Matthew Dyson will take over from Professor Aniceto Masferrer as President of the European Society for Legal History. Matt's election to the presidency is only the latest development in his tenure on the ESCLH Executive Council, on which he has sat since 2012, first as Secretary General and then, from 2016, as one of its Vice Presidents. He has expressed his commitment to ensuring that the society remians a welcoming, enjoyable, and fun meeting of minds from many different perspectives, and added that his new role as President will provide him with:
an even greater chance to help the intellectual and scholarly contribution of comparative legal history.
In general, the ESCLH aims to promote research looking beyond national legal systems, and beyond the law as it is today. As well as publishing a number of books, the society also maintains its own journal, Comparative Legal History, and an online blog. In particular, the society is keen to promote scholars at relatively early stages in their careers, awarding the van Caenegem Prize for the best article on comparative legal history. It also holds a postdoctoral workshop. The ESCLH is a large organisation, with attendance at their most recent Biennial Conference exceeding 120, representing 30 different legal systems.
Matt encourages those interested in the society or its work to get in touch.