Stanford Center for Law and History

The Stanford Center for Law and History (SCLH) brings together faculty, postdocs, and students from across Stanford University’s many schools and departments—and beyond—to participate in a broad range of conferences, workshops, and lectures devoted to examining the multifaceted interrelationships between law and history (without geographic, temporal, or other subject-area limitations).

SCLH seeks to:

  • Serve as an intellectual hub for law and history at Stanford, facilitating sustained dialogue and engagement among the many on campus who work at the intersection of the two fields.
  • Promote a broad range of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of law and history.
  • Advance the law and history research (and teaching) interests of Stanford’s diverse constituents, including not only faculty, but also students at all levels.
  • Serve as a bridge between Stanford’s law and history community and those with shared interests based elsewhere in the Bay Area and around the globe.
  • Support students working on law and history topics at Stanford and elsewhere, including by offering a Stanford Law School Legal History Paper Prize and Graduate Student Annual Conference Paper Prize.
Illustration of burning of witches, 1555.

Burning of witches, 1555.

Victorian woman on trial - Illustration

Victorian woman on trial.

Execution at Yokohama, Japan - Illustration

Execution at Yokohama, Japan.

Historic Bulahdelah Court House

Bulahdelah Courthouse, built in 1888, New South Wales, Australia.

Professor Amalia D. Kessler on the Stanford Center for Law and History


The Stanford Center for Law and History 2021-2022 Workshop meets three times per quarter from 12:45-2:00 PM (PST). To RSVP and receive the papers in advance, please sign up for our email list.

Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter

  • Oct. 19, 2021- Mark Krass, Stanford Law and Political Science, Debunking the Non-Delegation Doctrine for State Regulation of Federal Elections
  • Nov. 2, 2021- Margarita Lila Rosa, Lecturer and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford, Marginalia: Black Women and Emerging Carceral Geographies in Rio de Janeiro, 1880-1888
  • Nov. 16, 2021- Sara Forsdyke, Classical Studies & History, University of Michigan, Democratic Justice: The Jury Trial in Ancient Greece and Criminal Justice Reform In the United States

  • Jan. 18, 2022 – Orit Malka, Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Stanford, Witnesses, Judges: a Revolution Untold
  • Feb. 15, 2022 – Susanna Blumenthal, Minnesota Law and History (Speaker via Zoom), The Apprehension of Fraud in Modern America
  • Mar. 1, 2022 – Lisa Ford and Naomi Parkinson, University of New South Wales History (Speakers via Zoom), Commissions of Inquiry and the Remaking of British Colonial Slavery, 1822 – 1831

  • Mar. 29, 2022 – Emanuele Conte, Roma Tre University, Legal Pluralism: From History to Theory and Back – Otto von Gierke, Santi Romano, & Francesco Calasso on Medieval Institutions
  • April 12, 2022 – Gerald Groenewald, University of Johannesburg (with additional commentary by co-researcher Grant Parker, Stanford Classics), Crime and Punishment in a Slave Society: The Case of the Cape of Good Hope, 1652-1795
  • May 10, 2022 – Francesca Trivellato, Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies, Renaissance Florence and the Origins of Capitalism: A Business History Perspective

Past Event Highlights

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Book Panel: "Theaters of Pardoning" with Bernadette Meyler

(November 1, 2019)
Commentary by: Peter Brooks, Robert Weisberg, and Kenji Yoshino

Stanford Center for Law and History 14

Book Talk: "Federal Ground" with Gregory Ablavsky

(February 16, 2021)
Commentary by: Ned Blackhawk, Nicholas Parrillo, Claire Priest, and Gautham Rao

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Working with Intellectual Property: Legal Histories of Innovation, Labor, and Creativity

(April 23, April 30, May 7, 2021)

Conference Site
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Book Talk: "Beyond Belief, Beyond Conscience" with Jack Rakove

(May 4, 2021)
Commentary by: Elizabeth Katz and Michael McConnell

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Legal Histories of Policing and Surveillance

(April 20, 2018)

SCLH's first annual one-day conference.

Conference Website

Degree Programs & Other Opportunities


Amalia D. Kessler 1

Amalia D. Kessler

  • Lewis Talbot and Nadine Hearn Shelton Professor of International Legal Studies
  • Associate Dean for Advanced Degree Programs
  • Professor, by courtesy, History
  • Director, Stanford Center for Law and History
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