Legal Pluralism and Empires, 1500-1850. Lauren Benton and Richard Ross, eds. New York University Press (2013).
A Search for Sovereignty: Law and Geography in European Empires, 1400-1900. Cambridge University Press (2010).
Law and Colonial Cultures: Legal Regimes in World History, 1400-1900. Cambridge University Press (2002). Winner of the 2003 World History Association Book Award; and the 2003 James Willard Hurst Prize.
Invisible Factories: The Informal Economy and Industrial Development in Spain. Albany: State University of New York Press (1990).
The Informal Economy: Studies in Advanced and Less Developed Countries, eds., Alejandro Portes, Manuel Castells, and Lauren Benton. Johns Hopkins University Press (1989).
Selected Articles and Chapters:
Lauren Benton and Richard Ross, "Empires and Legal Pluralism: Jurisdiction, Sovereignty, and Political Imagination in the Early Modern World," in Benton and Ross, eds., Legal Pluralism and Empires, 1500-1850. New York University Press (2013).
Lauren Benton and Lisa Ford, "Magistrates in Empire: Convicts, Slaves, and the Remaking of Legal Pluralism in the British Empire," in Benton and Ross, eds., Legal Pluralism and Empires, 1500-1850. New York University Press (2013).
"Crime and Empire," in Philippa Levin and John Marriott, eds., The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Imperial Histories. Ashgate Press (2012): 393-406.
“This Melancholy Labyrinth: The Trial of Arthur Hodge and the Boundaries of Imperial Law,” Alabama Law Review (2012): 100-1222.
"Introduction: Forum on Law and Empire in Global Perspective," The American Historical Reveiw 117(4) (2012): 1092-1100.
"Una soberanía extraña: La Provincia Oriental enel mundo atlántico," 20/10: El Mundo Atlántico y la Modernidad Iberoamericana 1750-1850 1: 89-107 (2012).
"Possessing Empire: Iberian Claims and Interpolity Law," in Saliha Bellmessous, ed., Indigenous versus European Land Claims, 1500-1914, Oxford University Press (2011):19-40.
“Abolition and Imperial Law, 1780-1820,” Journal of Commonwealth and Imperial History, Vol. 39:3, (2011): 355-374.
"Atlantic Law: Transformations of a Transoceanic Legal Regime," in Philip Morgan and Nicholas Canny, eds., Oxford Handbook on the Atlantic World, c 1450-1820, Oxford University Press (2011): 40-416.
“Toward a New Legal History of Piracy: Maritime Legalities and the Myth of Universal Jurisdiction,” International Journal of Maritime History XXIII, No. 1 (2011): 1-15.
"Legal Problems of Empire in Gentili's Hispanica Advocatio," in Benedict Kingsbury and Benjamin Straumann, eds., The Roman Foundations of the Law of Nations, Oxford University Press (2010):269-282.
Lauren Benton and Benjamin Straumann, “Acquiring Empire by Law: From Roman Doctrine to Early Modern European Practice,” Law and History Review 28:1 (2010): 1-38.
“Legal Problems of Empire in Gentili’s Hispanica Advocatio,” in Benedict Kingsbury and Benjamin Straumann, eds., The Roman Foundations of the Law of Nations (Oxford University Press, 2010), 269-282.