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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

The Two Primitive Modes of Imagining Property: Owning Land, Owning Human Beings

with james whitman

Drawing of a home on a large farm


Monday, September 18, 2017 • 5:00 p.m.
Barat House
Boston College Law School


with James Q. Whitman, Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law, Yale University.

Co-sponsored by the Legal History Roundtable.


about the speaker

José Ignacio Hernández

James Q. Whitman is Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law at Yale University, where he has taught since 1994, after beginning his career at Stanford.  He holds a Ph.D. in Intellectual History from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Yale.  He is the author of five books, including Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law (Princeton, 2017), Harsh Justice: Criminal Punishment and the Widening Divide between American and Europe (Oxford, 2003), The Origins of Reasonable Doubt (Yale, 2008), The Verdict of Battle: The Law of Victory and the Making of Modern War (Harvard, 2012), and, along with many articles, among them “The Two Western Cultures of Privacy: Dignity versus Liberty,” Yale Law Journal 113 (2004): 1151-1221.  He has received a variety of awards, including an honorary doctorate from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a lifetime achievement prize from the American Society for Comparative Law.