Comparative Disciplines Lecture Series

Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context
& Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS) Queen Mary University of London

Comparative Disciplines Lecture Series

Following the workshop of 8 March 2017 a series of lectures/workshops on the Methodology of Comparative Disciplines will be organised in the academic year 2017-18 again. What means ‘comparing’ in comparative law? Which methods could or should we use? The debate around these questions is still at an early stage in comparative legal scholarship. Maybe we can learn from other comparative disciplines? That’s why we confront comparative law with a number of other comparative disciplines. Specialists in these fields will discuss their methodological problems and choices.


Venue: Law Department, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, room 313

11 October 2017 (Comparative) Religion, Anthropology & Law | 16:00 – 19:00

1. Comparative Religion Studies: Peter VAN DER VEER (Director Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany)

2. Comparative Anthropology: Katrin SEIDEL (Max Planck Institute for Legal Anthropology, Halle, Germany) 2018

Introduction by Maurice Adams (Tilburg University)

Comments by Mark Van Hoecke (QMUL)
Chair: Werner Menski (SOAS, London)

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29 November 2017 (Comparative) Linguistics, Literature & Law | 16:00 – 19:00


3.Comparative Linguistics : David ADGER (QMUL)

4. Comparative Literature: Nazli NIKJAMAL (QMUL)

Comments by Geoffrey Samuel (Kent University) Chair: Eric Heinze (QMUL)

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17 January 2018 (Comparative) Philosophy, History & Law | 16:00 – 19:00

5. Comparative Philosophy: Ralph WEBER, Univ.Basel

6. Comparative History: Kjell Åke MODEER Prof.em.of Legal History (Univ. of Lund, Sweden)

Comments by Peter Lindseth (University of Connecticut)
Chair: Paula Giliker (Bristol University)

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14 March 2018: (Comparative) Sociology, Economics & Law | 16:00 – 19:00

7. Comparative Sociology: Jean-Pascal DALOZ (directeur de recherche au CNRS, France)


8. Comparative Economics: Bob HANCKé, Ass.Professor of Political Economy, European Institute, London School of Economics

Comments by Mathias Siems (Durham University)
Conclusions of the lecture series: Maurice Adams & Mark Van Hoecke

Chair: Roger Cotterrell (QMUL)

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  • Mark Van Hoecke, Professor of Comparative Law QMUL (m.vanhoecke (at)
  • Maurice Adams, Professor of Law, Tilburg University (m.adams (at)