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Mark A. Sammut - Essays in Maltese Legal History and Comparative Law: Volume I

ISBN: 978-1-912142-01-9 | 200 pp | Published: 03/04/2017

Price €35

This is a book about intriguing aspects of Maltese legal history. Malta is a hybrid Common Law-Civil Law system. The book contains the following essays:

1. Judicial Importation into Maltese Law of Italian Private Law Solutions and Its Implications
2. Historical Facts and Myths surrounding the Criminal Code of Malta
3. Medieval (Legal) Beasts in our Midst? A Terminological Ad Fontes Look at the Dissolution of Contracts under Maltese Law
4. Latin Wine Decanted into a Semitic Carafe: The Obscure Term "Midheb" in Vassalli's Lexicon and its Possible Usefulness for the Legal Historian.   


'Heartfelt congratulations for the research, the intuitions, the methodology, the discoveries and the conclusions. Glad to see historiography finally moving away from fairy-tale telling. Have not read such compelling history of legislation critique for a long while.'
Giovanni Bonello, former President of the Malta Historical Society and former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights.

Raymond Mangion - Constitutions and Legislation in Malta 1914 - 1964: Volume 1

ISBN: 978-1-912142-02-6 | 346 pp | Published: 15/03/2017

Price €69    

Professor Raymond Mangion, Head of the Department of Legal History and Methodology at the University of Malta, undertakes the unprecedented task in this book of drawing the constitutional and legislative landscape of Malta between the years 1914 and 1933. This he does with attention to detail, rigour and precision. He brings the story to life by interweaving social developments with the evolution of the constitutions and legislation of Malta. 

Professor Mangion provides the reader with a dazzling tapestry, full of detail and connections. Themes include the influence of outstanding personalities in law-making, the changing structure of the government, questions of language and the free trade issue. He masterfully demonstrates that the history of pre-Independence British Malta cannot be fully grasped without a clear understanding of the role played by its constitutions and legislation.

Raymond Mangion - Constitutions and Legislation in Malta 1914 - 1964: Volume 2

ISBN: 978-1-912142-03-3 | 344 pp | Published 15/03/2017

Price €69       

Professor Raymond Mangion, Head of the Department of Legal History and Methodology at the University of Malta, undertakes the unprecedented task in this book of drawing the constitutional and legislative landscape of Malta between the years 1914 and 1933. This he does with attention to detail, rigour and precision. He brings the story to life by interweaving social developments with the evolution of the constitutions and legislation of Malta. 

Professor Mangion provides the reader with a dazzling tapestry, full of detail and connections. Themes include the influence of outstanding personalities in law-making, the changing structure of the government, questions of language and the free trade issue. He masterfully demonstrates that the history of pre-Independence British Malta cannot be fully grasped without a clear understanding of the role played by its constitutions and legislation.

Whitelocke Series of Commonwealth Constitutions

Hilda I. Lee - Constitutional History of Malta 1800 - 1914

ISBN: 978-1-912142-0-88 | 380 pp | Published 05/04/2017

Introductory essay by Barry Hough & Howard Davis

Price: €69

This book provides a detailed constitutional history of Malta during the first part of British rule, from initial occupation in 1800 to 1914, with an Epilogue bringing the story to Independence in 1964.


The first part consists of an essay written by Barry Hough and Dr Howard Davis discussing the nature of the legal authority exercised in Malta by British officials prior to 1813, the date of the first appointment of a British official with the title of ‘governor’.


The second, and majority, part of the book consists of an edited reprint of the acclaimed work by Hilda I. Lee, Malta 1813-1914: A Study in Constitutional and Strategic Development, published in 1973. Here, the many typographical errors originally found in Lee’s book have been corrected and the text conformed. This is the first time Lee’s book has appeared in print in over 30 years.


Hilda I. Lee, MA, was Lecturer in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Barry Hough, LLM LLB, is Associate Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth School of Law.


Dr Howard Davis is Reader in Public Law at Bournemouth University.

