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Seminar on Transformative Law

Date and time

Tuesday 21. March 2023 at 14:00 to 16:00

Registration Deadline

Thursday 16. March 2023 at 12:00


Porcelænshaven 18B, Porcelænshaven 18B, 1.154, 2000 Frederiksberg Porcelænshaven 18B
Porcelænshaven 18B, 1.154
2000 Frederiksberg

Seminar on Transformative Law

This seminar is the first in the spring series on Law, Economics and Philosophy

Title: What is Transformative Law?
Speaker: Poul F. Kjaer (Copenhagen Business School), professor, DR.


In the western context, law has two functions. It upholds normative expectations and it transforms social phenomena. The latter is expressed through the form-giving function of law as law designates particular social phenomena as, for example, economic, political or religious.  Inside such overarching categories, further subcategories can moreover be observed. In relation to economic processes, the legal institutions of competition, contract, corporation and property are, for example, classical examples of the form-giving function of law. The dual function of law is briefly illustrated through a genealogy of imaginaries of law distinguishing between four historically dominant types of law: ‘Law as purpose’; ‘law as a tool’; ‘law as an obstacle’; and ‘law as reflexivity-initiation’. On this background, ten core dimensions of what might become a new episteme of transformative law are fleshed out with the aim of answering the question to what extent it can act as an alternative to the previous four types of law.

Keywords: Function of law; form-giving; infrastructural power; law of political economy; reflexive law; rights; time and law; transformative law.


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Copenhagen Business School
Phone: +45 3815 3815

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Copenhagen Business School
Phone: +45 3815 3815