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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Faculty of Law | Integrative Research Institute Law & Society (LSI) | Events | Opening of LSI as Integrative Research Insitute. Keynote: Marietta Auer: What is Legal Theory?

Opening of LSI as Integrative Research Insitute. Keynote: Marietta Auer: What is Legal Theory?

  • When Nov 29, 2019 from 07:30 to 09:00
  • Where Humboldt University of Berlin, Juristische Fakultät, Raum 213
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Legal theory is often described as an analytical sub-discipline of legal philosophy. Its recent development, however, has moved away from this historically grounded field description. The aim of legal theory asks for a new definition. I will argue that contemporary legal theory should be understood as the pivotal source of multidisciplinary innovation in legal scholarship, drawing from a multitude of methods and insights taken from the humanities as well as the social and natural sciences. Contemporary legal theory reaches out far beyond the boundaries of analytical philosophy of law. Yet, it remains grounded on philosophical foundations. It can, therefore, be defined as a philosophical theory of multidisciplinary legal scholarship.

With this Lecture we will also celebrate the award of LSI as Integrated Research Institute at HU Berlin. Please find more information here.


Marietta Auer is Professor of Private Law and Philosophy of Law at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen and currently (2019-20) Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study). She holds degrees in both law and philosophy from the University of Munich (First State Examination in Law, Doctorate and Habilitation in Law, Master in Philosophy) as well as LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from Harvard Law School. Marietta Auer has published extensively in the fields of private law, legal theory, and philosophy of law. She has received various honors and academic awards for her accomplishments in legal scholarship and education.


The Lecture is part of the first Berlin Winter School on Politics and Law, organised by the Integrated Research Institute Law & Society, Centre Marc Bloch and the Oxford Centre for Socio Legal Studies.