All events take place in the Case Lounge (Room 701), Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia Law School, at 4:15-5:45pm, unless otherwise indicated


Spring 2011

February 10 -- Mae Ngai, Columbia University --- "The True Story of Ah Jake: Language, Labor, and Justice in Late-Nineteenth-Century Sierra County, California"
March 31 -- Lucy Salyer, University of New Hampshire---"Exits: Forming International Rules on Expatriation"

Fall 2010

October 7 -- Linda Kerber, University of Iowa -- "'Everyone has the Right to a Nationality': Thinking about Statelessness in mid-Twentieth Century America--with Reflections on Flores-Villar v. US
November 18 -- William Forbath, U.T. Austin School of Law -- "Jews, Law, and Identity Politics in the Progressive Era"

Fall 2009

November 19 -- Jack Balkin, Yale Law School,  & Sanford Levinson, U.T. Austin School of Law -- "Designing a Constitutional Dictatorship"

Fall 2008

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October 16 - Daniel Hulsebosch, NYU - "Crafting Authority: James Kent and the Development of American Law"

October 30 - Daniel Kevles, Yale University - "The Apples of Our Eyes: Innovation, Art, and Intellectual Property in American Fruits"

November 20 - William Novak, Chicago - "The Myth of the 'Weak' American State"

Spring 2008

Edit ] Friday, April 18th, 10am to 5pm, 107 Jerome Greene Hall:



 Jointly Hosted by the Center for International History and the Program in Legal History at Columbia University and Columbia Law School

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Fall 2007

Edit ] Thursday, October 11 (4:10 p.m.): Jenny S. Martinez (Stanford Law), "Antislavery Courts and the Dawn of International Human Rights Law," Yale L.J. (forthcoming 2007).   Location: WJW 415 (note: not our usual Jerome Greene 701, Case Lounge, location).

Thursday, November 8 (4:10 p.m.): Adam McKeown (Columbia History), Melancholy Order: Asian Migration and the Globalization of Borders, 1834-1937 (Columbia U. Press, 2008).  Location: Case Lounge, Jerome Greene 701.

Thursday, November 15 (4:10 p.m.): Gary J. Bass (Princeton Politics / Harvard Law), Freedom's Battle: The Making of the Modern Human Rights Movement (Knopf, 2008).  Location: Case Lounge, Jerome Greene 701.

Fall 2006

Edit ] Monday, September 18, 12:15, Case Lounge, Jerome Greene Hall 701
Kentaro Matsubara, University of Tokyo
"Lineage property holding and the integration of the Qing state"

Wednesday, October 11, 12:15, Case Lounge, Jerome Greene Hall 701
George Fisher, Stanford University
"Alcohol Monogamy: The Drug War's Moral Roots"

Thursday, November 30, 4:10, Case Lounge, Jerome Greene Hall 701
Rande Kostal, University of Western Ontario
"The Legal Reconstruction of Germany and Japan, 1945-52"

Spring 2006

Edit ] Thursday, January 26, 4:10 p.m., Case Lounge, Jerome Greene Hall 701
Barbara Y. Welke, University of Minnesota Department of History
A Consuming Passion:  Product Liability and the Rights Revolution in 20th Century America

Wednesday, April 5, 12:20 p.m., Case Lounge, Greene Hall 701
George Fisher, Stanford Law School
Alcohol Monogamy:  The Drug War's Moral Roots

Fall 2005

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Thursday, October 6, 4:10 p.m., Case Lounge, Jerome Greene Hall, room 701
D. Graham Burnett
Princeton University History Department & Princeton Program on the History of Science
"Is a Whale a Fish?"

Thursday, November 3, 4:10 p.m., Case Lounge, Case Lounge, Jerome Greene Hall, room 701
Peter L. Lindseth, University of Connecticut School of Law
"The Paradox of Parliamentary Supremacy: Delegation, Democracy, and Dictatorship in Germany and France, 1920s-1950s"

Thursday, November 17, 4:10 p.m., Case Lounge, Jerome Greene Hall, room 701
Amalia D. Kessler, Stanford Law School
A Revolution in Commerce: French Absolutism and the Rise of "le Commerce"

Spring 2004

Edit ] January 22, at 4:10 PM (Thursday in JG 701): Kenneth Mack, Harvard Law School, "Transformations in Civil Rights Lawyering and Politics", with commentary by Professor Bill Simon (Columbia Law School)

