Habilitation and professorship for Lena Foljanty

July 21, 2020

We are delighted to be able to announce that Dr Lena Foljanty has gained her Habilitation and was awarded the venia legendi to teach European and comparative legal history, modern legal history, legal theory and civil law by the Faculty of Law of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt. In her habilitation thesis ‘Cultures of judgement. Entangled judicial practice in 19th-century Germany, France and Japan’, she explored the question of how methods of judicial decision-making change when the normative and institutional framework of law is altered by processes of cultural translation.

Lena Foljanty has been closely linked with the MPIeR since her time as a doctoral student. She joined the Institute as a researcher in 2012 and since 2017 has been heading her own Max Planck Research Group on Translation and Transition. Legal Practice in 19th Century Japan, China, and the Ottoman Empire.

Lena Foljanty has now accepted a call to the University of Vienna to become Professor of Globalisation and Legal Pluralism, and will start her work there in the autumn. The Institute congratulates Lena Foljanty on this twofold success, and her colleagues wish her all the very best for the future.

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