JJUA55303U State-Building after Conflict
The modern state that came into being in the wake of the Westphalian Peace in Europe subsequently spread, through both choice and coercion, to virtually the entire globe.
The military and technological superiority of European societies acquired through the scientific and industrial revolutions allowed them to dominate and subjugate the rest of the world, but it is important to realise that the modern corporate state spread primarily because it was more effective and more efficient than traditional forms of political or-ganisation.
The modern administrative state offered capabilities and opportunities that other societies couldn’t do without, thus leading to sustained and ongoing efforts to transpose its constituent elements into different cultures and adapt them to local needs.
This course introduces you to these processes of transposition and adaptation of Western notions of law and governance to other parts of the world.
To use a biological metaphor, concepts, institutions,
organisational forms and mandates that had grown in a European
cultural soil and in response to particular stimuli and interests
were uprooted and replanted into foreign soil.
Some of these plants flourished, often by adapting and transforming beyond recognition, while others withered. Here you will learn about this ecology of legal transplants and begin to become a gardener of comparative institutions.
Transplantation is a universal phenomenon and the central domain of comparative law.
In this course, we draw many but not all examples from the tortuous modernisation process in the Muslim world. Its experience of sudden inferiority and humiliating domination is emblematic of many Southern societies.
The resulting practical, ideational and psychological difficulties of introducing ‘best practices’ and ‘good governance’ into a competing traditional normative and social system are thus not uniquely Islamic but emblematic of the ‘buzzing, blooming confusion’ of modernity.
- Know basic definitions of key terms like state, institution, etc.;
- Know broad historical transmission lines;
- Know the hierarchy of state functions;
- Know the differences between state scope and capacity;
- Know the key characteristics of the modern era;
- Know selected universally existing institutions;
- Know selected institutions that failed to transfer.
- Read classic texts of political and constitutional theory;
- Identify major disciplinary debates, both historical and contemporary;
- Identify ‘lines of parentage’ of key concepts and ideological positions;
- Identify and evaluate major legal and bureaucratic institutions;
- Identify social pressures for legal change;
- Carry out independent interdisciplinary research;
- Assess the feasibility of competing ideological positions;
- Distinguish between dogmatic ideal and practical reality;
- Communicate academic findings to an interdisciplinary audience;
- Analyse the role of law in complex socio-political phenomena;
- Communicate these insights effectively.
- Conduct independent interdisciplinary research;
- Critically examine the validity and reliability of dogmatic claims;
- Disaggregate complex phenomena in the developing world;
- Distinguish legal from related argumentation;
- Critically assess claims about cultural and legal immutability
Further information about the syllabus will appear from Absalon
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignment
- Type of assessment details
- Individual written assignment
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
- Exam period
Hand-in date: January 18, 2023
Hand-in date: February 20, 2023
- Course code
- 15 ECTS
- Full Degree MasterFull Degree Master choice
- 1 semester
- Please see timetable for teaching time
- Faculty of Law
- Ebrahim Afsah (13-6a6777666d6e7233666b78666d456f7a7733707a336970)