Mission of the Center

The mission of the W&L Center for Law and History (CLH) is to encourage and support the interdisciplinary study of law in its historical context. It aims to achieve that mission by bringing together scholars from W&L and throughout the world to promote research and teaching in all areas and periods of legal history. The center is focusing its immediate efforts on bringing history into dialogue with geography, particularly in the context of critical, emerging issues.

To this end, the next symposium hosted by the Center will be Climate Change in Former Colonies: Challenges of Property and History, October 12, 2012.

The Center is also home of the distinguished Hendricks lecture series in legal history.  The 2011 lecture in this series was given by Alfred Brophy, Judge John J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law. Past lectures were delivered by G. Edward White, the David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, William Thaddeus Coleman, Jr., one of the lead strategists and coauthor of the legal brief in Brown v. Board of Education, and William E. Nelson, the Judge Edward Weinfeld Professor of Law at New York University Law School.