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
Katharina Schmidt ( or
José Argueta Funes (



Download the 2017-2018 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)


Rohit De | Yale University (History)
Tuesday, September 26, SLB 122
Defending Kenyatta: Decolonization, Mobility, and a Global History of Rebellious Lawyering

Mira Siegelberg | Queen Mary University of London (History and Law)
Tuesday, November 14
The Fate of Non State Legal Order in the Twentieth Century: On Intellectual History and International Legal History

Mitra Sharafi | University of Wisconsin Law School
Tuesday, December 5
Forensic Experts and Corruption in Colonial India: Graphology as a Suspect Science


Li Chen | University of Toronto (History)
Tuesday, February 13, SLB 127
The Security Regime and Emergency Governance of Colonial Empires in Late Qing China

Erika Hermanowicz | University of Georgia (Classics)
Thursday, February 22, 5:00pm-6:30pm, HGS 211, co-sponsored by Archaia and the Departments of Classics, Religious Studies
The Roman Legal Understanding of Church Property in Late Antiquity

Walter Scheidel | Stanford (Classics and History)
Tuesday, February 27, co-sponsored by the Law, Economics & Organization Workshop
Escape from Rome: The Failure of Empire and the Making of the Modern World

Cynthia Nicoletti | University of Virginia School of Law
Tuesday, March 20
Emancipation and Its Challengers in the South Carolina Sea Islands

Matthew Sommer | Stanford University (History)
Tuesday, April 17
Gender Passing and Official Panic in Qing Dynasty China