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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Law and Society Institute Berlin

About the LSI

The institute for interdisciplinary legal research – the Law & Society Institute Berlin (LSI Berlin) – is a place for interdisciplinary legal studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The LSI Berlin aims to complement doctrinal legal research with the systematic inclusion of the humanities, especially the social sciences and cultural studies. In so doing, it builds upon the German tradition of legal sociology and links this to the international law and society movements that arose from legal realism.

The LSI Berlin was founded in the fall of 2008 by Federal Constitutional Court Judge Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Susanne Baer, LL.M. In September 2014, the institute was brought into the Humboldt-Universität’s institutional strategy in the framework of the Excellence Initiative and funding line: “Educating Enquiring Minds. Individuality – Openness – Guidance”. Academic directorship of the LSI has since then been composed of Prof. Dr. Philipp Dann, LL.M.Prof. Dr. Anna-Bettina Kaiser, LL.M. and, until 2016, Prof. Dr. Sarah Elsuni, who has been appointed professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt. Dr. Larissa Vetters is the academic coordinator.

The work of the LSI is divided into thematic research foci under which individual research projects are carried out. Alongside the activities of our academics, the institute’s work is also accompanied by a project group and enriched through visits from international guests. 

In addition, we collaborate with various partners in the area of interdisciplinary legal research. The LSI organizes varied events such as lectures, seminars, workshops, conferences and offers interdisciplinary courses.