Käte Hamburger Kolleg Münster

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The Käte Hamburger Kolleg „Legal Unity and Pluralism” (EViR) at the University of Münster has been funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research since 2021. Fellows from all over the world, together with scholars from Münster, examine the dynamic tension between legal unity and pluralism from antiquity to the present. This is the first attempt to systematically investigate the phenomenon in its entire historical depth and across disciplinary boundaries.

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EViR Insights
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Interdisciplinary understanding and diversity of perspectives

Do legal scholars and historians actually mean the same thing when they speak of legal pluralism? Can the idea of the source be transferred without further ado to other sciences such as anthropology? And what is a norm? Understanding across disciplinary boundaries was one of the recurring themes of the first internal workshop at the beginning of June, which was attended by the Käte Hamburger Kolleg’s fellows, board of directors, and academic staff. The programme also saw discussion of two larger publication projects.

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International workshop “Narrating Europe’s Pluralities”

How is Europe’s plurality represented in different narratives? This question will be explored in an international workshop entitled “Narrating Europe’s Pluralities: Unity, Diversity and Exceptionality”, which will take place at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg in Münster on 1 and 2 September 2022.

Interview
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"The plurality of norms is reflected in the language"

Claudia Lieb is an expert in German studies and carries out research at the interface of literary studies and law, focusing in particular on practices of standardising legal language. In the interview, Lieb gives an insight into her research topics and explains how closely language and law are connected.

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Conference on exception and plurality in Roman law

Roman law was by no means as uniform and systematic as is sometimes assumed. Only in the course of time did its various layers flow together and legal plurality gradually became unity. The German-language conference “Ausnahme und Vielfalt im römischen Recht” (Exception and Plurality in Roman Law) from 7 to 9 July 2022 will trace this development.