Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law


NUMBER 45 / 2000





Susan G. DRUMMOND is an Assistant Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Ontario; she has also taught at the Law Faculty of the University of New Brunswick. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and civil law and common law degrees from McGill University, and a BA in philosophy from the Université d’Aix Marseille. She has published Incorporating the Familiar: An Investigation into Legal Sensibilities in Nunavik. She is currently conducting research into Andalucian Gitano Family Law for a D.C.L. degree at the Institute of Comparative Law, McGill University.


Olga BRUSINA is a senior researcher at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.


Jo-Anne FISKE (Ph.D. University of British Columbia) is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women's/Gender Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. She has published numerous articles on issues of legal pluralism and Aboriginal women in academic journals including B.C.Studies, Studies in Political Economy, Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial LawAmerican Indian Culture and Research Journal, and International Journal of Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies. Her most recent work is a monograph, C'iz dideen khat When The Plumes Rise: The Way Of The Lake Babine Nation (forthcoming). She is currently working on a manuscript on the moral discourses of colonial education.


Patty J. GINN, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, holds a BA in Anthropology from Saint Mary’s University and a MA in Gender Studies from the University of Northern British Columbia, in Prince George. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where she has been awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship to undertake a project involving court ethnography and community study of the impact of violence against women. Her community research includes work on issues of violence with the Northern John Howard Society and issues around child placement and protection with the Carrier Sekani Family Services. Her ongoing work comprises research on feminist standpoint theory and legal discourse, as well as First Nations women and the law. Her research interests include Legal Anthropology, Feminist Jurisprudence, Feminist Anthropology and Law.


M.D. OLSON received a PhD degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995. He then spent an additional two years with Berkeley’s Center for Sustainable Resource Development engaged in similar research and writing concerning Samoa. A U.S. citizen, he recently completed two years as a National Science Foundation International Research Fellow affiliated with the Department of Geography at the University of the South Pacific, where he conducted research concerning the history of state-local relations with respect to issues of governance and the control of land, forest, and fishery resources in Fiji. He then became a visiting Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is currently working on a book tentatively entitled Political Ecologies and the Ecology of Politics in Samoa, while continuing his research on Fiji, and before beginning to prepare the Fiji material for publication.


Lennard SILLANPÄÄ worked for 20 years as a policy analyst with the Canadian Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, where he was concerned with such issues as aboriginal land claims negotiations, sustainable development strategies involving aboriginal peoples, and the situation of indigenous peoples in the circumpolar region. He has been an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science, Carleton University. He was awarded a doctorate by the University of Helsinki in 1995 for a dissertation in political science and public administration on the land title rights of the Sami of Finland, Sweden and Norway and governmental responses in these countries to Sami demands on the issue. Today still partly based in Canada, he is a docent in political science at the University of Helsinki and a visiting researcher at the Finnish Centre for Russian and East European Studies. He is currently engaged on a programme of research entitled “The Small Indigenous Nations of Northern Russia and Their Rights as an Indigenous People”, which investigates the impact of current administrative policies on the traditional culture and livelihood of the indigenous minorities of Northern Russia, applying a control consociationalism typology to interview data to determine the control exercised by the state over the cultural identity of these indigenous minorities and the determination of these people to seek a consociational or consensus democracy-type of situation with the authorities whereby they would have a role in decision-making in matters of direct concern to their way of life.


Sergi V. SOKOLOVSKI is a senior researcher at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academcy of Sciences, Moscow.


Anthony TURTON holds a BA and an MA in International Politics from the University of South Africa. He was a Research Associate in the Water Issues Study Group at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London from 1998 to 1999, when he returned to South Africa to head the African Water Issues Research Institute in the School of Social Sciences at Pretoria University. He is currently working on a doctoral thesis on shared river basins.


Albert TROUWBORST was born in Tarakan (Indonesia). He took Indonesian studies at Leiden University, the Netherlands, and in 1956 became Curator at the African Department of the National Museum of Ethnography, Leiden. He was awarded his Ph.D. in 1956 at Leiden University for a dissertation on Vee als voorwerp van rijkdom in Oost-Africa [Cattle as a form of wealth in Eastern Africa]. He has conducted research in Africa, Burundi, Surinam (Mataway people) and Indonesia (Aceh). His publications have been in the fields of political anthropology and the history of anthropology. He has been Assistant-professeur at the Université de Montréal, Canada (1960-64), Professor at the Department of Anthropology of the Catholic University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands (from 1964 until his retirement in 89), and Guest Lecturer at the University of Burundi and several Indonesian universities.