The project „Exploring legal Cultures“ is a cooperation between the faculties of Law and Culture Studies of Leipzig and the University of Malang and Jakarta. It is part of the DAAD-Program „Hochschuldialog mit der islamischen Welt“ and is financed by the Foreign Office.
The public discussion about the Islamic Law (Scharia) and the changing role of freedom of religion in modern state and social order is growing, especially in the context of cultural values and ideas of law, especially shown in the jurisdiction of many different countries.
Lately, the question about wearing headscarves in public schools in Germany was heavily discussed and is related to the debate about the introduction of the Sharia in Indonesian areas with Islamic majority of population. There are many cultural issues that become more present in the context of law and values.
This project is an attempt to discuss and reflect these debates in a legal framework and to face the challenges of a pluralistic society. These debates focus on the practical and the contentual parts of legal issues.
Mainly, the project is dealing with the question of how the modern pluralistic society deals with religious, cultural and political varieties and commons and how the society deals with conflicts and agreements. Especially pointing out the role of legal claims and regulations. The debates equally present the German and the Indonesian perspectives including the social structures and cultural scientific point of view.
The project is separated into two parts:
Firstly, it is an interdisciplinary module „Exploring Legal Cultures (ELC)“. Secondly, it is an exchange program between host scientists and students. It has been worked on that the module becomes part of the curriculum of the participating faculties of Law and Cultural Science in Germany and Indonesia. Besides the focus on social and legal systems of both countries, the project takes a critical look at problems and issues that are related to human rights.
The practical part of the project consists of an exchange with institutions outside of the university and acteurs of the legal politics such as the Bundesverwaltungsgericht and Amnesty International. The exchange between young scientists and students is a way to intensify the dialogue on scientific issues and possible cooperation.
Johannes Duschka (Coordinatior)