Program for the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Legal History Announced

The program for the annual meeting of the American Society for Legal History, to be held in Boston, November 21-24, 2019, has been announced. More information on the conference is here.

Download the conference program at this link. 


9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

What is a Legal Archive? (Center for History and Economics, Harvard University)

Moderators: Elizabeth Lhost, University of Wisconsin-Madison ( and Emma Rothschild, Harvard University (

Debjani Bhattacharya, Drexel University (

South Asia 1

Julia Stephens, Rutgers University (

South Asia 2

Tatiana Seijas, Rutgers University (

Latin America 3

Michelle McKinley, University of Oregon (

Latin America 1

Melissa Teixeira, University of Pennsylvania (

Latin America 2

Bhavani Raman, University of Toronto (

South Asia 3


12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Registration (Exeter Foyer)

12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Exhibits (Statler Room)

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

African Legal History Symposium (White Hill Room)

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Johnson Program for First Book Authors (Harvard Law School / TBD)

Moderator: Reuel Schiller, University of California, Hastings College of the Law (

Pedro Cantisano, Kenyon College (

Rio de Janeiro on Trial: Law and Urban Reform in Modern Brazil

Marie-Amelie George, Wake Forest University School of Law (

Deviant Justice: The Transformation of Gay and Lesbian Rights in America

Amanda Laury Kleintop, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (

The Balance of Freedom: Abolishing Property Rights in Slaves after the U.S. Civil War

Kalyani Ramnath, Harvard University (

Boats in a Storm: Law and Displacement in Postwar South Asia

Evan Taparata, University of Pennsylvania (

State of Refuge: Refugee Law and the Modern United States

Adnan Zulfiqar, Rutgers Law School (

Collective Duties in Islamic Law: The Moral Community, State Authority, and Ethical Speculation in the late 9th to the 14th Centuries CE

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Student Research Colloquium (Harvard Law School / TBD)

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

This event is closed to the public.

Student Presenters:

Jonathon Booth, Harvard University (

The Birth of Policing in Post-Emancipation Jamaica

Lauren Feldman, Johns Hopkins University (

Constructing Legal Matrimony and the State in New York and the United States: Debating New York’s Marriage Act of 1827 and its Effects

Jamie Grischkan, Boston University (

Banking, Law, and American Liberalism: The Rise and Regulation of Bank Holding Companies in the Twentieth Century

Derek Litvak, University of Maryland (

Articles of Failure: Slavery Under the Articles of Confederation and the Road to the Constitution

Doris Morgan Rueda, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (

“No One’s Getting Smarter, No One’s Learning the Score”: San Diego’s Surveillance of Youth and the Border in the 1950’s

Katharina Isabel Schmidt, Princeton University (

From Free Law to Free Love: On Theodor Sternberg’s Sexological Explorations in Imperial Japan, 1935-1937

Geneva Smith, Princeton University (

Compensating Whiteness: Slave Courts in Colonial Maryland and the Atlantic World

Lila Teeters, University of New Hampshire (

“A Simple Act of Justice”: Congressional Attempts to Make Native Americans U.S. Citizens, 1919-1924


Kenneth Mack, Harvard Law School (

Laurie Wood, Florida State University (

Jacqueline Briggs, University of Toronto (

John Wertheimer, Davidson College (

Law and Empire in the Sino-Asian Context (Harvard Law School / TBD)

12:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Legal History and the Persistent Power of State and Local Governments (Cambridge Room)

Moderators: Brooke Depenbusch, University of Minnesota ( and Rabia Belt, Stanford Law School (

Kate Masur, Northwestern University (

Historiographical Interventions (1)

William Novak, Michigan Law (

Historiographical Interventions (2)

Karen Tani, University of California, Berkeley School of Law (

Historiographical Interventions (3)

Laura Edwards, Duke University (

Historiographical Interventions (4)

Barbara Welke, University of Minnesota (

Narrative Choices (1)

Christopher Tomlins, University of California-Berkeley Law School (

Narrative Choices (2)

Emily Prifogle, University of Michigan (

Narrative Choices (3)

Felicity Turner, Georgia Southern University (

Source Decisions (1)

Sally Hadden, Western Michigan University (

Source Decisions (2)

Kellen Funk, Princeton University (

Source Decisions (3)

12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

The Second Book (Building E51, Room 095)

Moderator: Alison Lefkovitz, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University-Newark (

Alison Lefkovitz, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University-Newark (

Associate Professor, “Fortune Hunting: Sex, Class, and Social Mobility in the 20thCentury United States.”

Anne Fleming, Georgetown Law (, Professor

Household Borrowing and Bankruptcy in Jim Crow America

Caley Horan, MIT ( Associate Professor

“Investing in the stars: Astrology and capitalism in modern America”

Gautham Rao, American University ( American University, Associate Professor

“The Master’s State: Slavery and the American State.”

Nate Holdren, Program in Law, Politics, and Society ( Assistant Professor

“Capitalism’s Heartland.”

Kimberly Welch, Vanderbilt University ( Assistant Professor

“The Black Atlantic Economy.”

Sara Mayeux, Vanderbilt University ( Assistant Professor

“The Catholic Left and the American Constitutional Tradition in the Twentieth Century.”

Sarah Milov, University of Virginia ( Assistant Professor

“Shrill Alarm: Gender and Whistleblowing in Modern America.”

