Book : Postcolonialism and the Law

Postcolonialism and the Law

Denise Ferreira da Silva & Mark Harris (ed.)

ISBN 9780415640169

Routledge, 2017

Postcolonialism and the Law book cover

Postcolonialism and the Law provides a long overdue delineation of the field of enquiry that engages with the legal programmes, structures, and procedures which have sustained Euro-North American supremacy on the international political stage for the past fifty years or so. Focusing on the relationship between law and the racial and colonial mechanisms of subjugation at work in the global present, the contributions assembled in this new four-volume collection from Routledge’s Critical Concepts in Law series attend to juridical apparatuses as they operate in concert with economic and ethical frameworks, procedures, and architectures. Instead of approaching law as a self-sufficient instrument of power, the gathered major works expose the complex deployment and operation of legal instruments and how they—along with economic mechanisms and ethical programmes—participate in the constitution of the political space shared by both former colonial powers and colonies.

With a full index, together with a comprehensive introduction, newly written by the editors, which places the collected material in its historical and intellectual context, Postcolonialism and the Law is an essential work of reference. The collection will be particularly useful as a database allowing scattered and often fugitive material to be easily located. It will also be welcomed as a crucial tool permitting rapid access to less familiar—and sometimes overlooked—texts. For postcolonial theorists and lawyers, as well as those working in cognate disciplines, such as Critical Legal Studies, Ethics, Cultural Studies, Race and Ethnicity Studies, and Human Rights, it is certain to be valued as a vital one-stop research and pedagogic resource.

Table of Contents

Volume 1

Part 1: Colonial Justification

1. De las Casas, Bartolome, ‘A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies’ (Project Guttenberg EBooks, 1555)

2. Locke, John, ‘Of Conquest’ in Second Treatise of Government (Cambridge, Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company) pp. 91-99.

3. Vitoria, Francisco, ‘On the American Indians (De Indis)’ in Political Writings (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008) pp. 231-292

4. Blackstone, W ‘Commentaries on the Laws of England in Four Books’

5. De Sepulveda, Juan Gines Democrates ‘Alter, or on the just causes of War against the Indians’ (5 pages).

6. de Vattel, E. ‘The Law of Nations’

7. Schmitt, C. ‘The nomos of the earth in the international law of the Jus Publicum Europaeum’ (Telos Press Publishing, 2006) pp126-138.

8. Anghie, A. ‘Francisco de Vitoria and the Colonial Origins of International Law’ Social and Legal Studies, 5, 1996, 321-336.

Part 2: Key anti-colonial texts

9. Fanon, Frantz, ‘Concerning Violence’ in The Wretched of the Earth (Translated by Constance Farringdon) (New York: Grove Press, 1963) pp. 35-94.

10. Memmi, Albert, ‘Does the Colonial Exist?’ and ‘Conclusion’ in The Colonizer and the Colonized (New York: The Orion Press, 1965) pp. 3-13 and pp 145-153.

11. Cesaire, Aime ‘Discourse on Colonialism’ in Discourse on Colonialism (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2000) pp. 31-53.

12. Padmore, George, ‘George Padmore Archive.’ Excerpts: “Facism in the Colonies” (1938), 6 pages; Hands Off the Colonies (1938), 4 pages; and The British Empire is Worst Racket Yet Invented by Man” (1939).

13. Lumumba, Patrice, ‘Patrice Lumumba Archive.’

Excerpt: “Speech at the Ceremony of the Proclamation of the Congo’s Independence”, 30 June 1960

14. Cabral, Amilcar, ‘Amilcar Cabral Archive.’

Excerpts: *”Guinea and Cabo Verde Against Portuguese Colonialism” (Speech, Third Conference of African Peoples, Cairo 25-31 March 1961),

*”National Liberation and Peace, cornerstones of Non-Alignment” (extract of Speech at the Second Conference of Heads of State and Governments of Non-Aligned Countries, 1964),

*”The PAIGC Programme,”

15. Nehru, J. ‘Speech to the Nation on the Day of Independence’

Volume 2

Part 3: Theorising the Postcolonial

16. Wynter, Sylvia ‘Unsettling the Coloniality of Being/Power/Truth/Freedom. Towards the Human. After Man, Its Overrepresentation – An Argument’ CR: The New Centennial Review, 3 (3), Fall 2003: 257-337.

