Crash Course on Legal Pluralism

Interested in the field of legal pluralism? You may want to take a 3.5-day intensive course for junior scholars, practitioners, and senior scholars new to the field in Bombay/Mumbai (9-12 Dec. 2015), immediately preceding the Commission on Legal Pluralism’s 2015 conference (14-16 Dec. 2015).

Deadline: Oct.1, 2015.

Here are the details:

AN INTERNATIONAL COURSE ON LEGAL PLURALISM: 9-12 December 2015, Indian Institute of Techology, Bombay


During 9-12 December 2015 the International Commission on Legal Pluralism in cooperation with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay will organize a course on Legal Pluralism in Mumbai, India, about theories, knowledge and methodologies of legal pluralism. The purpose of the 3½-day course is to familiarize the participants with the current international debates and insights in socio-legal studies and legal pluralism and to offer a comparative perspective that allows them to rethink their own research and practical work.

Participation is limited to 25 persons to allow for maximum discussion. The participants will include academics and practitioners, e.g., NGO activists or government officials, who deal with issues related to legal pluralism, informal justice systems and social justice in their academic or professional work. As in
past courses (held amongst others in Wellington (New Zealand), Accra (Ghana), Williamsburg (USA), Moscow (Russia), Chiang Mai (Thailand), Fredericton (Canada), Jakarta (Indonesia), Zurich (Switzerland), Cape Town (South Africa) and Manchester (UK)), during this intensive training, the participants will be given an opportunity to discuss their work and to build long-lasting intellectual connections with both other participants and the teaching staff who will include:

Marc Galanter
Werner Menski
Gopika Solanki
Janine Ubink
Maarten Bavinck
Latif Taş
Bertram Turner
Waheeda Amien
Katrin Seidel

Proposed topics for the course will include:

Theoretical and methodological aspects of legal pluralism
Legal empowerment, gender and human rights
Natural resources management in Latin America & South Asia
Land tenure and customary law in Africa
Rights of indigenous communities and economic development
Informal justice and policing in Africa
Access to justice, legal reform and the role of international development agencies
Emerging issues in technology and law related to development issues
And a half-day field trip

Selection, Tuition, and Funding:

Prospective students should either be young scholars studying for a JD or PhD or having just finished one, or more senior scholars who are relatively new to the field of legal pluralism, or practitioners whose work is directly related to one or more of the topics that will be covered in the course. Participants must
demonstrate a level of proficiency in English that allows them to read and actively discuss relevant academic literature. Students will be selected based on their motivation to join the course.
The course fee is 200 USD. The participants will be responsible for the cost of their airfare, accommodation, meals and local transportation. A limited number of tuition waivers will be awarded to participants who demonstrate extreme financial need. In allocation of tuition waivers, the priority will be given to students coming from low- and middle-income countries. Depending on pending grant applications, some of the participants may be provided free accommodation, local transportation and
hospitality during the course.

Application, Contact and More Information:

Individuals interested in participating in the course are invited to apply by October 1, 2015. The application should include a cover letter, brief curriculum vitae and evidence of English proficiency.

Applications should be emailed to Yüksel Sezgin at Decisions will be made by October 15, 2015.

For more information on the Commission on Legal Pluralism and its past courses and conferences
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