Research group for Legal Culture

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The research group for legal culture focuses on the historical development of law, as well as the challenges that arise due to the increasing internationalisation of law. The group's research consists of two main dimensions, legal history and comparative law, and is therefore interdisciplinary. By using law as a cultural phenomenon as the starting point, the two dimensions are linked together. The object of the research group is to create a forum for interesting discussions across disciplines, fields and cultures, in which national and international ties make up an important part, as well as collaborations with the research groups in Tromsø, KristiandsandOslo and Great Britain (BACL)

The research group is lead by Professor Sören Koch and Postdoctoral Fellow Brage Thunestvedt Hatløy.


Article: «Er livet et uavhendelig gode?», by Sören Koch

Professor Sören Koch has published an article about the Norwegian regulation of assisted dying in light of national and international developments.


New legal history investment from Karnov Forlag

Together with Professor Geir Heivoll (PHS), Karnov Forlag will start a new project which aims to publish legal history commentaries in several key areas.

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Article: Frede Castberg (1893–1977): A Call for Moderate Constructivism in Nordic and International law, by Sören Koch

Professor Sören Koch has published an article about Professor Frede Castberg (1893-1977) and his influence on Norwegian legal culture.

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Membership at European Law Institute

The research group would like to congratulate three of its members as new members of the European Law Institute.

Book launch

Frederik Stangs naturrett

A new book was published in September about Frederik Stang's natural law lectures from 1830–1831; and a natural law seminar was held at the Faculty of Law (UiB). Stang was one of the most important players in Norwegian history in the 19th century and Norway's first prime minister.


The research group’s epistemological interest

Do you want to write your master thesis on legal culture?

We want to connect with master students who would like to write their master thesis within one of our research fields. As a master student affiliated with the research group, you will get the opportunity to present your project for the research group and receive feedback, as well as supervision from one of our members. Find inspiration for your master thesis in our emnebank, and read more on potential supervisors.