Legal thought is influenced by political, intellectual and cultural trends and fashions. The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the intellectual and cultural history of modern legal thought, in Europe and North America, by linking developments in legal thought in the 19th and 20th centuries to parallel political, intellectual and cultural changes. The first part of the course will focus on the emergence of modern legal thought in continental Europe and England in the last decades of the 18th century and the first half of the 19th century. Among the topics that will be discussed will be the Enlightenment and codification, Romanticism and the Historical School of Law, mid-19th century evolutionary theories of law, and late 19th century German and English legal science. The second part of the course will be devoted to the history of American legal thought discussing classical legal thought, early 20th century anti-formalist approaches to law, the legal process school and finally the postwar globalization of American legal thought. Grades will be based on class participation and a take-home exam.