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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellows' Seminar - Applying the New Institutional Economics to Societies of Different Scale - Judges and Nazi pressure in Germany and Occupied Countries

31st October 2016, 13:00 to 14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green, Professor Hans Petter Graver (University of Oslo, Norway)

The seminar will introduce four questions and an invitation. My main question is whether there is a Western legal tradition by which we can explain historical and current differences in the operation of different legal orders. Affirmative answers have been given to using the Western legal tradition as an explanation of the economic and political orders by Douglass C. North and Francis Fukuyama. To address the question I invite the audience to reflect on the follow-up questions “What is legal science?”, “Why can legal science not solve the puzzle?” and “Why is legal science necessary to solve the puzzle?” The issues must be addressed across several scales each addressed by different disciplines; a temporal scale addressed by historical analysis, an institutional scale (large-scale) addressed by political science, an individual scale (small-scale) addressed by social psychology and a normative scale addressed by law.

Fellows' seminars take place on Monday lunchtimes in the seminar room at Cosin's Hall.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

The aim of these seminars is to develop new thinking on the big issues that are of current concern/interest for the Fellows . Each Fellow is asked to present a core idea that informs their current work, or a problem that they are tackling, that could benefit from cross-disciplinary thinking. These seminars are informal and designed to encourage discussion.

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