Duhaime's LawGallery The world's online museum of law; artifacts, image and art related to the history of law. Duhaime's Timetable of World Legal History Pivotal events that have shaped the history of civilization, from Neanderthal anarchy to this contemporary work-in-progress called "law and justice". Law Hall of Fame The lives and times of the most famous people that have shaped law or legal institutions, from all nations and eras and based only on merit. Most are lawyers but this is not a necessary criteria for inclusion. Law Hall of Shame The bad guys of the law; men or women who have perverted justice while, for the most part, trained and gowned in the black sanctity of the sacred profession of law. Origin of Law More so than with other topics, we should consider the origin of law, lest we forget the hard-earned lessons of our blood-stained past, or the comforts of our daily lives which only the rule of law can provide. Canadian Law: A History The significant moments of Canadian legal history. 1100 - Great Law of Peace, Constitution of the Iroquois Federation Five Iroquois nations make peace, with a Great Law of Peace and a Great Council. 1604, The Abolition of the Surname "Macgregor" In 1604, Alister Macgregor wasn't just cut into four parts. All Macgregors that survived him were instantly without a name: the surname "Macgregor" was banned. 1660: Matthew Hale's 18 Rules for Judges In 1660, English judge Matthew Hale gave us 18 rules to govern the job of judging. Hammurabi's Code of Laws (circa 1780 B.C.) An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Thus is best known the ancient Code of Hammurabi, one of the codifications which began the very slow process of conversion from the rule of man, to the rule of law. 1873 - England's Great Failed Criminal Code Experiment The 1873 and 1878 avant garde but failed attempts of James Fitzjames Stephen to codify the then-chaotic criminal law in England. A Brief History of the Rules of Court The lovely rules of court, that 2-inch thick book lawyers haul into Court cradled lovingly under their right hand, has a past. Ancient Egyptian Law Law and justice in ancient Egypt. China - A Legal History China - A Legal History is a 3-part article detailing the history of the development of law - legal history - in China from 2,500 BC to the 20th Century; a wild ride of religion, bamboo strips, tortoise shells ... and a little bit of law for good measure! Copyright Law: The History The history of copyright law. Crazy English Laws – The Sequel Crazy English Laws II: There were more! How were we to know?! Crazy Laws - English Style (1482-1541) Hoity-toity royalty and barons, earls and the like, the Mother country of the common law just cannot be undone when it comes to crazy laws. My lords, my ladies, other ladies and gentlemen, we give you England! Crime & Punishment in Medieval England The progress of British criminal law through the medieval ages is the history of all nations that now embrace a common law heritage. It is a story of slow progress; of epiphanies, albeit too few and too far between. Crime and Punishment in Ancient China The ancient Chinese may take the gold medal for creative ways to achieve "justice". Edward Coke, 1552-1634 Biography of Sir Edward Coke: British common law jurist who championed the precedence of the common law even over the monarchy. Eugene Debs: A True Hero of Organized Labor Everywhere The life and times of Eugene Victor Debs, an icon of American labor law who always put the interests of others before his own, serving several jail terms to fight for the cause of beleaguered workers in an emerging industrialized world. History of Real Estate Law: Real property has traditionally been the most valuable of all property. Long are the days when possession or might made a landowner. But the history of real estate law sets a fascinating background to this branch of the law rich in verbiage and ancient principles. Japan: A Legal History A history of law in Japan; a legal history of Japan from "the beginnings" to modern times, in a 5-part article. Law and Justice in the Mayan and Aztec Empires (2,600 BC-1,500 AD) History and features of law and justice in the Mayan and Aztec Empires, 2600 B.C. to 1500 A.D. Law and Justice Quotations The best of the best of law and justice quotations, each with context and background on the quote and the author. Nazi Law: Prelude to Holocaust (1933-1943) It is with every caution that a jurist would even use the word "law" in the same sentence as some of the statutes and lamented by adult Hitler's Nazi government between 1933 and 1943, all, in any event, a charade of a prelude to genocide. Newgate Prison: A History of Infamy Newgate prison, which stood for 900 years in London (1,000-1904), was hell on earth. The Extremely Cruel Edges of Roman Justice (circa 0 A.D.) While we may extol the virtues of the Roman law, and its progeny, the civil law, the punishments given to convicted criminals under that system of "law and justice" will forever blemish the pages of history. The LAW's Hall of Horror Torture in the name of the law over the centuries. The Law's Holy Grail: Where? What? The law has no true holy grail ... yet. Archaeologists have Hammurabi's code circa 1780 B.C. But complex Egyptian and Sumerian societies flourished thousands of years earlier. It could not of occurred without law. Where is the law's holy grail?