Law, Society, and History Colloquium

Chair: Frank Munger, Professor of Law

This colloquium explores issues at the intersection of law and the social sciences, drawing law faculty and social science professors from the New York area. Presenters have included many leading scholars in the field. Discussions have addressed topics such as: resistance to legal authority; social class and government benefit programs; race and eminent domain law; and jurors’ attributions of legal blame. The workshop, originally the New York Law School Law and Society Colloquium, has existed since 2001 (with a two-year period, from 2005-07, during which the New York Law School Program on Law and Society and New York University’s Institute for Law and Society joined cosponsored the workshops as the “New York Law and Society Colloquium Series”). In 2011 we expanded the workshops’ scope and name, retitling them the “Law, Society and History Colloquium.”

FALL 2013–SPRING 2014

Fall 2013
The Stripping of the Trust: A global Transformation by Adam Hofri-Winogradow an Associate Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Law and also the Montesquieu Chair in Comparative Law and Legal History.

FALL 2011SPRING 2012

October 18, 2011
Professor Sida Liu, University of Wisconsin-Madeson, Department of Sociology, “Migration and Stratification: The Spatial Mobility of Chinese Lawyers”

January 31, 2012
Professor Susan Hinely, SUNY Stonybrook, Department of History, “The Global ‘Parliament of Mothers’: History, the Revolutionary Tadition and International law in the Pre-War Women’s Movement”

FALL 2010SPRING 2011

Fall 2010
Avani Mehta Sood, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Psychology, Princeton University, “The Plasticity of Harm: An Experimental Demonstration of the Malleability of Judgments in the Service of Criminalization” (draft 2010) (co-authored with John M. Darley)

FALL 2007SPRING 2008

This year, the Law and Society Program has organized its colloquia independently of the NYU Law and Society Institute.

September 20, 2007
Panel discussion: “The Important Role of the Urban Law School: Implications of data from ‘After the JD’ Research”

Bryant Garth, Dean Southwestern Law School
Richard Matasar, Dean of New York Law School
Alfred Aman, Dean of Suffolk Law School

September 21, 2007
Bryant Garth, Dean Southwestern Law School, “Building and Revamping Legal Virtue: Legal and Colonial Strategies in the Construction of Asian States: The Example of the Philippines”

November 9, 2007
Cesar Rodriguez-Garavito, Professor of Law and Sociology, University of the Andes (Colombia) and Fellow of the Institute for Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin Madison, will speak about his current research on lawyers and the mobilization of resistance to transnational corporations in Mexico

FALL 2006–SPRING 2007

September 8, 2006
Laura Gomez, Professor of Law & American Studies University of New Mexico, “Manifest Destiny, Nation-building and Racial Ideology in the Nineteenth-Century”

October 20, 2006
Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Professor of Law and Development & Director, MIT Program on Human Rights & Justice

November 10, 2006
Richard Wilson, Gladstein Chair of Human Rights & Director of the Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut, “Defining Genocide: Racial and Ethnic Groups at the International Crime Tribunal for Rwanda”

December 1, 2006
“Directors and Officers Insurance in Securities Litigation: A Preliminary Report” Tom Baker, Prof. of Law & Director of the Insurance Law Center University of Connecticut

January 26, 2007
Marianne Valverde, Professor of Criminology, University of Toronto, “Sovereignty, Law, and the Police Power: Foucaultian Reflections”

February 23, 2006
Kathryn Hendley, William Voss-Bascom Professor of Law and Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison

March 23, 2007
Bill Maurer, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine, “Soft Law versus Hard Numbers: Moral Reasoning and Risk Assessment in the Regulation of International Finance”

April 20, 2007
Katherine Verdery, Professor of Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center, “Tailing the Romanian Secret Police: Coercion and Collectivization in the 1950s”

FALL 2005–SPRING 2006

September 23, 2005
Eric A. Feldman, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, “The Tuna Court: Law and Norms in the World’s Premier Fish Market”

October 7, 2005
Gillian K. Hadfield, Professor of Law, University of Southern California Law School, “The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund: An Unprecedented Experiment in American Democracy”

October 21, 2005
Marie Gottschalk, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania, “From Rights to Revolution: The Prisoners’ Rights Movement and the Carceral State”

November 4, 2005
Viviana A. Zelizer, Professor of Sociology, Princeton University, “The Purchase of Intimacy”

November 18, 2005
Mitra Sharafi, Ph.D. Candidate in History, Princeton University, “‘Pure Parsi’: Race and Libel in Colonial Rangoon and Bombay, 1914”

January 27, 2006
Lisa Hajjar, Associate Professor, University of California at Santa Barbara, “Lawyers’ Battles over the Legal Meaning of ‘Humane Treatment’ and the Applicability of the Geneva Conventions for Prisoners at Guantanamo”

