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Young Scholar Best Paper Award


In 2015, the Commission on Legal Pluralism decided to introduce a ‘Young Scholar Award’ for the best paper presented during the biennial conferences, with a view to drawing more attention to this field of study and academic research.

Eligible candidates

The award is conceived as an incentive award for young researchers, and the nominations are limited to ‘young scholars’, i.e. scholars who obtained their PhD (or any other degree where relevant) no longer than six years before the starting date of the conference.

The prize is awarded at each biannual conference and consists of a present and the publication of the winning paper in the peer-reviewed, international Journal of Legal Pluralism. For more information on the journal please visit the CLP website at: http://commission-on-legal-pluralism.com/nl/journal_of_legal_pluralism

Criteria for participation 

To qualify for the best paper award, submissions have to fulfil the following requirements:

- Papers should be original work, not published earlier; papers by more than one author are  accepted, on the condition that all authors fulfil the requirements;

- Papers should be accepted and presented at the conference for which it is submitted;

- Papers should be full papers, well-written (in English), clearly structured, argued and referenced;

- Papers should clearly address issues that are relevant to the field of legal pluralism, either as a fully theoretical paper or as a case study-based paper linking insights from the case study to theory of legal pluralism.


All manuscripts will be evaluated and the prize winners selected by an international jury that is composed of one member of the Executive Body of the Commission on Legal Pluralism, one member of the local organizing committee of the conference and the Editor in Chief of the Journal of legal Pluralism.

Submission procedure for the Ottawa conference

The deadline for submission of papers for the Ottawa conference is 1 June 2018. Papers submitted for the award should be submitted personally by the author(s) of the paper. If you intend to participate, send your paper to Dik Roth (dik.roth@wur.nl), adding a cover letter stating that you wish to participate and that author(s) and paper fulfil the general requirements.


The Young Scholar Award 2018 will be presented at the General Assembly of the biennial conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism held in Ottawa from 22 to 24 August 2018. More details will be announced later.

Additional information

For more information please contact Dik.Roth@wur.nl

Writing Workshop for young scholars

During 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. Click for more info.

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”.
The conference will be held in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, on July 15-17, 2020.
Please send your panel proposals to j.corrin@law.uq.edu.au (for the attention of Prof Jennifer Corrin) by no later than 7 October 2019.

For more info, check the Conference Website

This call for PANELS will be followed by a call for individual PAPERS in November 2019.


Save the Date - CLP Course & Conference 2020 in Brisbane

The dates for our upcoming Commission on Legal Pluralism Conference in Brisbane (Australia) are set: Course: 10-13 July, 2020 and Conference: 15-17 July, 2020. The Conference and Course will be co-organized by the School of Law at The University of Queensland. More information and a Call for Panels/Papers will follow. For now: save these dates!

Call for Applications – Trials Workshops, NU Singapore

The 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. TRIALS (Training Initiative for Asian Law and Society Scholars) workshops will feature a four-day introduction to the theories and literatures of law and society, individual mentoring by leading law and society scholars from around the world, and discussion of research methodologies, scholarly writing, preparation of manuscripts for publication, and career planning.

The deadline for applications is 20 June 2019.

For more information: see attachment.


Call for papers: 9th International Conference on Culture and International Law

The Center for International Law Studies (CILS) Faculty of Law, Universitas Indonesia in collaboration with Faculty of Law Brawijaya University are pleased to announce the 9th CILS International Conference on Culture and International Law. The Conference will be located at the Faculty of Law, Brawijaya University, Malang, Indonesia on 2-3 October 2018. We invite all legal scholars and professionals from within and outside Indonesia to submit abstracts and paper over current developments and legal issues in international law within the scope of the current theme.

Should you have further inquiries, please contact Ms. Anbar Jayadi and Ms. Dita Liliansa at cilsconference@ui.ac.id.

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 being run as mentoring, learning and advice sessions for scholars interested in developing and publishing socio-legal work. Workshops will be held in autumn 2018 in Accra, Nairobi, Bangalore and Recife. More details can be found here.

In Memoriam Gordon Woodman (1937-2017)

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Gordon Woodman who was one of the founding fathers of the Commission on Legal Pluralism and its Journal. Keebet von Benda-Beckmann and Ulrike Wanitzek wrote an In Memoriam for him which is now published in the Journal of Legal Pluralism. You can download it through this link. Gordon will be missed dearly.

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.