February 12, at 4:10 PM (Thursday in JG 701): David Armitage, Columbia History Department, "Thomas Hobbes and the Foundations of Modern International Thought", with commentary by Professor Michael Doyle (Columbia Law School and SIPA)

March 25, at 4:10 PM (Thursday in JG 701): Dylan Penningroth, Northwestern History Department, "Property, family, and the end of slavery in Fante, West Africa, 1868-1930"


Also of Interest


History and Law Study Group

April 2, 3 - 5 P.M. (Friday in 513 Fayerweather)  This is a more informal study group in which students can present their work to each other, select and read things together and occasionally invite specific faculty to come and talk about methodological and theoretical issues. All interested students and faculty are encouraged to attend.  Professor Rao (Barnard History Department) has agreed to come to the first meeting and talk to students about reading cases in a non-Western legal tradition.


Fall 2003

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September 17, at 4:10 PM (Wednesday in JG 701):  Madeleine Zelin, Columbia History Department, "A Critique of Chinese Rights of Property in the Early Modern Period" (forthcoming in The Development of Underdevelopment on the Chinese Frontier (Stanford University Press)), with commentary by Professor Ben Liebman (Columbia Law School)

October 9, at 4:10 PM (Thursday in JG 701):  Rebecca Scott, University of Michigan History Dept. & University of Michigan Law School, "Writing Freedom: Homère Plessy, Louis Martinet, and the Exercise of Public Rights in Louisiana, 1888-1917" (forthcoming in translation in Cahiers du Brésil Contemporain (Paris, 2004) and in Debates y Perspectivas (Madrid, 2004))

December 4, at 4:10 PM (Thursday in JG 701):  Thomas Merrill, Columbia Law School, "The Origins of the American Public Trust Doctrine: What Really Happened in Illinois Central" (forthcoming in the University of Chicago Law Review)

Spring 2003

Edit ] February 3, at 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM (Monday in JG 807): Liufang Fang, China University of Politics and Law, "The Historical, Legal and Linguistic Meaning of "Gongsi"  [Corporation]", with comments by Madeleine Zelin (Columbia, History)

February 6, at 4:00 PM (Thursday in JG 701): Professor Michael Grossberg, University of Indiana, "Other People's Children: Creating Child Protection in America", with commentary by Professor Ariela Dubler (Columbia Law School)

March 7, at 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (Friday in ISERP Seminar Room, IAB 801): Risa Goluboff, Research Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, will discuss "The Work of Civil Rights in the 1940s"

March 11, at 4:00 PM (Tuesday in JG 701): Christopher Tomlins, The American Bar Foundation, "History and the Juridical Field: Narrative, Justification and Explanation in the American Case", with commentary by Samuel Moyn (Columbia, History)

April 8, at 4:00 PM (Tuesday at 10th Floor Levien Room, Warren Hall): Michael Willrich, Assistant Professor of History, Brandeis University, will discuss his forthcoming City of Courts: Socializing Justice in Progressive-Era Chicago (Cambridge University Press 2003), with comments by Pablo Piccato (Columbia, History)

Fall 2002

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October 31, at 4 p.m.: Professor Adrienne Dale Davis, Visiting Professor of Law at University of Chicago Law School, "Loving Against the Law: The History and Jurisprudence of Interracial Sex," with comments by Professor Alice Kessler-Harris (Columbia, History)



Also of Interest


Human Rights Speaker Series: co-sponsored by SIPA Human Rights Program, Columbia University Undergraduate Human Rights Program and the Columbia Law School Center for the Study of Human Rights:

December 3, 12:15 - 1:25 p.m.: Mary L. Dudziak, Fellow, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, Professor of Law and History, University of Southern California Law School, "Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall and the Constitution of Kenya," Jerome Greene Hall Room 103.

Spring 2002

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February 13, Hendrik Hartog, Princeton University Department of History, "Man and Wife in America: A History," with comments by Katherine Franke (Columbia, Law) and Martha Howell (Columbia, History)

April 10, Douglas Hay, Osgoode Hall Law School and York University Department of History, "Master and Servant in the British Empire, 1562-1939: Law as Artefact, Source, and Power," with comments by David Armitage (Columbia, History) and John Witt (Columbia, Law)

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