Käte Hamburger Kolleg Münster
"Legal Unity and Pluralism"

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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International symposium on ancient Greek law

On 23 and 24 February 2023, an international symposium will trace the dynamics between local law and legal coherence. The conference “Ancient Greek Law. Vectors of Local Idiosyncrasy and Unity“, organised by Professor Hans Beck (University of Münster/EViR Fellow) and Professor Kaja Harter-Uibopuu (University of Hamburg), brings together a diverse group of international experts in the fields of Ancient Greek History and the History of Law in Antiquity.

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Did long-distance trade not have its own intrinsic logic?

In October 2022, the workshop "How to Ensure Predictability in Legal Pluralism" took place. The focus was on late medieval long-distance merchants in Northern and Central Europe who conducted trade under conditions of legal pluralism. Vera Teske summarises the most important discussions and discusses methodological challenges in the study of complex contexts of interaction such as pre-modern long-distance trade.

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New fellows in January

The beginning of the new year also marks the start of two more fellowships at the Kolleg. Historian Radhika Singha (Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi) is an expert on the social history of crime and criminal law. Legal anthropologist Armando Guevara Gil (Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, Lima) is studying legal pluralism in the Andean region.

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A Kolleg moves

Shouts echo through the long corridors, the two lifts are in constant use, and there is hustle and bustle everywhere. But Kolleg assistant Nadine Zielinski has everything under control and can ensure that each and every box ends up in the right office. When an entire Kolleg moves, and especially so when it moves from different locations, what are needed are organisational skills and meticulous planning.