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Finance Committee (Hancock Room)

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Executive Committee (Hancock Room)

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Opening Reception (Arlington/Berkeley/Clarendon Room)

7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Board of Directors Meeting (Georgian Room)

10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Night Cap (M.J. O’Connor’s Pub)


8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Petitioning the President: James Madison, The Haitian Revolution, and a Resurgence of the International Slave Trade (Arlington Room)

Chairs: Malick Ghachem, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (, Rebecca J Scott, University of Michigan ( and Darrell Meadows, Nation Historical Publications & Records Commission (

Discussants: Ana María Silva, University of Michigan (, Jean Hébrard, Johns Hopkins University ( and Andrew Walker, Wesleyan University (

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

The Consequences of Union Victory and the Legal Legacy of the Civil War (Berkeley Room)

Chair: Timothy Huebner, Rhodes College (

Commentator: Taja-Nia Henderson, Rutgers School of Law (

Catharine MacMillan, King’s College London (

The ‘So-called Confederate Government’: The United States of America’s Quest for Confederate property in England

Christopher Bryant, University of Cincinnati (

“Both Parties Bidding”: Ohio’s 1884 Civil Rights Act and the Evolving Concept of Equal Citizenship (co-authored with Matthew Norman)

Matthew Norman, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College (

“Both Parties Bidding”: Ohio’s 1884 Civil Rights Act and the Evolving Concept of Equal Citizenship(co-authored with Christopher Bryant)

Cynthia Nicoletti, University of Virginia Law School (

William Henry Trescot and Land Redistribution in South Carolina, 1865-1866

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

The Legal Regulation of Punishment in Comparative Perspective (White Hill Room)

Chair: Erin Braatz, Suffolk University Law School (

Commentator: Michael Meranze, University of California, Los Angeles (

Mina Khalil, University of Pennsylvania (

Tracing the Criminal Defendant in Modern Egypt

Katherine Bruce-Lockhart, University of Toronto Mississauga (

Dissent and Dignity in Late Colonial Uganda: The 1957 Bufulubi Prison Strike

Thomas Buoye, The University of Tulsa (

Death in Detention, Jail Breaks, and Summary Execution: The Crisis in Eighteenth-century Chinese Criminal Justice

Toussaint Losier, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (

“So I guess its up to us”: Locating the Place of Prisoner Litigation in the History and Historiography of Mass Incarceration

Ashley Rubin, University of Toronto, Mississauga (

Benevolent Discretion: Prison Administration and Legal Ambiguity in Eastern State Penitentiary, 1829-1849

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Law, Indenture and Free Labor in the British Empire, 1640–1870 (Clarendon Room)

Chair: Mary Bilder, Boston College Law School (

Commentator: Mary Bilder, Boston College Law School (

Sonia Tycko, Rothermere American Institute and St. Peter’s College, Oxford (

The Question of Consent in 17th c. Transatlantic English Kidnapping Prosecutions

Jon Connolly, Princeton University (

Indentured Labor Migration and the Making of Post-Slavery Free Labor

Padraic Scanlan, London School of Economics and Political Science (

Special Magistracy in the British Empire, 1834–1838

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Sex and Motherhood Reimagined (Georgian Room)

Chair: Alice Kessler-Harris, Columbia University (

Commentator: Alice Kessler-Harris, Columbia University (

Melissa Murray, NYU School of Law (

Griswold v. Connecticut and Criminal Law Reform

Julie Suk, CUNY – The Graduate Center (

From “Home Protection” to Family Privacy: Penumbras of Prohibition and its Repeal

Reva Siegel, Yale Law School (

Reimagining Motherhood When the Nineteenth Amendment Was Fifty: The Strike For Equality, August 26, 1970

Serena Mayeri, University of Pennsylvania (

Double Standards: Sex, Sexuality, and Marital Status in the Long 1970s

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

War and the Law: Global Perspectives (Boylston Room)

Chair: Vasuki Nesiah, New York University (

Commentator: Vasuki Nesiah, New York University (

Nurfadzilah Yahaya, National University of Singapore (

Soldiers Without War: Military Logistics and Sepoy Mutiny in Singapore (1915)

Kalyani Ramnath, Harvard University (

Checkpoints: Law and Migration in Interwar South Asia

Franziska Seraphim, Boston College (

War Crimes Trials and Geolegality

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Civil Law, Common Law, Customary Law. Consonance, Divergence and Transformation in Western Europe from the late eleventh to the thirteenth centuries (White Hill Room)

Chair: Emanuele Conte, Università Roma Tre (

Andrew Cecchinato, University of St Andrews (

A European Science of English Law? System and History from Selden to Blackstone

Sarah White, Univesrity of St Andrews (

Romano-canonical Procedural Treatises in England

Will Eves, University of St Andrews (

The concept of ‘ownership’ in England and Northern France

Matthew McHaffie, Univesrity of St Andrews (

Comparative History of Warranty Obligations (France and England, 1000–1270)

Cory Hitt, University of St Andrews (

Redemption of property and status in Old French and Anglo-Norman coutumiers

Attilio Stella, University of St Andrews (

Feudal law and the Libri Feudorum in Italy and Southern France

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Indigenous Articulations & Critiques of the Law in American History (Exeter Room)

