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Research Seminar on Legal Studies: Reflexivity and responsiveness in law

12.3.2019 9:00–14.3.2019 16:00

The annual Research Seminar of Faculty of Law at the University of Lapland is a platform for the whole research community, from professors to students. Plenum guest speakers this year are Rob van den Hoven van Genderen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Tuomas Hupli (University of Turku), Natalia Ollus (HEUNI) and Niko Soininen (University of Helsinki).

In an interview, the sociologist Pierre Bourdieu once came to the following conclusion “I think sociology should define its social demand and functions on its own”. This requires continuous and autonomous critical exploration of one’s own principles: reflexivity; and completely setting aside the question about what or whom one should serve, said Bourdieu. Bourdieu’s invitation to reflexivity suits just as well in legal research, if not even better.

In the spirit of Bourdieu, we invite our researchers to scientific self-scrutiny; it is again the time to bring some clarity to our own usefulness and tasks in society. This time the theme is Reflexivity and Responsiveness in the Law. In other words, we will be discussing the law in a functioning society.

The seminar and its theme are suitable for any stage of the research career and for any field of the law. For example, you can just tell about state of affairs in your field or about the subject of your research, but it would be great if you could give examples or other ways of showing the relationship between the legal system and the rest of society.

As a whole, the concern of the research seminar is the ability of the legal system, not only to keep with social development, but also to defend its own principles, values and goals, to the language of which the new problems should be translated.


Please register your participation on 18 February at latest through email to iiris.kestila@ulapland.fi.

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