Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law


NUMBER 49 / 2004






Livia HOLDEN is an Associate Researcher in the Emmy-Noether Group which is conducting a research programme on Comparative Microsociology of Criminal Procedures at the Freie Universitaet, Berlin. Having studied law in Siena, Italy, she subsequently obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in anthropology at the University of Paris X (Nanterre), focussing her Master’s research on custom and law practices in North India. In 2004 she was awarded a Ph.D in Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, for a thesis entitled Acting for Equity:.Women’s legal awareness in Hindu customs of divorce and remarriage in Central India. She has published a number of articles and made a number of films concerned with ethnology and the legal position of women in India, and legal practice in Italy.


Sulistyowati IRIANTO is a lecturer in the Faculty of Law and the Women’s Studies Graduate Program, and Head of the Center for Women and Gender Studies, University of Indonesia. She holds a Master’s degree in legal anthropology from Leiden University, The Netherlands (1989), and a Doctorate in Legal Anthropology from the University of Indonesia (2000). She has published numerous articles during the past 15 years, and recently (in bahasa Indonesia) Women Within the Choices of Law: A Study of the Strategy of Batak Toba Women to Gain Access to Inheritance through Dispute Settlement Processes, Jakarta: Yayasan Obor Indonesia (2003), and The Trafficking of Women Subjected as Drug Dealers: A Study in the Women’s Correctional Institution Jakarta, 2002-3, Jakarta: Yayasan Obor Indonesia (2005).  Her current field of research is Women and Law in the Perspective of Legal Pluralism.


N. NOVIKOVA is a senior researcher at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences (IEA RAS), Moscow. She holds a Ph.D. in history. Since 1977 she has been conducting field research among the Khanty, Mansy, Nenets, Eskimo, Ul’ta, and Nivkh in the Russian North. She is the author of over 100 scientific and journalistic articles on the problems of peoples of the North, the editor of a book series in legal anthropology published by the IEA RAS, and the organizer of a series of international summer schools in Russia in legal anthropology.


Abdulmumini Adebayo OBA is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin, Nigeria. He has published in the fields of constitutional law, administration of Islamic law and customary Law in Nigeria, human rights, and comparative law. His more recent publications apart from those cited in his article include: ‘Rethinking the law of homicide: a Shari’ah perspective’, pp. 84–104 in E. S. Nwauche and F. I. Asogwah (eds.), Essays in Honour of Professor Okonkwo (Port Harcourt: Lite Books, 2000); ‘The right to time for worship: international conventions and the practice in England, America and Nigeria’, Journal of Malaysian and Comparative Law 28: 69–86 (2001); “Major issues in the administration of Islamic law in Nigeria: an annotated reading list”, Nigerian Bar Journal 1(3): 359–378 (July 2003); and “The Shari’ah Penal Codes and the challenge of the Evidence Act”, Nigerian Bar Journal 1(4):, 2003: 449–504 (2003). His forthcoming articles include “Sharia Court of Appeal in Northern Nigeria: the continuing crises of jurisdiction”, American Journal of Comparative Law, and “Kadis (Judges) of the Sharia Court of Appeal: the problems of identity, relevance, and marginalisation within the Nigerian Legal System”, Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education.


William TWINING is Quain Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus, Faculty of Laws, University College London. He was Lecturer in Private Law at the University of Khartoum, Sudan from 1958 to 1961, Senior Lecturer in Law at University College, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania from 1961 to 1965, Professor of Jurisprudence at the Queen's University, Belfast, UK, from 1965 to 1972, and Professor of Law at the University of Warwick, UK, from 1972 to 1982, when he was appointed to the Quain Chair of Jurisprudence in the University of London. He has been involved in work relating to human rights, criminal justice and preservation of legal records, and has been a consultant in Hong Kong, India, Tanzania and Uganda. Among the books of which he is author are: Karl Llewellyn and the Realist Movement (1973); Rethinking Evidence: Exploratory Essays, Oxford: Blackwell (1990); How To Do Things With Rules: A Primer of Interpretation (with David Miers), 4th ed., London: Butterworths (1999); Globalisation and Legal Theory, Butterworths: London (2000); and Evidence and Inference in History and Law: Interdisciplinary Dialogues (with Ian Hampsher-Monk), Evanston (Ill), Northwestern University Press (2002).