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. Edmund Clingan

Dr. Theodore Kovaleff

Dominic Vendell




10/18/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Mexican-American Civil Rights Activism and the Modern Workplace: A Sociolegal Analysis
David Badilllo, Lehman College, CUNY

11/15/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
The Arrival of Hungarian Refugees to the United States Following the Crushing of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956
Peter Pastor, Montclair State University

12/13/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
The State of U.S. Politics in 2016
Edmund Clingan, Queensborough Community College

Theodore Kovaleff, Columbia University

02/21/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Dead Wrong: Women, Inequality, and Gun Rights in District of Columbia v. Heller
Susan P. Liebell, St. Joseph's University

03/14/2017 411 Fayerweather Hall, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Issued a Shield, a Gun, and a Skirt: Female-Only Police Corps in Italy (and Elsewhere)
Molly Tambor, Long Island University

04/19/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Ambiguities of the Contemporary Anti-Utilitarian Movement in France
Myriam Maayan, New York University

05/09/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM