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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!



Call for papers- 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 is January 30, 2016.

Please send your proposals per e-mail to 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.

Abstracts for proposals should be submitted no later than 1 February 2016.

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.

Call for papers- "Setting Forth at Dawn"

“Setting Forth At Dawn” – a workshop on the Geopolitics and Practices of Writing and Publishing in Africa has announced a call for papers. Deadline for abstracts is 25 January 2016. The workshop is hosted by the College of Law & Governance in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Research & Community Services Jimma University, Ethiopia.

Questions and abstracts should be submitted by 25 January 2016 to: juwrites@gmail.com and 
ambermurrey@gmail.com. For more info, see the link

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. The call for papers is now open. Deadline for submission of abstracts is January 31, 2016.

For more info, check the website of the IUAES

Conference of the Human Rights Integration Network, 9-11 December 2015

On 9-11 December 2015, the Human Rights Integration network organizes an international conference to explore the foundations and implications of human rights fragmentation and integration. The conference will take place in Ghent, Belgium. Registration for the conference is open until 15 November 2015. For more info, check the website

RELAJU Congress

The Latin American Network of Legal Anthropology (RELAJU) held its ninth congress from 30/09/15 to 02/10/15 in Pirenopolis, Brazil with the title “Plural Societies and National States: limits and challenges for the effectiveness of rights”.

For more information see the website of RELAJU (in Portuguese).