Philipp Dann

  • Colonial heritage and the law: thoughts in times of polarization
  • Lecture

It is generally accepted that the colonial era ended in the early 1960s, when most colonized nations became independent states. For some years now, interest in the phenomenon of colonialism has been steadily increasing, as colonial relations of domination and exploitation were an important part of the development of our modern world. Moreover, colonial structures continue to exist to some extent in the present day.

The lecture explores the question of what significance the colonial legacy can have for law today. It is a question that is particularly explosive in view of the increasing polarization in our society, but also has increased relevance and potential.

Philipp Dann is Professor of Public Law and Comparative Law at the Humboldt University of Berlin and leading researcher of the research clusters “Contestations of the Liberal Script” and “Varieties of Constitutionalism”.

In cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (MPIL)

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