17. Pagden, Anthony ‘The Theory of Natural Slavery’ in The Fall of Natural Man (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986) pp.27-56

18. Fitzpatrick, Peter ‘The Mythology of Modern Law’ (London, New York: Routledge, 1992) pp63-91

19. Mbembe, A. (2008) ‘Necropolitics’ in Foucault in an Age of Terror (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) pp. 152-182.

20. Ferreira da Silva, D. ‘No-bodies: Law, raciality and violence’ Griffith Law Review, 18(2), 2009, 212-236.

21. Quijano, A. ‘Coloniality of power and Eurocentrism in Latin America’ International Sociology, 15(2), 2000, 215-232.

22. Coulthard, G. ‘Subjects of empire: Indigenous Peoples and the politics of recognition in Canada’ Contemporary Political Theory 2007, 6: 437-460.

23. Bhandar, B. (2011) ‘Plasticity and post-colonial recognition: ‘owning, knowing and being’’ Law and Critique, 22(3), 2011, 227-249.

Part 4: Sovereignty, Nation and Citizenship

24. Motha, S ‘The Failure of Postcolonial Sovereignty in Australia’ Australian Feminist Law Journal 22, 2005, 107-125.

25. Milner, N & Goldberg-Hiller, J ‘Feeble Echoes of the Heart: A Postcolonial Legal Struggle in Hawai`I’ Law, Culture and the Humanities June 2008 vol. 4 no. 2 224-247.

26. Hanafin, P, ‘Valorising the Virtual Citizen: The Sacrificial Grounds of Postcolonial Citizenship in Ireland’, Law, Social Justice & Global Development Journal (2003).

27. de Silva, R ‘Citizenship Law, Nationalism and the Theft of Enjoyment: A Post-Colonial Narrative’ Law Text Culture 4(2), 1998, 37-67.

28. Strawson, J ‘Palestine’s Basic Law: Constituting New Identities through Liberating Legal Culture’ 20 Loyola Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review 20, 1997-1998, 411-432.

29. Seuffert, N., ‘Nation as Partnership: Law, Race, and Gender in Aotearoa New Zealand’s Treaty Settlements’ 39 Law and Society Review 485 (2005) pp.485 to 526.

30. Llyod, D ‘Colonial Trauma/PostColonial Recovery?’ Interventions, 2000, 212-228.

Volume 3

31. Peter Fitzpatrick and Eve Darian-Smith ‘Laws of the Postcolonial: An Insistent Introduction’ in Fitzpatrick and Darian-Smith (eds), Laws of the Postcolonial (1999) pp1-14.

32. Purdy, J. (1996) ‘Postcolonialism: the Emperor’s New Clothes?’ Social & Legal Studies, 5(3), 1996, pp405-426.

33. Susan F Hirsch and Mindie Lazarus-Black ‘Performance and Paradox: Exploring Law’s Role in Hegemony and Resistance’ in Lazarus-Black and Hirsch (eds), Contested States: Law, Hegemony, and Resistance (1994) pp1-21.

34. Vidya S. A. Kumar ‘A Propleptic Approach to Postcolonial Legal Studies? A Brief Look at the Relationship Between Legal Theory and Intellectual History’, 2 Law Social Justice and Global Development Journal, 2003.

35. Baxi, Upendra ‘Postcolonial Legality’, in Ray, Sangeeta and Swartz, Henry (eds) A Companion to Postcolonial Studies (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers), 2000, 540-555.

36. Roy, A. (2008), ‘Postcolonial Theory and Law: A Critical Introduction’, Adelaide Law Review, 29, 2008: 315–57.

37. Pahuja, S. ‘Postcoloniality of International Law’, The Harvard International Law Journal, 46, 2005, 459-469.

38. Otto, D. ‘Subalternity and international law: the problems of global community and the incommensurability of difference’ Social & Legal Studies, 5(3), 1996, 337-364.

