German Legal Modernism

Katharina Isabel Schmidt, History

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 12:00pm
LAPA Conference Room, 348 Wallace Hall
Event Category: 
Graduate Students

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LEGS, or "Law-Engaged Graduate Students," meets during the academic year to discuss a work in progress by one of our Graduate Associates. Academic papers, dissertation proposals, and dissertation chapters have been presented at these meetings, to an audience of fellow graduate students.

From Katharina:  "My talk explores the line that runs from the German-Jewish “free law”-movement before World War I to Nazi “life”-jurists like Carl Schmitt. I propose that both right-wing and left-wing strands of realistic, anti-positivist jurisprudence between 1900 and 1949 can be analyzed under the rubric of what I call “German legal modernism.” "

Katharina Isabel Schmidt

Katharina is a joint PhD/J.S.D. candidate at Princeton’s History Department and the Yale Law School. She is currently writing a comparative study of German and American legal modernism since 1900, with a  particular focus on Nazi law as a catalyst for developments on both sides of the Atlantic. Her other interests include German legal science in colonial Africa and the South Pacific as well as emigré scholars in the United States, Latin America, and Asia. As part of her work, Katharina looks to cultural and intellectual history as well as to the history of science and knowledge-production for new ways of approaching the study of law in society.