Association of Young Legal Historians

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The Association of Young Legal Historians (AYLH) was founded by 56 young legal historians from over 20 nations in Seville on 8 September 2007. Its main purposes are the organisation of the annual conference "European Forum of Young Legal Historians", the publication of the "Yearbook of Young Legal History" and the facilitation of communication within the scientific community between the annual conferences.[1]

The "European Forum of Young Legal Historians" had grown into the leading conference for up-and-coming legal historians. Its origins were two international meetings in Frankfurt am Main in the early 1990s. The 1999 Zürich meeting marked the break-through towards a truly European event. More than a hundred participants from Europe and beyond came together to attend presentations in the German, English, French and Italian languages. Since then, young researchers from countries which had not been reached before visited the conference in increasing numbers.[2]

The notion of "young" legal historians is understood in a broad sense. The "European Forum of Young Legal Historians" is primarily designed to give all those a chance to present the results of their studies who would not otherwise have the opportunity to do so. As the academic hierarchicies tend to affect the free expression of younger researchers, professors holding a chair in legal history are, as a general rule, excluded from participation to the conference. Similarly, professors and organisations who wish to support the objectives of the society may not vote in the general assembly of the AYLH.

Another special feature of the AYLH is the avoiding of any competing for positions within the association. The executive committee simply consists of the organizers of the last, and the next Fora.

Annual fora[edit]

Year Conference Location Theme
2013 19th FYHL Lille-Ghent "(Wo)men in Legal History"
2012 18th FYHL Vienna "Making things legal"
2011 17th FYHL Maastricht "European Traditions: Integration or Disintegration?"
2010 16th FYHL Frankfurt "Law on Stage"
2009 15th FYHL Florence "Inter-, Trans-, Supra-? Legal Relations and Power Structures in History"
2008 14th FYHL Pécs "Turning Points and Breaklines"
2007 13th FYHL Seville "Crossing Legal Cultures"
2006 12th FYHL Frankfurt am Main "Remembering and Forgetting"
2005 11th FYHL Lucerne "Legal Transfer in History"
2004 10th FYHL Warsaw "The European Legal Community: Between Tradition and Perspectives"
2003 9th FYHL Budapest "The New Europe and its Traditions"
2002 8th FYHL Osnabrück "Europe and its Regions"
2001 7th FYHL Vienna "Ad Fontes"
2000 6th FYHL Leipzig "Ius commune propriumque: Saxonia in the Mirror of the Law"
1999 5th FYHL Zurich "Legal (hi)stories?"
1998 4th FYHL Munich "Kontinuitäten und Zäsuren in der Europäischen Rechtsgeschichte"
1997 3rd FYHL Graz "Recht ohne Grenzen — Grenzen des Rechts"
1996 2nd FYHL Berlin
1995 1st FYHL Halle/Saale


  1. ^ Tilmann J. Röder, Crossing Academic Cultures. Report to H.Law, 2007, "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  2. ^ See, e.g., Kaius Tuori, Get a haircut and get a real job! In: Rechtsgeschichte (Rg) 9 (2006), p. 228

External links[edit]

Website of the AYLH