39. Megret, F. ‘From “Savages” to “Unlawful Combatants”: A Postcolonial Look at International Law’s “Other”’ in Orford, A. (ed.) International Law and its Others (Cambridge University Press, 2006) pp265-317.

40. Perrin, C. ‘Approaching anxiety: The insistence of the postcolonial in the declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples’ Law and Critique, 6(1), 1995, pp55-74.

41. Strawson J ‘Islamic Law and English Texts’ Law and Critique Vol. V, No. 1 (1995), 21-38.

42. Kapur, R. ‘Tragedy of Victimization Rhetoric: Ressurecting the ‘Native’ Subject in International/Post-Colonial Feminist Legal Politics’, The Harvard Human Rights Journal, 15, 2002, 1-37.

43. Haldar, P. ‘Law, Orientalism and Postcolonialism: The Jurisdiction of the Lotus-Eaters’ (Routledge, 2007), pp1-26.

44. Shaw, W., ‘(Post)Colonial Encounters: gendered racialisations in Australian courtrooms’ Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography Volume 10, Issue 4, 2003:315-332.

Volume 4

45. Agamben, G. ‘Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life’ (Stanford University Press, 1994) pp1-12.

46. Fitzpatrick, P & Joyce, R ‘The Normality of the Exception in Democracy’s Empire’ Journal of Law and Society Vol.34 No.1 2007; pp 65-76.

47. Hussain, N ‘Towards a jurisprudence of emergency colonialism and the rule of law’ Law and Critique Volume 10, Number 2, 1999, pp. 93-115.

48. Ticktin, M ‘Policing and Humanitarianism in France: Immigration and the Turn to Law as State of Exception’ Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 7 (3) 2005: 347-368.

49. Primorac¸ R ‘The Poetics of State Terror in Twenty-First Century Zimbabwe’ Interventions, 9:3, 2007, 434-450.

50. Comaroff, J., & Comaroff, J. L. (Eds.) ‘Law and Disorder in the Postcolony’ (University of Chicago Press, 2008), 1-57.

51. Lemke, T. ‘”A Zone of Indistinction”–A Critique of Giorgio Agamben’s Concept of Biopolitics’. Outlines. Critical Practice Studies, 7(1), 2005, 3-13.

52. Morgensen, S. L. ‘The biopolitics of settler colonialism: Right here, right now’ Settler Colonial Studies, 1(1), 2011, 52-76.

Part 5: Legal Geographies

53. Mawani, R ‘Imperial Legacies (Post)Colonial Identities: Law, Space, and the Making of Stanley Park, 1859-2001’ Law/Text/Culture, 7, 2003, 98-141.

54. Mahmud, T, ‘Law of Geography and the Geography of Law: A Post-Colonial Mapping’, 3 Washington University Jurisprudence Review 2011, 64-106.

55. Godden, L. ‘The Invention of Tradition: Property Law as a Knowledge Space for the Appropriation of the South’ 16 Griffith Law Review 375-410 (2007).

56. Wainwright, J and Bryan, J., ‘Cartography, territory, property: postcolonial reflections on indigenous counter-mapping in Nicaragua and Belize’, Cultural Geographies 2009 16: 153-178.

57. Anthony, T ‘Postcolonial Feudal hauntings of North Australian cattle stations’ Law Text Culture Vol 7, 2003, 277-306.

58. Blomley, N. ‘Law, property, and the geography of violence: The frontier, the survey, an

Editors :

Mark Harris is Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at La Trobe University, Australia.

Denise Ferreira da Silva is Chair in Ethics at Queen Mary, University of London, UK.

Brenna Bhandar is based at Queen Mary, University of London

Book : Heritage, Culture and Right

Heritage, Culture and Rights

Challenging Legal Discourses

Andrea Durbach & Lucas Lixinski (ed.)

