Dr. Patrick Ryan

Course Calendar

SEPT. 12 - INTRODUCTION: CAPITALISM & THE LAW


SEPT. 19 - LAW & GRAND HISTORICAL NARRATIVES

Reading: Herzog, chapters 1-4, pages 1-72.

Key Statutes, Cases, and Resources:  15C Lecture on Wager of Law; L12/E13C Cases of Assize Courts reviewing Manorial Courts; The Earl of Oxford's Case (1615)


SEPT. 26 - MEDIEVAL ENGLAND & MASTER-SERVANT RELATIONS

Reading:  Herzog, chapters 5-6, pages 75-115;

Select and Order Critical Review Book

Key Statutes, Cases, and Resources: Case of Prohibitions (1607)


OCT. 3 - FEUDALISM & REAL PROPERTY

Reading: John Hamilton Baker, "Real Property: Feudal Tenure," chapter 13 in An Introduction to English Legal History 4th edition, (Butterworths, 2010): 223-247. On reserve in the library; pdf copy will be made available. 

Key Statutes, Cases, and Resources:  Statute Quia Emptores (1290); Manor Size and Tenurial Relationships (1279); Banks v. Whetston (1596); Land Registration

Very Short Paper Due by the end of the week



FALL READING WEEK

*Start critical review reading



OCT. 17 - SERVITUDE, SLAVERY & THE ATLANTIC WORLD
Reading:
Robbie Shilliam, "Forget English Freedom, Remember Atlantic Slavery:  Common Law, Commercial Law and the Significance of Slavery for Classical Political Economy,"" New Political Economy vol. 17, no. 5 (Nov 2012): 591-609.  AND Herzog, chapters 7-9, pages 119-164.

Key Statutes, Cases, and Resources:  Statute of Artificers (1563); Elizabethan Poor Law (1601); African Slavery figures; Atlantic Trade Routes; Video of centuries of transatlantic African slave passage; Barbados Slave Code (1688*); Butts v. Penny (UK 1677); Chamberlaine v. Harvey (UK, 1696); The Somerset Case (UK, 1772); U.S. v. The Amistad (US, 1841)


OCT. 24 - EARLY-MODERN TRANSFORMATIONS: PROPERTY, DEBT, AND LAW
Reading:  Herzog, chapters 10-11, pages 167-203. 

Key Statutes, Cases, and Resources:  Excellent Guide to Deeds and Property Law; Statute de Donis Conditionalibus (1285); Statutes of Use, Wills, and Enrolments (1536); Armory v. Delamirie (1722) and the case report; Debt Recovery Act (1732); Millar v. Taylor (1769); Munn v. Illinois (1877)


OCT. 31 - DISCUSSION SESSIONS ON BAUCOM, (OR) SAMUEL, (OR) SCHMIDT

Reading: Baucom, Samuel, or Schmidt (depending on the review option you selected; see critical review instructions). 

Samuel Group will meet 6:30-7:30 pm.

Schmidt Group will meet 7:30-8:30 pm.

Baucom Group will meet 8:30-9:30 pm. 


NOV. 7 - CONTRACTS, LIABILITY, & LIBERAL REVOLUTIONS

Reading:  Baucom, Samuel, or Schmidt (depending on the review option you selected; see critical review instructions). 

Critical Review Paper Due

No preparatory homework beyond the papers; I will lecture on contracts, liability, and introduce the case analysis paper.

Key Statutes, Cases, and Resources:  Da Costa v. Jones (1788); Seixas v. Woods (1804); Printing and Numerical Registering Co. v. Sampson (1875); Slade v. Morley (1602); Pillans v. Van Mierop (1765); Fletcher v. Peck (1810); Laidlaw v. Organ (1817); Foakes v. Beer (1884); Carlill v. Carbolic Smoke Ball Co. (1892); Tuberville v. Stampe (1697); Jones v. Hart (1698); Coggs v. Bernard (1703); Carter v. Boehm (1766); Hochster v. De La Tour (1853); Taylor v Caldwell (1863);

 


NOV. 14 - MONOPOLIES, PATENTS, & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Reading: Oren Bracha, "The Commodification of Patents 1600-1836:  How Patents Became Rights and Why We Should Care," Loyala of Los Angeles Law Review, vol. 38 no. 1 (Fall 2004): 177-244. AND Herzog, chapters 12-13 and Epilogue, pages 207-243.

Key Statutes, Cases, and Resources:  Tyler v. Tuel (1810); Wheaton v. Peters (1834); Statute of Monopolies (1624); Patent Law (US, 1836); The Case of Monopolies (Darcy v. Allein, 1599); Liardet v. Johnson (1778); Lowell v. Lewis (1817); Charles River Bridge Co (1837); Hotchkiss v. Greenwood (1850); Slaughterhouse Cases (1873).


NOV. 21 - INDIVIDUAL MEETINGS ON FINAL PAPER November 19 and 20 - NO CLASS on Wednesday night

Reading: Prepare for the meeting by completing first three steps of final paper: 1 - choose a case; 2 - obtain and read the primary documents associated with it; 3 - construct a 3-source bibliography, and read as much of it as you can. 

Instructions for the case analysis paper.


NOV. 28 - TRUSTS & CORPORATIONS

Reading:
John Morley, "The Common Law Corporation:  The Power of Trust in Anglo-American Business History," Columbia Law Review vol. 116, no. 8 (Dec 2016): 2145-2197.

Key Statutes, Cases, and Resources:  Case of Sutton's Hospital (1612); Salmon v. The Hamborough Company (1671); Bubble Act (UK, 1720); Sherman Anti-Trust Act (1890); Trustees of Dartmouth College v Woodward (1819); Limited Liability Act (UK, 1855); Paul v. Virginia (1869); Santa Clara County v. So. Pacific Railroad Company (1889); Salomon v A Salomon & Co. Ltd (1896).


DEC. 5 - INDUSTRIALISM & CLASS POLITICS

Reading: William E. Forbath, "Courts, Constitutions, and Labor Politics in England and America: a study of the constitutive power of law," Law & Social Inquiry vol. 16, no. 1 (Winter 1991): 1-34.  

Key Statutes, Cases, and Resources:  Hobbes v. Young (1689); decline in productive householding (1790-1990); Factory Acts (UK, 1833); Fair Labor Standards Act (1938); The Combination Acts (1799, 1800)*; Trades Disputes Act (1906); Trade Union and Criminal Law Amendment Act (1875); Taff Vale (1901); The Combination Acts (1799, 1800); Commonweatlh v. Pullis (1806); Commonwealth v. Hunt (MA, 1842); Vegelahn v. Guntner (1896); Lochner v. New York (1902); Trades Disputes Act (1906); Loewe v. Lawlor (1908).