The Custom and Law Seminar

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This seminar is a component of the Duke Project on Custom and Law and focuses on the interplay and relations between law and custom.

This relationship has both perplexed and intrigued legal scholars through the ages, as it is a feature of almost every legal system and implicates almost every subject area of the law. The relationship also takes a wide variety of forms, with custom sometimes informing the law, at other times resisting the law, and in some instances actually being the law.

One goal of the seminar is greater understanding of how custom can support or influence the development of law.

Open to 12 upper-year students, the seminar meets six times each semester in the 2011-12 academic year. Students enrolled in the seminar are encouraged to attend the Duke Project on Custom and Law Faculty Workshop Series.