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030437 KU Legal transfer and global power (2010S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

VB: 16.3., 17.00, Sem 32

For further information: see http:/univie.ac.at/judith.schacherreiter
Block im Mai


max. 50 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Mittwoch 26.05. 11:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SEM32 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Donnerstag 27.05. 11:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SEM32 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Freitag 28.05. 11:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SEM32 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The international transfer of legal concepts and principles is often interrelated with global power structures. From colonialism onwards, the global center has developed different forms and channels of legal influence on the periphery. The idea of the superiority of the so called West contrary to the backwardness of so called developing countries plays an important role in these processes. With reference to concrete examples of legal transplants in Latin America, above all Mexico, we will discuss the different forms of legal influence, the transferred legal concepts, their political impact and their relation to global power. Theories developed by Ugo Mattei and Laura Nader about plunder, the political function of the rule of law and imperial law will be the central theoretical reference point. The Nobel Peace Prize Speech of President Barack Obama and the recently released documentary "Crude. The real price of oil" (which got several awards) will be used as an imput for discussion. For further information see http://homepage.univie.ac.at/judith.schacherreiter/

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab


This course focuses on discussion in class. This discussion shall take place on the basis of reading material which will be provided at the department of comparative law. Students are supposed to write a paper of 5 pages discussing certain questions referring to the reader until 14 of May 2010. In course of the classes the same questions shall be discussed with reference to these papers and the reading material. There will be no further exam. Participation in class is necessary. The grade depends on the paper and on oral contribution in class.


Graziadei, Michele, Comparative Law as the study of transplants and receptions, in Reimann, Mathias and Zimmermann, Reinhard, The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Law, New York, 2006 p. 441-475
Kennedy, Duncan, Three globalizations of law and legal thought: 1850-2000, in Trubek, David, and Santos, Alvaro, The new Law and Economic Development. A critical appraisal, Cambridge (Massachusetts), 2006, p. 19-73
Mattei, Ugo, Plunder. When the Rule of Law is Illegal (2008)
Mattei, Ugo, Why the Wind Changed: Intellectual Leadership in Western Law, The American Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 42, No. 1, 1994, p. 195-218
Miller, Jonathan, A Typology of Legal Transplants: Using Sociology, Legal History and Argentine Examples to Explain the Transplant Process, The American Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 51, No. 4. 2003, p. 839-885
Watson, Alan, Legal Transplants: An Approach to Comparative Law, Athens (Georgia), 1974, 2nd edition 1993
Young, Robert J. C., Postcolonialism. A Very Short Introduction (2003)

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:28