Dike (Greek «Law», «Justice» lat. Astraea) is a Greek goddess and the personification of justice. She is one of the Horae (the Hours) and the daughter of Zeus and Themis. Her line of descent expresses the fact that justice has its source in corresponding power (Zeus) where there are just laws (Themis).
Its sisters are Eunomia and Eirene. Dike tells her father Zeus of any wicked people so that they can suffer just retribution at his hands. At the start of this age, the fifth or Iron Age which, according to Greek mythology, will end in a state of complete lawlessness, she was the last of the divinities to flee the earth where mankind dwelt and was replaced in the heavens as a constellation (sign of the Zodiac) Virgo. Dike is equivalent to Justitia in Roman mythology.
Profile of publishing house
The publishing firm was founded in 1985 by Professor Dr. iur. Dr. h.c. Ivo Schwander, University of St. Gallen. After 2006 the shareholder base was expanded by including management and the book program was enlarged significantly. Since August 2015, the publishing house is owned by the publishing group C.H. Beck, Munich. The firm has an academic orientation and focuses on law, political science, social science and economics. There is considerable emphasis here on interdisciplinary and practical aspects. The company has, not least due to its important journals, a large base of potential authors who are either academics or actual practitioners.
Overview of the book and journal program
The book program includes over 1000 publications (as at April 2017) from all areas of the law. The firm also handles various series as well as seven journals and periodicals.
Publications are distributed through Balmer Bücherdienst AG, Einsiedeln. English books are sold very successfully through its partner ISBS - International Specialized Book Service, Portland (USA) and Middlesex (GB).
Ecology and sustainability are important to us. DIKE has therefore set itself the goal of offsetting the CO2 emissions associated with the production of books and magazines. That is why we work together with the myclimate foundation, which has its headquarters in Zurich and is based on an initiative of the ETH Zurich. In this way, we are making our contribution on the path to a sustainable future. The offset contributions support a reforestation project in Nicaragua. In the Platanares watershed in the municipality of San Juan de Limay, small farming families are working together to reforest unused parts of their land. This improves the ecological and socio-economic conditions in the region and at the same time makes a sustainable contribution to climate protection.