Respect for diversity has been at the forefront of political accession to the European Union since 1993 and socio-legal scholarship has developed articulated reflections on the accommodation of ethnic and religious minorities in Europe. Country experts have been instructed with increasing frequency in judicial and pre- judicial proceedings involving members of diasporic communities. In some common law countries the role of the expert witness has expanded to systematically assist the judge when litigants or defendants belong to minorities; in most civil law countries, similar roles are played by translators and cultural mediators, including notaries and lawyers. Cultural expertise is sometimes used in order to avoid excessive judicialisation. A comprehensive assessment of cultural expertise was hindered by the lack of an adequate conceptualisation and contextualisation in the socio-legal sciences. Hence our question: Cultural Expertise in Europe: What is it useful for?
Livia Holden, ed. (2019) Cultural Expertise and Socio-Legal Studies, Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Austin Sarat Series ed., special issue 78, Emerald.
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