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Amalia Kessler, International Legal Studies and History, Stanford Law School

  • When: March 1, 2023, 12 pm
  • Where: Zoom: To register, contact Sophie Kofman at

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Amalia Kessler is the Lewis Talbot and Nadine Hearn Shelton Professor of International Legal Studies, the Associate Dean for Advanced Degree Programs, a Professor, by courtesy, of History, and the Director of Stanford Center for Law and History at Stanford Law School. 

A scholar whose research focuses on the evolution of commercial law and civil procedure,  Kessler  seeks to explore the intersections between law, markets and dispute resolution—with a particular focus on the forces that have shaped the nature and origins of modern capitalism.  She is currently working on a new book, tentatively entitled “The Public Roots of Private Ordering: Arbitration and the Remaking of the Modern American State,” the research for which is supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies, as well as a fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.  In 2018, her book, Inventing American Exceptionalism: The Origins of American Adversarial Legal Culture, 1800-1877 (Yale University Press, 2017) received the American Society for Legal History’s John Phillip Reid Book Award for the best English-language monograph by a mid-career or senior scholar on Anglo-American legal history. 

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