Global Legal Histories Workshop
From early times, laws and norms shaped how strangers relied upon each other – enabling border crossing, imperial spread, colonial control, and the complex of global rules and norms of our day. This workshop will examine the effects of combining legal history and global history, to include the premodern and modern periods, multiple geographic traditions and their exchanges, in an effort to explore the deep history of and multiple pathways to modern global governance. We are especially interested in how the notion of legal interchanges might bring into view aspects of global legal history that are missed by current framings of international and comparative law. Conversely, we will interrogate what the ‘global’ has to offer legal history, given the field’s longstanding attention to actions, agreements, and organizations beyond the nation-state.