Law beyond the State

Many of the Centre’s researchers explore laws and legal practices in disparate parts of the world, both contemporary and historic.


Often these are contexts in which people and their practices transcend and turn their backs on state laws and legal systems. The Centre, in this way, contributes to the knowledge of legal diversity and non-state forms of law. These case studies, in turn, often lead to explicit comparisons and theoretical reflections on the cross-cultural nature of law and legal practices. People and cultures also travel, laws seek to regulate transnational movements, and international treatises transcend geographical and political divides.



Members of this cluster are currently focussing on comparative legal history, private governance, global legal systems, migration, asylum, and diasporas, as well as digital communities. The cluster is led by Fernanda Pirie and Florian Grisel.

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