Department of Business Humanities and Law

  • Governance, Culture & Learning Unit
Poul Fritz

Room: POR/18.B-4.126
Poul Fritz Kjaer

Poul F. Kjaer’s research focuses on public and private global governance and political economy and European integration, governance and political economy from a legal theory and historical sociology of law angle.

He currently directs the European Research Council Advanced Grant Project ‘Global Value Chain Law: Constituting Connectivity, Contracts and Corporations’, investigating the links between colonial law and contemporary global regulation.

From 2013 to 2017 he directed the European Research Council project ‘Institutional Transformation in European Political Economy – A Socio-legal Approach’ and from 2018 to 2019 he held a Semper Ardens Research Grant for established Senior Researchers from the Carlsberg Foundation.

Poul has degrees in law, sociology and political science including a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and a Habilitation from the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. He has been visiting fellow at several research institutions including the Paris Institute for Advanced Study, London School of Economics and Political Science and Harvard University.

Primary research areas
  • Global Governance and Political Economy
  • Global Value Chain Law
  • European Integration, Governance and Political Economy
  • Sociology of Law
  • Social Legal and Constitutional Theory
  • Historical Sociology
  • Theories of Normativity
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Poul F. Kjær / Three Models of Transformative Law
Amsterdam : Amsterdam Centre for Transformative Private Law 24.4.2024
Net publication - Internet publication
Poul F. Kjær / Five Variations of Transformative Law : Beyond Private and Public Interests.
In: Erasmus Law Review, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2023, p. 140-146
Journal article > peer review
Poul F. Kjær / From Colonial Law to Global Value Chain Law : Universalism versus Globalism.
Paper presented at European Public Law after Empires, 2023
Paper > peer review
Poul F. Kjær / From Conflicts Law to Transformative Law : Facing ‘Fragmented Globalisation’.
Paper presented at Law, Conflict and Transformation, 2023
Paper > peer review
Poul F. Kjær / Transformativ ret : Kan retten dynamiseres?.
In: Transformationens politik: Ledelse af tidens udfordringer. . ed. /Niels Åkerstrøm Andersen; Dorthe Pedersen; Erik Mygind du Plessis; Jette Sandager. København : Nyt fra Samfundsvidenskaberne 2023, p. 219-234
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Poul F. Kjær / How to Study Worlds : Or Why One Should (not) Care about Methodology.
In: The Politics of European Legal Research: Behind the Method. . ed. /Marija Bartl; Jessica C. Lawrence. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2022, p. 208–222 (Elgar Studies in Legal Research Methods)
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Anna Beckers; Klaas Hendrik Eller; Poul F. Kjær / The Transformative Law of Political Economy in Europe
In: European Law Open, Vol. 1, No. 4, 2022, 11 p., p. 749-759
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Anna Beckers (Editor) ; Klaas Hendrik Eller (Editor) ; Poul F. Kjær (Editor) / Transformative Law of Political Economy in Europe : Special Issue of European Law Open.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 2022, 257 p. (European Law Open, No. Special Issue 4, Vol. 1)
Poul F. Kjær / What is Transformative Law?
Paper presented at The Transformative Law of Political Economy in Europe, 2022
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Poul F. Kjær / What is Transformative Law?
In: European Law Open, Vol. 1, No. 4, 2022, p. 760-780
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Name of Contractual Partner Duration of Activity Type of Activity
Venstre's Europaudvalg 4 December 2021 Talk
SEB 2019 Lecture for employees and stakeholders