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Reza Banakar

Professor and Director of Research

Research Areas

  • Legal Cultures and Comparative Law
  • Legal Profession and Legal Education
  • Socio-Legal Theory and Method

Current Research

Reza Banakar’s research and publications are in the areas of law and social theory, socio-legal methodology, legal cultures, ethnic discrimination, public ombudsmen, law and literature, and rights. His current projects include:

  1. A Legal Education for 21st Century Scandinavia:This project explores the impending challenges to law and the legal profession in Scandinavia, and asks which type of legal education can best prepare lawyers to meet these challenges?
  2. Law, Governance and Community: This project explores the role of law in the governance of late modern communities. The point of departure for this project is the London Riots in August 2011.
  3. Law and Culture in Modern Iran: Funded by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the UK. Further interviews and a conference are planned as part of this project. More information.
  4. Normativity in Legal Sociology: A book project on the methodological limits of socio-legal analysis



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

Reza Banakar
E-mail: reza [dot] banakar [at] soclaw [dot] lu [dot] se

Director of third cycle studies

Department of Sociology of Law

+46 46 222 87 53




Department of Sociology of Law


Reza Banakar, Professor and Director of Research, was previously, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies at the Department of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of Westminster, London, and Paul Dodyk Research Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford.

Sociology of Law Department
Lund University
Visiting address: Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14 M, 223 62 Lund, 3rd floor
Postal address: Box 42, 221 00 Lund

Faculty of Social Sciences