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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


Giselle Corradi (Giselle.Corradi@UGent.be)

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) 

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

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, University of California Irvine, USA)

Gordon Woodman (Past President, University of Birmingham, UK)         


18th IUAES World Congres, July 16-20, 2018

The 18th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) has the following general subject: The past, present and future of anthropological knowledge. It will be hosted by the Federal University of Santa Catarina, in Florianópolis, the capital city of the Brazilian southern state of Santa Catarina, with the support of the Brazilian Association of Anthropology (ABA). This will be the first world congress of anthropology to be held in South America since a first meeting in London in 1934.

Panel proposals can be submitted until 30 October 2017. A call for papers to be included in accepted panels will be open from 1 December 2017.

For more information, check: http://www.iuaes2018.org/site/capa

LSA Annual Meeting 2018, June 7-10, 2018

The Law and Society Association (LSA) and the Canadian Law and Society Association jointly organize a meeting in Toronto: “Law at the crossroads: le droit a la croisée des chemins”. Date: June 7-10, 2018. Venue: Sheraton Centre, Toronto, Canada.

For paper and session proposals, see: http://www.lawandsociety.org/Toronto2018/toronto2018.html

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.

Conference: 'Anticipating Law: The prognostics of fear and hope', 19-21 September 2017

Professor Julia Eckert, Miia Halme-Tuomisaari, David Loher and Tobias Eule are organising a conference on “Anticipating Law: The Prognostics of Fear and Hope”, 19-21 September 2017, in Bern, Switzerland. Here is the Call for Papers: 

With calling for papers that engage with the theme of “Anticipating law” we mean to call into view both anticipations of law, that is the hopes and fears people put into law, and anticipatory laws, that is the attempt to legally regulate the future. Both anticipations of law and anticipatory laws, we hold, are shaped by fear and hope as different forms of anticipation.

The call for papers is open. Abstracts should be submitted by 1 March 2017 and full papers are expected by 1 September 2017. For submission of abstracts and queries contact Julia Eckert, julia.eckert@anthro.unibe.ch David Loher david.loher@anthro.unibe.ch.

For more information, see attachment.

MARE People & the Sea Conference, 5-7 July 2017

On 5-7th of July 2017 the 9th MARE People & the Sea Conference will take place in Amsterdam. This year’s theme is Dealing with Maritime Mobilities. The conference will explore the nature of maritime mobilities and the ways climate and environmental change, economic development and maritime activities are affecting their direction and volume.

Deadline for panel, paper proposals and other conference formats: January 31st, 2017 (GMT). For detailed information about the programme and the different themes see the call for papers

International Meeting on Law and Society, Mexico City, 20-23 June 2017

The Law and Society Association and the Research Committee on the Sociology of Law are together organising an international meeting on law and society in Mexico City, June 20-23, 2017. The theme of the meeting is 'Walls, Borders, and Bridges: Law and Society in an Inter-Connected World'. 

Walls and bridges:  exclusion and inclusion.  Everybody recognizes these two contradictory themes; they have a big role today in national politics, and national law; in international politics, and international law.  A famous old statement had it that all politics is local; but today, all politics is, in some sense, global.  If country A wants to close its borders, and close back in on itself, it is because it is reacting to turmoil outside its boundaries.  Today, no wall can ever be high enough to shut out the forces that are shaping life in the 21st century, for better or for worse. 

We think our field can help us understand that world, what makes it tick, where it has been, and where it is going.  Our theme focuses on walls, borders, and bridges.  But of course, we welcome all studies of law and society; empirical studies, no matter how small, no matter how local, can be tiles that fit into a larger mosaic; and many of these studies will be relevant to our theme, even when this relevance is a bit hard to see.

Deadline for submission is October 18, 2016. For more information, visit the LSA webpage