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030620 SE The Other Question. Comparative law approaches to foreign legal traditions and cultures. (2019W)

from the perspective of civil, private international and comparative law. For diploma and doctoral students

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

Globalisierung und Migration führen einerseits zu intensiven gesellschaftlichen Durchmischungen, andererseits zu verstärkten Ressentiments gegenüber "fremden" Kulturen. Feindbilder und homogenisierende Denkmuster prägen dabei zunehmend den öffentlichen Diskurs. Vor diesem Hintergrund beschäftigt sich das Sem mit ausgewählten "fremden" Rechtstraditionen und der Frage, wie wir - als Teil der westlich-europäischen Rechtstradition und Rechtsvergleichung mit ihnen umgehen.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 20 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

For further details see: https://judithschacherreiter.blogspot.com/p/class-2012.html

Tuesday 22.10. 09:00 - 10:30 Seminarraum SEM52 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG (Kickoff Class)
Thursday 12.12. 09:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SEM51 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG
Friday 13.12. 09:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SEM51 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

Aim: The aim of the seminar is the interdisciplinary analysis and critical reflection of our conception of the "Other" in comparative law.
Content: The current globalization and migration lead to social hybridization on the one hand, and to increased prejudice against "foreign cultures" and traditions on the other hand. Stereotypes and homogenizing clichés are increasingly shaping public discourse.
Against this background, the seminar gives different insights into some "other" (non-Western European) legal traditions and deals with the question of how we – as part of the Western European legal tradition and comparative law – deal with these "other" legal traditions. Why and how do we differentiate between our and other legal traditions and cultures? Which stereotypes and clichés dominate us? With what preconceptions do we approach the other? How do we deal with cultural collisions and differences?
The seminar deals with these questions on the basis of various comparative texts and of a critical introduction to postcolonial theories.
Methods: The students will be introduced to the basics of postcolonial theories and will analyse and present different comparative law texts. Furthermore, they write a seminar paper on their respective topic.

Assessment and permitted materials

Grading is based on the basis of oral presentations, seminar papers and participation in the discussion. STudents may use all databases, libraries, etc.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Both the written work and the oral presentation must be positive. The students must always be present.

Examination topics

There is no exam.

Reading list

Will be provided in the introductory class.

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