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.

Papers will be pre-circulated. If you have any questions please contact this year’s Legal History Fellows, Nathaniel Donahue ( and Eric M. Stephen (



List of Past Presenters



Yale Legal History Forum


12:10 to 1:30 p.m.
Location TBD



Jesús Velasco | Yale University
Tuesday, September 7
Science of the Soul, Bodies of Law

Daniel Carpenter | Harvard University
Tuesday, October 19
Democracy by Petition: Popular Politics in Transformation, 1790-1870

Sarah A. Seo | Columbia Law School
Tuesday, November 16
Between Pardons and Treason: Conspiracy Laws in the United States




Lisa Ford | University of New South Wales
Tuesday, February 1
Reconstituting the British Empire after 1815: Colonial Commissions of Inquiry, 1819-1828

Farah Peterson | University of Chicago Law School
Tuesday, February 15

Debin Ma | London School of Economics
Tuesday, March 8
Ideology and Contours of Economic Change in Modern China, 1850-1950

Robert Shoemaker | University of Sheffield
Tuesday, April 5
Victims in the English Criminal Courts, 1674 to the present: From Obligations to 'Rights'