Upcoming Conferences

2015: Washington, DC

The ASLH will be returning to Washington, DC for its 2015 annual meeting. The dates of the meeting will be Thursday, October 29, 2015 – Sunday, Nov 1, 2015 and the meeting hotel is the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.  Pre-registration will run from Saturday, April 4, 2015 through September 27, 2015, when all hotel bookings must be made.  To register and for more information, proceed to the 2015 Annual Meeting site.



The Program Committee invites proposals on any facet or period of legal history, anywhere in the world. We also encourage thematic proposals that range across traditional chronological or geographical fields. In selecting presenters, preference will be given to those who did not present at the 2014 annual meeting.

Travel grants (covering airfare and ground transportation) will be available for presenters in need, who must first seek support from their home institution. These resources are limited, and priority will be given to presenters traveling from abroad, graduate students, post-docs, and independent scholars.

The Program Committee welcomes proposals for both full panels and individual papers, though please note that individual papers are less likely to be accepted. The Committee encourages the submission of a variety of different types of panel proposals, including: traditional 3-paper panels (with a separate chair-commentator); incomplete panels lacking either one paper or a chair-commentator (whether 2-paper panels with a chair-commentator, or 3-paper panels without a chair-commentator), which the Committee will try to complete; author-meets-reader panels; and roundtable discussions.

All panel proposals should include the following:

  • A single page listing the panel title, the titles of each paper, complete contact information for each presenter (including chair-commentator), and any special scheduling requests. (Note that we may not be able to accommodate all scheduling requests.)
  • a 300-word description of the panel
  • a c.v. for each presenter
  • for paper-based panels only: a 300-word abstract of each paper

Individual paper proposals should include:

  • a short (3 page) c.v. for each presenter (including complete contact information)
  • a 300-word abstract of the paper

Please note that AV equipment/PowerPoint capabilities will not be available.

The deadline for submitting proposals is March 15, 2015. Proposals should be sent as email attachments to proposals@aslh.net.  Substantive questions should also be directed to the Program Committee co-chairs, Martha Jones and Charlotte Walker-Said, at proposals@aslh.net.  Those unable to send proposals as email attachments may mail hard copies to: 2015 ASLH Program Committee, c/o Charlotte Walker-Said, John Jay College-CUNY, 524 W. 59th St. New York, NY, 10019.



2016: Toronto.

Following very successful annual meetings in Denver and Washington, the Society will again meet in an international city: Toronto, Canada.  The dates of the meeting are Thursday, October 27 through Sunday, October 30, 2016.  Our meeting site will be the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, directly across the street from Union Station (the terminus of a new light-rail line from Pearson International Airport).  More details will be forthcoming nearer the date.



Host an ASLH Conference

The American Society for Legal History’s Annual Meetings Committee solicits volunteers from the Society’s friends to serve as local arrangements chair for the Society’s future Annual Meetings. Interesting venues, affordable hotel rates and reasonable funding support for meeting events are highly favored in site selection. Contact the committee’s chair, Craig Joyce of the University of Houston Law Center at <email>.