What brings scholars to their subjects? Scholars Discuss Their Intellectual Trajectories

One of the pleasures of attending the 2017-2018 Sawyer Seminar speaker series at Duke over the past three months has been to hear what circumstances, intellectual or otherwise, has pushed guest scholars to think about the intersections of corporations and international law. This was especially true for last week’s session, which featured the works of Read more about What brings scholars to their subjects? Scholars Discuss Their Intellectual Trajectories[…]

Varying Lenses for History: Fitzmaurice and Press Discuss Corporations and Sovereignty

The presentations and subsequent discussions by Steven Press and Andrew Fitzmaurice on November 17, 2017 were welcome additions to the penultimate Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Corporations and Internal Law. The contributions by each served to advance the audience’s understanding of issues ranging from the relationship between states and corporations, the balance of public and private Read more about Varying Lenses for History: Fitzmaurice and Press Discuss Corporations and Sovereignty[…]

Individual Motivations and the Shaping of International Law

On November 17, 2017, Professors Andrew Fitzmaurice and Steven Press joined the Duke Seminar on Corporations & International Law to discuss their current scholarly interests. Professor Fitzmaurice revealed his work on a forthcoming manuscript about the lives of international lawyer Sir Travers Twiss and his wife, Pharailde van Lynseele. He characterized his work as a Read more about Individual Motivations and the Shaping of International Law[…]

Fitzmaurice and Press on Imperial Administration and International Law

              This week, Professors Steven Press and Andrew Fitzmaurice presented their research to the seminar. Professors Press and Fitzmaurice utilized diverse approaches to explore the field of  international law and corporate governance in the age of European imperialism. In doing so, both professors focused on very specific facets within this broad field of legal history.                Professor Press provided insight Read more about Fitzmaurice and Press on Imperial Administration and International Law[…]

Fitzmaurice and Press on the Micro and Macro History of the Scramble for Africa

On November 17th, Duke University hosted two scholars of empire, Andrew Fitzmaurice and Stephen Press.  The two focus on the same historical moment, namely the scramble for Africa and ensuing colonization by both sovereign states and corporate-sovereigns.  However, beyond the historical moment the two scholars diverge drastically.  Fitzmaurice focuses on micro histories of the individuals Read more about Fitzmaurice and Press on the Micro and Macro History of the Scramble for Africa[…]

Deardorff on Press and Fitzmaurice, “Capitalism and Sovereign Rights”

On Friday, November 17, 2017, Steven Press, Associate Professor of History at Stanford University, and Andrew Fitzmaurice, a Professor of History at the University of Sydney, presented their works on corporations and colonization to the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Corporations and International Law. Both professors’ works focused on the late 19th and early 20th centuries Read more about Deardorff on Press and Fitzmaurice, “Capitalism and Sovereign Rights”[…]