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Call for Application

Reception of Law – Institutional Transfer – Policy Diffusion


Transfers of laws, institutions, and policies seem have played a significant role throughout history. They seem to have been particularly important in the process of post-socialist trans-formation. The experiences with this practice are ambivalent and call for more research in this field. We need thorough accounts of such transfers, describing the process, identifying the motivations, expectations and driving forces behind them, assessing their effects, and reflecting upon them in a historical perspective. This is a broad and genuinely multidiscipli-nary endeavor.

The present workshop is intended to map the field and encourage young scholars to develop related projects. The organizers and invited experts will provide a thematic and methodolog-ical introduction to the field. Participants are asked to give brief inputs, presenting a case of transfer for discussion and possibly further research. The regional focus is on East and South East Europe, but this is not exclusive and we explicitly encourage proposals on other regions as well.

We invite applications for participation by graduate students of law and social sciences who are interested in pursuing doctoral research projects on matters related to the workshop’s topic. In order to apply, please send an email by April 30th, 2014 including

  • cv
  • brief sketch of a case of transfer (up to 500 words)
  • brief letter of recommendation by an academic teacher of yours

Travel grants and lodging will be provided to successful applicants. Also, there will be an op-portunity to get to know the Graduate School for East and South East European Studies.

In case of further questions, please contact:

Prof. Dr. Martin Löhnig, Lehrstuhl für Bürgerliches Recht, Deutsche und Europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Kirchenrecht, Universität Regensburg

Prof. Dr. Petra Stykow, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politikwissenschaft

Prof. Dr. Alexander Graser, Lehrstuhl für Öffentliches Recht und Politik, Universität Regensburg