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Our Board


Janine Ubink (jubink@law.uci.edu)

Past Presidents

G. van Steenhoven
M. Galanter
G. Woodman
H. Finkler
K. von Benda-Beckmann
A. Griffiths
M. Bavinck


Carolien Jacobs(c.i.m.jacobs@law.leidenuniv.nl)

Board November 2016 – November 2019

Jennifer Corrin (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Marie-Claire Foblets (Max Planck Institute, Halle, Germany)     

Armando Guevera-Gil (Lima, Peru)                            

Andre J. Hoekema (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)        

Chuma Himonga (University of Cape Town, South Africa)                 

René Kuppe (University of Vienna, Austria)                          

Sally Engle Merry (New York University, USA)                       

Natasha Novikova (Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Moscow, Russia)

Ghislain Otis (University of Ottawa, Canada)

D. Parthasarathy (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay)      

Rajendra Pradhan (Nepa School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Kathmandu, Nepal)     

Christa Rautenbach (North-West University, South Africa)

Yüksel Sezgin (Syracuse University, United States)                

Rachel Sieder (Center for Research and Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology, Mexico)

Indira Simbolon (Asian Development Bank, Philippines)           

Masami Mori Tachibana (Kyoto Bunkyo University, Japan)       

Bertram Turner (Max Planck Institute, Halle, Germany)          

Patricia Urteaga (Universidad Catolica de Lima, Peru)                                

Ulrike Wanitzek (University of Bayreuth, Germany)                

Markus Weilenmann (Office for Conflict Research in Developing Countries, Switzerland)   

Werner Zips (University of Vienna, Austria)

Ex Officio Members
Maarten Bavinck (Past President, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Keebet von Benda-Beckmann (Past President, Max Planck Institute, Halle, Germany)

Anne Griffiths (Past President, University of Edinburgh, Scotland)

Dik Roth (Wageningen University, the Netherlands)

Janine Ubink (Current President, Leiden University, the Netherlands)

Melanie Wiber (University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada)  


Call for papers: 9th International Conference on Culture and International Law

The Center for International Law Studies (CILS) Faculty of Law, Universitas Indonesia in collaboration with Faculty of Law Brawijaya University are pleased to announce the 9th CILS International Conference on Culture and International Law. The Conference will be located at the Faculty of Law, Brawijaya University, Malang, Indonesia on 2-3 October 2018. We invite all legal scholars and professionals from within and outside Indonesia to submit abstracts and paper over current developments and legal issues in international law within the scope of the current theme.

Should you have further inquiries, please contact Ms. Anbar Jayadi and Ms. Dita Liliansa at cilsconference@ui.ac.id.

Global South Writing Workshops

The Centre for Law and Global Justice, Cardiff University, is running a series of writing workshops with partners in the global south, and with UK socio-legal journals and the British Academy. The workshops are being run as mentoring, learning and advice sessions for scholars interested in developing and publishing socio-legal work. Workshops will be held in autumn 2018 in Accra, Nairobi, Bangalore and Recife. More details can be found here.

In Memoriam Gordon Woodman (1937-2017)

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Gordon Woodman who was one of the founding fathers of the Commission on Legal Pluralism and its Journal. Keebet von Benda-Beckmann and Ulrike Wanitzek wrote an In Memoriam for him which is now published in the Journal of Legal Pluralism. You can download it through this link. Gordon will be missed dearly.

In Memoriam John Griffiths (1940-2017)

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of John Griffiths. John developed his interest in sociology of law in the early 1970s and he started teaching this subject in 1973 at New York University. He moved to the University of Groningen in 1976, were he was appointed Professor in 1977. Until his retirement in 2015 he lived and worked in Groningen. He was one of the founding fathers of the Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law and will be remembered for his contribution in early debates about the content and scope of the concept of legal pluralism. John will be missed by his many former-colleagues, graduate students and friends.