Colloquium on Culture and the Law

Professor Oscar 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

February 9, 2015
Presenter: Peter Goodrich, Cardozo Law School: Legal Emblems
Visiocracy: On the Futures of the Fingerpost

February 17, 2015
Presenters: Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis, Yale Law School
Inventing Democratic Courts: A New and Iconic Supreme Court

March 23, 2015
Presenter:  Marc Galanter, U. of Wisconsin Law School
Reading Material for March 23 (Prof. Galanter)

Snakes and Ladders: Suo Moto Intervention and the Indian Judiciary

March 30, 2015
Presenter: Jerome Cohen, NYU School of Law
The Shape of Chinese Law - Sida Liu

April 13, 2015
Presenter: Richard Sherwin, New York Law School
Law as Performance: Presence and Simulation in the Theater/Courtroom

April 20, 2015
Presenter:  Barton Beebe, NYU School of Law
Intellectual Property Law and the Sumptuary Code

April 27, 2015
Presenter:  Ryan Bubb, NYU School of Law
The Evolution of Property Rights: State Law or Informal Norms?