Hanne Petersen

Hanne Petersen

Professor Emerita, Professor emeritus.

  • Faculty of Law Research Centres

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

    2300 København S

    Phone: +4535323132

Member of:

    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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