Sutherland Prize

The Sutherland Prize, named in honor of the late Donald W. Sutherland, a distinguished historian of the law of medieval England and a mentor of many students, is awarded annually, on the recommendation of the Sutherland Prize Committee, to the person or persons who wrote the best article on English legal history published in the previous year.

Sutherland Prize Committee

Neil Jones (2014), Chair, Cambridge University <email>

Thomas P. Gallanis (2015), University of Iowa <email>

Daniel M. Klerman (2012), University of Southern California <email>

Past Winners

2017Paul Brand, "Judges and Juries in Civil Litigation in Later Medieval England: The Millon Thesis Reconsidered," 37 Journal of Legal History (2016): 1-40. Honorable mention: Tim Hitchcock and William J. Turkel, "The Old Bailey Proceedings, 1674-1913: Text Mining for Evidence of Court Behavior," 34 Law and History Review (2016): 929-955.
2016Tom Hickman, "Revisiting Entick v. Carrington: Seditious Libel and State Security Laws in Eighteenth-Century England," in Adam Tomkins and Paul Scott, eds, Entick v Carrington: 250 Years of the Rule of Law (Hart Publishing), pp. 43-84. Honorable mention: Sascha Auerbach, "'Beyond the Pale of Mercy': Victorian Penal Culture, Police Court Missionaries, and the Origins of Probation in England," 33 Law and History Review (2015): 621-663
2015H. Tomás Gómez-Arostegui, “Copyright at Common Law in 1774,” Connecticut Law Review 47 (2014): 1-57.
2014Garthine Walker, “Rape, Acquittal and Culpability in Popular Crime Reports in England, c.1670–C.1750, ” Past and Present 220 (2013), 115-42
2013John Baker, "Deeds Speak Louder Than Words: Covenants and the Law of Proof, 1290-1321," in LAWS, LAWYERS AND TEXTS: STUDIES IN MEDIEVAL LEGAL HISTORY IN HONOUR OF PAUL BRAND (Susanne Jenks et al. eds., 2012).
2012James Oldham, "Informal Lawmaking in England by the Twelve Judges in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries," Law and History Review, Vol. 29, No. 1 (February 2011) 181-220.
2011N. G. Jones for “Wills, Trusts and Trusting from the Statute of Uses to Lord Nottingham,” Journal of Legal History, 31 (2010) 273–98.
Second place awarded to Matthew Stevens for “Failed Arbitrations before the Court of Common Pleas: Cases relating to London and Londoners, 1400–1468,” Journal of Legal History, 31 (2010) 21–44.
2010Emily Kadens, “The Puzzle of Judicial Education: The Case of Chief Justice William de Grey,” Brooklyn Law Review 75 (2009).
2009Paul D. Halliday and G. Edward White, “The Suspension Clause: English Text, Imperial Contexts, and American Implications,” Virginia Law Review 94 (2008).
2008John Beattie, “Sir John Fielding and Public Justice: The Bow Street Magistrate’s Court, 1754-1780,” LHR 25 (2007).
2007Sara Butler, “Degrees of Culpability: Suicide Verdicts, Mercy, and the Jury in Medieval England,” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Spring, 2006)
2006Andrea McKenzie, “ ’This Death Some Strong and Stout Hearted Man Doth Choose’: The Practice of Peine Forte et Dure in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century England,” LHR 23 (2005)
2005Danya C. Wright, ‘Well-Behaved Women Don’t Make History’: Rethinking English Family Law,” Wisconsin Women’s Law Journal, 19 (2004)
2004The prize was split equally between: Eliga Gould, “Zones of Law, Zones of Violence: The Legal Geography of the British Atlantic, circa 1772,” William and Mary Quarterly, 60 (2003) and Daniel Klerman, “Was the Jury Ever Self-Informing?” Southern California Law Review 77 (2003).
2003Joseph Biancalana, "Actions of Covenant, 1200-1330," LHR, 20 (2002)
2001Robert Shoemaker, "The Decline of Public Insult in London 1660-1800," Past and Present , No. 169, 2000
2000John H. Langbein, "The Prosecutorial Origins of Defence Counsel in the Eighteenth Century: the Appearance of Solicitors," Cambridge Law Journal, 58 (1999);
Honorable Mention: Norma Landau, "Indictment for Fun and Profit: A Prosecutor's Reward at Eighteenth-Century Quarter Sessions," LHR, 17 (1999)
1999Peter King, "The Rise of Juvenile Delinquency in England , 1780-1840: Changing Patterns of Perception and Prosecution," Past and Present 160 (August 1998);
Honorable Mention, Richard J. Ross, "The memorial Culture of Early Modern English Lawyers: Memory as Keyword, Shelter, and Identity, 1560-1640," Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities 10 (1998)
1998David J. Ibbetson, "Fault and Absolute Liability in Pre-Modern Contract Law," Journal of Legal History, 18 (1997);
Honorable Mention:, Henry Ansgar Kelly, "Statutes of Rape and Alleged Ravishers of Wives: A Context for the Charges Against Thomas Mallory, Knight," Viator , 28 (1997)
1997Albert W . Alschuler, "Rediscovering Blackstone," University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 145 (1996);
Honorable Mention: Margot Finn, "Women, Consumption and Coverture in England , 1760-1860," Historical Journal 39 (1996)
1996Joan R. Kent, "The Centre and the Localities: State Formation and Parish Government in England , ca. 1640-1740," Historical Journal Vol. 38, No. 2
1995Philip Hamburger, "Revolution and Judicial Review: Chief Justice Holt's Opinion in City of London v. Wood," Columbia Law Review , 94 (1994)
1994J.L. Barton, "The Mystery of Bracton," Journal of Legal History, 14 (1993)
1992J.M. Beattie, "Scales of Justice: Defense Counsel and the English Criminal Trial in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," LHR, 9 (1991)
1991No prize was awarded in 1990; so two were awarded in 1991: Philip A. Hamburger, "The Development of the Nineteenth Century Censensus Theory of Contract," LHR, 7 (1989); Amy Louise Erickson, "Common Law Versus Common Practice: The Use of Marriage Settlements in Early Modern England," Economic History Review, 43 (1990)
1989Joseph Biancalana, "For Want of Justice: Legal Reforms of Henry II," Columbia Law Review, 88 (1988)
1988Paul Brand, "The Education of Lawyers in Britain prior to 1400," Historical Review, 60 (1987)