Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law


NUMBER 52 / 2006






Srimati BASU, a native of Kolkata and a longtime resident of the US Midwest, is an Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, at DePauw University, Greencastle Indiana, where she teaches in the departments of Women’s Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, and in the Asian Studies Program. She is also affiliated with the Anthropology Department at the University of Kentucky. She holds a Ph.D. from Ohio State University in Cultural Studies, Anthropology and Women's Studies.  She is the author of: Dowry and Inheritance, Issues in Contemporary Indian Feminism No. 3.  New Delhi and London: Kali for Women and Zed Books (2005); and She Comes to Take Her Rights: Indian Women, Property and Propriety. Albany: State University of New York Press (1999).


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


Salmana CISSÉ is a researcher at the Institut d'Economie Rurale (IER), based in Mali.  A sociologist by training, he has carried out research on natural resource management in the Inner Niger Delta since the 1970s, and has published extensively on pastoralism and on customary chieftaincies in the Delta.


Lorenzo COTULA is Researcher - Law and Sustainable Development, at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), and a PhD candidate at the School of Law of the University of Edinburgh.  His work combines legal analysis with social research methods, and focuses on property rights issues in Africa - from local resource rights to legal arrangements concerning foreign investment.


Sue FARRAN is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Dundee, Scotland.  She was formerly an Associate Professor of Law at the University of the South Pacific based in Vanuatu and continues to be a Visiting Lecturer there.  Born in England, she received her legal education in South Africa (in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, and the University of South Africa) and at Cambridge, where she completed a BA in English and Social Anthropology in South Africa.  She became a legal academic first in South Africa and then worked at the University of the West of England before moving to the South Pacific.  The South Pacific region remains the focus of her research and she is currently engaged in writing a monograph on human rights in the region.  Previous relevant publications include: South Pacific Perspectives of Property Law. London: Cavendish, 2003 (with D. Paterson); ‘Conflicts of laws in Human Rights: Consequences for colonies.’ Edinburgh Law Review 11: 121-126 (2007); ‘Sand, Fish and Sea: A Legal Reflection on Islands – From Orkney to Vanuatu.’ International Journal of Coastal and Estuarine Law 21: 389-421 (2006); ‘Human Rights in the Pacific Region – Challenges and Solutions.’ LAWASIA Journal 39-68 (2005); and ‘Land Rights and Gender Equality in the Pacific Region.’ Australian Property Law Journal 11: 131-140 (2005).


Martina GILLEN is a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, UK, having formerly worked in the School of Law, the Queen's University of Belfast. She gained a PhD for a thesis that focused on the ideas of community or customary law being developed into practical means of regulating online environments. She now works on Computer Misuse and the impact of Intellectual Property on software use and development as well as the regulation of non-commercial copyright infringement and intellectual property in the folkways of indigenous cultures. Her recent publications include: ‘File-Sharing and Individual Civil Liability in the United Kingdom: A Question of Substantial Abuse?’ Entertainment Law Review. 17: 7-14 (2006); and ‘Can the Digital Village Help the Global Village: Open Source and Indigenous Intellectual Property.’ Contemporary Issues in Law 7: 393-412 (2006).


Ratno LUKITO is a lecturer in the Faculty of Shari'ah, State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He holds a Master’s degree from the McGill Institute of Islamic Studies and the degree of Doctor of Civil Law from the Faculty of Law, McGill University, Canada. He is the author of ‘Sacred and profane law in the Indonesian context: the case of the bequest vase.’ In Abdullah Saeed (ed.), Approaches to the Qur'an in Contemporary Indonesia. Oxford: Oxford University Press and Institute of Ismaili Studies 2005. He is the Executive Director of the Indonesian Syndicate: Creating Critical Citizenship.


Hoang Huy TUAN is a Lecturer and Researcher in the Department of Social Forestry, Faculty of Forestry at Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry (HUAF), Vietnam. Beside teaching and researching, he also works for some rural development projects as consultant. He holds a B.Sc. in Forestry at HUAF and an MA in Sustainable Development at RCSD, Chiang Mai University.