Portrayal of a Judge in Hywel Dda MS f.4.r. By Permission of Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru/ The National Library of Wales
The Welsh Legal History Society
The Welsh Legal History Society exists to spread knowledge of, and promote research into, the rich history of law in Wales. That history extends from a fascinating medieval indigenous legal system to the specific (sometimes surprising) application of law within Wales in more modern times.
The work of lawyers and commentators with Welsh connections is also addressed by the Society. Its historical interests cover both the doctrinal history of the law and the contextual study of the law in the society in which it operates.
The Society holds lectures and conferences, and publishes annual volumes which are included in the subscription rate.
For more details about the society, or to join, please see the membership page
Events of interest
Legal Wales Conference
There's much to interest WLHS members in the near future. On Friday October 12th the annual Legal Wales Conference will be held in Aberystwyth. The Society is delighted that a session of the proceedings will feature a lecture by Dr Rachael Jones, whose book Crime Courts and Community in Mid-Victorian Wales was recently published by University of Wales Press. Moreover a Reception to accompany the conference and a special exhibition in the National Library of Wales will be held on the evening of the 11th . It would be a great pleasure to see members of the WLHS at this event, which is supported by the Society in association with the NLW.
The evening will start with a reception followed by a series of talks on the significance and conservation of the Welsh Law texts in the collections of the National Library of Wales which include the 'Boston Manuscript' of the Laws on Hywel Dda, a 14th century Welsh law text carried by an itinerant lawyer or judge on circuit in the Welsh Marches. The speakers will be Dr. Sara Elin Roberts of the University of Chester and Iwan Bryn James of the National Library. During the evening there will also be an opportunity to view a display other items of legal interest from the collections of the National Library.
Land of White Gloves? A history of crime and punishment in Wales
Richard Ireland, University of Aberystwyth, UK
Series: History of Crime in the UK and Ireland
Land of White Gloves? is an important academic investigation into the history of crime and punishment in Wales. The book will appeal to those who wish to examine the relationships between state control and social practice and explores the material in an accessible way, which will be both useful and fascinating to those interested in the history of Wales and of the history of crime and punishment more generally.
• Forthcoming Conference 2nd September 2016 at the University of Liverpool, London Campus.
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Cymdeithas Hanes Cyfraith Cymru
Basement of Ruthun Gaol
Ynglŷn â'r Gymdeithas
Mae Cymdeithas Hanes Cyfraith Cymru yn bodoli er mwyn helaethu gwybodaeth am a hyrwyddo ymchwil i mewn i hanes cyfoethog cyfraith Cymru. Mae yr hanes hwnnw yn ymestyn o system cyfreithiol brodorol y canol oesoedd i gymhwysiad penodol (ac weithiau yn rhyfeddol) yr oesoedd modern yng Nghymru.
Mae'r Gymdeithas hefyd yn cyfeirio at waith cyfreithwyr a sylwebyddion gyda chysylltiadau Cymreig. Mae ei diddordebau hanesyddol yn cynnwys hanes athrawiaethol y gyfraith ac astudiaethau cyd-destunol y gyfraith yn y gymdeithas.
Mae'r Gymdeithas yn cynnal darlithoedd a chynadleddau, ac yn cyhoeddi cyfrolau blynyddol sydd yn gynwysedig yn y pris tanysgrifio.
Am fwy o fanylion am y Gymdeithas, neu i ymuno, gweler y tudalen aelodaeth
• Cynhadledd 2nd September 2016 at the University of Liverpool, London Campus.
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