Letzte Änderung: 9. April 2018


Aktuelle Veranstaltungen


VRÜ Scholarship: The Chair for Public and Comparative Law at Humboldt University Berlin (Prof. Dr. Philipp Dann) in collaboration with the journal  VRÜ  /  Law  and  Politics  in  Africa,  Asia  and  Latin America offers two short-term research scholarships for emerging legal scholars from India. Scholarship  holders will spend two months  (mid October till mid December 2018)  in Berlin  in order to work on a self-chosen research project. They  will be part of a vibrant research community around Professor Philipp Dann and interact with German as well as international researchers at the Chair. The Call for Applications can be found here.



Society, Law and Development (englisch), 2 SWS, 5 LP, Do, 16-18, wöch, UL 9, E14, S. de Souza, T. Dollmaier, Agnes Course Number: 21811609

Do legal institutions set up the (global) rules of the game? And does law matter for making people’s lives better? This interdisciplinary research seminar (Q-Team) seeks to introduce students to the interconnections between legal orders and economic development through a focus on theories, contestations, and actors. Students will examine the various roles that law and legal institutions play in economic, social and political development, and thereby critically unpack the multifaceted concept of ‘development’.

The first part of the course will provide a theoretical foundation by reflecting on the different approaches taken during the Law and Development movement until today. The second part will include thematic sessions with case studies, each of which will relate to one overarching development theme, like ‘progress’, ‘poverty’ or ‘contestation’. In between the thematic sessions, selected guest speakers will share practical insights from their work in the field of development cooperation. These guest lectures will closely connect to phenomena and case studies discussed in class.

The teaching approach of this seminar encourages students to formulate and execute their own individual research project. This will include individual work and teamwork on selected readings and research questions as well as writing and presenting a short blog post for a Law and Development Blog, that will be launched as part of this seminar.

The number of participants is limited for this course. Interested candidates with a law (Rechtswissenschaft), social science (Politikwissenschaft und Soziologie) or economics (Volkswirtschaftslehre) background are asked to sign up by sending a short email stating their motivation and faculty association by 6th April 2018 to siddharth.de.souza@rewi.hu-berlin.de and thomas.dollmaier@rewi.hu-berlin.de . Participants will be awarded 5 credits for this course.



"Shaping Law. Shaping Gender: Experiences from India”: The Chair for Public Law and Comparative Law will host a conference titled "Shaping Law. Shaping Gender: Experiences from India” from 11-13 October 2018. The Call for Papers can be accessed here.



Aktuelle Publikationen



Tanja Herklotz. Feminist Dilemmas: The Challenges in Accommodating Women’s Rights within Religion-Based Family Law in India. Rapoport Center Human Rights Working Paper Series 2/2018


Winner of the third place in the the 2017 Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights (available here)



Tanja Herklotz. Law, Religion and Gender Equality: Literature on the Indian Personal Law System from a Women's Rights Perspective, Indian Law Review 2018.


Winner of the Indian Law Review Literature Review Prize 2017 (available here)



Maxim Bönnemann/Laura Jung, Critical Legal Studies and Comparative Constitutional Law,

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law, Oxford University Press 2017

(available here).


Philipp Dann/Maxim Bönnemann/Tanja Herklotz, Of Apples and Mangoes: Comparing the European Union and India,

Indian Yearbook of Comparative Law 2016, S. 3 - 20, Oxford University Press 2017 (available here).


Philipp DannThe Global Administrative Law of Development Cooperation,

in: Sabino Cassese (Ed.), Research Handbook on Global Administrative Law, 

London 2016


Michael Riegner, Legal frameworks and general principles for indicators in sovereign debt restructuring, Yale Journal of International Law 41 (2016), 141-175, available here







  Michael Riegner, Governance Indicators in the Law of Development Finance: A Legal Analysis of the World Bank’s “Country Policy and Institutional Assessment”, Journal of Internat’l Economic Law 19 (2016), 1-26
  Michael Riegner, Implementing the “Data Revolution” for the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals - Toward a Global Administrative Law of Information, in: Boisson de Chazournes/Davis/Fariello (eds), World Bank Legal Review 7, Washington D.C., 2016, 17-39, available here
   Tanja Herklotz, Dead Letters? The Uniform Civil Code through the Eyes of the Indian Women's Movement and the Indian Supreme Court, VRÜ 49 (2016) (available here)

Philipp Dann, »Entwicklung und Recht. Eine systematische Einführung«,

Baden-Baden 2014, 800 S. (zusammen mit Stefan Kadelbach

und Markus Kaltenborn)










Philipp Dann, »The Law of Development Cooperation. A comparative analysis of World Bank, EU and Germany«,

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2013, 592 S.