01 September 2018

CONFERENCE. "Her­mann Kan­torow­icz (1877-1940): the battle for legal sci­ence" conference (Helsinki: University of Helsinki, 25-26 OCT 2018)

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On the conference:
Legal historian, Mediaevalist, legal theorist, legal philosopher, comparative-international lawyer, criminal law expert, philologist, social scientist, political theorist, political activist – all labels that could be attached to Hermann Kantorowicz. Born in 1877, his first major work was published in 1906 under the pseudonym Gnaeus Flavius, the legendary plebeian who demystified Roman law and brought it to the common people in the early Roman Republic, under the title Der Kampf um die Rechtswissenschaft, the ʻBattle for legal scienceʼ. Law is not good law simply by virtue of it being enacted by a legislator, judges and (legal) scientists have to function as interpreters between law and societal fact to help create proper legal rules – this is how the content of the pamphlet can be summarized. The impact of the ʻBattleʼ was large and immediate, as a basic document for the influential Free law movement throughout continental Europe, but also for sociological jurisprudence and Legal realism in the United States. Yet, the ʻBattleʼ is but one of Kantorowicz´s many works. A polymath, a ʻRenaissance manʼ, his scholarship is as broad as it is deep. This conference examines the multifaceted thought as an extension to as well as a break with the long 19th century, in connection to Kantorowicz´s widespread influence in a number of scientific fields. In this spirit, the conference wholeheartedly welcomes attendants and participants from all of the social sciences and humanities, and even beyond. As the original multidisciplinarian who nevertheless always came back to the problem of what it means to be a ʻlegal scientistʼ, Hermann Kantorowicz is a jurist for the 21st century.

25.10 Room 1055, Unioninkatu 37
13:30 Jacob Giltaij (Helsinki) Heikki Pihlajamäki (Helsinki)
15:30 Laurens Winkel (Rotterdam) Kaius Tuori (Helsinki)
26.10 Room 1055, Unioninkatu 37
10:00 Ino Augsberg (Kiel) Katharina Schmidt (Yale)
12:00 Hans-Peter Haferkamp (Cologne) Adolfo Giuliani (Helsinki)

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