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Next international Legal Pluralism Conference: 9-11 August 2017, Syracuse, NY, USA

The next International Conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism will take place in Syracuse (New York, USA) on August 9-11, 2017. The conference is organised in collaboration with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. The conference theme is: Citizenship, Legal Pluralism and Governance in the Age of Globalization. The call for panels is now open. Please have a look here. The call for papers will follow in Fall. Prior to the conference, from 4-7 August, a course will be organized for young scholars on the main theories, themes and methodologies of legal pluralism. More information on the course will follow soon. To get an impression of the previous conference and course, you can already have a look at the information provided below.


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 next 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!



Realising Justice? Negotiating land reform in Southern Africa- Second Year Workshop, Edinburgh, June 16, 2016

This is the second in a series of workshops, research and training modules, funded by the British Academy’s International Partnership and Mobility Scheme to be conducted in Botswana, Edinburgh, Malawi and Zimbabwe addressing the critical issue of access to land and land reform in Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries. The project recognizes the critical importance of land and its centrality in promoting wellbeing not only in national but also in local contexts. Scholars from Malawi, Edinburgh, Botswana and Zimbabwe are examining the impact of current land tenure systems and effects of land reform polices on livelihoods. The workshops seek to engage scholars from Africa and elsewhere to discuss the importance of land policies in the context of debates about development and fair distribution of resources. For the pressure on land use and access to land is one of the most pressing of global challenges to peace, sustainability and justice in the twenty-first century.

Please have a look at the attachments for more information and the programme.


Workshop- Denaturalizing climate change

The international Workshop “Denaturalizing Climate Change: Perspectives for critical adaptation research” will be held in Oaxaca, Mexico from September 28 to September 30, 2016. The workshop aims to develop de-colonizing and re-politicizing perspectives on climate change adaptation, de-centering Western perspectives and bringing together critical viewpoints from social research. The deadline to send proposals was January 30, 2016.

For more information, please contact the organizers: Silja Klepp (klepp@uni-bremen.de) and Libertad Chavez-Rodriguez, (libertadchavez@ciesas.edu.mx).

The Workshop is organized by Die Junge Akademie (German Young Academy of Scientists) in cooperation with CIESAS Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, Mexico and artec Sustainability Research Center, University of Bremen, Germany.

LASSnet Conference, 10-12 December 2016

The fourth edition of the LASSnet conference “Thinking with Evidence: Seeking Certainty, Making Truth” will be hosted by the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance (JNU, Delhi) in collaboration with the National Law University of Delhi (Dwarka), O.P. Jindal Global University (Sonepat) and IIT (Delhi). Date: 10-12 December 2016. Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India.

For more info, contact the LASSnet 2016 Steering Committee: lassnet2016@gmail.com. To join LASSnet please write to lassnet@gmail.com. Other information will be announced in due course lassnet@blogspot.com and http://www.lassnet.org.

Annual Meeting Law and Society Association, 2-5 June 2016

The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association will be held in New Orleans, June 2-5, 2016. The theme of the meeting is: AT THE DELTA; Belonging, place and visions of law and social change.

For more information see the website of the Law and Society Association


IUAES Inter-Congress, 4-9 May 2016

The International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences is organising its Inter-Congress World anthropologies and privatization of knowledge: engaging anthropology in public in Dubrovnik, Croatia, 4-9 May 2016. 

For more info, check the website of the IUAES