Colloquium on Culture and the Law

Professor Oscar G. Chase


Spring 2015
Monday, 4-5:50 p.m.
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 208

2 credits

The Colloquium on Law and Culture examines how legal systems both reflect the cultures in which they operate and change them. The topic is particularly timely because of renewed interest in the often controversial relationship between law and culture. The classic claim that legal systems must be congruent with the broader political and cultural climate of the societies in which they operate no longer goes unchallenged. Even the concept of culture has become controversial, particularly in its relation to law. The Colloquium will focus this year on dispute resolution. The first several weeks will be in the form of a seminar devoted to a selection of canonical readings that will provide a common grounding on law and culture. After that, Colloquium meetings will alternate between reports by and discussions with an invited visiting scholar and meetings devoted to discussing the previous visitor and preparing for the next one.

Spring 2015 Schedule of Presenters