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Legal Histories beyond the State

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Legal Histories beyond the State brings together historians, political theorists and lawyers who are interested in the social, economic and political dimensions of law in the early modern and modern periods. We focus on the ways in which law and legal institutions order space and people. This encompasses both imperial and international law, and domestic law in its manifold influences on the nature and form of relations across borders. We are interested in legal actors and institutions, both national and supranational; doctrines and concepts, like jurisdiction; and diverse forms of legal border-crossing, including the migration of people, ideas and objects across time and place. Embracing new trends in legal and historical research, we pursue the exchange of legal ideas in formal and informal contexts, and the creation, appropriation and interpretation of law by non-traditional actors, and in unexpected places.

The seminar is an initiative of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, the Centre for History and Economics, and the Cambridge Centre for Political Thought.

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If you have a question about this list, please contact: Surabhi Ranganathan. If you have a question about a specific talk, click on that talk to find its organiser.

3 upcoming talks and 19 talks in the archive.

Protection-Shopping among Empires: Suspended Sovereignty in the Cocos-Keeling Islands

The paper will be made available before the seminar

UserLauren Benton, Yale University .

HouseBateman Auditorium, Gonville and Caius .

ClockTuesday 15 February 2022, 17:00-18:15

Traditional Medicine Goes Global: Pan-African Precedents, Cultural Decolonization, and Cold War Rights/Properties’

Paper available for pre-reading

UserHelen Tilley, Northwestern University .

HouseZoom + TBC venue.

ClockWednesday 09 March 2022, 17:00-18:15

Law Made Immortal: Inheritance and Personhood in Modern German Legal Thought

Draft paper will be circulated from up to one week in advance

UserCharlotte Johann, Churchill College, Cambridge .

HouseLauterpacht Centre for International Law, 5 Cranmer Rd.

ClockWednesday 11 May 2022, 17:00-18:15

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