Researcher for the project, “A new history of law in post-revolutionary England (c. 1689-1760)"

Deadline date: Midday on Friday 14 January 2022

Grade 6: £29,614 - £35,326 per annum pro rata

This project seeks to recover and reassess the general history of English law during the seven decades following the Glorious Revolution of 1688-89, when limited monarchy, parliamentary government and the rule of law became new constitutional norms for an emergent imperial British state (and, eventually, for much of its global empire).  The project aims to chart the modes of law and governance variously experienced, created and used by lay men and women, husbands, wives and children, as well as by judges, lawyers, legislators and ministers. The results of this major conceptual advance, reinterpreting the history of English law and government in the broadest possible way, will appear as Volume IX in the Oxford History of the Laws of England series.

Reporting to the Co-Investigator Dr Mike Macnair, the post holder will have responsibility for the provision of research support in the next phase of the work - in particular in relation to the law relating to property in land. Depending on the researcher’s skillset, the tasks involved may focus either primarily on printed sources, or on manuscript sources, for the period; the identification and use of relevant secondary literature will also be important.

The successful candidate should hold a first degree, together with some relevant experience; hold, or be close  to completion of, a PhD/DPhil in Law or History; possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the sub-discipline of legal history (and/ or of the law of real property) to work within established research programmes; be able to manage their own research and administrative activities; excellent communication skills, including the ability to write text that can be published, present data at conferences, and represent the research group at meetings.   Experience of contributing to research publications, working in a research team, and contributing ideas for new research projects is desirable.

The post is part time (0.5 FTE) and fixed term for 6 months. Subject to Covid restrictions, the postholder will be based at the Manor Road Building, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online via and enter vacancy ID: 154830.  You will be required to submit a covering letter and CV, and a sample of recent written work, as part of your application.  Written work should be sent to by the closing date.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to arrange for three references to be submitted before the interviews take place.

Closing date for applications is midday on Friday 14 January 2022.  

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