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Commission on Legal Pluralism

Next biennial course and conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism: 17-24 August 2018, Ottawa, Canada:

Citizenship, legal pluralism and governance in the age of globalization

The University of Ottawa has graciously offered to host the Legal Pluralism conference and course in August of 2018. The conference will take place from 22 to 24 August 2018, as usual preceded by our course from 17 to 20 August. Please mark these dates in your calendar!

The theme of the conference is ‘Citizenship, Legal Pluralism and Governance in the Age of Globalization’. Please find here an overview of all accepted panels, as well as the Call for Papers. Paper abstracts can be submitted until 31 January 2018. During the conference we will award a prize for the best paper by a young scholar. Please have a look at http://commission-on-legal-pluralism.com/nl/young-scholar-award for the criteria, feel free to submit a paper or encourage your colleagues to do so.

Prior to the conference, we will organise an international course, covering theories, knowledge and methodologies of legal pluralism. If you are interested in learning more about the course, please have a look here!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at jubink@law.uci.edu. We are hoping to see many of you in Ottawa in August of 2018!



Special Issue The Journal of Legal Pluralism

The Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, Volume 47, Issue 3, November 2015 “Special Issue: Franz von Benda-Beckmann: Legal Pluralism in the Past and Future” is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online. See: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rjlp20/47/3.


Pre-conference Course and International Conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism

India, December 2015

Location: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, India

Dates: 10-12 and 14-16 December 2015

The Commission on Legal Pluralism in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay organized the most recent biennial pre-conference course on Legal Pluralism from 10 to 12 December 2015 in Mumbai, India. The course was followed by the biennial international conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism, which took place from 14 to 16 December 2015.

The pre-conference course offered young scholars the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the main theories, themes and methodologies of legal pluralism in a three and a half-day intensive course taught by academics and practitioners who are experts in the field.

The international conference entitled ‘Normative Interfaces of Globalization and High-Tech Capitalism: Legal Pluralism and the Neo-Liberal Turn’ paid particular attention to emerging areas that have gained momentum due to globalization, the emergence of ‘knowledge economies’, and the evolution of high-tech capitalism. These include debates on information technology, biotechnology, genetic engineering and intellectual property rights and their relationship with legal pluralism. The conference also addressed older themes, such as conflicts and contestations over property, land and natural resources; governance; religion, culture, custom and ethnicity; gender, patriarchy and kinship; human rights; development cooperation; as well as migration, mobility and transnationalism.

The Commission on Legal Pluralism granted its first ‘Young Scholar Best Paper Award’ for the best paper presented during its biennial conference in Mumbai. The jury, composed by Prof. Gordon Woodman, Prof. Ajit Menon and Prof. Dik Roth, has unanimously awarded the paper written by Joyce Das from Bangladesh, PhD student at the Crawford School of Public Policy, the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. The paper was titled 'Good laws, bad outcomes: Land rights and inheritance practices for Christian women in Bangladesh'. You can read the abstract of the paper and some jury comments here.

We would like to thank all participants of the course and the conference for their valuable contributions!



Call for papers- Conference Ninth Multidisciplinary Network of Researchers on Indigenous Peples, EMPI IX

This Call for Papers may be interesting for some of you: International Conference Ninth Multidisciplinary Meeting on Indigenous Peoples (EMPI IX) “Territories in dispute: epistemologies, resistances, spiritualities and rights”. University College Roosevelt, Utrecht University Middelburg, the Netherlands, 30/31 May - 1 June 2018.

Paper proposals (max. 300 words) in English or Spanish should be submitted by email at EMPI2018@ucr.nl up to the end of April 2018.

For detailed information, see the call for papers

Call for papers/panels/working groups Annual Conference of the Law and Development Research Network in Leiden

The Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society is hosting the annual conference of the Law and Development Research Network in Leiden, on 19-21 September, 2018. The theme of the conference is Interfaces.

Please look at the description of the theme and the call for papers, panels and working groups. We look forward receiving your suggestions for contributions by February 20, latest! Feel free to share the call with other people that you think might be interested.

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.