Chair: Bethany Berger, University of Connecticut (

Discussants: Keith Richotte, Jr., University of North Carolina (, Kevin Bruyneel, Babson College ( and Maurice Crandall, Dartmouth College (

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Taking the Rural Seriously in Twentieth-Century Legal History: Centering Gender & Sexuality (Berkeley Room)

Chair: Anna Lvovsky, Harvard University (

Commentator: Anna Lvovsky, Harvard University (

Emily Prifogle, University of Michigan (

Prosecutorial Discretion & Masculinity in Small-Town Iowa, 1920-1928

Brian Balogh, University of Virginia (

“They resented her from day one:” The role of gender in the first American Rural National Historic Landmark District

Anne Gray Fischer, Indiana University (

“A Rugged Task”: Policewomen in the Depression-era Countryside

Gabriel Rosenberg, Duke University (

Beastly Vice: On the Legal Transformation of Bestiality and the Political Ecology of Rural America

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Legal History in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa: Legislation and Courts in the Making of Political Culture (Georgian Room)

Chair: Charlotte Walker-Said, John Jay-CUNY (

Commentator: Charlotte Walker-Said, John Jay-CUNY (

Walter Nkwi, University of Buea (

Prostitution, Women’s Mobility, and the Development of Criminal Regulatory Systems in Anglophone and Francophone Cameroon

Elizabeth Thornberry, Johns Hopkins University (

Traditional Leadership and the Temporality of Custom: South Africa’s Nhlapo Commission

Erin Mosely, Chapman University (

Ferdinand Nahimana, the International Criminal Tribunal, and Rwanda’s Politics of Regret

Katherine Luongo, Northeastern University (

The Nyayo House Reparations Case – A Crucible of Human Rights in Contemporary Kenya

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Making Markets: Law and American Capitalism (Clarendon Room)

Chair: Noam Maggor, Queen Mary University of London (

Commentator: Andrew Cohen, The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (

Noam Maggor, Queen Mary University of London (MAGGOR1@GMAIL.COM)

Antitrust as Development Strategy: Law and the Remaking of American Capitalism, 1865-1890

Gabrielle Clark, Dartmouth College (

Remaking Deportable Labor: Legal Coercion and Globalization in US Labor Markets

Nicolas Barreyre, The École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) (

Constituting Public Debt: Re-shaping the Administrative State and US Finance after the Civil War

Martin Giraudeau, Sciences Po (

Who owns accounting? A History of Intellectual Property Rights on Accounting Methods, 1970-2020

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Kathryn T. Preyer Memorial Prize Panel (Boylston Room)

Chair: Laura Kalman, Department of History (

Commentators: Gerald Neuman, Harvard Law School ( and Sophia Lee, University of Pennsylvania Law School (

Ofra Bloch, Yale Law School (

The Untold History of Israel’s Affirmative Action for Arab Citizens, 1948-1968

Brianna Nofil, Columbia University (

“Chinese Jails” and the Birth of Immigration Detention for Profit, 1900-1905

12:00 PM – 1:10 PM


Chair: Lucas Powe, University of Texas School of Law (

Commentator: Linda Greenhouse, Yale Law School (

Earl Maltz, Rutgers University (

Revisiting Rodriguez and Roe: The Trials of Richard Nixon, The Travails of Abe Fortas, and the Transformation of the Fourteenth Amendment

David Golland, Governors State University (

A Case is a Terrible Thing to Waste: Arthur Fletcher, Griggs v. Duke Power, and the American Workplace

James Viator, Loyola-New Orleans (

Did the Warren Court End With the Burger Court: A Comparison of Their Criminal Procedure Jurisprudence

1:15 PM – 2:40 PM

The making of social rights: global crossings in the first half of the 20th century (Boylston Room)

Chair: William Novak, Michigan Law (

Commentator: William Novak, Michigan Law (

Laila Maia Galvão, Federal Institute of Paraná (

Education, democracy and administrative state in 1930’s Brazil: the connections between Anísio Teixeira and John Dewey

Maria Pia Guerra, Universidade de Brasília (

Delegations of powers and authoritarianism in the Brazilian 1930´: connections between Brazil and the United States

Nie Xin, Tsinghua University School of Law (

The Chinese Constitutional Social Welfare Articles before 1949: Comparison with the Weimar Constitution

1:15 PM – 2:40 PM

Authors-Meet-Readers: Legal Histories of Modern American Capitalism (Georgian Room)

Chair: Kenneth Mack, Harvard Law School (

Commentators: Kenneth Mack, Harvard Law School ( and Meg Jacobs, Princeton University (

Authors: Laura Phillips Sawyer, Harvard Business School ( and Anne Fleming, Georgetown University Law Center (

1:15 PM – 2:40 PM

On the Spirit of Rights: Author Meets Reader Session (Georgian Room)

Chair: Camille Robcis, Columbia University (

Commentators: Camille Robcis, Columbia University ( and Jud Campbell, University of Richmond (

Author: Dan Edelstein, Stanford University (

1:15 PM – 2:40 PM

Author Meets Readers: Carlton F.W. Larson’s The Trials of Allegiance: Treason, Juries, and the American Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2019) (Georgian Room)

Chair: Daniel Hamilton, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law (

