The Department of Law is organized into three academic units: Civil Law, Criminal Law, and Public Law. Activities in the field of law are determined by legal standards and regulations and by ongoing reference to legal practices and case law. As a result, one of the major areas of focus for scholars at the Department is the study of legal texts – in commentaries, court decisions, written agreements, or expert opinions – and reflecting on the methods used to interpret and implement them in practice. The basic research and teaching at the Department explore the historical and philosophical dimensions of law.
Key topics of research in legal studies at the Department include Europeanization and international interlinking of law, with emphases in the European and international law and comparative law, but also in the international economic and regulatory law, the law in social practice, and age and demographic change within the field of law. Through cooperation with world-renowned law schools, the Center for Transnational Legal Studies offers an opportunity to explore cross-border legal issues in a multicultural and transnational environment.