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.
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.


The Stanford Center for Law and History Workshop will meet three times per quarter from 12:45-2:15 PM. To RSVP and receive the papers in advance, please sign up for our email list.

Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
Meeting in Stanford Law School, Neukom 104:

  • October 12 – Matthieu Abgrall, Stanford Department of Classics: “Using Data for a Legal History of Archaic Greece”
  • November 9 – Gregory Ablavsky, Stanford Law School: “Species of Sovereignty: Native Nationhood, International Law, and the Early United States”
  • November 30 – Ron Harris, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and Tel Aviv University School of Law: “Trading with Strangers: The Corporate Form in the Move from Municipal Governance to Overseas Trade”
Meeting in Stanford Law School, Crown Building, Room 320D

  • January 18 – Luca Scholz, Stanford Department of History: “Historicizing Freedom of Movement: The Case of the Old Reich”
  • February 1 – Ariela Gross, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and University of Southern California School of Law, and Alejandro de la Fuente, Harvard University Department of African and African American Studies and History: “Manumission and Freedom in the Age of Revolution: Cuba, Louisiana, and Virginia, 1763-1806.”
  • March 1 – Rabia Belt, Stanford Law School: “Race, Disability, and the Vote”
(location to be announced)

  • April 19 – Rebecca McLennan, UC Berkeley Department of History: “The Wild Life of Law: The Bering Sea Conflict, 1885-1893”
  • May 3 – Alexandra Stern, Stanford Department of History: “‘A Rough Region:’ Lawlessness and the Reconstruction of Indian Territory, 1866 – 1885”
  • May 24 – Elizabeth Katz, Stanford Law School: “The Creation and Evolution of Courts of Domestic Relations”
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