Mark S. Weiner


An eighteenth-century Italian treatise on alluvium inspires thoughts about water, law, rare books, and the passage of time:


If historians thought about legal biography in terms of plot rather than chronology:


On the world’s first coinage—and why it matters:


When books were bound in wood:


On a small, beautiful law book:


On a law of honor and contract—Bedouin law:

If you are in Germany, you can access a slightly different version of this video here.


On the constitutional concept of human dignity—and the parallels between German law and music:


On an ancient institution, the cattle pound:


When I was in Europe in November 2013, I asked a group of legal professionals some unusual questions. The results are here:


On German and EU legal architecture:


My first video (made with a Flip camera), “A Philosophical Reflection on Judicial Bobbleheads”:

An interview with the German Minister of Justice:

I’ve been asking people involved with law around the world some unusual but revealing questions—especially how they would compare their legal system to songs, paintings, and machines. Here is one response:

On populism and positive rights in Argentina:

A discussion of Offa’s Dyke, on the border of Wales and England, where I do my best to channel David Attenborough:

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