Commentators: Alison LaCroix, University of Chicago Law School (, Renee Lerner, George Washington University Law School ( and Amanda Tyler, University of California, Berkeley School of Law (

Author: Carlton Larson, UC Davis School of Law (

1:15 PM – 2:40 PM

Author Meets Readers: Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom (Georgian Room)

Chair: Michael Willrich, Brandeis University History Department (

Commentators: Sara Mayeux, Vanderbilt Law School (, Timothy Lovelace, Indiana University Maurer School of Law ( and Shaun Ossei-Owusu, Columbia Law School (

Author: Sarah Seo, University of Iowa College of Law (

1:15 PM – 2:40 PM

Commercial Dispute Resolution in the Early Modern Atlantic World (White Hill Room)

Chair: Esther Sahle, University of Oldenburg (

Commentator: Amalia Kessler, Stanford University (

Hunter Harris, University of Michigan (

Commercial Arbitration in Eighteenth Century Glasgow

Francis Boorman, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London (

Arbitration and the Industrial Revolution

Strum Daniel, University of Sao Paolo (

Formal enforcement as a designed supplementary institution: cases involving traders of Jewish origin in sixteenth and seventeenth century Brazil, Portugal and the Netherlands

Esther Sahle, University of Oldenburg (

Gospel Order and Economic Growth: Quaker Arbitration in Colonial Philadelphia

1:15 PM – 2:40 PM

Almost Citizens: an author-meets-reader panel with Sam Erman (Georgian Room)

Chair: Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, University of Southern California (

Commentators: Karen Tani, University of California, Berkeley School of Law (, Cristina Rodriguez, Yale ( and Sanford Levinson, University of Texas (

Author: Samuel Erman, USC Gould School of Law (

1:15 PM – 2:40 PM

Adjudication in Islamic Law: Between Juristic Critique and Political Power (c. 13th-19th centuries CE) (Arlington Room)

Chair: Intisar Rabb, Harvard Law School (

Commentator: Mohammad Fadel, University of Toronto – Faculty of Law (

Mariam Sheibani, Harvard Law School (

Judicial Misconduct and the Critique of Adjudication in Medieval Cairo: The Case of the Orphan and Her Cunning Ward

Samy Ayoub, The University of Texas – Austin (

Judicial Overreach: anafī Criticism of Ottoman State Practices

Amir Toft, University of Chicago (

Here and Gone: A Month in the Life of an Ottoman Judge (Üsküdar, 1579)

Sohaira Siddiqui, Georgetown University (

A Subtle Imbibe: Islamic law in 19th Century Colonial Courts in India

1:15 PM – 2:40 PM

Criminal Justice and Social Control in Latin America (1887-1930) (Berkeley Room)

Chair: Amy Chazkel, City University of New York, Queens College (

Commentator: Amy Chazkel, City University of New York, Queens College (

Sol Calandria, National University of La Plata/ CONICET (

Sexual Morality, Intimacy and Gender in Infanticide Rulings in Argentina (1887-1921)

Pedro Cantisano, Kenyon College (

Courts, Bodies, and Barricades: Legal Consciousness and Mobilization in Rio de Janeiro’s 1904 Vaccine Revolt

Teresita Rodríguez Morales, University of San Andrés/CONICET (

“A carnival incident and sensationalistic process”: tensions between police and justice through the Buenos Aires press at the beginning of the twentieth century

Raquel R. Sirotti, Max-Planck Institute for European Legal History (

Criminalizing politics. Judicial responses to political conflicts in Brazil (1889-1930)

1:15 PM – 2:40 PM

Opportunities and Pitfalls: Property Claims across Multiple Legal Worlds in Modern East Asia (Exeter Room)

Chair: Michael Szonyi, Harvard University (

Commentator: Taisu Zhang, Yale Law School (

Peter Thilly, University of Mississippi (

Consular Jurisdiction and the Pioneers of Flexible Citizenship at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Rui Hua, Harvard University (

The Empire Effect: Translingual Legal Literacy and The Promiscuous Borderland Market of Laws in Manchuria, 1900-1930s

Colin Jones, Columbia University (

The Terrible Magic of Credit: Property Law in Manchuria and Japan’s Postwar Land Reforms

Teng Li, Northwestern University (

A Glitch with Teeth: Legal Transition, Property Registration, and Taiwanese Landlords in Post-1945 Taiwan

2:50 PM – 4:15 PM

Author-Meets-Readers: Rose Parfitt’s The Process of International Legal Reproduction: Inequality, Historiography, Resistance (Cambridge University Press, 2019) (Georgian Room)

Chair: Christopher Tomlins, University of California-Berkeley Law School (

Commentators: Tony Anghie, University of Utah School of Law (, Genevieve Painter, Simone de Beauvoir Institute ( and Nate Holdren, Program in Law, Politics, and Society (

Author: Rose Parfitt, Kent Law School (

2:50 PM – 4:15 PM

Author Meets Reader: Theaters of Pardoning (Georgian Room)

Chair: Elizabeth Anker, Cornell University (

Commentators: James Whitman, Yale University (, Susanna Blumenthal, University of Minnesota ( and Jed Shugerman, Fordham (

Author: Bernadette Meyler, Stanford Law School (

2:50 PM – 4:15 PM

Civil Rights, Religious Groups, and Race Discrimination in the 20th Century (Arlington Room)

