Legal History Forum

MedallionThe Legal History Forum brings legal history scholars to the Law School from around the University, from around the United States, and from around the world, to present works-in-progress for discussion and debate. Organized by rotating student Legal History Fellows, the Forum aims to host cutting-edge work in the field of legal history in a collegial setting suited to searching dialogue and debate. Papers will be pre-circulated.




For questions, please contact this year’s Legal History Fellows:

Nathaniel Donahue 

Eric M. Stephen 

Past Presenters

List of Past Presenters

Yale Legal History Forum 2021-2022


Jesús Velasco | Yale University
Tuesday, September 14
Science of the Soul, Bodies of Law
Location: SLB208 Faculty Lounge
Time: 12:40-2:00 p.m.
[Note: Lunch with not be provided at this session due to University COVID-19 guidance]

Daniel Carpenter | Harvard University
Tuesday, October 19
Democracy by Petition: Popular Politics in Transformation, 1790-1870
Location: SLB208 Faculty Lounge
Time: 12:30-1:50 p.m.

Sarah A. Seo | Columbia Law School
Tuesday, November 16
Between Pardons and Treason: Conspiracy Laws in the United States
Location: SLB208 Faculty Lounge
Time: 12:30-1:50 p.m.


Farah Peterson | University of Chicago Law School
Tuesday, February 15
Location: SLB208 Faculty Lounge
Time: 12:10-1:30 p.m.*

Debin Ma | London School of Economics
Tuesday, March 8
Ideology and Contours of Economic Change in Modern China, 1850-1950
Location: SLB208 Faculty Lounge
Time: 12:10-1:30 p.m.*

Robert Shoemaker | University of Sheffield
Tuesday, April 5
Victims in the English Criminal Courts, 1674 to the Present: From Obligations to ‘Rights’
Location: SLB121
Time: 12:10-1:30 p.m.*

*Times may change to 12:30-1:50 p.m. depending on COVID-19 policy. Availability of lunch will be based on University COVID-19 guidance.