Asian Law Center Lecture - Rivers, Rifles, Rice, and Religion: Defining Law's Past and Present Trajectories
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
4:00 – 6:00 PM (Reception to follow)
William H. Gates Hall Room 447
This lecture is based on Professor Haley’s new book, Law’s Political Foundations: Rivers, Rifles, Rice, and Religion, which came out this summer. Professor Haley’s historical inquiry starts with the origins of law in Imperial China in contrast to the reception of classical Roman law in Western Europe in the 11th and 12th centuries. A fundamental question in this inquiry is how and why Imperial China developed one of the world’s first and the most enduring regulatory order characterized by public law and yet in Western Europe private law became primary. For this purpose, Professor Haley explores the role of rivers, rifles, rice, and religion in the formation of law and its political foundations in China, Japan, Europe, as well as Hispanic Empire in the Americas in the 16th and 17th centuries.