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Start-Up Professorship Transcultural Studies - Social Sciences

The 21st Century often is seen as the “Asian Century”. This includes the notion, the allegedly more “dynamic” Asian countries were challenging Europe´s leading position and values in an economic, politic and sociocultural way. Far less attention is paid to the substantial importance of the law as basis of a working political and economic system: Without legal security there can be no rule of law. Without rule of law, in the end no state will be left at all.

At the same time, following in the wake of continuing globalization, we can detect a competition of Western legal systems, especially for adoption in Asian countries. Law originally being a national affair, still there is rivalry for “legal supremacy”, a struggle for the major legal system at an international level. As the Asian countries at least to some extent and in some areas from a legal point of view are to be judged as “developing countries” or at least as “latecomers”, it is very important to observe which “established” legal system was or will be the model for each of the Asian countries, as their choice of law has a significant impact on the aforementioned economic, political and sociocultural sectors. That is not only because a foreign legal system similar to or based on one´s own facilitates bilateral trade and exchange. Furthermore, the normative standards and values contained in a legal system do play a part in accepting the law and mutual understanding that must not be underestimated.

More information on East Asian Law courses, links and materials can be found on my personal Website (www.jura-foerster.de).

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Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Christian Förster

Karl Jaspers Centre
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400
Room 006
69115 Heidelberg

Email:    christian.foerster@asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de
Phone:  +49 (0) 6221 54 4305
Fax:      +49 (0) 6221 54 4012

Office

Shupin Lang, M.A.

Karl Jaspers Centre
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400
Room 108
69115 Heidelberg

Email:    lang@asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de
Phone:  +49 (0) 6221 54 4344
Fax:      +49 (0) 6221 54 4012