ISBN : 9781509904259

Hart Publishing, 2017

Media of Heritage, Culture and Rights

Cultural heritage law and its response to human rights principles and practice has gained renewed prominence on the international agenda. The recent conflicts in Syria and Mali, China’s use of shipwreck sites and underwater cultural heritage to make territorial claims, and the cultural identities of nations post-conflict highlight this field as an emerging global focus. In addition, it has become a forum for the configuration and contestation of cultural heritage, rights and the broader politics of international law.

The manifestation of tensions between heritage and human rights are explored in this volume, in particular in relation to heritage and rights in collaboration and in conflict, and heritage as a tool for rights advocacy. This volume also explores these issues from a distinctively legal standpoint, considering the extent to which the legal tools of international human rights law facilitate or hinder heritage protection. Covering a range of issues across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and Australia, this volume will be of interest to people working in human rights, heritage studies, cultural heritage management and identity politics around the world.

‘This book fills an important gap in the literature on heritage and rights and, in particular, human rights law. With articles from leading experts addressing the legal human rights dimensions of cultural heritage protection, it makes a significant contribution to debates over issues such as ‘Why should we safeguard heritage and for whom?’ and ‘What is the relationship between heritage safeguarding and protecting human rights?’. These are deep questions of profound significance to individuals, communities and even nations around the world and are of increasing urgency today. It critically analyses the relationship between heritage and human rights that can be potentially pernicious as well as mutually reinforcing, placing this analysis within the wider context and with a broad geographical scope with examinations of the heritage/rights relationship in Southeast Asia (Cambodia), China and sub-Saharan Africa.’

Dr Janet Blake, Associate Professor in Law, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran

‘Traversing the destruction of mausoleums in Timbuktu to war crimes trial by the International Criminal Court, Heritage, Culture and Rights explores the crucial links between human rights and the protection of cultural heritage. The essays are accessible to all viewing the destruction of cultural heritage as a breach of human dignity and identity. Unputdownable.’

Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission

‘This collection of essays by leading scholars, though primarily Australian in origin, is universal in orientation. Ranging from a broad survey of the applicable laws of armed conflict to a detailed consideration of urban design in Southeast Asia, the essays offer significant insights into the relationship between the protection and use of cultural heritage, on one hand, and fundamental human rights, on the other. Ultimately, the mutual reinforcement of the two disciplines of law prevails over carefully-acknowledged tensions between them. Readers at all levels of expertise will find the book of great interest.’

Professor James Nafziger,Thomas B Stoel Professor of Law and Director of International Programs at the Willamette University College of Law

Table Of Contents

Andrea Durbach and Lucas Lixinski
Part 1: Human Rights and Heritage: A Possible Alliance?
1. Opening the Toolbox of International Human Rights Law in the Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage
Francesco Francioni and Lucas Lixinski
2. Culture, Rights and the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Ben Boer
3. Cultural Heritage, Human Rights and the Privatisation of War
Ana Filipa Vrdoljak
4. The Urban Village and the Megaproject: Linking Vernacular Urban Heritage and Human Rights-based Development in the Emerging Megacities of Southeast Asia
Scott Hawken
Part 2: Heritage in Tension with Rights 5. Between Rights in the City and the Right to the City: Heritage,
Character and Public Participation in Urban Planning
Amelia Thorpe
6. The Tension between Rights and Cultural Heritage Protection in China
Stefan Gruber
7. Heritage and Human Rights: Reframing the Conservation Ethic
Josephine Gillespie
8. The Poverty of World Heritage Management in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Legacy of Colonialism
and Disregard of Human Rights
Folarin Shyllon
Part 3: Heritage as a Tool for Broader Political Transformation 9. Cultural Heritage as Transformation: A Study of Four Sites from Post-Apartheid South Africa
Andrea Durbach
10. Heritage Listing as Self-determination
Lucas Lixinski
11. World Heritage, Cultural Confl icts and Political Reconciliation
Andrzej Jakubowski

