December roundup

There was lots happening this month in India!

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The big event was the 4th biennial Law and Social Science Network (LASSnet) conference in Delhi, December 10-12, 2016. “Thinking with Evidence: Seeking Certainty, Making Truth” was the product of the tireless efforts of JNU’s Pratiksha Baxi and her team. The conference was a true achievement in the midst of what has been a very difficult year for everyone at JNU (read about sedition charges filed against student leaders for “anti-India” statements herehere, and here). Among the highlights were panels with a historical take on the personal law system; sexuality, gender identity and sedition; detectives; colonial and post-colonial legalscapes; judges’ views of history; and constitutionalism. There were also memorial sessions dedicated to Nasser HussainDwijen Rangnekar and Priya Thangarajah, three dynamic scholars of South Asian legal studies who died tragically in recent years. Here is the program.

In the run-up to LASSnet, legal historians met in Hyderabad for the “South Asian Legal History, Beyond Boundaries” workshop at NALSAR University of Law on Dec.7-8, 2016. This event was co-sponsored by NALSAR and the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (Frankfurt). Panel themes included legal and economic administration during the Mughal period, the history of legal transfers to and from India, conflict regulation from local to colonial, the legal history of minorities, and colonial governance in comparative perspective.

There was one other fantastic development in Indian legal studies this month. Stay tuned!