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Fall 2020: Professor William Alford & Professor Intisar Rabb

Mondays 5:00pm-7:00pm, via Zoom
(*except as noted in the schedule below)

This workshop engages students with key questions in comparative law, using as focal points the study of Chinese and Islamic law and legal history, introducing influential scholarship in each field both for their importance and as a vehicle for thinking about methodological issues in comparative work in general, and bringing to the workshop several leading scholars in each field who will present works-in-progress.

Monday, September 21, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Darryl Li, University of Chicago Department of Anthropology
“Universalism as Comparative Method: Jihad Across State and Non-State Legal Regimes”

Friday, September 25, 3:15 – 5:15 pm (Note different day and time)*
Matthew Erie, University of Oxford
“Chinese Law and Development”

Monday, September 28 – No class – Yom Kippur

Friday, October 2, 3:15 – 5:15 pm (Note different day and time)*
Ralf Michaels, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg
“Banning Burqas: The Perspective of Postsecular Comparative Law”

Monday, October 5, 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Note later start time)*
Nurfadzilah Yahaya, National University of Singapore, Department of History
“Guardians of the Holy Rail: Religious, Imperial, and National Sovereignty over the Hejaz Railway”

Monday, October 19, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Rachel Stern, UC Berkeley School of Law
“Automating Fairness? Artificial Intelligence in the Chinese Courts” — with Benjamin Liebman, Molly Roberts and Alice Wang

Monday, October 26, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Bill Alford, HLS and Yu Xingzhong, Cornell Law School
“Pound for Pound? Roscoe Pound’s Adventures in China and the Questions They Pose for Scholars of Contemporary China”

Monday, November 2, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Adnan Zulfiqar, Rutgers Law School
“The Caliph’s Jihad” — draft chapter of a book project on collective duties in premodern Islamic law.

Monday, November 9, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Don Clarke, George Washington University Law School of Law / Princeton (Law and Public Affairs)
 “Chinese Law on Trial”

Monday, November 16, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Kun Fan, UNSW Law School, Australia
“Judicial Mediation in China: A Theoretical and Empirical Study”

Monday, November 23, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Adam Mestyan, Duke University, Department of History
“Nationalizing Islamic Law in the Kingdom of Egypt, 1910s-1940s: The Case of the Sovereign’s Endowment (Irsad)” – a chapter in a book project.

Please contact Emma Johnson for Zoom access information and to receive papers. Papers will be available approximately 2 weeks before the pertinent class session.