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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Prof. Dr. Philipp Dann

Law and Transformation: Opening Conversations between India and Germany

Project funded by the DAAD

The law equally controls social change and must adapt to it. The challenges of the 21st century, from globalization, digitalization and technological progress to climate change, migration movements, civil protest and global pandemics, also call for changes in the law. The project ‘Law and Transformation: Opening Conversations between India and Germany’ – a collaboration between the Chair of Public Law and Comparative Law (Prof. Dr. Philipp Dann) at Humboldt-University’s law faculty and the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in Bangalore which began in July 2020 – aims to address the many questions concerning the transformation of the law and through the law. The project is funded by the DAAD and the Indian University Grants Commission until 2024 and coordinated by Dr. Tanja Herklotz. Tanja is supported by the student assistants Louisa Hattendorff and Franziska Duda

In its interdisciplinary and comparative examination of the law in India, Germany and Europe, the project allows for a focus on very different areas of law - from business law, competition and regulatory law, environmental law to questions of democracy, federalism and human rights.

The project aims to encourage legal scholars to leave the traditional academic paths by looking at legal systems beyond the usual suspects. For German researchers this means leaving Eurocentricism behind and turning their attention to India and more broadly to the Global South. Indian academics are encouraged to consider not only the USA and other Commonwealth countries as objects of legal comparison and as places for potential research and study visits, but to see German and European law as an interesting field of research. The project further seeks to produce innovative research through its interdisciplinary approach and a transnational dialogue. We encourage German and Indian researchers to not only deal with the respective foreign legal system but to also reflect critically on their own legal system. 

To achieve these goals, the project is based on three central pillars. On the one hand, exchange projects for students, doctoral candidates, postdocs and teachers between Berlin and Bangalore are organised on a regular basis. Secondly, the project plans to expand the range of courses on Indian law at Humboldt-University. Thirdly, ‘young scholars workshops’ offer doctoral and post-doctoral researchers an opportunity to present and discuss their comparative research projects among an interdisciplinary German-Indian audience.


News & Events


Digital student exchange 2021 with Indian partner universities: 

This summer semester, the Chair of Public Law and Comparative Law organizes a digital student exchange program together with the National Law University Delhi (NLUD) and the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bangalore for the first time. Selected students from the participating universities engage in a seminar on comparative constitutional law specially designed for the program, led by Prof. Dr. Philipp Dann and Prof. Dr. Aparna Chandra, with a focus on the comparison between Indian and German constitutional law. If the situation allows, the participants of the program can travel to Delhi / Bangalore, respectively Berlin in the second half of the year. 


Past Events


DAAD_YRW_2021-02-26.pngSecond Young Scholar's Workshop

In February 2021, the Chair of Public and Comparative Law, together with its four Indian partner universities, the National Law School of India University, Jindal Global Law School, Azim Premji University, and National Law University Delhi, hosted the second of a total of four annual Young Scholar's Workshops. Due to the Corona Pandemic, this year's workshop was held digitally over a total of six days. The workshop offered doctoral students a platform to present their related projects and receive feedback on content and methodology from the 17 participating doctoral students and nine professors and postdoctoral researchers. In addition, the doctoral students participated in skills sessions on topics such as working on a long term academic project, publishing academic work, building networks and being productive in times of a pandemic. The workshop also provided a platform to exchange experiences and build new academic networks. You can find a detailed workshop report of two participants here.

Here you can find a list of this years participants and their short bios
Ankita Gandhi, Ira Chadha, Kanika Jamwal, Jasoo Chelat, Varsha Aithala, Vidya Ann Jacob, Neeraj Grover, Kanika Gauba, Maitreyi Misra, Shreya Rastogi, Neetika Vishwanath, Gwinyai Machona, Jahnavi Sindhu, Thilo Herbert, Claudia Kolarski, Gabriell Noll, Vikram Narayan. The short bios of the participants can be found here.