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Faculty name: James C. Oldham

Note: This bibliography changes the order of authors so that Georgetown authors are listed first.

Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • James Oldham, The Oxford History of the Laws of England: The Reign of George III (John H. Baker ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press forthcoming).   


  • Case Notes of Sir Soulden Lawrence, 1787-1800 (James Oldham ed., London: Selden Society 2013).    [BOOK]
  • James Oldham, Trial By Jury: The Seventh Amendment and Anglo-American Special Juries (New York: New York University Press 2006).    [BOOK]
  • James Oldham, The Varied Life of the Self-Informing Jury (London: Selden Society 2005).    [BOOK]
  • James Oldham, English Common Law in the Age of Mansfield (Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press 2004), abridging and revising The Mansfield Manuscripts and the Growth of English Law in the 18th Century (1992).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • James Oldham & Victoria Barnes, Carlen v Drury (1812): The Origins of the Internal Management Debate in Corporate Law, 38 J. Legal Hist. 1-26 (2017).   
  • James Oldham, The Historically Shifting Sands of Reasons to Arbitrate, 2016 J. Disp. Resol. 41-54.    [HEIN] [W]
  • James Oldham & Su Jin Kim, Arbitration in America: The Early History, 31 Law & Hist. Rev. 241-266 (2013).    [HEIN] [W]
  • James Oldham, The DeLloyd Guth Visiting Lecture in Legal History: Habeas Corpus, Legal History, and Guantanamo Bay, 36 Man. L.J. 361-382 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • James Oldham & Su Jin Kim, Insuring Maritime Trade with the Enemy in the Napoleonic Era, 47 Tex. Int'l L.J. 561-586 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • James Oldham, Only Eleven Shillings: Abusing Public Justice in England in the Late Eighteenth Century (Part 1 of 2), 15 Green Bag 2d 175-188 (2012).    [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • James Oldham, Informal Lawmaking in England by the Twelve Judges in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries, 29 Law & Hist. Rev. 181-220 (2011).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • James Oldham, 28 Law & Hist. Rev. 856-859 (2010) (reviewing Wilfrid Prest, William Blackstone: Law and Letters in the Eighteenth Century (2008)).    [HEIN] [W]
  • James Oldham, On the Question of a Complexity Exception to the Seventh Amendment Guarantee of Trial by Jury, 71 Ohio St. L.J. 1031-1053 (2010).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • James Oldham, Insurance Litigation Involving the Zong and other British Slave Ships, 1780-1807, 28 J. Legal Hist. 299-318 (2007).   
  • James Oldham, Judicial Activism in Eighteenth-Century English Common Law in the Time of the Founders: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same, 8 Green Bag 2d 269-280 (2005).    [W]
  • James Oldham, A Profusion of Chancery Reform, 22 Law & Hist. Rev. 609-614 (2004).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • James Oldham, Law-Making at Nisi Prius in the Early 1800s , 25 J. Legal Hist. 221-247 (2004).   
  • James Oldham & Michael J. Wishnie, The Historical Scope of Habeas Corpus and INS v. St. Cyr, 16 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 485-503 (2002).    [HEIN] [W]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • James Oldham, Presidential Address: Historical Perspectives on the Judicial Enforcement of Arbitration Agreements, in Arbitration 2014: The Test Of Time: Proceedings of the Sixty-Seventh Annual Meeting, National Academy of Arbitrators, Chicago, Illinois, May 21-24, 2014 24-35 (Richard N. Block, Charles Feigenbaum, Rose Jacobs, Susan Grody Ruben, Mary Ellen Shea & Jan Stiglitz eds., Arlington, Va: Bloomberg BNA 2015).    [Gtown Law]
  • James Oldham, Creditors and the Feme Covert, in Law and Legal Process: Substantive Law and Procedure in English Legal History 217-245 (Matthew Dyson & David Ibbetson eds., Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press 2013).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [BOOK]
  • James Oldham, The Indispensability of Manuscript Case Notes to Eighteenth-century Barristers and Judges, in Making Legal History: Approaches and Methodologies 30-52 (Anthony Musson & Chantal Stebbings eds., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2012).    [BOOK]
  • James Oldham, The Surprising Strength of an Empty Duty—DFR Issues in Labor Arbitration, in Arbitration 2011: Varieties of the Arbitration Experience 64 186-208 (Mark I. Lurie & Nancy Kauffman eds., Arlington, Va: Bloomberg BNA 2012).    [BOOK]
  • James Oldham, Lord Mansfield, Entry, in 4 The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History 141-144 (Stanley N. Katz et al. eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2009).    [BOOK]
  • James Oldham, Foreword, in Reports of Cases in the Court of the Exchequer in the Time of King Charles I (1625-1648) 7-12 (W. Hamilton Bryson ed., Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein & Co. 2006).    [BOOK]
  • James Oldham, Lord Mansfield, Stare Decisis, and the Ratio Decidendi 1756 to 1788, in Ratio Decidendi: Guiding Principles of Judicial Decision 137-150 (W. Hamilton Bryson & Serge Dauchy eds., Berlin, F.R.G.: Duncker & Humblot 2006).    [BOOK]
  • James Oldham, Reminiscences: Introduction, in Arbitration 2004: New Issues and Innovations in Workplace Dispute Resolution 76 (Charles J. Coleman ed., Wash., D.C.: Bureau of National Affairs 2005).    [BOOK]
  • James Oldham, Entries, in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (H.C.G. Matthew & Brian Howard Harrison eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2004).    [BOOK]
  • James Oldham, Jury Research in the English Reports in CD-ROM, in The Dearest Birth Right of the People of England: The Jury in the History of the Common Law 131-153 (John W. Cairns & Grant McLeod eds., Oxford: Hart 2002).    [BOOK]
  • James Oldham, The Seventh Amendment Right to Jury Trial: Late Eighteenth Century Practice Reconsidered, in Human Rights and Legal History: Essays in Honour of Brian Simpson 225-253 (A.W.B. Simpson, Katherine O’Donovan & Gerry R. Rubin eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2000).    [BOOK]
  • James Oldham, Underreported and Underrated: The Court of Common Pleas in the Eighteenth Century, in Law As Culture & Culture As Law: Essays in Honor of John Philip Reid 119-146 (John Phillip Reid, Hendrik Hartog, William E. Nelson & Barbara Wilcie Kern eds., Madison, Wis.: Madison House 2000).    [BOOK]

U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

  • Brief for Amicus Curiae the National Academy of Arbitrators in Support of the Petitioner, United Here Local 355 v. Mulhall, No. 12-99 (U.S. Aug. 20, 2013).    [W]
  • Brief Amicus Curiae of the National Academy of Arbitrators in Support of Respondents, 14 Penn Plaza v. Pyett, No. 07-581 (U.S. June 27, 2008).    [Gtown Law]
  • Brief of Legal Historians as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioners, Boumediene v. Bush, Nos. 06-1195, 06-1196 (U.S. Aug. 24, 2007).    [Gtown Law]
  • Brief Amici Curiae of Legal Historians Listed Herein in Support of the Petitioners, Rasul v. Bush, Nos. 03-224, 03-343 (U.S. Jan. 14, 2004).    [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Brief Amici Curiae of Legal Historians Listed Herein in Support of Repondent, I.N.S. v. St. Cyr, No. 00-767 (U.S. Mar. 27, 2001).    [W] [Gtown Law]

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