Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Evolution of American Law

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. 

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About Harry Kreisler

Harry Kreisler is the creator, executive producer and host of the Conversations with History series. Conceived in 1982 by Mr. Kreisler as a way to capture and preserve through conversation and technology the intellectual ferment of our times, Conversations with History includes over 500 interviews.

The story behind Conversations with History  (See the interview conducted by Professors Jack Citrin and Robert Price)