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English Law and Colonial Connections: Histories, Parallels, and Influences.


Virtual Event

This online symposium will take place across two afternoons, on the 26th and 27th of January 2021.

This symposium aims to bring together researchers with interests in legal history and history more broadly. The symposium theme has no specific periodization or jurisdictional limitation.

Papers are particularly welcomed on the themes of:

  • Influences of English law on other parts of the world, particularly within an imperial context.
  • Comparative studies of English law
  • Legacies and continuing influences of empire.
  • Colonial influences of law back to the Metropole

The event is free to attend but participants must register at this link.


Tuesday, 26th January 2021

3.00-3.15 PM – Introduction

Panel 1

3.15-3.35 PM

Richard Ireland (Aberystwyth University)

“It seems history is to blame”: Imagination and the Colonial Challenge to English Legal History.

3.35-3.55 PM

Matilde Cazzola (Max Planck Institute for European Legal History)

To Remake Britain in the Image of the Raj: James Fitzjames Stephen and India as a Legal Model.

3.55-4.15 PM

Justine K. Collins (Max Planck Institute for European Legal History)

The Role of Legislation in Racial Identities within the English Atlantic 1640s-1700s

4.15-4.45 PM


Panel 2

5.15-5.35 PM

Sally Hadden (Western Michigan University)

London’s Middle Temple and Law Students from the New World

5.35-5.55 PM

Łukasz J. Korporowicz (University of Lodz)

Sir James Mackintosh – Barrister, Judge, Law Professor

5.55-6.15 PM


Wednesday, 27th January 2021

Panel 3

3.00-3.20 PM

Cerian Griffiths (Northumbria University)

Fraud and the City of London: Global Opportunities in the Eighteenth-Century

3.20-3.40 PM

Michael Lobban (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Authority and Subjecthood at the Margins of Empire: the Case of Sekgoma Letsholathibe

3.40-4.00 PM


Panel 4

4.30-4.50 PM

Julia Rudolph (North Carolina State University)

The Last Will and Testament of John Gardner Kemeys: Jamaican Mortgages and English Inheritance Disputes

4.50-5.10 PM

Stefan Vogenauer (Max Planck Institute for European Legal History)

Influences of English Law on Asian Contract Laws: Contractual Interpretation

5.10-5.30 PM

Jan Halberda, Jagiellonian University

The Principle of Good Faith and Fair Dealing in Anglo-American Contract Law

5.30-6.20 PM


6.20-6.40 PM – Closing Remarks


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