Law & Politics

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Members of the seminar investigate the legal, political, and institutional aspects of society both as they function in reality and as they should function according to theory. The investigation is both global and timeless, although European and American interests seem to dominate. Lectures and discussions range from classical Greece, Rome, and Israel, through medieval Europe, Islam, and Asia, to modern and contemporary societies. Aspects of Roman, Talmudic, Islamic, canon and common laws are examined. The majority of the lectures are presented by the members of the seminar, most of whom are academics in history, political science or law, or professionals who have become editors. One or two papers each year are presented by visiting scholars.

Dr. Sarah Danielsson

Dr. Kenneth Pearl

Devina Srivastava




10/16/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
US Immigration Law – Dispelling the Myths
Adrian Pandev, Immigration Attorney and Civil Litigator

12/11/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Dating in Tennessee: Tennessee Legislature Provides Relief for Some Who Run Afoul of its Draconian Wills Act. And Why Not Everyone?
Iris Goodwin, University of Tennessee

03/26/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
The Origins of Cocaine: Colonization and Failed Development in the Amazon Andes
Paul Gootenberg, Stony Brook University, SUNY

Liliana Davalos, SUNY, Stony Brook University

04/16/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Pan-Nationalism Redefined: Reexamining Nationalism in its Historical and Current Forms
Sarah Danielsson, Queensborough Community College, CUNY