CERLP & ABF | Bryant Garth & Yves Dezalay Book Launch, Law as Reproduction and Revolution

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Mon, Dec 6, 2021

10 AM – 11 AM PST (GMT-8)

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The UCI Law Center for Empirical Research on the Legal Profession (CERLP) and the American Bar Foundation (ABF) welcome Bryant Garth and Yves Dezalay to discuss their recently published book, Law as Reproduction and Revolution: An Interconnected History (UC Press).

With comments from:
Ron Levi, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Ann Southworth, UCI Law
David Wilkins, Harvard Law School

Introductory remarks from Swethaa Ballakrishnen (UCI Law) and a toast by Sara Dezalay (Cardiff School of Law and Politics).

About the Book

This sweeping book details the extent to which the legal revolution emanating from the US has transformed legal hierarchies of power across the globe, while also analyzing the conjoined global histories of law and social change from the Middle Ages to today. It examines the global proliferation of large corporate law firms—a US invention—along with US legal education approaches geared toward those corporate law firms. This neoliberal-inspired revolution attacks complacent legal oligarchies in the name of America-inspired modernism. Drawing on the combined histories of the legal profession, imperial transformations, and the enduring and conservative role of cosmopolitan elites at the top of legal hierarchies, the book details case studies in India, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, and China to explain how interconnected legal histories are stories of both revolution and reproduction. Theoretically and methodologically ambitious, it offers a wholly new approach to studying interrelated fields across time and geographies.

About the Authors

Yves Dezalay is Emeritus Director of Research, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.
Bryant G. Garth is Interim Dean and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.

Book is available for digital download here, and a code will be sent to registrants for a discount on hardcopy.