Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Yale Law School Professor John Fabian Witt for a discussion of the craft of legal history. Topics covered include: understanding context in legal narratives; nationalism and cosmopolitanism in the evolution of civil liberties and tort law; and the importance of slavery, emancipation, and the established laws of nations in the making of Lincoln’s Code, a revolutionary change in U.S. laws of war. The conversation concludes with thoughts on how legal history could inform a discussion of the sharing economy’s impact on the law.
Key Words: Historians, Law, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, Laws of War, Cosmopolitanism, Lincoln, International Law, Presidents, U.S. Presidents
September 16, 2015
Conversations with History