Common Law Research Seminar

The seminar series 'Legal Transfer in the Common Law World’ provides a platform for the discussion of works in progress concerning the transfer of law across the British Empire. This ‘transfer’ includes the movement of legal ideas, personnel, legislation and practice between and across colonies and the metropole.

External scholars provide draft written pieces (ca. 20 pages) which are pre-circulated for discussion at a one-hour seminar. Internal and external PhD students are also encouraged to provide draft chapters of their thesis. At the seminar sessions speakers merely give a five-minute introduction before the discussion turns to their text. Scholars of different intellectual backgrounds are welcome, so as to provide an interdisciplinary discussion. The audience includes a mix of lawyers and historians who are all engaged in legal history research.

The seminar semesters run twice a year, from October to February, and April to July. The seminars are convened by Professor Stefan Vogenauer and Dr Matilde Cazzola. They are open to attend, and undergraduate law students from Goethe University are welcome to take the seminars as a module (Schwerpunktbereich ‘Grundlagen des Rechts’ und ‘Internationalisierung und Europäisierung des Rechts’ sowie für Studierende vor Ablauf der Zwischenprüfung).

‘Sovereignty of the air’: the Indian princely states, the British Empire and carving out of air-space (1911-1933)

Common Law Research Seminar
  • Date: May 16, 2022
  • Time: 14:15 - 15:15
  • Speaker: Priya Mirza (University of Delhi)
  • Location: Zoom
  • Room: For further information please contact cazzola@lhlt.mpg.de
  • Host: Stefan Vogenauer, Matilde Cazzola

Some ways to die in the East Indies or John Briggs’ multiple capital jurisdictions (c.1818-1825)

Common Law Research Seminar
  • Date: May 23, 2022
  • Time: 14:15 - 15:15
  • Speaker: Nishant Gokhale (University of Cambridge/mpilhlt)
  • Location: mpilhlt, Z01
  • Room: For further information please contact cazzola@lhlt.mpg.de
  • Host: Stefan Vogenauer, Matilde Cazzola

Placing the frontier in British India

Common Law Research Seminar
  • Date: Jun 13, 2022
  • Time: 14:15 - 15:15
  • Speaker: Reeju Ray (O.P. Jindal Global University)
  • Location: Zoom
  • Room: For further information please contact cazzola@lhlt.mpg.de
  • Host: Stefan Vogenauer, Matilde Cazzola

‘Let’s divorce under our Civil Code’: a 19th-century US study

Common Law Research Seminar
  • Date: Jun 20, 2022
  • Time: 14:15 - 15:15
  • Speaker: Julie Rocheton (mpilhlt)
  • Location: mpilhlt, Z01
  • Room: For further information please contact cazzola@lhlt.mpg.de
  • Host: Stefan Vogenauer, Matilde Cazzola

Writing the history of empires

Common Law Research Seminar
  • Date: Jun 27, 2022
  • Time: 14:00 - 18:00
  • Speaker: Benedikt Stuchtey (Philipps University Marburg)
  • Location: mpilhlt, Z01
  • Room: Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an cazzola@lhlt.mpg.de
  • Host: Stefan Vogenauer, Matilde Cazzola
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