Decolonial Comparative Law Summer School

Objectives: The Decolonial Comparative Law (DeCoLa) summer school brings together comparative law and decoloniality with a rigorous attention to methods. Summer school participants will learn about:

  • the impact of epistemologies (and ideologies) on the choice and implementation of legal methods
  • the distinction between postcolonial, critical legal, Indigenous, and decolonial theories;
  • decolonial methods that can be applied in a variety of settings, both legal and non-legal.

Based on the preferences of participants, summer school sessions will be run concurrently in English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Participants can therefore be conversant in only one language of the workshop.

Please note: The 2023 DeCoLa summer school is an informal incubator for the Decolonial Comparative Law Workshop 3, which will be held in October 2024 on the topic of decolonial comparative property law. Thinkers, scholars, lawyers, and students interested in decolonizing property law are strongly encouraged to apply to the summer school.

Participation criteria : Prior exposure to comparative law is desired, but not required. Applicants should be fluent in one of these languages: English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish.

Professor Dr Ralf Michaels has been a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law since 2019. He additionally holds a Chair in Global Law at Queen Mary University of London and is Professor of Law at the University of Hamburg.

Professor Dr Lena Salaymeh Lena Salaymeh is British Academy Global Professor at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (University of Oxford) and Professor (Directrice d’études) in the Section des Sciences Religieuses of the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris Sciences et Lettres)

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