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STL Law and Humanities Seminar Series


The Peking University School of Transnational Law's Law and Humanities Seminar Series ("LHSS") was launched in 2020 by Professor Norman Ho. LHSS aims to provide a venue and forum for discussion of and engagement with various topics in the law and humanities, broadly defined, including (but not limited to) law and literature, law and history, law and philosophy, and law and the arts, across all geographical regions, cultures, and traditions. All LHSS seminars are free and open to all. Each seminar is conducted in English and is usually a total of 60 minutes in length, consisting of a presentation/lecture (about 35-40 minutes) by an invited speaker who is an expert in his/her field, followed by open questions & answers/discussion (about 20-25 minutes). LHSS also aims to enhance the profile and visibility of law and humanities as a discipline in China and to encourage local, national, and indeed international exchange and conversations in the law and humanities field among scholars, academics, lawyers, students, and members of the general public and community.

For more information about LHSS or if you have any questions, feel free to contact the organizer Professor Norman Ho.

2023-2024 Academic Year Seminars

*please stay tuned for upcoming seminars, which will be posted here.

  • December 28

Keechang Kim, Professor of Law, Korea University Law School

Li (禮), law and Confucius

  • December 12, 2023

Prof. Xingzhong Yu (於兴中), Chair Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Macau

Normative Dualism: One Way to Understand Confucian Legal Philosophy

Recording on Bilibili

Recording on Youtube

  • November 14, 2023

Prof. Rowan Dorin, Associate Professor of History, Stanford University

When Law Leaves the Lawbooks: Legal Diffusion and Normative Instability in Premodern Europe

  • September 21, 2023

Prof. James Penner, Kwa Geok Choo Professor of Property Law,National University of Singapore

Are Duties Burdens?

2022-2023 Academic Year Seminars

  • June 7, 2023

Prof. Andrew Halpin, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore

Civilian and Common-Law Understandings of Law as a System of Norms

  • May 24, 2023

Prof. Ryan Martínez Mitchell, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Insights from Diplomatic Archival Research on China’s Role in International Legal History: Book Talk–Recentering the World: China and the Transformation of International Law

  • April 3, 2023

Prof. Stuart M. McManus, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Chinese University of Hong Kong

‘Doing’ Legal History: A Very Practical Guide

  • March 23, 2023

Prof. Xiaobo Zhai, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Macau (China)

A Critique of Raz's New Theory of Legality

  • November 29, 2022

Prof. Manuel Bastias Saavedra, Leibniz University Hannover & Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory (Germany)

"Decentering the History of Property: Law and Land in the Iberian World (1510-1850)”

  • November 1, 2022

Prof. Michael W. Dowdle, National University of Singapore (Singapore)

"Transnational Law: A Framework for Analysis"

Recording on Bilibili

Recording on Youtube

  • September 26, 2022

Prof. Dmitry Poldnikov, National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russia)

"In Search of the Way Between East and West: Understanding Russian Law Through the 'Grammar' of Legal Traditions"

Recording on Bilibili

Recording on Youtube

2021-2022 Academic Year Seminars

  • June 23, 2022

Dr. Glenn R. Butterton, MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience (USA)

"Common Law, Canon Law, and the English Reformation"

  • May 31, 2022

Prof. Karen Tani, University of Pennsylvania (USA)

"Liberalism's Last Rights: Disability Inclusion and the US Anti-Welfare State"

  • September 16, 2021

Prof. Norman Ho, Peking University School of Transnational Law (China)

"Thinking About Law Through Music"

Recording on Bilibili

Recording on Youtube

2020-2021 Academic Year Seminars

  • May 27, 2021

Dr. Hrafn Asgeirsson, University of Surrey (UK)

"Is Theorizing about the Nature of Law Practically Significant?"

  • December 21, 2020

Prof. Qiaomei Tang, Grinnell College (USA)

"Divorce in Early Medieval China (1st to 6th Century CE)"

Recording on Bilibili

Recording onYoutube

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