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Max Weber Occasional Lectures

occasionaltalkspicThe Max Weber Occasional Lectures are informal seminars by distinguished scholars invited by members of the Programme as the academic year develops.

The aim of this initiative is to enrich the academic life of the Programme and the EUI by taking advantage of scholars passing through Europe and Italy and inviting them to stop over in Florence and deliver a talk about their most recent research and upcoming books. Occasional Talks are also given by scholars who happen to be visiting the EUI for other purposes already, such as a thesis defense.

Occasional Talks may also be linked to a Multidisciplinary Workshop organized by Fellows, one of the Thematic Groups,  an ad hoc reading group, or some other activity. Fellows not listed in any of the Thematic Research Groups are particularly encouraged to put forward the names of suitable candidates for Occasional Talks.


From commons to capital and back.
The turning point in private law

Ugo Mattei
(UC Hastings)

Chair: Marta Morvillo (MWF-LAW)

3 May 2018, 17:00-18:30; Baia, Emeroteca



This lecture will discuss the necessary steps to transform the role and the function of private law in order to put in tune with the requirements of ecological survival.

About the speaker

Ugo Mattei is the Alfred and Hanna Fromm Distinguished Professor at U C Hastings in San Francisco, a full professor of civil law at the university of Turin and the Academic Coordinator of the International University College of Turin.



 11 June 2018, 17:00-18:30

Samuel Moyn (Yale Law School)

Badia Emeroteca


Abstract tba


About the Speaker

Samuel Moyn is professor of law and professor of history at Yale University. 

He received a doctorate in modern European history from the University of California-Berkeley in 2000 and a law degree from Harvard University in 2001. He spent thirteen years in the Columbia University history department, where he was most recently James Bryce Professor of European Legal History, and three at Harvard University, where he was Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor in the law school as well as professor in the department of history. 

He has written several books in his fields of European intellectual history and human rights history, including The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (Harvard University Press, 2010), and edited or coedited a number of others. His most recent book, based on Mellon Distinguished Lectures at the University of Pennsylvania in fall 2014, is Christian Human Rights (2015). His new book, Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press in April 2018.

MW Occasional Lectures 2017-18

  • 22 November 2017, 17:00-18:30
    Andrea Sangiovanni (King's College London)
    Badia Emeroteca
  • 14 December 2017,  time tbc
    Timothy Endicott (University of Oxford)
    Badia, Emeroteca
  • 11 June 2018, 17:00-18:30
    Samuel Moyn (Yale Law School)
    Badia Emeroteca

Read the abstract of past MWP Occasional Lectures


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