Legal History Colloquium

This colloquium will be offered in Spring 2016. Check back in prior to the Spring semester for the updated schedule.

Professor David Golove
Professor Daniel Hulsebosch

Fall 2014
Monday 4-5:50 p.m.
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 202

2 credits

Modern myths to the contrary, American law has never been insulated from the wider world. Instead, it has developed in dialogue or competition with foreign sources of law, or as part of direct and indirect diplomacy. This colloquium will focus on the history of the international dimensions of the American Constitution and in particular the role of the Law of Nations as a constituent of federal law. The colloquium will alternate between public and private sessions. In the public sessions, the colloquium will discuss works-in-progress by historians or legal scholars. In the private sessions, the moderators and students will discuss reading materials that provide context for the upcoming public papers. Students will submit response papers before each public session.


Fall 2014 Schedule of Presenters

September 8

Wars and State-Making Reconsidered: The Rise of the Interventionist State

Steven Pincus, Bradford Durfee Professor of History, Yale University, Department of History
(paper coauthored with James Robinson, David Florence Professor of Government, Harvard University)

September 22

The Process Acts and the Alien Tort Statute

Anthony Bellia, Professor of Law, Concurrent Professor of Political Science, and Notre Dame Presidential Fellow, University of Notre Dame Law School
Bradford Clark, William Cranch Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School

October 6

Writing Constitutions and Writing Global History

Linda Colley, Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History, Princeton University, Department of History

(interested attendees should contact Peter Freedberger for a copy of the paper)

October 20

At the Water’s Edge: Customhouses, Governance, and the Origins of the Early American State

Gautham Rao, Assistant Professor, American University, Department of History

November 3

To “Facilitate Future Invasions of the Remainder”: Westward Expansion and its Natural Enemies in the Federalist Papers

Stephen Holmes, Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law, NYU School of Law

November 17

The Worst Crime of All: The Paris Peace Pact and the Beginning of the End of War

Scott Shapiro, Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, Yale Law School