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Democratic Decay and Resilience in Europe and India

Panel Discussion with Aparna Chandra (NLU Delhi), Arun Thiruvengadam (APU Bangalore), Anna-Bettina Kaiser (HU Berlin) and  Max Steinbeis (Verfassungsblog)

20 February, 6.15 pm, Law Faculty, room 213

No registration required


Reasoning with Values: Constitutional Values in the Supreme Court of India

Public Lecture by Professor Pritam Baruah (Jindal Global Law School)

13 February, 6:15 pm, Law Faculty, Wengler Library (room E 23)

No registration required

More information available here


The Plurality of Law and Development. 4th annual conference of the Law and Development Research Network

4th annual conference of the Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) from 25-27 September 2019 at Humboldt University of Berlin.

Organized and hosted by the Chair for Public Law and Comparative Law, Prof. Philipp Dann. Keynote speakers included: Justice Madan Lokur (Former Judge at the Supreme Court of India), Prof. Katharina Pistor (Columbia Law School), Prof. David Trubek (University of Wisconsin Law School).

More information here.

The videos of the keynote speeches can be watched on the LDRN's YouTube channel.


Legal Cultures in India, Germany and Europe – project funded by the DAAD 

Since July 2019 the Chair for Public and Comparative Law (Prof. Dr. Philipp Dann) engages in a large scale collaborative research project with three Indian partner institutions: National Law University, Delhi, Azim Premji University, Bangalore and Jindal Global Law School. The aim of the project is to engage with legal cultures and cultures of legal studies in India, Germany and Europe. The project will feature an exchange programme for students, PhD candidates, post-doctoral researchers and teachers from the four partner universities, a series of joint workshops in Germany and India and a postdoctoral research project that compares Law and Society studies in Germany and India. The project is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and will run until 2023. Further information here.


IEARN Workshop Series on Transformative Constitutionalism

In a series of three workshops, taking place from 2019 to 2021, scholars from India and Europe will probe how the concept of ‘Transformative Constitutionalism’ can be understood as a broader project beyond those that have so far been identified with it, in particular interrogate conceptions of constitutionalism in India and the EU. The workshops continue an earlier series of meetings between Indian and European scholars on law, politics and constitutionalism, which interrogated the concepts of democracy in India and the EU against the background of the societal diversity of these polities. This project is intended to advance that larger project by focusing on contemporary issues that pose fundamental challenges to the concept of constitutionalism in our times. Part of the project’s goal will be to identify further areas where the concept of Transformative Constitutionalism can be fruitfully employed and to explore the feasibility of doing so in individual European nations and/or the EU as a whole. The workshop series brings together mainly constitutional scholars from both continents and is organized in cooperation with Prof. Arun Thiruvengadam (Azim premji University / Bangalore) and Prof. Jürgen Bast (Giessen University). Further information here.


Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script“ (SCRIPTS) with Prof. Philipp Dann as Principal Investigator has been approved

Global Challenges for the Model of Liberal Democracy and Market Economy

After the end of the Cold War, liberal democracy seemed to have prevailed for good. Today, 25 years later, however, the liberal model of political and economic order faces a profound crisis. The Cluster of Excellence Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS) analyzes the contemporary controversies about the liberal order from a historical, global, and comparative perspective. What are the causes of the current contestations of the liberal script, and what are the consequences for the global challenges of the 21st century? The Cluster connects the academic expertise in the social sciences and area studies in Berlin, and thereby bridges prevailing methodological and institutional divides. In addition to Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, the Centre for East European and International Studies, the German Institute for Economic Research, the German Institute of Global and Area Studies, the Hertie School of Governance, and the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient are participating in the Cluster. Based on research collaborations with universities in all world regions, SCRIPTS addresses the diversity of the contestations and their inter-connections. At the same time, the Cluster maintains close cooperative ties with major political and cultural institutions. Further information here.


(Post-)Colonial History of Law in Germany

The project (Post)colonial History of Law in Germany aims at filling existing gaps of legal research concerning colonial law and colonial jurisprudence in Germany. A group of around twenty researchers from Germany will explore various topics and fields of law in order to examine how law and jurisprudence have helped to constitute German colonialism and how jurisprudence has received, integrated, conceptualised, legitimised but also criticised colonial law. Moreover, the project will focus on the period after German colonialism. It aims to determine to which extent there are continuities of colonial law in the law and jurisprudence of the Weimar Republic, National Socialism and the Federal Republic of Germany.  The aim of the project is to publish a volume edited in cooperation with Prof. Isabel Feichtner (Würzburg) and Prof. Jochen von Bernstorff (Tübingen. A first workshop took place in May 2019, a second one is scheduled for autumn. The publication of the volume is planned for 2020. Further information here.