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  • Digital Personhood? The Status of Autonomous Software Agents in Private Law

    Autonomous software agents are mathematically formalized information flows. Already today in the economy and in society, they are attributed social identity and ability to act under certain conditions. Due to social action attribution, they have become non-human members of society. They pose three new risks: (1) the autonomy risk, which has its origin in stand-alone "decisions" taken by the software agents, (2) the association risk, which is due to the close cooperation between people and software agents, and (3) the network risk that occurs when computer systems operate in close integration with other computer systems. These risks pose a challenge for private law: to define a new legal status for autonomous digital information systems - however not simply as complete legal personificat...

  • Fundamentals of Administrative Law: Research Questions and Research Contexts

    Many research questions arise with regard to the basic principles of administrative law. They touch upon, for instance, control and direction of administrative action, its methodology or the history of administrative law. Research into these issues would be especially important because administrative jurisprudence is still dominated by the image of a one-sided deductive application of the law, an image that is overly simplistic. But it is difficult to design research into these areas, above all because they would have to, at least partially, proceed empirically. The research methodology that such empiric study would call for, however, is barely established within administrative law studies and even legal studies more generally. The way out of this impasse offered by interdisciplinary co...

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  • On the Methods for Comparative Law Research in Legal Studies

    This article served as the prelude to an interdisciplinary workshop for scholars of Judaism, Islam and Catholic cannon law entitled "Legal scholarly responses in comparison". It gives a short overview of the methods for comparative law research and aims to encourage awareness of the objectives of comparative law and the choice of methods.

  • Form and Function of Rabbinic Responsa - Comparative Law Perspectives

  • Responsa in Canon Law: On the Legal Character of a Particular Form of Proclamation

  • Informational Power and Informationism

    Societal developments such as the digitization of our lifeworld present a challenge for law, as can be seen by the new Swiss Intelligence Service Act of September 2017. In view of these events, one might ask if the common theories and analyses remain useful. In this paper, building on Michel Foucault’s works, a new type of power called "informational power" shall be carved out and presented in detail by looking into the new Swiss Intelligence Service Act as well as private sector practices of surveillance and data utilization.

  • Natural Law as a Category of Catholic Canon Law

    The question of the meaning, the scope and the understanding of the concept ius divinum is relevant not only for canon law studies but also for all other theological disciplines, especially systematic theology. But this is more than an intra-theological question;1 it is at the same time an interdisciplinary and interfaith question. The present chapter examines the role of natural law as a basis for canonical norms in Catholic canon law.2 First, the place of natural law within the body of law of the Catholic Church is described, and then selected legal norms derived from natural law are considered.

  • Natural Law - Islamic Perspectives

  • The Torah as an Enactivist Model: Legal thinking beyond natural law and positive law

    The occidental reflexions on Law, classical as modern, is determined by the opposition between natural and positive law. The Jewish understanding of Law transcends this dichotomy by projecting a circular model: The divine Law is developped concretely in the discussion of rabbinical scholars and this discussion has itself, as Oral Law, the status of being god-given. The Torah as the basis of the Jewish law is thus interpreted in the rabbinic tradition as the idea of a law in which the constructive interpretation is understood as a more precise discovery of that what really is, that means an interpretation in which coincides with the invention and exploration of the law.

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