The Spirit of Law

A new English translation project for L’Esprit des lois

I am undertaking a new English translation of Montesquieu’s “Esprit des lois” in an open format. Progressive samples of the ongoing translation will be posted and interested parties are invited to critique the draft, post queries or comments, including suggesting other possibilities for particular passages. The reference text will remain under my control but participation is encouraged either on-line or through e-mails directly to me at