Book : Law Reform in Plural Societies

Law Reform in Plural Societies

Lalotoa Mulitalo Ropinisone Silipa Seumanutafa

 Law Reform in Plural Societies. The World of Small States, vol 2. Springer, Cham

Print ISBN 978-3-319-65523-9


In England, Australia and Canada, there are records of early attempts to establish law reform machinery dating as far back as the fifteenth century. The systematic process of law reform achieved in the nineteenth century was in the form of temporary and part time law reform commissions. The first formal body established to carry out law reform was the 1934 Law Revision Committee in England appointed by Lord Chancellor Sankey. The institutional Law Commission was established under the Law Commission Act of 1975 to be an independent and permanent office staffed by lawyers and support staff. The early literature on law reform offers useful insights for this book on how the forces of government, the bureaucracy and civil society transform law reform machineries and agencies at a given place and time.

  • First ever to investigate suitable law reform processes for pluralist societies
  • Discusses how a ‘local jurisprudence’ could support law reform
  • Examines codification and restatement in law reform
  • Addresses legal transplants and law reform
  • Describes customary law and state law – accommodation through law reform





Important announcement: New location and date for the next biennial course and conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism: 17-24 August 2018, Ottawa, Canada

In March, the Executive Body of the Commission on Legal Pluralism decided to postpone and relocate the course and conference planned for August 2017 in Syracuse, NY. This decision was taken in response to worries over the US government’s travel ban and the increased hostility to Muslims and other visitors to the United States at immigration and customs.

The University of Ottawa has graciously offered to host the Legal Pluralism conference and course in August of 2018. The conference will take place from 22 to 24 August 2018, as usual preceded by our course from 17 to 20 August. Please mark these dates in your calendar!

The theme of the conference ‘Citizenship, Legal Pluralism and Governance in the Age of Globalization’ remains unchanged. Please find here a renewed call for panels, which is open until 31 October 2017. While all accepted panels are of course very welcome again, we need everyone to re-submit their panels to confirm they want to partake in the 2018 conference. We also invite new panel proposals.

Prior to the conference, we will organise an international course, covering theories, knowledge and methodologies of legal pluralism. Accepted candidates for the course in Syracuse will also be contacted about their participation in the 2018 course. Additional interested candidates can apply until 1 November 2017. If you are interested in learning more about the course, please have a look here!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at We are hoping to see many of you in Ottawa in August of 2018!

November 2017 Issue: Vol. 40(2) of PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review

The November 2017 issue of PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review (Volume 40, Issue 2) is now available. If you missed the May 2017 issue, you can catch up; it’s free to access!

The current issue features 10 original articles. In their editorial introduction, Heath Cabot and William Garriott write:

We ended our last introduction by restating our commitment to keeping PoLAR a place where anthropological work is brought to bear on the issues of the day. Of course, how one speaks to the present moment “anthropologically” remains hotly contested. But one distinguishing feature of our journal is its insistence on speaking to current issues and events from the particularities of specific times and places. This emphasis on place and time-centered contextualization gives anthropological work its specific texture, and it allows it to speak to current events with a unique voice and perspective.

In the United States, where we (the editors) live, political fights continue to rage over immigration, borders, government accountability, institutional responsiveness and efficacy, social media, surveillance technologies… the list goes on. There is no shortage of opinion on these topics. In shorter supply are scholarly takes that engage with complexity, turn to overlooked contexts for comparative perspective, and make room for the unexpected.

The articles in this issue provide such perspective. They address topics that are both timely and enduring. These include migration, borders, and the state (Yeh, Alpes); issues of identity in legal institutions (Lambert, Sapignoli, He, Li, and Feng); the unanticipated impact of policies designed to help the vulnerable (Ramsay, Vanderhurst); and the role technologies—electronic, bureaucratic—play in mediating relations between citizens and the state (Adunbi, Larson, Summers and Baiocchi). Five of the articles in this issue (Sapignoli, Vanderhurst, Adunbi, Ramsay, Alpes) center on the African continent and global or transnational links formed through displacement, legal frameworks, and extractive economies. They showcase the exciting new political and legal scholarship emerging from this rich and contested region. Articles centered on China, Mexico, the United States, and East Central Europe comprise the rest of the issue. They demonstrate the power of comparison to highlight the similarities and disjunctures that abide across discrete locales.

