Legal History Forum

The 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.

For more information, please contact
Laura Savarese ( or
George Remisovsky (



Download the 2018-2019 academic schedule

List of Past Presenters



Yale Legal History Forum


4:15-5:45 p.m. (Reception at 4:00 p.m.)

Yale Law School Faculty Lounge

(unless otherwise specified)


Sergei Antonove | Yale University (History)
Tuesday, September 18, Faculty Lounge
The Fracturing of Tsarist Russia: Criminal Upperworlds and the Great Trials of the 1870s

Brian R. Cheffins | University of Cambridge Faculty of Law
Thursday, September 20, 12:15pm, Room 128, co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Corporate Law
The Public Company Transformed

Natasha Wheatley | Princeton University (History)
Tuesday, October 23, Room 120
Legal Pluralism as Temporal Pluralism: Historical Rights, Legal Vitalism, and Non-Synchronous Sovereignty


Philippe Sands | UCL Faculty of Laws
Tuesday, January 15, Faculty Lounge, co-sponsored by the Center for Global Legal Challenges
East West Street: On the Origins of “Genocide” and “Crimes Against Humanity”

William Ewald| University of Pennsylvania Law School (Law and Philosophy)
Tuesday, February 12, Faculty Lounge
Who Wrote the Declaration of Independence?

Duncan Williams | USC Dornsife (Religion and East Asian Languages and Cultures)
Wednesday, February 20, Room 129, co-sponsored by the Council on East Asian Studies and the Departments of Religious Studies and American Studies
American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War

H. Timothy Lovelace | Indiana University Maurer School of Law (Law and History)
Tuesday, March 5, Faculty Lounge
Taking Affirmative Action around the World

Miranda Johnson | University of Sydney (History)
Tuesday, April 9, Room 128
Indigenous Rights or Decolonization? Toward a Deeper History of Indigenous International Law

Madeleine Zelin | Columbia University (History and Chinese Studies
Tuesday, April 16, Faculty Lounge