Burset is currently a Golieb Fellow in Legal History at New York University School of Law and a Ph.D. candidate in History at Yale University. Cribbing from his History department bio, his dissertation
explores why Britain embraced a policy of legal pluralism in the second half of the eighteenth century. Until the 1740s, most jurists and policymakers agreed that English law should govern all British subjects. Colonies could enact locally appropriate legislation, but none could stray from the fundamentals of English law, such as trials by jury. By the 1770s, however, Britain had rejected earlier efforts to develop a unified imperial law. The Quebec Act restored French law to Canada; Hindu and Islamic law governed most Indian subjects; and in England itself, judges reshaped the common law’s scope by encouraging the formalization of arbitration and segregating commercial litigation from other lawsuits. My project seeks to explain these changes, which had a profound impact on the development of Anglo-American arbitration, commercial law, and civil procedure.Published research has appeared in the Law & History Review and the California Law Review Circuit.
After graduating from Yale Law School, Burset clerked for the Honorable José A. Cabranes on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Congratulations to Christian Burset and to Notre Dame!
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