Chair: Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (

Commentator: Smita Ghosh, Georgetown University Law Center (

Elizabeth Katz, Washington University in St. Louis (

“Racial and Religious Democracy”: Identity and Equality at Mid-Century

Ronit Stahl, University of California, Berkeley (

Civil Rights and Conscience Rights: The Divergent Paths of State Action Doctrine and the American Hospital

Victoria Woeste, American Bar Foundation (

Practicing God’s Law in a Secular World: The Civil Rights Law Practice of the Lawyers of the Westboro Baptist Church

2:50 PM – 4:15 PM

Exempted & Excluded: Citizenship, Belonging, Alienage, and Nativism in Twentieth Century North America (Clarendon Room)

Chair: Emma Teng, MIT (

Commentator: Emma Teng, MIT (

Mary Anne Vallianatos, University of Victoria (

Exception and the Port of Entry: Race, Gender and the ‘Exempted Classes’ to the Canadian Head Tax

Hardeep Dhillon, Harvard University (

Naturalized & Denaturalized, White & Not White: Indian Immigration and Claims to U.S. Citizenship

Priscilla Martinez, University of California, Santa Cruz (

Arbitrary Borders: Chinese Tucson and Indigenous Salt Pilgrimages, 1924-1934

Brendan Shanahan, University of California, Berkeley (

Contesting “Citizen Only” Rights: Noncitizens Confront Professional Licensing Restrictions, 1915-1952

2:50 PM – 4:15 PM

Author meets Reader: China’s War on Smuggling: Law, Economic Life, and the Making of the Modern State, 1842–1965 (Georgian Room)

Chair: Pär Cassel, University of Michigan (

Commentators: Fei-Hsien Wang, Indiana University Bloomington, Department of History ( and Gautham Rao, American University (

Author: Philip Thai, Northeastern University (

2:50 PM – 4:15 PM

Author-Meets-Reader: Elizabeth Papp Kamali, Felony and the Guilty Mind in Medieval England (Georgian Room)

Chair: Ada Kuskowski, University of Pennsylvania (

Commentators: Richard Helmholz, University of Chicago Law School (, Shannon McSheffrey, Concordia University ( and Stephen Bednarski, St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo (

Author: Elizabeth Kamali, Harvard Law School (

2:50 PM – 4:15 PM

“Between Slavery and Freedom: The Struggle over the Legal Status of Black Northerners, 1780-1850” (Berkeley Room)

Chair: Sally Hadden, Western Michigan University (

Commentator: Allison Madar, University of Oregon (

Lucien Holness, University of Maryland (

“Black Southwestern Pennsylvanians’ Freedom Claims and Free Soil in the Slave South”

Anne Twitty, University of Mississippi (

“Mapping Unfreedom: Tracing Indentured Servitude in the Northwest Territory”

Cory James Young, Georgetown University (

“The Legal Foundations of Pennsylvania Term Enslavement during the Age of Gradual Abolition, 1780 to 1826”

2:50 PM – 4:15 PM

International Women, Feminist Movements, and Human Rights (Exeter Room)

Chair: Katherine Marino, UCLA (

Commentator: Katherine Marino, UCLA (

Shauni Armstead, Rutgers University (

Searching for Global Justice and Freedom in the United Nations: Eunice Hunton Carter’s and Mary McLeod Bethune’s interpretations of the 1945 San Francisco Conference

Gwen Jordan, University of Illinois Springfield (

The Federación International de Abogadas’ Campaigns for Global Women’s Rights, 1944-1975

Myra Houser, Ouachita Baptist University (houserm@OBU.EDU)

Rising Above ‘Our’ Problems: African-American Women Litigating Against Apartheid

2:50 PM – 4:15 PM

Money and Governance: Institutions and Ideas (Boylston Room)

Chair: Michael Zakim, Tel Aviv University (

Commentator: Michael Zakim, Tel Aviv University (

Christine Desan, Harvard Law School (

A Revisionary History of Credible Commitment

Nadav Orian Peer, Tulane University Law School (

Housing Segregation and the Secondary Mortgage Market

Roy Kreitner, Tel Aviv University (

The Gold Standard(s) and Multiple Liquidity Regimes

2:50 PM – 4:15 PM

Author Meets Readers: Sex, Law, and Sovereignty in French Algeria, 1830-1930 (Georgian Room)

Chair: Mitchel Lasser, Cornell (

Commentators: Janet Halley, Harvard Law School ( and Chantal Thomas, Cornell Law School (

Author: Judith Surkis, Rutgers (

2:50 PM – 4:15 PM

Author-meets-Reader: Rohit De, A People’s Constitution: The Everyday Life of Law in the Indian Republic (Princeton University Press, 2018) (Georgian Room)

Chair: Laura Weinrib, University of Chicago Law School (

Commentators: Faiz Ahmed, Dept. of History, Brown University (, Samuel Daly, African & African American Studies, Duke University ( and Heinz Klug, University of Wisconsin Law School (

Author: Rohit De, Yale Univ. (

2:50 PM – 4:15 PM

The Bicentennial of Dartmouth College: A Retrospective and Future Directions (White Hill Room)

Chair: Kevin Butterfield, Washington Library (

Discussants: Evelyn Atkinson, University of Chicago (, Nikolas Bowie, Harvard Law School (, Jane Manners, Columbia Law School (, Paul Gutierrez, Brown University ( and Alyssa Penick, University of Michigan (


