Legal Transfers as Processes of Cultural Translation: On the Consequences of a Metaphor

Kritische Vierteljahresschrift für Gesetzgebung und Rechtswissenschaft, Heft 2 / 2015, S. 89-107 (Der Beitrag ist hier auf Deutsch erschienen: Rechtstransfer als kulturelle Übersetzung. Zur Tragweite einer Metapher)

Max Planck Institute for European Legal History Research Paper Series No. 2015-09

19 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2015 Last revised: 15 Feb 2020

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Lena Foljanty

Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory

Date Written: October 26, 2015

Abstract

During the last decade, cultural studies faced a so-called “translational turn”. The concept of translation was taken up and reinterpreted in a figurative sense. The concept of translation is no longer confined to the process of putting a text from one language into another, but describes also processes in which foreign knowledge, values or practices are adapted. The article deals with the question whether this expanded concept of translation proves to be fruitful in order to gain a better understanding of legal transfers. By discussing ideas of Walter Benjamin, Homi K. Bhabha and Dipesh Chakrabarty on translation it shows how the concept of translation opens our view for the complex positioning of the actors, which is characteristic for transfer processes and which enables reflecting the transformations that take place beyond the idea of a linear give-and-take.

Keywords: Legal transfers, cultural translation, entangled legal history, comparative law

Suggested Citation

Foljanty, Lena, Legal Transfers as Processes of Cultural Translation: On the Consequences of a Metaphor (October 26, 2015). Kritische Vierteljahresschrift für Gesetzgebung und Rechtswissenschaft, Heft 2 / 2015, S. 89-107 (Der Beitrag ist hier auf Deutsch erschienen: Rechtstransfer als kulturelle Übersetzung. Zur Tragweite einer Metapher) , Max Planck Institute for European Legal History Research Paper Series No. 2015-09, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2682465

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