Whitelocke Human Rights Series

András Koltay - The Troubled Relationship between Religions and the State

ISBN: 978-1-912142-04-0

Price: €119 | 320 pp | Published 08/09/2017

Dr. András Koltay has been a lecturer at Pázmány Péter Catholic University Faculty of Law and Political Sciences in Budapest, Hungary since 2002. He received LL.M. degree in public law at the University College London in 2006, and PhD degree in law at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in 2008. He attended the human rights course of the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg in 2003. His principal research has been concerned with freedom of speech, personality rights and media regulations, but he also deals with other constitutional questions. He is the author of more than 150 articles in Hungarian and in foreign languages, and three monographs on comparative freedom of speech (in English: Freedom of Speech – the Unreachable Mirage. Budapest, Wolters Kluwer, 2013). He was a speaker in more than 50 conferences in several countries. Since 2010 he has been a member of the Media Council, the authority which supervises the functioning of the media system.


“Easing tensions between freedom of religion and freedom of speech is amongst the most pressing contemporary issues for European political cultures. This comprehensive assessment of the conceptual and doctrinal bases for such important rights provides the kind of clear and insightful thinking that is required to analyse the complex arguments deployed about them in political discourse and judicial decision-making. It is an impressive contribution to the literature and is highly recommended.”  

Thomas Gibbons, Professor of Law, University of Manchester 


“Few topics – religion in public life – can be as timely as the subject matter of this book. Few topics can be as much in need of a clear, lucid, comparative and analytical treatment. All these are provided in this book. It deserves to be read widely by academics and scholars and to find a place on many student reading lists.” 

David Goldberg, Professor of Law, Queen Mary University, London 


“In a world shaken by the Charlie Hebdo killings and the rise of nativist reactions to them, this is a timely, important book. András Koltay offers a deep, contextually-sensitive defense of the role of religion – both Christianity and Islam – in the European public square of the twenty-first century. At the same time, he does a great job offering an even-handed approach to blasphemy regulation, one that respects the harm blasphemy bans can pose to freedom of speech, without dismissing the harms caused by blasphemy itself. Koltay’s arguments have the potential to reshape the global debate over this contentious issue.” 

Robert A Kahn, Professor of Law, University of St Thomas, Minneapolis 


“This innovative and authoritative book drawing on selected studies in the field of free speech and religion is set to become an invaluable resource for scholars and students of comparative human rights law.” 

Peter Leyland, Professor of Public Law, SOAS, University of London 


“The book is a remarkably well-elaborated and up-to-date analysis of the challenges our contemporary societies are confronted with in the area of freedom of expression and freedom of religion represented or manifested in the public sphere, taking also into account the broader framework of immigration, social integration, and the future development of Europe’s values on protecting the fundamental rights of its citizens, characterised by state neutrality, tolerance, pluralism, and non-discrimination.” 

Dirk Voorhoof, Emeritus Professor, Human Rights Centre, Ghent University  

Forthcoming Titles

Shahin M. Aliyev - A Grammar of Constitutionalism Part I

ISBN: 978-1-912142-06-4

Price: €140 | 746 pp | Forthcoming

This monograph seeks to answer a few eternal questions, which have not been answered to their fullest extent. 


Why are some arrangements of the State suitable for certain peoples and not for others? What do Uganda, Fiji, Guyana, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Indonesia have in common? Upon the end of colonial rule, they all chose the classical Westminster model, opting for the republican form but hoping to do away with corruption and authoritarianism. However, they all ended up abandoning this form of government, as the situation got worse.   


Are there universal principles applicable to all States? What commonality ensures that no nation can transcend the very nature of man? This commonality is not the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. So what is it?


Shahin M. Aliyev - A Grammar of Constitutionalism Part II

ISBN: 978-1-912142-14-9

Price: €140 | 746 pp | Forthcoming

This monograph seeks to answer a few eternal questions, which have not been answered to their fullest extent. 


Why are some arrangements of the State suitable for certain peoples and not for others? What do Uganda, Fiji, Guyana, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Indonesia have in common? Upon the end of colonial rule, they all chose the classical Westminster model, opting for the republican form but hoping to do away with corruption and authoritarianism. However, they all ended up abandoning this form of government, as the situation got worse.   


Are there universal principles applicable to all States? What commonality ensures that no nation can transcend the very nature of man? This commonality is not the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. So what is it?

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