Normative Studies

How does the transnationalization of rights affect the normativity of law? What can context-sensitive legal research contribute to this question’s answer? And, how can research foundational aspects of jurisprudence at German universities help drive these legal developments?   

The Recht im Kontext research network at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”, the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften and the Max Planck Institutes for European Legal History in Frankfurt, and for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg have established a collaborative network with the working title “Normative Studies”. With joint working groups, events and promotion of young scholars, it will seek to locate the new frontiers of normative conditions for the effect of law, especially in discourse with the humanities and social sciences.


As a (legal) academic infrastructure, the Research Network Recht im Kontext also supports innovative research and publication formats like the Verfassungsblog – the constitutionalist forum of debate with a focus on the emerging European constitutional space and its ramifications on national and
transnational levels.