‘Twelve Angry Men’, or The Origins of the Jury System

An earlier¬†blog post talked about ‘straw men’ and compurgation; and to continue in that vein I wanted to say a few words about the origins of the modern jury. The timing for me is quite fortuitous, as I just hosted … Continue reading

What is constitutional autochthony?

I was recently asked a very interesting question, somewhat related to legal history: namely, what is constitutional autochthony? ‘Autochthony’ is a word that rarely surfaces in everyday English, but it is a synonym for ‘native’ or ‘indigenous’. It is most … Continue reading

Welcome to IanCPilarczyk.com

Hello, and welcome to my legal history blog! The purpose of this website¬†is, most simply, to explore legal history topics of interest as they arise in the news, or as they come to mind, or merely based on serendipity. It … Continue reading