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History and features of law and justice in the Mayan and Aztec Empires, 2600 B.C. to 1500 A.D.

Nazi Law: Prelude to Holocaust (1933-1943)

Forged in top secrecy and not far from German bombs, the 1941 Atlantic Charter was an amazing statement of proposed future international law.

Crazy English Laws II: There were more! How were we to know?!

The worlds online museum of law; artifacts, image and art related to the history of law.

Biography of Sir Edward Coke: British common law jurist who championed the precedence of the common law even over the monarchy.

The Extremely Cruel Edges of Roman Justice (circa 0 A.D.)

Alexander Hamilton, the famous American revolutionary studied law for only three (3) months before being called to the bar in July of 1783. Born ou…

In 1848, a group of women (and a handful of men) met in Seneca Falls, New York to issue a demand for law reform long overdue.

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Thus is best known the ancient Code of Hammurabi, one of the codifications which began the very slow process of conversion from the rule of man, to the rule of law.

1100 – Great Law of Peace, Constitution of the Iroquois Federation

Canadian Lawyers and Judges, Best and Worst

Crazy Laws – English Style (1482-1541)

The 1873 and 1878 avant garde but failed attempts of James Fitzjames Stephen to codify the then-chaotic criminal law in England.

Hammurabis Code of Laws (circa 1780 B.C.)

Her parents were going to a conference for the weekend. The conference was called Lawyers Are Lovely, Great and Superb: So Why Does Everyone Think That They Are Liars, Greedy and Scum?, and Mr. Thomson was doing a speech called Ten Tips To Make Lawyers As Popular As Doctors.

The birth and short life of the League of Nations was one of the most important events in the history of law, so full of the ultimate of human promise: to end world war. Events (i.e. Adolph Hitler) would blitzkrieg the League but from cinders would grow the United Nations.

The lovely rules of court, that 2-inch thick book lawyers haul into Court cradled lovingly under their right hand, has a past.

Pivotal events that have shaped the history of civilization, from Neanderthal anarchy to this contemporary work-in-progress called law and justice.

Hoity-toity royalty and barons, earls and the like, the Mother country of the common law just cannot be undone when it comes to crazy laws. My lords, my ladies, other ladies and gentlemen, we give you England!

Duhaimes Timetable of World Legal History

The progress of British criminal law through the medieval ages is the history of all nations that now embrace a common law heritage. It is a story of slow progress; of epiphanies, albeit too few and too far between.

The very good, the good, the bad and the ugly in this permanent list of the greatest and bad lawyers and likewise, re judges, in the history of Canada.


A poignant lament later reproduced in the formal records of the US Congress, About the White Mans Promises, by Chief Blackfoot of the Crow Indian Tribe on August 11, 1873.

The lives and times of the most famous people that have shaped law or legal institutions, from all nations and eras and based only on merit. Most are lawyers but this is not a necessary criteria for inclusion.

A history of law in Japan; a legal history of Japan from the beginnings to modern times, in a 5-part article.

The creation in 1945 of the United Nations, the greatest legal initiative in the history of mankind.

Law and Justice in the Mayan and Aztec Empires (2,600 BC-1,500 AD)

Australian author Jaclyn Moriarty in The Year of Secret Assignments (2005)

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Crime & Punishment in Medieval England

Real property has traditionally been the most valuable of all property. Long are the days when possession or might made a landowner. But the history of real estate law sets a fascinating background to this branch of the law rich in verbiage and ancient principles.

Five Iroquois nations make peace, with a Great Law of Peace and a Great Council.

It is with every caution that a jurist would even use the word law in the same sentence as some of the statutes and lamented by adult Hitlers Nazi government between 1933 and 1943, all, in any event, a charade of a prelude to genocide.

The life and times of Eugene Victor Debs, an icon of American labor law who always put the interests of others before his own, serving several jail terms to fight for the cause of beleaguered workers in an emerging industrialized world.

A Brief History of the Rules of Court

TThere is an ancient North American expression, wild, wild west, now in disuse since any historic technological deficiencies of the Pacifi…

Eugene Debs: A True Hero of Organized Labor Everywhere

The bad guys of the law; men or women who have perverted justice while, for the most part, trained and gowned in the black sanctity of the sacred profession of law.

Torture in the name of the law over the centuries.

Newgate prison, which stood for 900 years in London (1,000-1904), was hell on earth.

More so than with other topics, we should consider the origin of law, lest we forget the hard-earned lessons of our blood-stained past, or the comforts of our daily lives which only the rule of law can provide.

1873 – Englands Great Failed Criminal Code Experiment

While we may extol the virtues of the Roman law, and its progeny, the civil law, the punishments given to convicted criminals under that system of law and justice will forever blemish the pages of history.

The best of the best of law and justice quotations, each with context and background on the quote and the author.

The law has no true holy grail … yet. Archaeologists have Hammurabis code circa 1780 B.C. But complex Egyptian and Sumerian societies flourished thousands of years earlier. It could not of occurred without law. Where is the laws holy grail?

Crime and Punishment in Ancient China

is a 3-part article detailing the history of the development of law – legal history – in China from 2,500 BC to the 20th Century; a wild ride of religion, bamboo strips, tortoise shells … and a little bit of law for good measure!

Unless otherwise noted, this article was written by Lloyd Duhaime, Barrister, Solicitor, Attorney and Lawyer (and Notary Public!). It is not intended to be legal advice and you would be foolhardy to rely on it in respect to any specific situation you or an acquaintance may be facing. In addition, the law changes rapidly and sometimes with little notice so from time to time, an article may not be up to date. Therefore, this is merely legal information designed to educate the reader. If you have a real situation, this information will serve as a good springboard to get legal advice from a lawyer.

The ancient Chinese may take the gold medal for creative ways to achieve justice.

Newgate Prison: A History of Infamy

1848 – The Seneca Declaration of Womens Rights


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