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    © Markus Richter / Faculty of Sociology


The sociology of law is an interdisciplinary field whose origins go far back into the founding history of sociology and which plays a central role in many classics of sociology. Yet the sociology of law has always been a field of heterogeneous perspectives and paradigms in which reflective theories of science and law meet. These theories of reflection not only participate in the universalism of their respective functional systems, they also make use of scientific forms, with the consequence that these different universalisms meet in the semantics of science - specifically in the sociology of law. This has always been noticeable in "sociological" and "legal" sociologies of law, which often stand incompatibly side by side. Against this background, the working group deals with the sociological theory of reflection of law and with various topics in the sociology of law, such as governance and regulation, legal responsibility, legal professions, law and the media.

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