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.
Burning of witches, 1555.
Victorian woman on trial.
Execution at Yokohama, Japan.
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 2022-2023 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.
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Past Event Highlights
Book Panel: "Theaters of Pardoning" with Bernadette Meyler
(November 1, 2019)
Commentary by: Peter Brooks, Robert Weisberg, and Kenji Yoshino
Book Talk: "Federal Ground" with Gregory Ablavsky
(February 16, 2021)
Commentary by: Ned Blackhawk, Nicholas Parrillo, Claire Priest, and Gautham Rao
Working with Intellectual Property: Legal Histories of Innovation, Labor, and Creativity
(April 23, April 30, May 7, 2021)Conference Site
Book Talk: "Beyond Belief, Beyond Conscience" with Jack Rakove
(May 4, 2021)
Commentary by: Elizabeth Katz and Michael McConnell
Legal Histories of Policing and Surveillance
(April 20, 2018)
SCLH's first annual one-day conference.
Book Talk with Rowan Dorin
(February 15, 2023)
Commentary by: Jessica Goldberg and Laurent Mayali
Virtual Book Talk with Ada Kuskowski
(March 10, 2023)
Commentary by: Bernadette Meyler