Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law


NUMBER 36 / 1996





Donald CLAIRMONT is a member of the Atlantic Institute of Criminology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has worked on native justice issues in Canada, preparing reports for native bands and the Aboriginal Justice Directorate, and is the author of the 3-volume Native Justice Issues in Nova Scotia, Halifax: Queens' Printer.


Mary CRNKOVICH is a lawyer and an advisor to Pauktuutit, the Canadian Inuit Women's Association.


Robert C. DEPEW is a consulting anthropologist based in the village of Oxford Station, Ontario, Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh in 1986, and has conducted field research in the Upper Fly River area of Papua New Guinea and in the Canadian arctic. From 1986 to 1992 he worked as a self-government negotiator and constitutional advisor in the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Government of Canada. Since then he has provided consulting services to aboriginal groups, the Government of Canada and the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. His research interests are in the areas of aboriginal policing and justice policy, self-government and organizational design, and comparative kinship, social organization and communication systems.


Marie-Claire FOBLETS is a member of the Belgian bar and holds a Ph.D. in anthropology. She lectures on anthropology and legal cultures at the Universities of Leuven, Brussels and Antwerp. She has made a specialised study of the legal position of members of immigrant communities in Belgium, on which subject she has published a number of papers and a book, Les familles maghrébines et la justice en Belgique, Paris: Éditions Karthala (1994).


Anne GRIFFITHS is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Private Law of Edinburgh University. She gained her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science for a study of family disputes in Molepolole, Botswana. She has published a series of articles on Tswana family law, two of them in the JLP (nr. 22, 1984 and nr. 30-31, 1990-91), and is shortly to publish a book with the University of Chicago Press.


Carol LAPRAIRIE works in the Office of the Solicitor-General for Canada. She holds an M.A. in Criminology and a Ph.D. in sociology. She was a guest co-editor of Numbers 30 and 31 of the Journal of Legal Pluralism (1990-1991) a Special Number on "The socio-legal position of women in changing society".


Daniel NINA has been since 1993 a Research Associate of the Institute of Criminology, University of Cape Town, South Africa. He was born in, and is an admitted attorney in Puerto Rico. He holds a B.A. in political science (1981) and a J.D. (1985) from the University of Puerto Rico, an M.A. in International Relations from New York University (1983), and an LL.M. in Comparative and International Law from Notre Dame University (1987). In 1991 he completed a Ph.D at the University of Kent, Canterbury, England, with a thesis on the criminal justice system of Puerto Rico during 1974-1984. He has written extensively on popular justice, and also on alternative dispute resolution (ADR), civil society, crime prevention and community safety, and community policing. He has been involved in training and supporting various South African communities in regulating non-state law and ordering mechanisms. He also writes fiction.


Pedro German NUÑEZ Palomino is Professor in the Faculty of Agrarian Law and Political Sciences at the University of Lima. He holds a J.D. degree from the Catholic University of Peru, a Licentiate in Education, and an LL.M. from Tulane University, USA.


Pamela Jane SCHWIKKARD has since 1990 been a Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Born in South Africa, she holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand, and LL.B. and LL.M. degrees from the University of Natal, and is an admitted attorney in that jurisdiction. She has written and researched in the field of popular justice, although her central area of research is the law of evidence.


Pieter de VRIES worked at the Centre of Anthropological Studies, Michoacan, Mexico. He has studied and published articles on local bureaucracy and the implementation of rural development programmes in Latin America, especially Costa Rica. In late 1995 he took up a staff post in the Department of Rural Development Sociology at the Agricultural University of Wageningen, The Netherlands, from which he had obtained a Ph.D. degree in 1992.


George D. WESTERMARK is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology of Santa Clara University, California. He has for the past 20 years studied the interaction of state and local level law in Papua New Guinea, especially in the Eastern Highlands, and has published numerous papers

Roger SOUTHALL is Professor of Political Studies at Rhodes University, South Africa. He holds a B.A. from the University of Leeds, an M.A. (Economics) from the University of Manchester, and a Ph.D. awarded in 1975 by the University of Birmingham for a thesis on the cocoa industry of the Gold Coast. He has taught at universities in Uganda, Lesotho, Canada and England. His most recently published book is Imperialism or Solidarity? International Labour and South African Trade Unions, Cape Town: University of Cape Town Press, 1995.