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030678 KU Law and Empire (2021W)

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

max. 45 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 14.10. 08:30 - 10:00 Hörsaal U21 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG2
Thursday 21.10. 08:30 - 10:00 Hörsaal U21 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG2
Thursday 21.10. 17:00 - 18:00 Hörsaal U13 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG1
Thursday 28.10. 08:30 - 10:00 Hörsaal U21 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG2
Thursday 04.11. 08:30 - 10:00 Hörsaal U21 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG2
Thursday 11.11. 08:30 - 10:00 Hörsaal U21 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG2
Thursday 18.11. 08:30 - 10:00 Hörsaal U21 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG2
Thursday 25.11. 08:30 - 10:00 Hörsaal U21 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG2
Thursday 02.12. 08:30 - 10:00 Hörsaal U21 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG2
Thursday 16.12. 08:30 - 10:00 Hörsaal U21 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG2
Thursday 13.01. 08:30 - 10:00 Hörsaal U21 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG2
Thursday 20.01. 08:30 - 10:00 Hörsaal U21 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, KG2

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Empires are a popular topic in several academic disciplines, ranging from history and the political sciences to cultural studies. Law, though lagging behind, is no exception. The lecture explores the „imperial turn“ in the legal sciences. After a brief overview over more tradtional examples, where the law & empire debate had always been part of the story, in particular Roman Law and the legal orders of the European colonial empires, the lecture will move on to inquire into the underlying reasons of the recent turn to empire in legal studies, the erosion of the state and the state-centred international order as the point of reference for legal thought. Persistent and re-emerging asymmetries, hierarchies and differences require a reconceptualization of classical 19th and 20th century assumptions about law. The course addresses the impact of the imperial turn both for domestic and for internatioal law. The United Sates of America or the European Union provide contemporary case studies. For the long 19th century the course relies on examples from the British and the Habsburg Empire. Drawing on current research the course also explores the contributions, which such highly diverse early-modern polities as the Holy Roman Empire, the Polish-Lithuanian Rzeczpospolita, the Danish Rike and the Mughal Empire with their pluralistic legal orders may make to the law & empire debate.

Assessment and permitted materials

- participation in one or two "excursions", depending on availability, to the Imperial Archives (Reichsarchive) at the Austrian State Archive, Division House, Court and State Archive at the Minoitenplatz and to the European Law Institute.
- critical commentary and translation of a brief part of an early modern treaty or unilateral declaration from the French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, German, Dutch, Danish or Ottoman Turkish into English
- positive evaluation of the written exam, which counts for two thirds of the final grade

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- participation in one or two "excursions", depending on availability
- critical commentary and translation of a brief part of an early modern treaty or unilateral declaration from the French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, German, Dutch, Danish or Ottoman Turkish into English
- positive evaluation of the written exam, which counts for two thirds of the final grade

Examination topics

- the subject matter covered during the course
- reading assignments on the e-learning platform

Reading list

- literature as provided on moodle
- Stephan Wendehorst, ed., Positive Early Modern Law of Nations, 2nd. ed., Gießen/Vienna: Justus-Liebig-University of Gießen, Historical Institute/University of Vienna/Institute for Legal and Constitutional History, October 2021.

Association in the course directory

MA Geschichte; APMG Neuzeit; Exkursion und transdisziplinäre Öffnung; Geschichte der Neuzeit im transdisziplinären Kontext(4 ECTS)| MA Zeitgeschichte;Disziplinäre und transdisziplinäre Kontexte; Zeitgeschichte im transdisziplinären Kontext (4 ECTS)

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