Press release

Where do legal studies stand? International conference on current challenges facing the field

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  • No. 26/2018
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Legal scholars from more than 45 countries to meet in Bonn from 17 to 19 October to discuss their discipline's self-perception.

The jurisprudence of today has to subsist in an area of tension occupied by a great number of different expectations and academic disciplines. Its primary task is to interpret and explain legal texts. In the process, it is supposed to develop and demand standards for social and international justice ‒ and not abandon its methodological or conceptual rigorousness. At the same time it is also important that it binds legal rules to facts and does not conduct theoretical intellectual games. While at the 8th Bonn Humboldt Award Winners' Forum legal scholars from throughout the world will discuss how they can meet these challenges.

More than 220 scholars and young researchers from more than 45 countries with extremely diverse legal systems will contribute their very personal views during the conference. Under the banner "Between handcraft and confession, empiricism and normativity: Self-determination in international jurisprudence" participants will jointly examine the field's methodological self-perception. At the same time, they will arrange jurisprudence not only in its academic context, but also in its political, economic, and societal surroundings.

Venue and date:
Opening ceremony at the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn-Bad Godesberg: 17 October, 5:00 p.m.
Conference at Hotel Bristol, Bonn: 18 and 19 October, starting 9:00 a.m. on both days

Note for the press:
Journalists are welcome to attend. We will gladly arrange meetings and interviews. Please register by e-mail to: presse(at)

The Humboldt Award Winners' Forum will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Bonn, Ashok Sridharan, and the President of the Humboldt Foundation, Hans-Christian Pape. The keynote lecture will be given by the distinguished legal scholar Katharina Boele-Woelki, President of the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg and winner of the Humboldt Foundation's Anneliese Maier Research Award.

The academic supervisors for the forum are Peter Oestmann, Professor for Civil Law and German Legal History at the University of Münster, and Ulrich Becker, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich.

The Bonn Humboldt Award Winners’ Forum is an annual event organised by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to connect their research award winners with early career researchers and German host institutions. The conference also aims to raise Bonn’s profile as a centre of science and scholarship.

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The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 29,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 55 Nobel Prize winners.

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