Course description

This course examines the history of law in Europe (including both England and the continent as well as Europe's overseas domains) from the fall of the Roman Empire in the fifth century to the present day. Organized chronologically the course engages with the sources of law the organization of legal systems and the relations between law and society. We discuss primary historical sources that highlight the particularities of distinct moments in that long historical trajectory as well as discuss some of the main dilemmas facing European law today.


  • Monroe Gutman Professor of Latin American History and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor, Harvard University

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Division of Continuing Education

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