Read collectively, then, the articles in this issue give testament to the continued relevance of anthropological scholarship. They provide a fresh perspective on the concerns of the day while addressing the enduring questions of legal and political anthropology.


Book : A Different Shade of Justice

A Different Shade of Justice

Asian American Civil Rights in the South

Stephanie Hinnershitz

UNC Press

ISBN: 978-1-4696-3369-5
Published: October 2017

A Different Shade of Justice 

In the Jim Crow South, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, and, later, Vietnamese and Indian Americans faced obstacles similar to those experienced by African Americans in their fight for civil and human rights. Although they were not black, Asian Americans generally were not considered white and thus were subject to school segregation, antimiscegenation laws, and discriminatory business practices. As Asian Americans attempted to establish themselves in the South, they found that institutionalized racism thwarted their efforts time and again. However, this book tells the story of their resistance and documents how Asian American political actors and civil rights activists challenged existing definitions of rights and justice in the South.

From the formation of Chinese and Japanese communities in the early twentieth century through Indian hotel owners’ battles against business discrimination in the 1980s and ’90s, Stephanie Hinnershitz shows how Asian Americans organized carefully constructed legal battles that often traveled to the state and federal supreme courts. Drawing from legislative and legal records as well as oral histories, memoirs, and newspapers, Hinnershitz describes a movement that ran alongside and at times intersected with the African American fight for justice, and she restores Asian Americans to the fraught legacy of civil rights in the South.

Stephanie Hinnershitz is assistant professor of history at Cleveland State University.

APLA at AAA 2017 : Speaking Justice to Power

APLA and PoLAR are pleased to announce our special event at the 116th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association! Join us at Busboys and Poets in Washington DC on Thursday, November 30th for drinks, appetizers, discussion, and a roundtable with special guests Orisanmi Burton, Laura Nader, Ayşe Parla, and Sara Shneiderman.

Contemporary politics seem besieged by an apparent surge of populist longing for authoritarian, “strong man” leaders. Across the world, we have seen rhetorical and electoral assertions of ethnicized sovereignty against outsiders, particularly against “others” within nation-states and migrants. The reasons any given electorate may long for authoritarianism are numerous, including shifts in economic fortunes (e.g., neoliberal policies, rising inequalities within and between states, globalization, and deindustrialization), local political histories and hierarchies, armed conflicts, and massive crises such as climate change and human displacement/migration.

This event is an opportunity for us to collectively consider our responses to the politics of crisis, as both scholars and citizens. How can anthropologists analyze current political events in ways that are timely, well-informed, and accessible to a broad public? How can anthropology contribute to and inform policy decisions that impact the people we work with? Members of the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA) join with the editors of PoLAR: Political & Legal Anthropology Review to chair an open discussion about making anthropological scholarship more accessible to the public and increasing our profession’s impact in advocating just politics and law. Building from the successful PoLAR/APLA initiative to publish topical responses to current events, such as Trump’s Executive Order 13769 (aka, the immigration ban), series authors and APLA members are eager to make anthropology a voice of progressive engagement — we hope you can join us in that effort!

Busboys and Poets is a politically progressive event space at the corner of 14th and V streets in downtown DC, designed as “a space for art, culture, and politics to intentionally collide.” We chose this site because we want to get APLA and AAA members physically out of the convention center, and hopefully, to get our minds out into the real world as well. The event is free and all are welcome.


Conférence du Pr. Pierre Etienne Kenfack – Droits écrits et droits coutumiers en Afrique noire aujourd’hui

Cycle de conférences de l’Ecole de droit de la Sorbonne
Droits écrits et droits coutumiers en Afrique noire aujourd’hui

Résumé :

La question des rapports entre les droits écrits et les droits coutumiers en Afrique date de l’époque coloniale. A l’origine c’était des rapports de hiérarchie consistant à faire cohabiter les deux droits, mais en dénigrant les droits traditionnels avec pour objectif , à plus ou moins brève échéance leur remplacement par les droits écrits d’origine européenne.

