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Fall 2020 — Professor Charles Donahue & Professor Tamar Herzog

Meetings will be held on Mondays (5:00-7:00 PM, via Zoom)

This workshop examines major works in the field of legal history, important historiographical debates and critical methodologies. Students will participate in workshop presentations by leading scholars.

This fall, the Legal History Workshop aims to provide students with an historical perspective on the phenomenon of legal pluralism world-wide, but with a focus on the medieval and early modern worlds, Europe and its colonies.

The speaker sessions below are open to the Harvard community. To receive the workshop paper and Zoom link in advance, please e-mail Jamie Grischkan:

September 21: R.H. Helmholz (University of Chicago)
Presentation: “Shakespeare and the European ius commune.

October 5: Arnulf Becker Lorca (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile)
Presentation: “The Tawantisuyo invaded by demons: Inca interventions in Spanish colonial law.”

October 19: Simona Cerutti (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
Presentation: “Justice for the poor? Jurisdiction and debt-credit relationships (Savoyard State, 18th century)”

November 2: Elizabeth Kamali (Harvard Law School)
Presentation: “The Horrible Sepulture of Mannes Resoun: Drunkenness and the Medieval English Common Law.”

November 9: Thomas J. McSweeney (William & Mary Law School)
Presentation: “Writing the Common Law in Latin in the Late Thirteenth Century.”

November 23: Emanuele Conte (Università Roma Tre, Italy and EHESS, Paris)
Presentation: “Legal pluralism: from history to theory and back.”