About us & our Objectives
About us & our Objectives
By September 2017 more than 350 lawyers, anthropologists and other social scientists, representing all regions of the world and concerned with legal pluralism in both theory and practice, were participants in the activities of the Commission. The growth of the Commission reflects a growing awareness of the contemporary existence of legal plurality, not only in countries with indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities, but also in the industrialised societies as such.
The Commission on Legal Pluralism furthers knowledge and understanding of legal pluralism, with a focus upon theoretical and practical problems resulting from the interaction of different types of law, such as state law, international and transnational law, religious law, and customary law. It provides a meeting ground for the concerns of social and legal sciences in the study of law in society and the resulting power relations, and in the resolution of social problems.
Among its main activities are the organization of international symposia; the initiation and encouragement of Regional Working Groups in different parts of the world; the organization and delivery of courses and summer schools on legal pluralism; and the publication of the Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law (JLP- thrice every year)
The Commission's first scientific symposium was held in Bellagio, Italy, in 1981 on the theme "State Institutions and their Use of Folk Law". The second, on "The Actual and Legal Position of Ethnic and Cultural Minorities", took place in Vancouver, in 1983. Two symposia were held in 1986: in Tutzing, Bavaria, Germany, on "Formal and Informal Social Security", and in Sydney, on "Folk Law and Indigenous Rights - A Comparative Perspective". Since 1986, a long series of symposia were held in Zagreb (Yugoslavia, 1988), in Ottawa (Canada, 1990), in Amsterdam (Netherlands, 1991), in Wellington (New Zealand, 1992), Mexico City (Mexico, 1993), Accra (Ghana, 1995), Moscow (Russia, 1997), Williamsburg (U.S.A. 1998), Arica (Chile, 2000), Chiang Mai (Thailand, 2002), Fredericton (Canada, 2004), Jakarta (Indonesia, 2006), Zurich (Switzerland, 2009), Cape Town (South Africa 2011), Manchester (UK, 2013) and Mumbai (2015). The most recent congress took place in Ottawa, Canada in 2018.
Membership is open to anyone with a serious and substantial scholarly or practical commitment to or involvement in the field of legal pluralism. Those interested in joining are invited to register as a member at Groupspaces or contact the Executive Secretary Dr. Carolien Jacobs.
Call for Papers for the International conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism, in collaboration with the University of Queensland’s TC Beirne School of Law and Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law: Knowledge, Power and the Politics of Difference - Looking at Legal Pluralism “from Down-under”.
Also attached is a list of proposed panels linked to the conference theme.
The conference will be held at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on 15-17 July 2020.
Please send your abstracts to email@example.com (for the attention of Prof Jennifer Corrin) no later than January 31, 2020 (extended deadline).
Writing Workshop for young scholarsDuring the Brisbane Conference (15-17 July, 2020) Dik Roth organizes a Writing Workshop for young scholars aiming to publish their work in the Journal of Legal Pluralism.
CLP Conference Brisbane - CALL FOR PANELS
Call for Panels for the International Conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism in collaboration with the University of Queensland’s TC Beirne School of Law and Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law: Knowledge, Power and the Politics of Difference - Looking at Legal Pluralism “from Down-under”...
CLP Course & Conference 2020 in Brisbane
The dates for our upcoming Commission on Legal Pluralism Conference in Brisbane (Australia) are set...
Call for Applications – Trials Workshops NU, SingaporeThe Centre for Asian Legal Studies (CALS) at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS Law), is pleased to invite applications for either of two workshops to train law and society scholars who conduct research in Asia....
Call for papers: 9th International Conference on Culture and International LawThe Center for International Law Studies (CILS) Faculty of Law, Universitas Indonesia in collaboration with Faculty of Law Brawijaya University are pleased to announce....
Global South Writing Workshops
The Centre for Law and Global Justice, Cardiff University, is running a series of writing workshops with partners in the global south, and with UK socio-legal journals and the British Academy. The workshops are...
In Memoriam Gordon Woodman (1937-2017)It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Gordon Woodman who was...
In Memoriam John Griffiths (1940-2017)It is with great sadness that we note the passing of John Griffiths....
New Board elected
Dear Members of the Commission on Legal Pluralism,
It is our pleasure to announce that we have a new Board.
The following persons have been elected...