9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Infanticide and Illegitimate Pregnancies in Premodern Europe and the Modern Americas (Arlington Room)

Chair: Mitra Sharafi, University of Wisconsin Law School (

Commentator: Mitra Sharafi, University of Wisconsin Law School (

Sara McDougall, Dept. of History, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and CUNY Graduate Center (

Punishing and Pardoning Infanticide in Late Medieval France

Felicity Turner, Georgia Southern University (

Proving Pregnancy: Physicians, Infanticide, & the Law in the Nineteenth-Century US

Cassia Roth, University of Georgia (

The Madness of Maternity: Puerperal Insanity Pleas and Infanticide Jurisprudence in Early Twentieth-Century Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Roundtable Conversation with Martha Jones About Writing the Legal History of Citizenship (Georgian Room)

Commentator: Dan Sharfstein, Vanderbilt University (

Chair: Christopher Capozzola, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (

Discussants: Martha Jones, Johns Hopkins University (, Kristin Collins, University of Chicago Law School ( and Kendra Field, Tufts University (

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Iberian Empires and the Production of Normativities in Asia (1500-1800) (Boylston Room)

Chair: Manuel Bastias Saavedra, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (

Commentator: Tamar Herzog, Harvard University- CGIS (

Marya Svetlana Camacho, University of Asia and the Pacific (

Understanding and Regulating Bridewealth and Bride Service in Spanish Colonial Philippines

Luisa Stella de Oliveira Coutinho Silva, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (

Legal Encounters between Empires: Japanese and Portuguese Normativities (1540s – 1630s)

Rômulo da Silva Ehalt, JSPS International Research Fellow, Sophia University (

How to hide a church from quite a long way away? Theological problems of Japanese Christianity in times of persecution (1620s)

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Unsettling Legal Histories of the Modern Business Corporation (Berkeley Room)

Chair: Claire Priest, Yale Law School (

Commentator: Claire Priest, Yale Law School (

Dan Danielsen, Northeastern University School of Law (

The End of History for Corporate Law? A Critical Reassessment

Philip Stern, Duke University (

Corporations and History: Rethinking the Nineteenth-Century British Empire

Aaron Dhir, Osgoode Hall Law School (

Black Star Line, Inc.: Race in the Historical Life of the Corporation

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Courts, Constitutions and Democracy in Postcolonial South Asia (Clarendon Room)

Chair: TBD

Commentator: TBD

Sarah Gandee, University of Leeds (

Criminality, Equality and the Constitution in Early Postcolonial India

Alastair McClure, University of Chicago (

‘To Hang by the Neck Until Dead’: Law, Killing and Politics in Postcolonial India

Saumya Saxena, University of Cambridge (

Court’ing Hindu nationalism: Law and Hindutva in Contemporary India

Adeel Hussain, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law (

Constitutionalism in Pakistan

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

“Teaching Legal History in the 21st Century: New Approaches, Transnational Perspectives” (White Hill Room)

Chair: Joanna Grisinger, Center for Legal Studies, Northwestern University (

Commentator: Joanna Grisinger, Center for Legal Studies, Northwestern University (

Ashton Merck, Duke University (

Teaching “The Modern Regulatory State”

Troy Andrade, University of Hawai’i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law (

Teaching “Paradise”: Legal History of Hawai’i

Raha Rafii, University of Pennsylvania (

Teaching the “Other”: Islamic Law as a Contested Legal System

Sueann Caulfield, University of Michigan (

Teaching the History of Inter-American Human Rights Law through Transnational Collaboration on the Internet

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Lost Histories of Emergency and Martial Law (Georgian Room)

Chair: John Witt, Yale Law School (

Commentator: Will Smiley, Reed College (

Bhavani Raman, University of Toronto (

Before Emergency: The Colonial State and the Jurisprudence of Disturbance in South Asia

Will Smiley, Reed College (

To Save the Country: The Lieber Theory of Martial Law

Joel Isaac, University of Chicago (

Constitutionalism at the Limit: Emergencies and Dictatorship in American Legal Thought, 1920-1950

Karin Loevy, NYU School of Law (

From Limited Spheres to Limited Capacities: Tracing a Lost Jurisprudence of Emergency Powers

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Discovered or Uncovered: Dealing with New or Neglected Sources (White Hill Room)

Chair: Matthew C. Mirow, Florida International University (

Commentator: Matthew C. Mirow, Florida International University (

Albrecht Cordes, Goethe University (

Lost and Found, the Bardewik-Codex of 1294: The Lubeck Law in the Baltic after the Rediscovery of its Most Important Source

Angela Huang, Research Centre for Hanse and Baltic History (

Hanserecesse — Hanse Law? Exploring the legal nature of the proceedings of Hanse diets (14th – 17th centuries)

Sara Ludin, UC Berkeley (

Finding “the Reformation” in Records of Sixteenth-Century Civil Litigation

Serge Dauchy, Centre d’Histoire Judiciaire (

The Forgotten Records of the Superior Council of Louisiana of the Eighteenth Century

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Through the Lens of Feminist Legal Biography (Boylston Room)

