Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law


NUMBER 27 / 1988






GRAY CAVENDER is Associate Professor at the School of Justice Studies, Arizona State University. He holds a law degree and a doctorate in criminology. His research interests include corporate and government crime. He is co-author of Corporate Crime under Attack: The Ford Pinto Case and Beyond (1987) and is currently engaged together with colleagues in an analysis of the Iran Contra affair. He is also working on a paper concerning the resurgence of the occult as an explanation for criminal and deviant behavior.

SINCLAIR DINNEN is Lecturer. in Law at the University of Papua New Guinea. He received his legal training at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, and his M.A. in criminology from Sheffield University. His recent empirical research concerns sentencing in the superior courts in Papua New Guinea.


LYNETTE TOM DOWD is Research Fellow in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Queensland, on leave from her position as Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Health Studies, Macarthur Institute of Higher Education, Sydney. She is a Registered Nurse, with graduate training in Aboriginal Education and International Health/Cross-Cultural Nursing. She is currently engaged in research sponsored by the Australian Health and Medical Research Council concerning an evaluation of the Queensland Aboriginal Health Programme. She has had extensive experience in primary health care and, in consultation with Aboriginal people, has developed and co-ordinated community development, health education and health worker training projects. Her major research interest is in cross-cultural health/nursing issues, indigenous health care and program planning in primary health care.

ANNE-KATRIN ECKERMANN is Principal Lecturer in the Centre for Multicultural Studies, Armindale College of Advanced Education, where she is co-ordinator of the Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Aboriginal Education). Her research among rural-urban Aboriginal communities in Queensland began in 1969 and has continued - more recently including New South Wales - to the present. In response to educational needs expressed in rural-urban Aboriginal communities, she designed the Associate Diploma in Aboriginal Studies and she has served on various accreditation committees for Aboriginal Studies courses. She regularly conducts in-service education for teachers and community members and serves as a consultant to a number of schools in New South Wales and Queensland. Her major research interests include methodological issues in the social sciences, educational philosophy and practice, power and powerlessness, and minorities. She has published extensively, contributing articles to both books and scholarly journals, and has made submissions on Aboriginal education to State and Federal governments in Australia and served as a consultant to the Australian Law Reform Commission.

PETER FITZPATRICK is Professor of Law and Social Theory at the University of Kent, Canterbury, and a regular contributor to JLP. See issues 20 and 22 for further particulars.

TIM QUINLAN is a Research Officer at the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Durban-Westville, South Africa. He received his training at the University of Cape Town, where he is currently working on a doctorate concerning rural political processes and the construction of ethnic categories. He has also carried out research on land tenure and range use in Lesotho.

KURT RADTKE studied Chinese, Japanese and Russian at the University of Leiden and received his Ph.D. from Australian National University in 1975. From 1974 to 1978 he worked at Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand, and from 1978 to 1985 at the Sociological Institute of the University of Leiden. In 1985 he joined the Japanese Department at Leiden where he was appointed Professor of Modern Japanese History in 1987. His main research areas are comparative studies of China and Japan in the field of policies, government and culture.

ALFRED RUEGG is attached to the University of Zurich. He is engaged in numerous research and development projects related to the third world.

FRANCIS SNYDER is an associate editor of JLP and a frequent contributor. See issue 24 for further particulars.

BOYCE P. WANDA was born in 1944 in Mzimba District, Malawi. He is a barrister-at-law (Middle Temple, 1968) and Associate Professor of Law at the University of Swaziland. He studied law at the Universities of London (LL.B. 1968, Ph.D. 1979) and Harvard (LL.M. 1972). After working for three years in the Malawi Ministry of Justice as State Counsel, he joined the Law Department of the University of Malawi in 1972, where he taught until 1987. He has written papers on family law, constitutional law, human rights and the Malawi legal system. His main area of research is customary family law, on which he is currently engaged in writing a book.


ULRIKE WANITZEK has been attached to the Faculty of Law and Economics of the University of Bayreuth, West Germany, since 1980, when she received her degree in law from the University of Augsburg. She received her doctorate in 1985, based on research on the law of the child in Tanzania (1982-1983); in 1985 and in 1986 she conducted further research in Tanzania on questions of family law and socio-economic development. In 1988 she was guest-lecturer at the University of Ghana. Her principal publications are Kindschaftsrecht in Tanzania unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des Rechts der Sukuma (Hogenschäftlarn, Renner, 1986) and “Family law reform in Tanzania: a socio-legal report,” International Journal of Law and the Family 2: 1-26 (1988) (with B.A. Rwezaura).

GORDON R. WOODMAN is an associate editor of JLP and a frequent contributor. See issue 24 for further particulars.