LEGS, or "Law-Engaged Graduate Students," meets during the academic year to discuss a work in progress. At our next meeting, Katharina Isabel Schmidt will discuss "Transnational Perspectives on Comparative Legal History." There will be a short summary handout at the talk.
Katharina Isabel Schmidt is a first-year student in transnational legal and intellectual history in History. She is particularly interested in late nineteenth and early twentieth century alternative jurisprudence in Germany and the United States. By focusing on how jurists on both sides of the Atlantic relied on foreign concepts and ideas to construct their scholarly identities, she hopes to provide a better understanding of persistent transatlantic divergences in legal thought. Through a reconstruction of German and American alternative jurisprudence as law-specific expressions of more general trends in transatlantic thought she also seeks a closer alignment of legal and intellectual history. Katharina’s other interests include transnational social theory and intellectual history as well as German-American history more generally. In particular, she is interested in late nineteenth and early twentieth century German émigré intellectuals in the United States and in transatlantic progressivist movements. Before coming to Princeton, Katharina obtained law degrees at University College London (LL.B ’10), the University of Cologne (Baccalaureus Legum ’10), the University of Oxford (BCL ’11), and the Yale Law School (LL.M ’13). She is concurrently pursuing a JSD at the Yale Law School.
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