Legal Biography Workshop


  • Start: Jul 2, 2019 01:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • End: Jul 3, 2019 04:00 PM
  • Organisation: Victoria Barnes, Catharine MacMillan, Stefan Vogenauer
  • Location: MPIeR
  • Room: Z01
Legal Biography Workshop

There is now a growing body of scholarship in legal studies on legal biography. It is a clear step away from the traditional hagiographic literature, which was written by the subject’s friend or family members and so documented his or her life in a somewhat uncritical fashion. This recent academic research has two central and connected research questions. Its primary function has been to analyse the role that individuals played in shaping legal developments, principles and doctrines. In doing so, it also examines how individuals achieved success and came to prominence. This latter question is of considerable importance. It helps us to understand changes within the legal profession, the significance of connections, networking and patronage. This workshop aims to gather an international group of legal historians who are working on related projects to engage in a discussion about methodology and historiographic trends in legal biography.


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