Chair: Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (

Discussants: Constance Backhouse, Women’s Education and Research Foundation of Ontario (, Jane De Hart, University of California- Santa Barbara (, Marlene Trestman, Retired (, Pnina Lahav, Boston University School of Law ( and Leandra Zarnow, University of Houston, Department of History (lrzarnow@Central.UH.EDU)

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

States, Aliens and the Law: New Views of Immigration Federalism (Arlington Room)

Chair: Lucy Salyer, University of New Hampshire (

Commentator: Gerald Neuman, Harvard Law School (

Brendan O’Malley, Newbury College (

Defending State Immigration Regulation in Nineteenth-Century New York

Matthew Lindsay, University of Balitmore School of Law (

From Indemnification to Exclusion: Revisiting the “Federalization” of American Immigration Law

Allison Tirres, DePaul University College of Law (

Exclusion from Within: State Licensing and the Regulation of Migration

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

New Approaches to Legalities of Indian Slavery (Clarendon Room)

Chair: Arianne Sedef Urus, Harvard University (

Commentator: Carolina Gonzalez, Univ. de Chile (

Linford Fisher, Brown University (

Enslaved Native Americans’ Use of the Law in Revealing and Obscuring Native Slavery in the United States, c. 1770s-1820s

Timo McGregor, New York University (

Defining Freedoms: the Laws of War, Contract, and Indigenous Slavery in Suriname, 1667-1680

Alexandre Pelegrino, Vanderbilt University (

An Indigenous Past to Freedom: Race, Empire, and Slavery (Maranhão, 1688-1790)

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

American Internationalism or International Americanism? The United States and International Law from Empire to Nuremberg (Berkeley Room)

Chair: Martti Koskenniemi, University of Helsinki (

Commentator: Martti Koskenniemi, University of Helsinki (

Allison Useche, Texas Tech University (

Dangerous Precedents: International Eminent Domain in the Panama Canal Zone

Lael Weinberger, Harvard Law School (

Precedent at the World Court: Interpreting the Permanent Court of International Justice in Interwar America

Elizabeth Borgwardt, Washington University in St. Louis (

Crimes against Human-kind: Arendt at Nuremberg

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Annual Lunch and Awards Ceremony (Grand Ballroom A)

2:40 PM – 4:10 PM

Legalities of the Peace: Empire, Peace-making and Peace-keeping: 1750-1850 (Georgian Room)

Chair: David Armitage, Harvard (

Commentator: David Armitage, Harvard (

Lauren Benton, Vanderbilt University (

Small Wars of Peace: Defining the Legal Limits on the Use of Force in European Empires

Lisa Ford, University of New South Wales (

The King’s Peace and the Transformation of Empire

Eliga Gould, University of New Hampshire (

Peace at What Price — and Whose? The Laws of Slavery and Freedom in the Anglo-American Treaty of Paris (1783)

2:40 PM – 4:10 PM

Disability, Family, and the Limits of Law in North America in the Twentieth Century (Arlington Room)

Chair: Michael Grossberg, Indiana University (

Commentator: Michael Grossberg, Indiana University (

Chelsea Chamberlain, University of Pennsylvana (

“A few years at your celebrated school will almost bring her back to normal”: When Parents Chose the Eugenic Institution

Molly Ladd-Taylor, York University (

Parents and the Sterilization of “Children” with Intellectual Disabilities in the 1970s and 1980s

Barbara Welke, University of Minnesota (

“A kid that is scarred up something like that. . .’: Life once law is done

2:40 PM – 4:10 PM

Legal Knowledge and Claims-Making among Enslaved and Freedpeople (Clarendon Room)

Chair: Ariela Gross, University of Southern California (

Commentator: Ariela Gross, University of Southern California (

Sara Forsdyke, University of Michigan (

Leveraging the Law: Slaves and the Law in Ancient Greece

Erika Edwards, University of North Carolina (

The Rights of Citizenship: Contested Freedom Cases in Chilean and Argentine Courts, 1810-1850

Jonathon Booth, Harvard University (

Jonathon Booth, Learning the Law of Freedom: Legal Knowledge after Emancipation

2:40 PM – 4:10 PM

Contested Movement: Law, State Power, and the Policing of Mobility Rights (Berkeley Room)

Chair: Sarah Gronningsater, University of Pennsylvania (

Commentator: Sarah Gronningsater, University of Pennsylvania (

Daniel Farbman, Boston College Law School (

The City’s Protection: Local Ordinances to Protect Fugitive Slaves from Capture

Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan, Rutgers University (

“In a state of vagrancy”: Poverty and Mobility in Settlement Law

Kate Masur, Northwestern University (

Free African Americans, State Sovereignty, and Migration before Reconstruction

Naama Maor, University of Chicago (

“Little Bits of Human Drift Wood”: Runaway Children, Juvenile Courts, and the Geography of Parental Power

2:40 PM – 4:10 PM

Disrupting the Cause Lawyering Narrative in the Nineteenth to Twentieth Century United States (Boylston Room)

Chair: Kara Swanson, Northeastern University School of Law (

Commentator: Kara Swanson, Northeastern University School of Law (

Alexandra Havrylyshyn, University of California, Berkeley (

Client Advocacy, Not Cause Lawyering: Representing Louisiana Freedom Litigants in the 1840s-50s

