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【LHSS】Common v. Civil Law: The Emperor Has No Clothes

Topic:Common v. Civil Law: "The Emperor Has No Clothes"

Speaker:Holger Spamann, Lawrence R. Grove Professor of Law, Havard Law School

Moderator:Prof. Norman P. Ho, Peking University School of Transnational Law

Time:June 5, 2024 (Wednesday), 20:15-21:15 (Beijing Time)

ZOOM:897 6193 8870 (Password: 610817)

The lecture is a part of the Law and Humanities Seminar Series (LHSS).



The common/civil law distinction is clothed in fantastic tales. Common and civil lawyers ostensibly 'think differently.' Many even still believe that common law is characterized by case law, civil law by its absence. Such essentializations are baseless: there is no evidence supporting them, and no reason to expect them to be true.

About the Speaker:

Holger Spamann is the Lawrence R. Grove Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches corporate law and corporate finance. His research focuses on the law and economics of corporate governance and financial markets, judicial behavior, and comparative law. Before embarking on his academic career, he practiced with Debevoise & Plimpton in New York and clerked for two years in Europe. He holds too many degrees, among them a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. He is a member of the bar of New York and qualified for the German bar.

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