February 10, 2006
Annelise Riles, Professor of Law and Professor of Anthropology, Cornell Law School, “Collateral Knowledge: Legal Reason and Subjectivity in the Tokyo Financial Markets”

February 24, 2006
Ruti G. Teitel, Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law, New York Law School, “Humanity’s Law”

March 24, 2006
Lauren Edelman, Professor of Law and Sociology, University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), “The Endogeneity of Law: Judicial Deference to Institutionalized Employment Practices”

April 7, 2006
Tracy Robinson, Professor and Mauro Cappelletti Global Fellow in Comparative Law, New York University School of Law, “Fashioning Family Law in Small Islands”

April 21, 2006
Ron Levi, Assistant Professor of Criminology, University of Toronto, “Expert Knowledges in the Field of International Criminal Law”

FALL 2004–SPRING 2006

October 1, 2004
Carol Greenhouse, Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University, “Love, Law, and Death of Meaning: An Ethnographic Reading of King Lear.”

October 29, 2004
Regina Austin, William A. Schnader Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School, “Black People’s Money: An Essay on the Interaction of Law, Economics, and Culture in the Context of Race”

November 12, 2004
Organizers: Professors Marc Galanter and Frank Munger
Symposium: “Master Trends in the Law.”

January 28, 2005
Wendy N. Espeland, Associate Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University, “Rankled by the Rankings: The Effects of U.S. News Rankings on Law Schools”

February 18, 2005
Sally Engle Merry, Marion Butler McLean Professor, History of Ideas Department of Anthropology, Wellesley College, “Legal Reforms in Transit: Tracing Forms, Meanings, and American Hegemony”

February 25, 2005
Michael W. McCann, Gordon Hirabayashi Professor for the Advancement of Citizenship; Director, Comparative Law and Society Studies Center, University of Washington, “Drafting the Law: Politics, Media, and the Litigation Crisis”

April 15, 2005
Francesca Polletta, Columbia University Department of Sociology, “Is Telling Stories Good for Democracy?”

FALL 2003–SPRING 2004

September 19, 2003
Professor Jonathan Simon
Professor of Law, Boalt Hall, University of California

September 30, 2003
Professor Mark Osiel
Professor of Law, University of Iowa
Visiting Professor, New York Law School

December 5, 2003
Professor Martha McCluskey
Professor of Law, SUNY Buffalo

March 5, 2004
Sarah Barringer Gordon, Professor of Law and History, University of Pennsylvania, “The Almighty and the Dollar: Catholics, Protestants, and State School Financing at Mid-Century”

April 2, 2004
Bruce Carruthers, Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University; Terence C. Halliday, Senior Research Fellow, American Bar Foundation, “Globalization and Corporate Insolvency Reform: The Recursivity of Law”

April 30, 2004
Austin Sarat, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, Amherst College, “On Lawful Lawlessness: George Ryan, Executive Clemency and the Rhetoric of Sparing Life”

FALL 2002–SPRING 2003

October 18, 2002
Carroll Seron, Professor in the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College and the Department of Sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY

November 22, 2002
Jim Liebman, Columbia Law School

February 7, 2003
David Garland, Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor, New York University Law School

March 14, 2003
Joan Williams, Professor of Law; Director, Program on Gender, Work, & Family, American University, Washington College of Law

April 14, 2003
Susan Sturm, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

May 2, 2003
Marc Galanter, John & Rylla Bosshard Professor; Professor Emeritus, Wisconsin Law School

FALL 2001–SPRING 2002

October 26, 2001
Professor Valerie Hans, University of Delaware, Presentation based on her book, Business on Trial: The Civil Jury and Corporate Responsibility, chapter 4, “The Personhood of the Corporation.”

October 30, 2001
Richard Abel, Connell Professor, UCLA School of Law, “The Professional as Political: English Lawyers from the 1989 Green Papers Through the Access to Justice Act 1999.”

November 30, 2001
John Braithwaite, Meyer Visiting Research Professor at NYU Law School,“Restorative Justice and Legal Transformation.”

December 7, 2001
Professor Patricia Ewick, Department of Sociology, Clark University andProfessor Susan Silbeg, Department of Anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “Making Resistance Thinkable: Desired Disturbances of Everyday Legal Transactions.”

February 22, 2002
Wendell E. Pritchett, Associate Professor of History at Baruch College and Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, “The ‘Public Menace’ of Blight: Urban Renewal and the Private Uses of Eminent Domain.”

April 5, 2002
Professor Neal Feigenson, Quinnipiac University School of Law, “Fear, Risk, and Blame.”


February 2001
Professor Tom Tyler, New York University, “The Psychology of the Corporate Actor: Legitimacy, Procedural Justice, and Compliance with Corporate Rules and Policies.”

April 6, 2001
Professor Phoebe C. Ellsworth, University of Michigan Law School and Department of Psychology, “Time, Events and Change in Deeply Held Attitudes: the Example of the Death Penalty.”