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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EViR Insights
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Exploring processes of legal standardization

In September 2023, the second annual conference of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg took place in Münster. It aimed at shedding light on different processes of standardization in law, which was also the annual theme of the past academic year at the Kolleg. In this report, Benjamin Seebröker gives an insight into the sections and presentations of the conference.

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New fellows in October and November

The Käte Hamburger Kolleg welcomes six new fellows for the winter semester. In October, the legal historian Éva Jakab, the legal historian Salvatore Marino, the legal historian Hesi Siimets-Gross and the historian Alexey Tikhomirov took up a fellowship. They were followed in November by the legal historian Ferdinando Mazzarella and the historian Yurii Zazuliak.

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Pluralism of what? On Laws, and on Rights – in Translation

When trying to translate the English term "law" into other languages, one comes across different conceptual pairs such as ius and lex, droit and loi, Recht and Gesetz, all of which have different levels of meaning. Gregor Albers sheds some light on the confusion of terms and makes a conceptual proposal.


International workshops in November

Three international workshops in November will focus on antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the early modern period. An overview of all events in the winter term is now available in the Kolleg’s new programme flyer, which can be downloaded here.