Hanne Petersen

Hanne Petersen


Head of CECS, Center for European and Comparative Legal Studies since 2016.

Visiting professor at Gothenburg University 2016-2018.

I have since the beginning of my career had an interest in issues of (socio-) legal theory and gender and law, which has led me to work in many different fields of law and social science (labour law, European law, Nordic law, indigenous law and traditional knowledge, philosophy of law, religion and law, Chinese law). I have lived and worked over longer and shorter periods in different parts of the world (childhood in Western Germany, Jean Monnet Scholarship at EUI in Florence, projects in Africa, a decade in Greenland from 1995-2006, cooperation for about 5 years in the Middle East and lately since 2009 work on China). I have had professorships in and related to Greenland (1995-2006) in Nuuk and in Copenhagen and guest professorships at Tromsø and Lund Universities. At present, I hold a visiting professorship in Gothenburg until 2018. From 2016 I have been involved in cooperative applications, seminars and research on issues of solidarity in different perspectives (on my behalf especially relating to religion and Chinese & European perspectives). I am at present coediting a book project on “Cross-border Solidarity – concepts, challenges and opportunities” with colleagues Helle Krunke, CECS and Ian Manners, Faculty of Social Sciences, KU.

Primary fields of research

Since 2008 my research has focused on legal culture and legal pluralism - especially on changes of legal cultures. From 2012 and onwardsI have specifically focused on Chinese legal culture both in teaching and research.


Chinese law and Chinese legal culture in European and Danish perspective – business law in focus and context (med Senior Consultant Jingjing Su), efterår 2014, forår 206, forår 2018

Gender & Legal Culture, efterår 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016

Familie- og Arveret, forår 2013 og 2014

Juridisk metode og retsfilosofi, efterår 2012


Current research

Since 2016 I have cooperated with Danish and foreign colleagues about projects on solidarity, harmony and legal cultures.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    “Even if a sparrow is small, it still has all organs”. Chinese and Greenlandic Gendered Perspectives on the Global Arctic.

    Petersen, Hanne, 2017, In : Nordic Journal on Law and Society. 1, 1-2, p. 65-90 26 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Lange »krigsballetter«: før og nu

    Petersen, Hanne, 2016, Mod og mening: Hyldestskrift til Frederik Harhoff. Motzfeldt, H. M., Schaumburg-Müller, S., Gottrup, R. & Østergaard, K. (eds.). København: Djøf Forlag, p. 423-434 12 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Normative and Legal Pluralism in a Global Context - Artic and Asian Bearings

    Petersen, Hanne, 2015, In : Retfærd: Nordisk Juridisk Tidsskrift. 38, 2015, p. 3-18 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Law and Art (Volume 2): Special issue of Naveiñ reet: Nordic journal of law and social research

    Mehdi, Rubya (ed.) & Petersen, Hanne (ed.), 2015, Copenhagen: Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Copenhagen University . 207 p. (Naveiñ Reet: Nordic Journal of Law and Social Research, Vol. 6).

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  5. Published

    Contemporary Gender Relations and Changes in Legal Cultures

    Petersen, Hanne (ed.), Villaverde, J. M. L. (ed.) & Lund-Andersen, Ingrid (ed.), 2013, Copenhagen: Djøf Forlag. 256 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  6. Published

    Normative Cultures and Gender Cultures. Nordic and indigenous/arctic perspectives on humans and nature - a new agenda?

    Petersen, Hanne, 2012, Scandinavian Women's Law in the 21st Century. Nielsen, R. & Tvarnø, C. (eds.). Djøf Forlag, p. 93-117 25 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearch

  7. Published

    Justice, Benevolence, and Happiness: Encounter and Challenges in Global Legal Culture

    Petersen, Hanne, 2011, Interpretation of Law in China - Roots and Perspectives. Tomásek, M. & Mühlemann, G. (eds.). Prague: Karolinum, p. 11-20 10 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  8. Published

    Religion in the 21st Century: Challenges and Transformations

    Christoffersen, Lisbet (ed.), Iversen, Hans Raun (ed.), Petersen, Hanne (ed.) & Warburg, Margit (ed.), 2010, Ashgate. 234 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  9. Published

    Law and Religion in Multicultural Societies

    Mehdi, Rubya (ed.), Petersen, Hanne (ed.), Sand, Erik Reenberg (ed.) & Woodman, G. R. (ed.), 2008, 1 ed. København: Djøf Forlag. 246 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  10. Published

    Paradoxes of European Legal Integration

    Petersen, Hanne (ed.), Kjær, Anne Lise (ed.), Krunke, Helle (ed.) & Madsen, Mikael Rask (ed.), 2008, Aldershot: Ashgate. 341 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  11. Published

    Transformations of Legal Subjectivity in Europe: From the Subjection of Women to Privileged Subjects

    Petersen, Hanne, 2007, Women Migrants from East to West: Gender, Mobility and Belonging in Contemporary Europe. Passerini, L., Lyon, D., Capussotti, E. & Laliotou, I. (eds.). New York: Berghahn Books, p. 68-83 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearch

  12. Published

    Retspluralisme i praksis - grønlandske inspirationer

    Petersen, Hanne, 2006, Danmark: Djøf Forlag.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  13. Published

    Dependency, Autonomy, Sustainability in the Arctic.

    Petersen, Hanne, 1999, Dependency, Autonomy, Sustainability in the Arctic.. Petersen, H. & Poppel, B. (eds.). Ashgate, 375 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearch

  14. Published

    Home Knitted Law. Norms and Values in Gendered Rulemaking.

    Petersen, Hanne, 1996, Ashgate. 179 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  15. Published

    Legal polycentricity. Consequences of pluralism in law

    Petersen, Hanne, 1995, Aldershot, England: Ashgate.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  16. Published

    Informel ret på kvindearbejdspladser. En retsteoretisk og empirisk analyse

    Petersen, Hanne, 1991, København: Akademisk Forlag. 452 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

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