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    Harvard Law faculty summer book recommendations

    July 30, 2020

    Looking for something to add to your summer book list? HLS faculty share what they’re reading.

  • Daphna Renan, Elizabeth Papp Kamali and Alexandra Natapoff.

    Scholars bring wide-ranging expertise and experience

    July 1, 2020

    Effective July 1, two faculty members were promoted and a new scholar joined the Harvard Law School faculty.

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    Kamali appointed professor of law at Harvard Law School

    July 1, 2020

    Elizabeth Papp Kamali ’07, a scholar specializing in medieval legal history, has been promoted to professor of law at Harvard Law School, effective July 1.

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    Faculty Books in Brief: Winter 2020

    January 7, 2020

    From conformity and the power of social influences to felony and the guilty mind in Medieval England

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    On the Bookshelf: HLS Authors

    December 11, 2019

    This fall, the Harvard Law School Library hosted a series of book talks by Harvard Law School authors on topics ranging from forgiveness in law, transparency in health and fidelity in constitutional practice.

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    Law & Order in Medieval England

    November 20, 2019

    In a Q&A, Elizabeth Papp Kamali ’07 discusses her new book, trial by ordeal, medieval juries and "felonies committed feloniously."

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    ‘Broadsides’ and the history of the criminal mind

    August 12, 2019

    In Elizabeth Papp Kamali’s seminar Mind and Criminal Responsibility in the Anglo-American Tradition, students use Harvard Law School Library's Historical & Special Collections to explore the history of mens rea — state of mind — in English common law.

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    Elizabeth Papp Kamali: Medieval England’s Lessons for Today

    January 30, 2019

    There are more than 2 million people imprisoned in the U.S. today. One hundred years from now, historians are likely to be fascinated by this carceral state: How did we get here? Are there better options for society? Some of the answers—or, at least, possible alternatives—may lie in an examination of medieval England. As a Harvard undergrad, Assistant Professor Elizabeth Papp Kamali ’07 fell in love with medieval legal history. After graduating from HLS, she got her Ph.D. in history at the University of Michigan, then joined the HLS faculty in 2015.

  • HLS scholar explores the complicated legacy of the Magna Carta

    June 12, 2015

    Many scholars argue that the Magna Carta’s importance through the centuries has been greatly exaggerated. Yet for others, its status as a symbol of freedom and a check on absolute power is undeniable. Elizabeth Papp Kamali ’07, sees merit in both arguments.