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Law in the History of Capitalism Conference

  • When: June 27–28, 2016
  • Where: American Bar Foundation, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, 4th Floor, Lakeside, Chicago IL 60611

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Law in the History of Capitalism

Law in the History of Capitalism: A Conference

Hosted by the American Bar Foundation and the University of Chicago

Monday & Tuesday, June 27-28, 2016  •  Chicago

In recent years, there has been an explosion of new scholarship on the historical relationship between law and capitalism.  This new literature has examined a variety of topics including the symbiotic connection between slavery and capitalism, new social and cultural perspectives on economic and business histories, and the role of the state in facilitating and frustrating economic development.  This infusion of interdisciplinary scholarship creates an opportunity for new work that puts law, legal institutions, and legal processes at the center of capitalist transformations.

The aim of this conference is to provide junior scholars with a venue in which to share their previously unpublished research and to connect with senior scholars in the field.  We thus invite junior scholars to submit proposals that offer original analyses of law in the history of capitalism.  Our goal is to host a conference with a variety of papers that range chronologically, geographically, and across disciplines.  The conference will be held at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, on June 27-28, 2016.

The “Law in the History of Capitalism” conference is co-sponsored by the American Bar Foundation, the American Society for Legal History, the University of Chicago Law Schoolthe Indiana University Maurer School of Law, the University of Illinois College of Law, the University of Michigan Law School, the University of Minnesota Law School, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Click here to access the 2016 conference program. 

Registration is now closed.

Questions: If you have questions or comments, please contact Amanda Ehrhardt at

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