Global Legal History

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 8/10
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • T
  • 1400-1630
  • TBA
01/23/2023 04/28/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This course is an experiment. Like any experiment, it is motivated by a hypothesis: that it is possible to conceive and teach something called “global legal history.” Like any hypothesis, this may be shown to be false. Given the large scale of the problem and the small scale of a semester, we may not reach a clear result. But we shall do our best. As we discuss the texts before us, I want us constantly asking what we think we are doing: what it means to produce history; what it means to write legal history; what it might mean to write one that is global. At least two kinds of parochialism shape this syllabus: temporal and cultural. Another way to say this is that the syllabus is bounded by my vast ignorance. Most of our readings arose during or address the period from roughly 1500 to 1850. Though we won’t have time to read much about earlier or later eras, we will always want to keep an eye open for the ways in which such a limitation inhibits conceiving a properly global legal history. The course is also overwhelmingly oriented toward European legal regimes and their experiences in diaspora. Another way to put this is to say it is chiefly concerned with the nature of legality in and among empires.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any):
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to complete several written assignments (due directly to instructor, not via EXPO).

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: This course will follow the academic calendar and room assignment for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for HIST 5130, which may differ from the Law School's, and may not match the information above pulled from SIS for this course (LAW 9233). The course will meet in New Cabel Hall 115 with HIST 5130.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
Cross Listed: Yes
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic: HIST 5130 (19083)
Concentrations: Legal History
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, April 20, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM