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Publications of the Commission on Legal Pluralism

The following is a collection of publications that came out or are planned to come out as a result of CLP conferences and other official CLP events such as workshops and panels at other conferences.

A number of publications is to be expected as outcome of the Jubilee Congress of the Commission on Legal Pluralism (1981-2011), ‘Living Realities of Legal Pluralism’, held in cooperation with the Centre for Legal and Applied Research (CLEAR), the Research Chair in Customary Law and the Chair for Comparative Law in Africa, and the University of Cape Town, South Africa, September 2011.

2015. Bavinck, M. and A. Jyotishi. Conflict, Negotiations and Natural Resource Management: A legal pluralism perspective from India. (Routledge Explorations in Environmental Studies). London: Routledge.

2015 Special Issue of the Journal of Legal Pluralism, volume 47, issue 1

2011 The governance of legal pluralism : empirical studies from Africa and beyond.
Werner Zips and Markus Weilenmann.(eds.) Münster: : LIT Verlag.

2011 Special Issue of the Journal of Legal Pluralism, volume 43, issue 64 

2009 Spatializing Law. An Anthropological Geography of Law in Society.
Franz von Benda-Beckmann, Keebet von Benda-Beckmann and Anne Griffiths (eds.) Ashgate Publishing Limited, Farnham and Burlington.

2007 Corruption and the Secret of Law. A Legal Anthropologist Perspective.
Monique Nuijten and Gerhard Anders (eds.) Ashgate Publishing Limited, Farnham and Burlington.

2006 Jakarta, Indonesia, Papers of the XVth International Congress: Law, Power and Culture: Transnational, National and Local Processes in the Context of Legal Pluralism.
June 29th - July 2nd 2006. Papers available only in CD format.

2005 Liquid Relations:Contested Water Rights And Legal Complexity.
Dik Roth, Rutgerd Boelens, Margreet Zwarteveen (eds.) Rutgers University Press

2005 Christoph Eberhard and Nidhi Gupta, eds- Legal Pluralism in India.
Special Issue Indian Socio-Legal Journal XXXI

2004 Papers of the XIVth International Congress: Law, Plural Society and Social Cohesion in the 21st Century. 
26-29, 2004, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.  Available only in CD format.

2002 Papers of the XIIIth International Congress: Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law in Social, Economic and Political Development.
7-10 April 2002, Chaing Mai, Thailand. Edited by Rajendra Pradhan. Published by the International Center for the Study of Nature, Environment and Culture, Kathmandu, Nepal. Three Volumes.

2001. Papers from the Moscow Conference II, Journal of Legal Pluralism nr. 46, pp. 121-194

2000 XII Congresso Internacional.
Derecho Consuetudinario Y Pluralismo Legal: Desafios n el Tercer Milenio, Marzo 13-17, Milka Castro Lucic, ed., Arica-Chile.

2000. Papers from the Moscow Conference I, Journal of Legal Pluralism nr. 45, pp. 77-164

1999 Obychnoe pravo i pravavoy pluralism.
(Materialy XI mezhdunarodnogo kongressa po obychnomu pravu i pravovomu pluralizmu, avgust 1997 (Moskva) [Folk Law and Legal Pluralism. (Proceedings of the 11th International Congress on Folk Law and Legal Pluralism, August 1997, Moscow)], Novikova, N.I. and V.A. Tishdov (eds.), Moscow: Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, 252 p.

1999 Papers of the XIth International Congress of Folk Law and Legal Pluralism: Societies in Transformation.
Benda-Beckmann, K. von and Harald W. Finkler (eds.), Moscow: Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, 395 p.

1998 Proceedings of the XIIth International Symposium Williamsburg, U.S.A., July 26-August 1, 1998.
14th International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Williamsburg, Va., U.S.A. Melanie G. Wiber (ed.), December 1998

1997 Natural Resources, Environment and Legal Pluralism.
F. and K. von Benda Beckmann and A. Hoekema (guest eds.), in Law and Anthropology, International Yearbook for Legal Anthropology, Vol. 9, 325 p. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, The Netherlands

1996 Indigenous Self-Determination and Legal Pluralism.
Kuppe, Rene and Richard Potz (eds.), in Law and Anthropology, International Yearbook for Legal Anthropology, Vol. 8, 280 p. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, The Netherlands

1996 Popular Justice: Conflict Resolution within Communities.
Foblets, Marie-Claire, Anne Griffiths, Carol LaPraire and Gordon Woodman (eds.), in Journal of Legal Pluralism, 36, special issue, 214 p.

1995 Papers of the Commission's Xth Internationbal Congress.
Legon, Ghana, August 21-24, 1995, compiled by Harald Finkler, 394 p.

1993 Legal Pluralism in Industrial Societies.
Greenhouse, Carol, and Fons Strijbosch, in Journal of Legal Pluralism (special issue). Back issues of the Journal of Legal Pluralism are available from William S. Hein & Co., Inc. 1285 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14209-1987, USA

1992 Proceedings of the VIIth International Congress.
Wellington, New Zealand, 27-30 August, as compiled by the Law Faculty, Victoria University of Wellington, vol. I, 428 p. This volume is out of print.

1991 Proceedings of the VIth International Symposium.
Ottawa, Canada, August 14-18, 1990, as compiled by Harald Finkler, Vol. I and II, 956 p.  Inquiries should be addressed to mr H. Finkler, 53 William Street, Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada K7C 1Y1.

1990-91 The socio-Legal Position of Women in Changing Society.
LaPrairie, Carol and Els Baerends (eds.), in Journal of Legal Pluralism (special double issue), 339 p. Back issues of this issue are available from William S. Hein & Co., Inc. 1285 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14209-1987, USA

1990 Group Rights: Strategies for Assisting the Fourth World.
Kuppe, René, Melanie Wiber and Anne Griffiths (eds.), in Law and Anthropology, Internationales Jahrbuch für Rechtsantropologie, no. 5, 294 p.  To be obtained from VWGÖ-Verlag, Lindengasse 37, A-1070 Wien (Vienna), Austria.

1988 Indigenous Law and the State.
Morse, B. and Gordon Woodman (eds.), Foris Publications, Dordrecht, Holland 1988, 472 p. Now available from Walter de Gruyter, Genthiner Strasse 13, D-1000 Berlin 30, Germany

1988 Between Kinship and the State. Social Security and Law in Developing Countries.
F. von Benda-Beckmann, K. von Benda-Beckmann, E. Casino, F. Hirtz, G.R. Woodman, H.F. Zacher (eds.), Foris Publications, Dordrecht, Holland 1988, 495 p. Now available from Walter de Gruyter, Genthiner Strasse 13, D-1000 Berlin 30, Germany

1985 People's Law and State Law, the Bellagio Papers.
Allott, Anthony and Gordon Woodman (eds.), Foris Publications, Dordrecht, Holland 1985, 355 p. Now available from Walter de Gruyter, Genthiner Strasse 13, D-1000 Berlin 30, Germany

1985 Papers from the Vancouver Symposia.
In Journal of Legal Pluralism 23, special issue, 225 p. Back issues of the Journal of Legal Pluralism are available from Fred Rothman, 10368 West Centennial Road, Littleton, Colorado 80127, USA.

1983 Papers of the Symposia on Folk Law and Legal Pluralism.
XIth International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Vancouver, Canada, August 19-23, 1983, compiled by Harald Finkler, Vol. I and II, Ottawa 1983, 1209 p. These volumes are out of print.



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