Poursuivie après les indépendances avec la règle de la succession d’États et la multiplication des lois écrites, cet objectif s’est heurtée à une résistance discrète mais omniprésente des droits traditionnels, avec parfois des situations claires d’application des solutions de droit traditionnel au détriment des règles écrites.

Il est donc important, au-delà d’un bilan, d’interroger l’état actuel des rapports entre les droits écrits et les droits traditionnels dans les Etats d’Afrique noire et surtout d’en tirer des conséquences en terme de processus de production du droit ayant des chances de s’appliquer effectivement dans un espace juridique donné.

Mercredi 22 Novembre 2017
15 – 16 h
Salle 1
Centre Panthéon
12, place du Panthéon
75005 Paris

Conférencier : Pierre Etienne Kenfack , Université de Yaoundé II (Cameroun)

Call for 2019 workshops – International Institute for the Sociology of Law – Oñati

Appel pour l’organisation d’ateliers à l’International Institute for the Sociology of Law – Oñati  – deadline 9 février 2018.


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Introduction à l’anthropologie dogmatique


Le cinéma de Pierre Legendre

Le cinéma de Pierre Legendre. Introduction à l’anthropologie dogmatique est un coffret collector rassemblant les trois films documentaires devenus introuvables sur le marché :

  • La Fabrique de l’homme occidental (1996)
  • Miroir d’une Nation, l’Ecole Nationale d’Administration (1999)
  • Dominium Mundi, l’Empire du management (2007)

Conçus par Pierre Legendre, Gérald Caillat (réalisateur) et Pierre-Olivier Bardet (producteur), les films ont été produits par Idéale Audience en coproduction avec Arte France.

Ils sont accompagnés d’un livret inédit de 164 pages réunissant les trois textes complets de Pierre Legendre, ayant servi à l’écrirture des scénarii ainsi qu’un court et puissant récit, L’Homme en meurtrier, et onze billets dédicacés à l’auteur par des connaisseurs de cette œuvre singulière.

Deux philosophes, deux professeurs de droit, un professeur de littérature, un professeur en sciences de l’iinformation et de la communication, un producteur de cinéma, un avocat, un professeur d’urbanisme, un traducteur, un professeur de gestion d’une Grande Ecole de commerce – français, allemand, japonais ou anglais – invitent à s’aventurer dans la pensée de Pierre Legendre. Ces contributeurs ne sont nuls autres qu’Olivier Abel, Antoine Adeline, Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Françoise Choay, Peter Goodrich, Gérard Guest, Cécile Moiroud, Pierre Musso, Osamu Nishitaii, Clemens Pornschlegel et Roland Reitter.

Flyer – Cinéma de Pierre Legendre 2702.compressed

Pierre Legendre est professeur émérite de droit à l’Université de Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne (agrégé de droit romain et d’histoire du droit) et directeur d’études honoraire à l’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Ve section, Sciences religieuses). Peu connu du grand public en France, il est considéré à l’étranger comme un des plus grands de la pensée française contemporaine. Il a produit une œuvre abondante sur les fondements du droit, le phénomène religieux, la filiation et la généalogie, les montages de l’Etat et du droit, l’histoire et les pratiques de la gestion. Il a rassemblé ces éléments en définissant un nouveau champ : l’anthropolgie dogmatique. Il dirige la collection “Les Quarantes Piliers” aux Editions Fayard et Mille et une nuits.

Call : Socio-legal studies/sociologie du droit : methods, traditions, theories in France and the UK

Socio-legal studies/sociologie du droit: methods, traditions, theories
in France and the UK

16th April 2018, University of Kent in Paris, 4 Rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris
Emilie Cloatre (Kent Law School)
Olivier Leclerc (CNRS/Centre de Recherches Critiques sur le Droit)

FranceUK workshop Programme and Call_16th April 2018

Call for contributions/registration

Context and purpose :
This workshop stems from several observations: first, that socio legal scholarship as a whole is strongly influenced by both institutional contexts and local scholarly traditions, which has led it to adopt very varied forms across jurisdictions. Second, that this diversity is both an interesting object of study to understand the possibilities and forms of socio-legal research and critique, and an obstacle to some cross-jurisdictional conversations. Third, that this is particularly noticeable and interesting in the context of France and the UK.

