Hanne Petersen

Hanne Petersen


  • Faculty of Law Research Centres

    6A Bygning 6A (Afsnit 3), Building: 6A-4-25

    2300 København S

    Phone: +4535323132

Head of CECS, Center for European and Comparative Legal Studies 2016-2020.

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 legal culture and German legal culture). 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. From 2016 I was involved in cooperative applications, seminars and research on issues of solidarity in different perspectives which in 2020 led to the publication of a book “Transnational Solidarity. Concept, Challenges and Opportunities” (CUP) 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 onwards I have focused on Chinese legal culture both in teaching and research. Presently I also work on German legal cultures.


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 2016, forår 2018

Gender & Legal Culture, efterår 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019

Familie- og Arveret, forår 2013 og 2014

Juridisk metode og retsfilosofi, efterår 2012


Current research

Since the fall of 2020 I an working on a project on German legal culture.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Transnational Solidarity: Concept, Challenges and Opportunities

    Krunke, Helle (ed.), Petersen, Hanne (ed.) & Manners, I. J. (ed.), 2020, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 446 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Introduction: Living Apart Together: Chinese-European Perspectives on Legal Cultures and Relations in the Digital Age

    Petersen, Hanne, 2020, In: NAVEIÑ REET: Nordic Journal of Law and Social Research. 2019, 9, p. 7-20 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  6. 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/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  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/ReportAnthologyResearch

  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/ReportAnthologyResearch

  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/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  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/ReportBookResearch

  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/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  15. Published

    Legal polycentricity. Consequences of pluralism in law

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

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearch

  16. Published

    Informel ret på kvindearbejdspladser. En retsteoretisk og empirisk analyse

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

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

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