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 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).

Reflections on Writing the Slave Trade into Histories of International Criminal Law

Common Law Research Seminar
  • Date: Apr 12, 2021
  • Time: 14:15 - 15:15
  • Speaker: Emily Haslam (University of Kent)
  • Organisation: Stefan Vogenauer, Matilde Cazzola
  • Location: video conference
  • Room: For further information please contact cazzola@rg.mpg.de

A History of Privileged Inventing in Bengal: A Study of the Patenting System in India, 1856-1888

Common Law Research Seminar
  • Date: Apr 19, 2021
  • Time: 14:15 - 15:15
  • Speaker: Subhadeep Chowdhury (Ambedkar University)
  • Organisation: Stefan Vogenauer, Matilde Cazzola
  • Location: video conference
  • Room: For further information please contact cazzola@rg.mpg.de

The Battle over Promissory Notes in 19th Century America

Common Law Research Seminar
  • Date: Apr 26, 2021
  • Time: 14:15 - 15:15
  • Speaker: Aleksi Ollikainen-Read (mpilhlt)
  • Organisation: Stefan Vogenauer, Matilde Cazzola
  • Location: video conference
  • Room: For further information please contact cazzola@rg.mpg.de

Empire Ltd.: The First Globalization, the Expansion of Company Law to the British Empire and the Emergence of the Multinational Corporation

Common Law Research Seminar
  • Date: May 3, 2021
  • Time: 14:15 - 15:15
  • Speaker: Ron Harris (Tel Aviv University)
  • Organisation: Stefan Vogenauer, Matilde Cazzola
  • Location: video conference
  • Room: For further information please contact cazzola@rg.mpg.de

Shifting Sands: British Imperial Politics of Land Reclamation in the mid-20th Century

Common Law Research Seminar
  • Date: May 25, 2021
  • Time: 14:15 - 15:15
  • Speaker: Nurfadzilah Yahaya (National University Singapore)
  • Organisation: Stefan Vogenauer, Matilde Cazzola
  • Location: video conference
  • Room: For further information please contact cazzola@rg.mpg.de

Patents and Invention in Jamaica and the British Atlantic before 1857

Common Law Research Seminar
  • Date: Jun 14, 2021
  • Time: 14:15 - 15:15
  • Speaker: Aaron Graham (University of Oxford)
  • Organisation: Stefan Vogenauer, Matilde Cazzola
  • Location: video conference
  • Room: For further information please contact cazzola@rg.mpg.de

‘Setting Accounts straight’: Histories of Indigenous Banking in 20th Century India

Common Law Research Seminar
  • Date: Jun 21, 2021
  • Time: 14:15 - 14:15
  • Speaker: Lakshmi Subramanian (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta)
  • Organisation: Stefan Vogenauer, Matilde Cazzola
  • Location: video conference
  • Room: For further information please contact cazzola@rg.mpg.de

Representing and Communicating the Law in British India, c. 1858-1930

Common Law Research Seminar
  • Date: Jul 12, 2021
  • Time: 14:15 - 15:15
  • Speaker: Erica Ollikainen-Read (mpilhlt)
  • Organisation: Stefan Vogenauer, Matilde Cazzola
  • Location: video conference
  • Room: For further information please contact cazzola@rg.mpg.de
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