Chief Editor of Frontiers in Sociology of Law
- Sociology of Law as a Norm Science
- Development of Society and Law
- Cyber Norms
In 2021, Håkan Hydén published Sociology of Law as the Science of Norms, a work developed from his 2002 monography Normvetenskap (Norm Science). New aspects have been added and norms have been put into a broader perspective.
Causality, which influences and explains events, tends to differ in social and natural sciences. In the social sciences, motives are the equivalent of causes in natural sciences. Therefore, in the social sciences, the reasons why things happen are much more complex and context-bound. This is where norm science comes in. Norms help us to grasp and understand motives for actors on a collective (societal) level.
The comparison between legal norms, other norms in society and cyber norms is also of great interest to Håkan Hydén. Society faces challenges when the legal system tries to deal with new phenomena such as digital technology by extending legal concepts far beyond common sense and established legal understanding.
Sociology of Law as the Science of Norms is being translated into Chinese by Huang Gui, a Senior Research Associate at the Yunnan University Law School.
Selected Publications in English
- Sociology of Law as the Science of Norms. 2021. Routledge.
- Contributions in Sociology of Law: remarks from a Swedish Horizon (Eds. H Hydén & P Wickenberg). Lund Studies in Sociology of Law; 29. Lund: Sociology of Law, Lund University. 2008
- Putting Law in Context. Some Remarks on Implementation of Law in China, Making Law Work in China, Marina Svensson and Matthias Burell (eds.), 2011, Cornell University Press
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Håkan Hydén is an Associate Professor in Private Law, Professor in Sociology of Law since 1988, Fellow of the Word Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member of the Governing Board of the Research Committee of Sociology of Law and the International Institute for Sociology of Law in Oñati, Spain.
From June 2022, Håkan Hydén is employed at Halmstad University as a part-time Guest Professor in Norms Science focusing on transformative innovation.