Tobias Berger


PhD in Politics, Freie Universität Berlin

Junior Visiting Fellow
(January – October 2016)


Transnational Law in Translation

This project examines the interpretation of transnational norms by local non-state justice institutions (NSJI) based on extensive fieldwork in Bangladesh. It investigates (a) how transnational norms transform NSJI and (b) how the norms themselves undergo change in the process of their translation into specific South Asian contexts. Secular and religious transnational legal influences will be compared as they shape, and are translated by NSJI. The aim is to develop an empirically grounded fine-grained perspective on larger questions of the relationship of law, religion, and secularism under conditions of electoral democracy in postcolonial contexts.