Nordic Legal Culture: Myth or Reality? June 1 and 2, 2023, Faculty of Law, University of Bergen

Carta marina, a wallmap of Scandinavia. The caption reads:Marine map and Description of the Northern Lands and of their Marvels, most carefully drawn up at Venice in the year 1539 through the generous assistance of the Most Honourable Lord Hieronymo Quirino


Wednesday 31st May

Participants arriving in Bergen recommended Hotels Scandic City

17.00-18.00 Pre-registration (Entrance Hall Law Faculty, Bergen)

18:00-21:00 Get together

Thursday 1st June

08:30-09:00 Coffee and registration

09:00-09:15 Words of welcome by

Dean Karl Harald Søvig, Milos Novovic, President of the Norwegian Association for Comparative law (BI), Prof. Anna Nylund, University of Bergen and Ass. Prof. Johann Ruben Leiss (INN/UiO) – for the organising team.

09:15-09:30 Introduction by Ass. Prof. Ingvill Helland: ”Putting the North on the map of comparative law.”

9:30-11:15 Session 1: Legal culture as an analytical and theoretical tool,

chaired by Professor Barbara Pozzo, Università dell’Insubria – Como; President of the Italian Society for Research in Comparative Law(SIRD)

9:30-10:00 Keynote by Professor David Nelken, King’s College London, UK: “The concept of legal culture and its uses.”

Comments by Prof. Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde, University of Oslo; Prof. Mark Van Hoecke, Queen Mary University London & Ghent University, Prof. Ralf Michaels LL.M. (Cambridge), Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg & Queen Mary University of London)

10:30-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-11:30 Open Discussion (including students’ questions padlet)

11:30-13:00 Lunch

13:00-15:00Session 2: Employing legal culture in comparative research, and legal teaching

chaired by Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. mult. Kathrina Boele-Woelki (Bucerius Law School, Germany)

13:00-13:20 Prof. Heikki Pihlajamäki, University of Helsinki: “Legal culture: critical remarks on the concept and its use.”

13:20-13:40 Prof. Jaakko Husa, University of Helsinki: “Legal culture and comparative law, experience from research and teaching.”

13.40-14.00 Prof. Mathias Siems, European University Institute, Florence: “Legal Culture and Empirical Legal Studies: A Match Made in Heaven?”

14:00-14:15 Break

14:15-14:45 Open Discussion

14:45-15.00 Break

15:00-16:30 Session 3: Ph.D. presentations

15:00-16:30 Ph.D. presentations Pecha Kucha style moderated and chaired by Professor Sören Koch

16:00 Q&A / Discussions

17:00-19:00 Guided tour through Bergen, and the Hanseatic Kontor (Brage Thunestvedt Hatløy, University of Bergen)

20:00 Dinner

Friday 2 June, Law Faculty, University of Bergen, Magnus Lagabøtesplass 1

08:30-09:00 Coffee

Session 4: Nordic legal culture – a myth or reality? Auditorium 2

Chaired by prof. Giuditta Cordero-Moss, University of Oslo and President of the International Academy of Comparative Law (IACL),

09:00-09:30 Prof. Mads Andenæs, UiO and former director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law : “Nordic legal culture – a perspective from abroad.”

09:30-10:00: Prof. Helle Krunke, Head of Centre, Professor Centre for European and Comparative Legal Studies, University of Copenhagen: ”European and Comparative Studies ”Nordic legal culture – a Scandinavian perspective .” (TBC)

10:00-10.15: Break

10:15-10:45 Prof. Anna Nylund, Head of the Research Group for Civil procedure, University of Bergen: “Borders of a Nordic Legal Culture– Is Finland part of the Nordic Legal Culture?”

10:45-11:15 Prof. Iris Nguyen Duy University of Agder: “An inside-out view on the Nordic Countries.”

11:00-11:45 Discussion led by Ass. Prof. Johann Ruben Leiss, INN/University of Oslo.

11:45-12:30 Lunch

Session 5: Nordic procedural culture in a global context

12:30-14:00 Panel discussion: Supreme Court Judges from the Nordic countries and Judges from Scotland, England, France, and Germany (prof Andreas Paulus).

14:00-14:15 Closing remarks by Prof. Sören Koch and Prof. Anna Nylund

The official end of the conference

15:00-16:30 Book launch event at The Faculty of Law Library, by Marius Mikkel Kjølstad and Sören Koch: New Publications in Comparative law, Springer Handbook for Legal Cultures.

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