Pathways of law in ethno-religiously mixed societies
Resources of experience in Poland-Lithuania and its successor states

Emmy Noether Universität Leipzig


How do ethnically and religiously mixed societies transfer the condition of heterogeneous culture into specific forms of law, legal interaction and political rule?

The research group focuses on this question using the example of Poland-Lithuania and its successor states in the 19th and 20th centuries. Of special interest are the interrelations of religion and law under the terms of changing political sovereignty. In three diachronically generated case studies based on methods of anthropology of law we analyse communication between different religious communities and denominations. Particular attention is paid to variations of religious coexistence and to the phenomenon of legal and administrative autonomy. We consider legal practice as a process of situational negotiation in regard to the validity of competing legal norms.

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