The course aims at introducing students into this fascinating field of study, and at providing them with a better understanding of law in its changing global contexts.
Alongside a general introduction to the particular European history, theory and methods of the Law and Society discipline, the course shall further provide students with unique insights in current debates regarding law’s increasingly important global dimensions and the challenges connected with them. Thus questions such as the following will be thoroughly discussed: What does globalisation mean? Can there be a law beyond the nation state? What are the features of a specific global law? Do global actors, like for example multinational firms, have to abide by human rights laws?
The course objectives are to help students use interdisciplinary resources as well as international and comparative perspectives in their studies of law; to equip students with critical skills in their work with law; and to sharpen their view of law as part of a global society.