Event: Legal Barbarians and Subjects of Rights: Comparative Law and the Global North and South

March 6, 2024
Moot Court Room

Professor Daniel Bonilla Maldonado will offer an unorthodox historical analysis of modern comparative law and its connections with the identity of the modern legal subject, examining the relationship between identity, law, and narrative. Drawing on his recent book, Legal Barbarians: Modern Comparative Law, Identity and the Global South and Constitutionalism of the Global South, he will explore the moments of emergence and transformation of this area of law, and analyze three theoretical perspectives that question the dominant imperial and neocolonial narratives created by modern comparative law: Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), postcolonial studies of law, and critical comparative law. Fordham Professors and visitors–Professors Tanya Hernández, Tracy Higgins, and visitor Justice Manuel José Cepeda–will provide comments and responses to Bonilla’s critiques drawing on their scholarship and professional experience across a range of disciplines.

Reception to follow.

Sponsored by:
Bellet Chair in Legal Ethics
Leitner Center for International Law and Justice
Center on Race, Law and Justice
Stein Scholars in Public Interest Law & Ethics
African Alumni Association
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
Black Law Students Association
Fordham International Law Association
Latin American Law Students Association
National Lawyers Guild
South Asian Law Students Association

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