Legal History Colloquium

Professor Daniel Hulsebosch
Professor David Golove

 

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

LAW-LW.11160.001
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, the Cause of Action, 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

October 20

Republican Government, Federalist State: The Crisis of Maritime Regulation in the Era of the Napoleonic Wars

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

November 3

Equal Footing and a Constitution for Continental Expansion

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

November 17

The World According to Grotius

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

December 1

The Invention of Peace: The Idea of Europe and the International Legal Order on the Eve of World War I

Anthony Pagden, Distinguished Professor, UCLA Departments of Political Science and History