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Anthropology of Law

General details of the subject

Face-to-face degree course

Teaching staff

NameInstitutionCategoryDoctorTeaching profileAreaE-mail
BENGOETXEA CABALLERO, JOSE RAMONUniversity of the Basque CountryProfesorado Catedratico De UniversidadDoctorBilingualPhilosophy of
FRERICHS , SABINEUniversity of the Basque CountryInvestigador DistinguidoDoctorNot bilingual** n o c o n s t a e l a r e a * ó " á r e a p r o v i s i o n a l"
SEIDEL , KATRINMax Planck Institute in HalleOtrosDoctor


Conocimiento de la temática básica de la antropología del derecho.30.0 %
Conocimiento y contraste de los enfoques teórico, metodológico y empírico en la antropología jurídica30.0 %
Conocimiento de los estudios recientes y las aplicaciones de la antropología jurídica a problemáticas específicas como por ejemplo microestudios, procesos, conflictos, género, clase.40.0 %

Study types

TypeFace-to-face hoursNon face-to-face hoursTotal hours

Training activities

NameHoursPercentage of classroom teaching
Case analysis20.0100 %
Discussion5.0100 %
Text analysis20.0100 %
Written discussion of a topic30.010 %

Assessment systems

NameMinimum weightingMaximum weighting
Attendance and participation50.0 % 50.0 %
Evaluation by means of the presentation of projects50.0 % 50.0 %
Written examination50.0 % 50.0 %


Legal Culture and Law in Culture

Process of Juridification in the Globalizing World

Law and Fabrics of the Social: Common Historical and Conceptual Foundations of the Sociol-ogy and Anthropology of Law

Transplantation of Legal Norms, Concepts, Institutions and Procedures into Different Socio-legal Spaces


Compulsory materials

Silbey, Susan S. 2001. "Let them eat cake": Globalization, postmodern colonialism, and the possibili-ties of justice. In: The Legal Geographies Reader, edited by Nicholas Blomley, David Delaney and Richard T. Ford, pp. 256-275. Oxford and Malden: Blackwell

Coombe, Rosemary J. 2001. Anthropological approaches to law and society in conditions of globali-zation. In: The Legal Geographies Reader, edited by Nicholas Blomley, David Delaney and Richard T. Ford, pp. 298-318. Oxford and Malden: Blackwell.

Cotterrell, Roger. 2006. The concept of legal culture. In Law, Culture and Society: Legal Ideas in the Mirror of Social Theory, by Roger Cotterrell, pp. 81-96. Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate.

Cotterrell, Roger. 2006. Law in culture. In Law, Culture and Society: Legal Ideas in the Mirror of So-cial Theory, by Roger Cotterrell, pp. 97-108. Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate.

Kreide, Regina. 2011. Re-embedding the market through law" The ambivalence of juridification in the international context. In Karl Polanyi, Globalisation and the Potential of Law in Transnational Markets, edited by Christian Joerges and Josef Falke, pp. 41-64. Oxford and Portland: Hart Publish-ing.

Frerichs, Regina. 2011. Re-embedding neo-liberal constitutionalism: A Polanyian case for the eco-nomic sociology of law. In Karl Polanyi, Globalisation and the Potential of Law in Transnational Markets, edited by Christian Joerges and Josef Falke, pp. 65-84. Oxford and Portland: Hart Publish-ing.

Pottage, Alain. 2004. Introduction: The fabrication of persons and things. In Law, Anthropology, and the Constitution of the Social: Making Persons and Things, edited by Alain Pottage and Martha Mundy, pp. 1-39.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (Cambridge Studies in Law and Society).

In-depth bibliography

Delaney, David (2011): The spatial, the legal and the pragmatics of world-making : nomospheric investigations. Routledge

Dölemeyer, Barbara. 2010-2013. Legal Families. European History Online.

Michaels, Ralf. Forthcoming. Legal Culture. In Oxford Handbook of European Private Law, edited by Basedow, Hopt, and Zimmermann. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Peter, Menzel (1996): Ausländer von Gericht : Missverständnisse in Gerichtsverhandlungen zwischen Ausländern und Experten : Eine ethnopsychologische Studie im Rahmen der Interkul-turellen Kommunikation, In: Mit der Differenz leben : Europäische Ethnologie und Interkulturelle Kommunikation / edited by Klaus Roth. Waxmann, 1996. --pp. 165-179

Comaroff, John L. (200): Reflections on the anthropology of law, governance and sovereignty. In: Rules of Law and Laws of Ruling : On the Governance of Law / Franz von Benda-Beckmann, Keebet von Benda-Beckmann & Julia Eckert (eds.) Ashgate, -- pp. 31-59

Blichner, Lars Chr., & Anders Molander. 2005. What is juridification? Oslo: Centre for European Stud-ies, University of Oslo, Working Paper No. 14, March 2005.

Celikates, Robin/Kreide, Regina/Wesche, Tilo (eds.) (2014): Transformations of democracy : crisis, protest, and legitimations. Rowman and Littlefield.

Eckert, Julia (ed.)/Donahoe, Brian (ed.)/Strümpell, Brian (ed.)/Biner, Zerrin Özlem (ed.) (2012): Law against the state: ethnographic forays into law's transformations. Cambridge University Press, (Cambridge studies in law and society)


Valverde, Mariana. 2009. Jurisdiction and scale: Legal `technicalities" as resources for theory. In So-cial & Legal Studies 18/2: 139-157.

Delaney, David. 2004. Tracing Displacements: or evictions in the nomosphere. In Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 22: 847-860

Glick Schiller, Nina, and Noel Salazar. 2013. Regimes of Mobility Across the Globe. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 39(2): 183-200.

Renteln, Alison Dundes. 2005. The Use and Abuse of the Cultural Defense. Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 20(1): 47-67.

Forman, Geremy & Kedar, Alexandre Sandy (2003): Colonialism, colonization, and land law in man-date Palestine: the Zor al-Zarqa and Barrat Qisarya land disputes in historical perspective. In: Theo-retical Inquiries in Law, 2003, volume 4, number 2. -- pp. 491-540

Moore, Sally Falk (2001): Certainties undone : fifty turbulent years of legal anthropology, 1949-1999. In: The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute , 2001, 7, 1, pp. 95-116


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