This is a web log on the interplay between law and society, particularly in Middle Eastern societies. This Blog tries to create a space for discussing and exchanging the ideas relevant to the interactions and interconnections of social and legal dynamics in Middle Eastern countries.

Promoting the rule of law, since long time ago, has been one of the rhetorical stances that has been taken and publicized by any government whether democracies, dictatorships, or semi-democracies. Democratic countries help non-democratic ones to establish and maintain the rule of law. To do so, they transplant different western laws and legal institutions in developing countries. National states in developing (non fully democratic) societies due to their traditional and in some cases, religious culture, has to in juxtapose different normative orders with their varying ways of adjudications in its legal system or oppress some of them and plan for unified legal system, Both of which seems to confront some serious problems in practice.

However, if it is possible to rule all social and cultural settings with the same laws, and if it is effective and efficient to transplant legal institutions to other contexts, are questions (besides some other questions of the similar nature) that are worth thinking for Law & Society Blog.

At the moment, due to my research plan that is on "COMPARATIVE STUDY OF CRIMINAL PUNISHMENT IN IRAN AND GERMANY: A STUDY OF IRAN’S PENAL POLICY AFTER THE REVOLUTION OF 1979", the main focus is on criminal sentencing and punishment in Iran and Germany.

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1 comment:

Hassan Rezaei said...

Dear Ghassem,
This is a very promising Weblog you launched. I am happy to see your ambitious effort toward a critical, sociological and comparative analysis of criminal justice in after revolutionary Iran. In Iran we need much such an interdisciplinary approach to understand the various dimensions of current system which seems to be too complicated even for the real actors of the criminal justice within the system. Unfortunately many real aspects of the post revolutionary sentencing and criminal policy is unclear for the western criminal justice and criminological centers, so I very much hope by this Blog you will open a new window on comparative and intercultural explorations on the questions of criminality, criminal sanction and procedures between Iran and European systems of CJ, particularly the German CJ.
I wish you best success in this way and indeed a raising number of visitors, and ofcourse a constant updating of the Blog,
Good luck and Stay Online!