Legal history teaching. An educational project


How can legal history be taught in the 21st century to a multicultural audience of digital natives? Only several decades ago this discipline was animated by the compelling narratives of the European ius commune and the Western legal tradition, which provided the subject with a clear ‘before and after’ and ‘here and there’. But as these narratives have been progressively losing their appeal, the teaching of the discipline is in need of new forms of exposition, taxonomies and methodologies.

The starting point for this educational project is an awareness of just how significant our ways of thinking the law have changed, and the project seeks ways of teaching that reformulate the connection, which in my opinion has been lost, between legal history and legal theory. The goal is to produce a text and teaching materials aimed not at academics but at undergraduates with no previous legal background, explaining legal history in simple yet not simplified terms.

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