1 Jun 2022


First In-Person Course A Success

The curriculum is one of the core offerings of Max Planck Law. The first course was held 14–15 January 2021 by Prof.  Hélène Ruiz Fabri (Director MPI-Luxembourg) on the question ‘What is procedural law?’ (Video) This course and every course until recently was held virtually due to the pandemic.

There was a celebratory mood when the first course held in person took place last week over a sunny two days at MPI for Social Anthropology . The course was entitled ‘Law and Anthropology: Rethinking Normativities, Legal Dynamics, Approaches and Practices’. Participants from across the Max Planck Law network, as well as a few invited from outside the network, gathered to learn about how the techniques of legal anthropology could ultimately come in useful for their own doctoral or postdoctoral research.

Prof. Marie-Claire Foblets (Director MPI-Halle), kicked off the session. The rest of the two days involved presentations and group sessions with the researchers in Prof. Foblets’s department ‘Law and Anthropology’, ably organized by Dr Alice Margaria. A highlight was a keynote conversation on the ‘EctHR between Law and Anthropology’ between Prof. Jessica Greenberg (Univ. of Illinois) and Prof. Angelika Nußberger (Univ. of Cologne), moderated by Dr Alice Margaria. This was simultaneously live streamed to a large audience that had registered beforehand.

This was an opportunity for Max Planck Law researchers to not only take advantage of the expertise from another Institute, but to also make connections with other researchers with similar research interests.

Zixuan Yang, a new doctoral researcher at , was very happy to be able to attend, ‘I will learn much about methodology and the research perspectives of other colleagues’. Admitting that she had previously studied mainly doctrinal approaches to law, she added ‘I am very glad to have the chance to learn new methods’.

Harrison Mbori travelled from , where he is a doctoral researcher. After completing the course, Harrison remarked ‘the course helped me comprehend how vital the use of anthropological methodologies and methods can be in assessing, studying, and understanding legal phenomena.’ He continued, ‘it awakened and revitalized my interest and desire to consider and use anthropological methods and approaches in my research’.

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