Law and Identity
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Law and Identity

This workshop departs from the idea that identity seems to be an integral part of law. Understood this way law is more than norms, orders, or whatever legal philosophers and legal sociologists have thought to be the essence of law. Law is also creating and reinforcing the identity of the particular group, including nation states. Example from Leviticus, ch 18, v 3: ”You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not walk in their statutes.” The content of the law may not always be important, neither is it necessarily important that the law is abided by, as long as the law assist in keeping the identity of the group. In this workshop we explore the relationship between law and identity, including troubled identities, law’s possible identity dissolving effect, questions of identity and human rights etc.


Sten Schaumburg-Müller, Professor, School of Law, Aarhus University.


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