The Department 'Law & Anthropology' was established in March 2012.
Among the principal developments that prompted the establishment of a department with a focus on law is the observation that in the contemporary era, values and norms are circulating ever more intensely between various societies and cultures. With this intensification of exchanges and encounters comes an increasing demand for translation between different legal orders, at various levels of decision-making and all over the world. This demand engages, among others, the disciplines of social anthropology and law. It requires them not only to face serious epistemological and conceptual constraints (providing expert statements, producing comparative legal knowledge, the universalist claim of international human rights protection and its critique, etc.), each from its own perspective, but also to examine the extent to which scholars of the disciplines in question can/should take responsibility for the impact and the effects these translations may have in practice. Read more ...
Marie-Claire Foblets, Nadjma Yassari Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers
Marie-Claire Foblets, Jean-Philippe Schreiber (eds.) Bruxelles: Larcier
Franz von Benda-Beckmann, Keebet von Benda-Beckmann, Martin Ramstedt, Bertram Turner (eds.) New York, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Franz von Benda-Beckmann, Keebet von Benda-Beckmann Cambridge: Cambridge University Press