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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

The Public Roots of Private Ordering: An Institutional Account of the Origins of Modern American Arbitration

Amalia Kessler

Clough Center


Tuesday, April 10, 2018
4:30 p.m.
Barat House, Boston College Law School


about the speaker


Amalia Kessler

Amalia D. Kessler is the Lewis Talbot and Nadine Hearn Shelton Professor of International Legal Studies and Professor (by courtesy) of History at Stanford University, as well as the Director of the Stanford Center for Law and History and the Jean-Paul Gimon Director of the France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.  Her research has ranged broadly, including work that explores the intersections between law, market culture and process norms in both France and the United States.  Her most recent book—Inventing American Exceptionalism: The Origins of American Adversarial Legal Culture, 1800-1877 (Yale University Press)—appeared in 2017.  Her first book, A Revolution in Commerce: The Parisian Merchant Court and the Rise of Commercial Society in Eighteenth-Century France (Yale University Press) was awarded the American Historical Association’s J. Russell Major Prize for the best book in English on any aspect of French history.  She has also received article prizes from the American Society for Legal History and the American Society of Comparative Law.  While based primarily at Stanford, she has held visiting professorships at various universities around the world, including the Yale Law School, the Université Panthéon-Assas, the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Osgoode Hall Law School, and the Tel Aviv Law School.