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Cultural expertise is an emergent concept in the social sciences to indicate the special knowledge deployed by experts of laws and cultures for assisting decision-making authorities in conflict resolution and the ascertainment of rights, with information on the socio-legal backgrounds of facts and persons involved.


At EURO-EXPERT we are developing and scrutinising the new socio-legal concept of cultural expertise for studying its use and impact in Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. We collect both quantitative and qualitative data for answering the following question: Cultural Expertise in Europe: What is it useful for?
Our objectives are: 1) mapping cultural expertise in-court and out-of-court; 2) creating a toolkit for measuring the impact of cultural expertise; 3) establishing an Open Access searchable database for the consultation of cases and expert reports including cultural expertise; 4) designing a teaching and learning module and training components; and 5) formulating policy-making guidelines which include tested solutions for a sustainable inclusiveness in Europe.


Cultural Expertise in Europe: What is it useful for? (EURO-EXPERT), Consolidator Grant project n. 681814 is funded by the European Research Council.



On the 23 October 2022 Livia Holden was given a honorary membership to the Canadian Anthropology Association (CASCA) as acknowledgement of her work on the subject of cultural expertise, the professionalization of anthropology, and the potential for EURO-EXPERT and CULTEXP networks to serve as vital bases for Canadian anthropologists whose work includes service to the courts.

Livia Holden was nominated outstanding woman academic and scientist by the Swiss National Foundation on the 18th March 2021.

Livia Holden and Malvika Seth were awarded funds by the Independent Social Research Foundation for Cultural Expertise in South Asia and Europe.

Ann Black (University of Queensland) author of ‘Cultural Expertise in Australia: Colonial Laws, Customs, and Emergent Legal Pluralism’ in Cultural Expertise and Socio-Legal Studies (2019 primary output of EURO-EXPERT) was selected as a winner of the Outstanding Author Contribution category in the 2020 Emerald Literati Awards.

EURO-EXPERT was selected for the Horizon Results Booster Program 2020 – 2021 funded by the European Commission.

EURO-EXPERT is among the five projects which scored highest in Public Engagement, Gender Equality, Open Access, Science Literacy and Science Education, Ethics and Governance according to NewHoRRIzon in 2018.


SABRINA CIOLFI (3 June – 30 August 2019)

JOHN R CAMPBELL(1 March – 31 August 2019)

CHORSWANG NGIN (1 January- 30 June 2019)

BEATRIZ BARREIRO  (5th – 21st July 2018)

STANISLAW BURDZIEJ (11 June 2018 – 24 June 2018)

TAINA COOKE (1 October 2017 – 31 December 2017) 

Advisory Committee

Khadija Elmadmad

Law Professor, Advocate and International Consultant, Director, UNESCO Centre “The Law and Migration”

Ralph Grillo

Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex

Susan F. Hirsh

Professor, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University

Ziba Mir-Hosseini

Legal Anthropologist and Activist

Lawrence Rosen

William Nelson Cromwell professor of Anthropology at Princeton

Ulrike Schultz

Senior Academic, FernUniversity in Hagen, retired, President Research Committee for the Sociology of Law 

Pamela Slotte

Vice-director of the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives



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