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 International Criminal Law, War Crimes, and the Politics of the Past 

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 

10 am CST (Madison), 11 am EST (New York), 4 pm GMT (London), 5 pm CET (Paris) 

Francine Hirsch (University of Wisconsin at Madison)
Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg: A New History of the International Military Tribunal After World War II (New York: Oxford University Press, 2020)

Barrie Sander (Leiden University)
Doing Justice to History: Confronting the Past in International Criminal Courts (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021)

 Moderators: Surabhi Ranganathan (Cambridge), Franziska Exeler (Cambridge/FU Berlin)

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Maritime Borderlands, Conflict, and the Law

Friday January 28, 2022

12pm EST (New York), 5pm GMT (London), 6pm CET (Paris)

Jatin Dua (University of Michigan)
Captured at Sea. Piracy and Protection in the Indian Ocean (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2019)

Nicholas W. Stephenson Smith (Northwestern)
Colonial Chaos in the Southern Red Sea. A History of Violence from 1830 to the Twentieth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021)

The seminar on Maritime Borderlands, Conflict, and the Law is jointly convened by the Centre for History and Economics, University of Cambridge (Iza Hussin, Surabhi Ranganathan, Kalyani Ramnath, and Franziska Exeler), and the Cambridge Global Politics Seminar (convened by Graham Denyer Willis, Iza Hussin, and Surer Mohamed).

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Empire and Histories of Criminal Law

Tuesday, June 15, 2021                               

 9 am EDT (Toronto/Boston), 2 pm BST (London)

Catherine Evans (University of Toronto)
Unsound Empire: Civilization and Madness in Late-Victorian Law (Yale University Press, forthcoming 2021)

Joseph McQuade (University of Toronto)
A Genealogy of Terrorism: Colonial Law and the Origins of an Idea (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Moderators: Franziska Exeler (Cambridge/FU Berlin), Kalyani Ramnath (Harvard)

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Economic Law & Histories of Economic Life

Tuesday, May 18, 2021                                

10 am EDT (Boston) and 3 pm BST (London)

Fei-Hsien Wang (Indiana University)
Pirates and Publishers: A Social History of Copyright in Modern China (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020)

Lionel Bently (University of Cambridge)
Copyright, Translations, and Relations between Britain and India in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

Moderators: Surabhi Ranganathan (Cambridge), Franziska Exeler (Cambridge/FU Berlin)

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Empire & Maritime Legal History

Tuesday, April 20, 2021                              

9 am PDT (Vancouver), 12 pm EDT (Boston), 5 pm BST (London)

Renisa Mawani (University of British Columbia)
Oceans of Law. The Komagata Maru and Jurisdiction in the Time of Empire (Durham: Duke University Press, 2018)

Laurie Wood (Florida State University)
Archipelago of Justice. Law in France’s Early Modern Empire (New Haven: Yale University Press 2020)

Moderators: Kalyani Ramnath (Harvard), Iza Hussin (Cambridge)

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  Writing International Legal History From and Through the Margins

Tuesday, March 23, 2021                            

5 pm EDT (Boston), 9 pm GMT (London), and March 24, 8 am AEDT (Sydney)

Mira Siegelberg (University of Cambridge)
Statelessness: A Modern History (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2020)

Cait Storr (University of Technology Sydney)
International Status in the Shadow of Empire. Nauru and the Histories of International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020)

Moderators: Surabhi Ranganathan (Cambridge), Franziska Exeler (Cambridge/FU Berlin)

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Colonial Governance & Law

Tuesday, February 23, 2021                       

9 am EST (Boston), 2 pm GMT (London), 10 pm SGT (Singapore)

Diana Kim (Georgetown University)
Empires of Vice: The Rise of Opium Prohibition across Southeast Asia (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020)

Nurfadzilah Yahaya (University of Singapore)
Fluid Jurisdictions: Colonial Law and Arabs in Southeast Asia (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2020)

Moderators: Kalyani Ramnath (Harvard), Iza Hussin (Cambridge)

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