About the centre

CECS – Center for European and Comparative Legal Studies was first established in 2008, and has been prolonged for the third time from mid-June 2019. The name of the research center signals its present general focus, and refers to a substantive area, European law in a wide sense, as well as to approaches or methodologies, especially comparative legal studies. EU law and constitutional law are central research areas, while areas such as legal cultural studies and international (criminal) law play an important role. While Europe is taken to be the Center’s primary point of departure, the research conducted by CECS members has a broader global outlook. CECS continuously strives to address important challenges and changes in society from legal perspectives and to reconsider present paradigms. The focus is on mapping, understanding and critically reflecting on these.

CECS presently pursues the following four key research themes:

1. Contemporary Challenges to Democracy
2. Challenges to International Legal Order and Global Governance
3. Challenging Legal Paradigms: Sustainability, Earth Centered Paradigm
4. Solidarity - In a World of Constant Change

CECS wishes to be an attractive and relevant forum of international and cross-disciplinary research and education in its field of interest. CECS' work is based on the values of openness, co-ownership, enthusiasm and professionalism.