The presentation will introduce and elucidate the “Decolonial Comparative Law” Project, recently set up at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law (Hamburg) by Professor Lena Salaymeh and Professor Ralf Michaels. It seeks to bring together decolonial theory and comparative law in order to decolonise dominant and colonial constructions of law. In order to do so, it advocates using comparative law to decolonise legal thinking and to create conditions for legal pluriversality. A decolonial analysis reveals the coloniality within conventional comparative law and thereby helps move beyond it. More information about the decolonial comparative law project can be found here.

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