Workshops and Symposia

The Duke Project on Custom and Law 2011-2012 Faculty Workshop Series will feature the following scholars:

Sept. 2, 2011, 12:30 p.m., Room 4042
Emily Kadens, Baker and Botts Professor in Law, University of Texas
Representative scholarship: Order Within Law, Variety Within Custom: The Character of the Medieval Merchant Law, 5 Chi. J. Int’l L. 39 (2004)

Sept. 5, 2011, 12:30 p.m., Room 4042
Annelise Riles, Jack G. Clarke Professor of Far East Legal Studies and Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University
Representative scholarship: The Network Inside Out, University of Michigan Press (2000)

Sept. 15, 2011, 12:30 p.m., Room 4042
Robert Cooter, Herman F. Selvin Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley
Representative scholarship: Decentralized Law for a Complex Economy: The Structural Approach to Adjudicating the New Law Merchant, 144 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1643 (1996)

Nov. 7, 2011, 4:00 p.m., Room 3000 - Burdman Lounge
Timur Kuran, Professor of Economics and Political Science & Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies, Duke University

Jan. 30, 2012, 12:15 p.m., Room 4042
Richard McAdams, Professor of Law, University of Chicago
Representative scholarship: The Origin, Development, and Regulation of Norms, 96 Michigan Law Review 338 (1997)

March 2, 2012, 12:15 p.m., Room 4042
Lisa Bernstein, Wilson-Dickinson Professor of Law, University of Chicago
"Usage in the Courts: The Flawed Evidentiary Basis of Article 2’s Incorporation Strategy"

March 12, 2012, 12:15 p.m., Room 4042
Carol Rose, Gordon Branch Tweedy Professor Emeritus of Law and Organization, Professorial Lecturer in Law, Yale University; Lohse Chair in Water and Natural Resources James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
Representative scholarship: The Comedy of the Commons: Commerce, Custom and Inherently Public Property, 53 U. Chi. L. Rev. 711 (1986)

March 15, 2012, 12:15 p.m., Room 4042
Robert Ellickson, Walter E. Meyer Professor of Property and Urban Law, Yale University
Representative scholarship: Order Without Law: How Neighbors Settle Disputes, Harvard University Press (1991)

April 10, 2012, 12:15 p.m., Room 3037
Integrating Legal Frameworks: Customary Law, Statutory Law and Spousal Property Rights in Ghana
Join Professor Kathy Bradley and her seminar students for a conversation about their recent spring break trip to Ghana. Learn about the interrelationship between Ghana’s customary, constitutional, and statutory laws relating to marriage and spousal property, and hear what students are doing to help the pending Property Rights of Spouses Bill becoming law.



Duke Law Journal Symposium:
The Relationship Between Law and Custom

Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 & Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012

Duke Law faculty will present works in progress relating to custom and law. This symposium will explore such questions as:

  • When does custom become law?
  • How does custom influence legal interpretation?
  • Where did our notions of customary law arise from and how have they evolved?
  • To what extent does the legal character of custom depend on a particular state of mind?
  • How does the role of custom in private law compare with its role in public law?

Scholarly papers will be presented in a symposium issue of the Duke Law Journal.