Myisha S. Eatmon, Northwestern University (

Litigants and Liaisons: Sympathetic Attorneys and Black Legal Networks in Mississippi and Beyond, 1919-1953

Peter Labuza, University of Southern California (

“A Device for Cracking a Concerted Industry-Wide Boycott:” The Sherman Anti-Trust Act and the End of the Hollywood Blacklist

2:40 PM – 4:10 PM

Global Legal History Lightning Round (White Hill Room)

Chair: Confex Tester, XX (

Iker Saitua, University of California, Riverside (

Spanish Immigration to the United States, the Franco Regime, and the Immigration Act of 1965

Jesse Watson, UC Berkeley (

Law and Materiality in Petitions from Roman Egypt and Early Imperial China

Gilad Ben-Nun, GWZO – The Leibniz Institute for the Study of History and Culture of Eastern Europe (

‘A Treaty after Trauma’: The Holocaust-Surviving Drafters of the 4th Geneva Convention for Civilians (1949) and the idea of ‘Protection for All’

Rabiat Akande, Harvard Law School (

Marginalizing ‘Secularism,’ Decolonizing The State: Missionary Advocacy for Religious Freedom in British Colonial Northern Nigeria, 1945-1960

Afroditi Giovanopoulou, Columbia University (

Between Legal Progressivism and the “White Man’s Burden:” American Social Legal Thought on the Unmaking of Empire

Melissa Teixeira, University of Pennsylvania (

Why dictators write constitutions: the case of Brazil

Jhuma Sen, Jindal Global Law School (

Early Portias and the Colonial Bar in India: Towards the Legal Practitioners’ (Women) Act 1923

4:20 PM – 5:50 PM

Law, Equity, and Accountability in the Early Republic (Georgian Room)

Chairs: Nicholas Parillo, Yale Law School ( and James Pfander, Northwestern Law School (

Discussants: Jane Manners, Columbia Law School (, Maggie Blackhawk, University of Pennsylvania Law School (, Laura Edwards, Duke University ( and Naomi Lamoreaux, Yale University (

4:20 PM – 5:50 PM

A Roundtable Conversation with Angela Fernandez on Researching, Writing, and Teaching the History of Pierson v. Post (White Hill Room)

Commentators: Susanna Blumenthal, University of Minnesota ( and Daniel Hulsebosch, New York University (

Chair: Hendrik Hartog, Princeton University (

Discussants: Angela Fernandez, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto (, Kunal Parker, University of Miami Law School ( and Deborah Dinner, Emory University School of Law (

4:20 PM – 5:50 PM

Changing the Spanish Empire from Inside: Law, Legal Practitioners, and Political Discourses in the Hispanic World (1760 – 1820) (Boylston Room)

Chair: Mónica Ricketts, Temple University (

Commentator: Mónica Ricketts, Temple University (

Renzo Honores, Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Sociedad (

Native Legal Facilitators in the Eighteenth- Century Audiencia of Lima

Alvaro Caso, Johns Hopkins University (

From the Fringes of the Legal Profession to Keepers of the Empire: The Agentes del Número de Indias and the Representation of Colonial Interests in Madrid, c. 1778-1808

Ricardo Pelegrin Taboada, Florida International University (

Too Many Lawyers: The Control over the Number of Legal Professionals in Colonial Cuba

Silvia Escanilla Huerta, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (

“No authority but their own”. Cadiz and the jurisdictional revolution in the viceroyalty of Peru (1812-1820).

4:20 PM – 5:50 PM

The Legal Origins of European Humanitarianism, c. 1500–c. 1800 (Clarendon Room)

Chair: Richard Ross, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (

Commentator: Richard Ross, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (

Christian Burset, Notre Dame Law School (

Despotic Humanitarianism and Colonial Law in the Eighteenth-Century British Empire

Jennifer Wells, George Washington University (

The Westphalian Moment?: The Origins of Humanitarian Law in Europe

Catherine Arnold, University of Memphis (

Affairs of Humanity: Arguing for Humanitarian Intervention in Britain and Europe, 1698-1715

4:20 PM – 5:50 PM

Credible Women:  Gender & Knowledge Production in English & Colonial American Courts, 1600-1800 (Berkeley Room)

Chair: Holly Brewer, University of Maryland (

Commentator: Holly Brewer, University of Maryland (

Kristin Olbertson, Alma College (

“She must prove as she goes”: Gender & Credibility in 18th-Century Massachusetts Criminal Courts

Lisa Cody, Claremont McKenna College (

Wives’ Ways With Words: Coverture versus Cruelty in London’s Ecclesiastical Courts, 1680-1820

Christine Eisel, University of Memphis (

“In Right of their Children: The Status of Mothers in Early Virginia Courts”

4:20 PM – 5:50 PM

Labor and Civil Liberties in the Twentieth Century (Arlington Room)

Chair: William Jones, University of Minnesota (

Commentator: William Jones, University of Minnesota (

Catherine Fisk, University of California Berkeley (

“‘Lie Down Like Good Dogs’: Labor Lawyers and Activist Clients in the 1950s”

Sophia Lee, University of Pennsylvania Law School (

“Making Privacy Popular: Labor, Prohibition, and the Fourth Amendment”

Paul Frymer, Princeton University (

The Resiliency of the At-Will Doctrine: Twentieth Century Employee Movements and their Doctrina

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