolution in Seventeenth-Century Ireland”

We are delighted to announce the publication of ‘Law and Revolution in Seventeenth-Century Ireland’. Edited by Dr Coleman Dennehy, this volume brings together a collection of essays arising from a conference held in 2014 in the House of Lords at the Bank of Ireland, Dublin.

The contributors to the volume are Andrew Carpenter, Stephen Carroll, John Cunningham, Coleman A. Dennehy, Neil Johnston, Colum Kenny, Neasa Malone, Aran McArdle, Bríd McGrath, Jess Velona, Philip Walsh and Jennifer Wells.

Copies will be distributed to members free of charge in the usual way once the Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

The book can also be purchased directly from Four Courts Press.

 

Contents:

Electoral law in Ireland before 1641

Bríd McGrath

 

Competing authorities: the clash of martial and common law in early seventeenth-century Ireland

Stephen Carroll

 

‘Necessarye to keepe order in Ireland’: marital law and the 1641 rebellion

Aran McArdle

 

Henry Burnell’s Landgartha: family, law and revolution on the Irish stage

Nessa Malone

 

The New English, the past, and the law in the 1640s: Sir William Parson’s ‘Examen Hiberniae’

John Cunningham

 

Not every judge a phoenix: King’s Inns under Cromwell 

Colum Kenny

 

The Black Book of King’s Inns, Dublin, 1649-63: an annotated, chronological and contextualized transcription

Colum Kenny

 

Taking war crimes law seriously in revolutionary Ireland: a legal analysis 

Jennifer Wells

 

Martin Blake of Ballyglunin, County Galway: from transplantation to restoration-a case study of land, law and estate protection

Philip Walsh

 

Appointments to the bench in early restoration Ireland

Coleman A. Denehy

 

Lawyers and the circulation of scurrilous verse in restoration Dublin

Andrew Carpenter

 

The speech of Sir Audley Mervyn, speaker of the house of commons, demanding reforms in the court of claims: a reinterpretation through the lens of legal history

Jess Velona

 

Charles II’s legal officers and the Irish restoration land settlement, 1660-5

Neil Johnston

Law and Revolution in Seventeenth-Century Ireland

Law and Revolution in Seventeenth-Century Ireland

In October 1641, violence erupted in mid-Ulster that spread throughout the whole kingdom and lasted for more than a decade. The war was neither unpredictable nor was it out of step with the rest of the Stuart kingdoms, or indeed Europe generally. As with all wars, particularly the multi-national and multi-denominational, the Irish wars of the 1640s and 1650s had many complex and interrelated causes. Law, the legal system and the legal community played a vital role in the origins and the development of the conflict in Ireland that took it from a dependent kingdom to becoming part of a republican commonwealth. Lawyers also played a fundamental part in the return of the legal and political ‘normality’ in the 1660s. This collection of essays considers how the law was part of this process and to what extent it was shaped by the revolutionary developments of the period. These essays arise from a conference held in 2014 in the House of Lords at the Bank of Ireland, Dublin, under the auspices of the Irish Legal History Society.

Contributors: Andrew Carpenter, Stephen Carroll, John Cunningham, Coleman A. Dennehy, Neil Johnston, Colum Kenny, Neasa Malone, Aran McArdle, Bríd McGrath, Jess Velona, Philip Walsh and Jennifer Wells.

Coleman A. Dennehy teaches at the University of Limerick, is a Humanities Institute (UCD) research associate and a former IRC Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow, having previously taught history at University College London and law at the University of Vienna. In addition to many articles and chapters, he published an edited collection, Restoration Ireland (Aldershot, 2008) and also a monograph, The Irish parliament, 1613–89 (Manchester, 2019).

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PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, THIS VOLUME WILL NOT BE DISTRIBUTED TO MEMBERS UNTIL LATER IN THE YEAR

British Legal History Conference 2021: Call for Papers

The 2021 British Legal History Conference (BLHC)

Queen’s University, Belfast
7-10 July 2021

LAW AND CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

Abstracts are invited for the 2021 BRITISH LEGAL HISTORY CONFERENCE which is being run jointly with the IRISH LEGAL HISTORY SOCIETY and hosted by Queen’s University Belfast.

2021 will be a significant year in the “Decade of Centenaries” in Ireland, north and south, marking both the centenary of the opening in June 1921 of the Parliament of Northern Ireland, established under the Government of Ireland Act 1920, and the centenary of the signing of articles of agreement for the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921, which led to the establishment of the Irish Free State. Against this background, BLHC 2021 will take place in partnership with the ILHS in Belfast.

While the conference theme – “Law and Constitutional Change” – has been chosen in the context outlined above, this is without any intention to restrict the scope of the conference papers to Anglo-Irish history. The theme will be interpreted in all its historical breadth, examining from any historical perspective the relationship between law and law-making on the one hand and, on the other, the shaping of constitutional principles and the disruption or maintenance of constitutional balance.

Please note the following rules:

  • Abstracts must be for individual papers only, not for panels
  • Only one abstract to be submitted per person
  • Abstracts must be submitted as Microsoft Word documents using the online portal on the Call for
  • Papers section of the conference website. Please do not submit by email.
  • Abstracts must not exceed 500 words
  • The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday 30 August 2020
  • Queries can be emailed to BLHC-2021-info@qub.ac.uk
  • At the conference, individual oral presentations will last 15-20 minutes.

We hope to publish the programme on the conference website in October 2020. Details of plenary speakers will also appear there in due course.

Proposals from postgraduate and early career researchers are welcome.

Further information about travel to Belfast, accommodation, and so on, will be added to the conference website during 2020-2021: www.qub.ac.uk/sites/BLH-Conference-2021/

This, the second joint BLHC – ILHS conference, was proposed by Sir Anthony Hart, retired High Court judge, former president of ILHS and enthusiastic supporter of BLHCs, who died suddenly in July 2019. A poster competition is planned during the 2021 conference as a tribute to Tony. There will be two prizes, including one for the PGR/early career category. The prizes are generously funded by the Journal of Legal History and by the Irish Legal History Society. Details of the competition will be posted on the conference website.