Ng on Benton, “The Legal Logic of Conquest”

On Friday, September 22nd, Professor Lauren Benton spoke as the first guest of the Seminar on Corporations and International Law. The seminar discussed her recent paper “The Legal Logic of Conquest: Political Pluralism, Truces, and Early Modern Colonial Violence” as well as her co-authored book, A Rage for Order: The British Empire and the Origins Read more about Ng on Benton, “The Legal Logic of Conquest”[…]

The Decategorization of Conquest

Lauren Benton’s career has spanned an impressive range of disciplines—and it is that diversity which makes her paper uniquely valuable in the inaugural Sawyer Seminar. As a legal historian with training in anthropology and economics, Benton’s paper, “The Legal Logic of Conquest: Political Pluralism, Truces, and Early Modern Colonial Violence”, focuses on the commonalities of Read more about The Decategorization of Conquest[…]

Walburn, Benton and the Legal Logic of Conquest

In her recent article, “The legal Logic of Conquest: Political Pluralism, Truces, and Early Modern Colonial Violence,” Lauren Benton reworks our understandings of conquest, and revises modern legal historiography, arguing that “the history of the early modern world can be styled as a history of invasion, occupation, and the sweeping cultural and institutional consequences of Read more about Walburn, Benton and the Legal Logic of Conquest[…]

Benton and “Pluri-political Formations”

Last Friday, Professor Lauren Benton came to speak at the Mellon Sawyer Seminar about her upcoming paper, “The Legal Logic of Conquest: Political Pluralism, Truces, and Early Modern Colonial Violence.” In her opening remarks, Benton discussed the method she used in writing “The Legal Logic of Conquest,” and Rage for Order: The British Empire and Read more about Benton and “Pluri-political Formations”[…]

The Corporation in Conquest: Reflections on the Methodology of Legal History

The inaugural seminar of the Sawyer Seminar on Corporations and International Law took place on Friday, September 22nd with Professor Lauren Benton speaking about her paper “The Legal Logic of Conquest: Political Pluralism, Truces, and Early Modern Colonial Violence.” The discussion was thought-provoking and wide-ranging, covering a variety of topics extending from the legal relationship Read more about The Corporation in Conquest: Reflections on the Methodology of Legal History[…]

Bottom-Up Approach to Comparative History

Professor Lauren Benton (Vanderbilt, History and Law) spoke at Duke as the inaugural guest in the Mellon Sawyer Seminar speakers’ series being hosted at the University this year. Benton is a distinguished scholar whose work cuts across history, law, and anthropology. Her work specifically focuses on the history of international law, and the history of Read more about Bottom-Up Approach to Comparative History[…]

Burde on Benton “Legal Logic of Conquest”

Lauren Benton’s article, “The Legal Logic of Conquest: Political Pluralism, Truces, and Early Modern Colonial Violence[1],” the concept of imperial powers – both governments and corporations – developing international law, examines the evolution of political and legal pluralism through colonial conquests. The application of pluralism and its impacts shapes how a sovereign power approaches a Read more about Burde on Benton “Legal Logic of Conquest”[…]