Forum: Law, empire, and global intellectual history: an introduction

Milinda Banerjee, Kerstin von Lingen

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In recent years, there has been a deepening convergence between scholarship on global intellectual history and on legal history. To take just one example, a recent book on international law, by Arnulf Becker Lorca (2014), carries “global intellectual history” in its subtitle—a stance related to the author's emphasis on the constitutive role in the field of non-European legal actors. A sustained reflection on the convergence between legal studies and global intellectual history, however, still remains a desideratum, at least in the sense that we do not yet have even a basic platform where scholars with different space/time and (trans-) cultural specialization come together to reflect on how studying legal concepts gains from global intellectual history. This forum, which results from a conference organized at Heidelberg University in 2016, attempts a preliminary intervention here. The introductory remarks are not meant to be conclusive; they invite responses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-70
Number of pages4
JournalModern Intellectual History
Issue number2
Early online date10 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


  • Law
  • Legal history
  • Empire
  • Colonialism
  • Intellectual history


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