At the Center for Politics and Law, we engage in an analysis of legal, institutional and social foundations of political orders. In our research and teaching, we scrutinize the mutually constituting processes of law, politics and society. The reciprocity of the power-shaping and -creating role of law on the one and the law-shaping and -creating role of political and social power on the other hand is a key component of political theories.
This subject matter leads to a cross-sectional function of our teaching activities. Law, being the central medium of steering in modern societies, can neither be reduced to a single policy area nor a certain region of the world. The law’s steering function is relevant to the process of European Integration as well as to communal and global governance. At the same time, a legal perspective can provide valuable insights into the field of political economy and into the research area of Gender and Diversity. Looking at the history of political thought shows that Political Theory and Political Philosophy have, time and again, pondered the relationship between politics and law.
In our research, we focus on the legal, political and social constitution of modern orders and their critical examination. In addition to classical inquiries concerning the legal basis of politics (such as constitutional and state theory), we scrutinize the nexus of law-politics-order in modern societies from the perspective of social and political theory.