The Symposium on Comparative Early Modern Legal History gathers under the auspices of the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago to discuss the comparative legal history of the Atlantic world in the period c. 1492 to 1815. The one-day symposium brings together law professors, historians, and social scientists to explore a particular topic in comparative legal history, broadly understood.
The Symposium is overseen by Professor Richard Ross of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, College of Law and History Department (firstname.lastname@example.org; (217) 244-7890). Funding has been provided by the University of Illinois College of Law and the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies.
Understandings of justice differed among New World empires and among the settlers, imperial officials, and Indigenous peoples within each one. This conference will focus on the array of meanings of justice, their emergence and transformation, and the implications of adopting one or another definition.