Laurent Mayali

  • Lloyd M. Robbins Professor of Law
    Faculty Director, Comparative Legal Studies Program
    Faculty Director, Robbins Religious and Civil Law Collection
  • Tel: 510-642-2327 | Fax: 510-642-8325
  • 429 Law Building (North Addition), Berkeley, CA 94720 MC:7200
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After attending the University of Montpellier (France), Laurent Mayali served as a tenured research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt, Germany, and at France’s Center for National Research. He joined the faculty of Berkeley’s rhetoric department in 1985 before permanently joining the Berkeley Law faculty in 1988.

In 1997 he was elected to a chair in Roman Christianity and sources of modern law at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, at the Sorbonne in Paris. He has been a visiting law professor at several universities and has lectured extensively throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia in the areas of legal history and comparative law.

Mayali is the author and coauthor of many publications, including Droit savant et coutumes; L’exclusion des filles dotees (XIIeme-XVeme siecles); Of Strangers Foreigners; and Identite et droit de l’autre; Mourir pour la Patrie et autres textes. E. Kantorowicz, Presentation et traduction avec P. Legendre et Anton Schutz; Repertorium Veterum Codicis Justiniani (with G. Dolezalek); Subjektivierung des justiziellen Beweisverfahrens (with D. Simon); Europaische und amerikanische Richterbilder, Rechtpreschung. Materialen und Studien (with D. Simon); “Symposium on Ancient Law, Economics & Society,” (with J. Lindgren and G. Miller) in the Chicago Kent Law Review; Error Judicis. Juristische Wahrheit und justizieller Irrtum (with D. Simon); Rare Law Books and the Language of Catalogues, Universita degli Studi di Siena (with M. Ascheri). He has also published numerous articles on medieval jurisprudence, customary law, and comparative law.


Licence en Droit, University of Montpellier, France (1976)
Maitrise en Droit, University of Montpellier, France (1977)
D.E.A., University of Montpellier, France (1978)
Habilitation in Legal History, University of Montpellier, France (1985)
Docteur d'Etat en Droit, University of Montpellier, France (1985)