A Short History of European Law

Book Club Exclusive with Tamar Herzog

SEMINAIRE PILAGG

Discussant: Professors Jerome Sgard & Simona Cerruti

In A Short History of European Law, Tamar Herzog offers a new road map that reveals underlying patterns and unexpected connections. By identifying what European law was, where its iterations could be found, who was allowed to make and implement it, and what the results were, she ties legal norms to their historical circumstances, and allows readers to grasp their malleability and fragility. Roman law formed the backbone of each configuration, though the way it was understood, used, and reshaped varied dramatically from one century and place to the next. Only by considering Continental civil law and English common law together do we see how they drew from and enriched this shared tradition.

Tamar Herzog explains that British and Spanish empires in the New World were not only recipients of European legal traditions but also incubators of new ideas. Their experiences, as well as the constant tension between overreaching ideas and naive localism, explain how European law refashioned itself as the epitome of reason and as a system with potentially global applications.

The program of the seminars is available on the PILAGG website.

Important: Due to security measures, access to Sciences Po buildings is restricted. If you intend to attend the seminar, please send an email to pilagg@sciencespo.fr indicating your full name. Security officers will be provided with the list of participants. Do not forget to bring a VALID ID.

Event details
Date: 
Mercredi, 23 Janvier, 2019 - 17:00 - 18:00
Lieu: 
Sciences Po Law School, 13 rue de l’Université, 75007 Paris, Room 410T
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