While socio-legal studies have significantly developed over the past few decades, both in the UK and (though arguably to a lesser extent)  in France, cross-channel conversations across relevant communities
have remained limited. In addition, the forms that socio-legal scholarship has adopted in those two contexts are strikingly different (see: Renaud Colson, Stewart Field, “Socio-legal Studies in France: Beyond the Law Faculty”, Journal of Law and Society, vol. 43, no. 2, 2016, p. 285-311).

Although various bridges and connections have been made – through common projects, borrowing of ideas, methods or theories, or occasional encounters at conferences or within topic-specific contexts – there has historically been limited efforts to engage more broadly the growing socio-legal communities in France and the UK. Such conversations on a broader scale, however, could be highly interesting at several levels. In spite of shared aspirations, UK socio-legal studies and its French equivalents have developed in very different ways, sharing some theoretical and methodological traditions, while differing in many others. In addition, the institutional settings in which each movement has developed are in stark contrast, which in turn has certainly influenced the shape of scholarship itself. Reflecting on those different contexts, and their influences is useful in a context of continuous pressure on the development and maintenance of interdisciplinary legal scholarship, both in research and teaching.

In this workshop, we want to reflect on those different trajectories, and what they have to tell us about ‘socio-legal studies in context’, but also aim to bring together this scholarly diversity in order to  explore ways forward, in terms of collaborations, and in terms of methodological and conceptual explorations. Therefore, this workshop positions itself both as a first step towards a broader set of discussions and as a significant opportunity to reflect on the impact on our own traditions on the forms of knowledge produced.

The workshop has three key aims:
1) To reflect on how different institutional contexts and traditions have shaped socio-legal thought and scholarship in France and the UK
2) To bring together contrasting approaches developed by those traditions
3) To foster future exchange and research across communities in France and the UK and facilitate new collaborations.

The workshop will be held in English.

Format/call for contributions :
The workshop will to be based around four sessions. In the first three sessions, short papers will be given by keynote speakers, followed by longer questions, discussions and exchange. For the final session, we would like to invite contributions from early career scholars (including PhD students), in the form of very brief presentations of 8-10 mins, offering an overview of a project, with particular attention the methodological/conceptual approach adopted. An abstract of 200 words should be submitted by email to by the 8th December 2017. We will endeavour to respond by the 15th December.

To register for the conference, please visit:

A small fee of £50 will be requested for registration for participants other than speakers. We may be able to offer limited financial support for ECRs for travels or accommodation. If you would need such support in order to attend the conference, please let us know as soon as possible.

Draft Programme :
10.00-10.15 Welcome and introductions
Emilie Cloatre and Olivier Leclerc

10.15-11.30 Socio-legal studies: trends, histories and institutional challenges/opportunities
Professor Rosie Harding (University of Birmingham)
Dr Renaud Colson (Université de Nantes)

11.30-11.45 Coffee break

11.45-1.00 Social critiques and socio-legal studies: exploring the ‘socio’ of socio-legal studies/Penser la sociologie dans la sociologie du droit
Professor Emily Grabham (University of Kent)
Dr Rachel Vanneuville (CNRS/Laboratoire Triangle)

1.00-1.45 Lunch

1.45-3.00 Approaching the ‘legal’ in socio-legal studies/Penser le droit dans la sociologie du droit
Professor John Harrington (Cardiff University)
Professor Pierre Brunet (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

3.00-3.15 Coffee break

3.15-5.00 Sampling socio-legal studies: examples and new directions in contemporary scholarship
Short presentations by ECRs – please see call for contribution

5.00-5.30 Wrap-up and discussion
Emilie Cloatre/Olivier Leclerc

5.30-7.00 Drinks
7.30 Workshop dinner

This workshop is supported by the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA), the Social Critiques of Law Research Group (SoCriL, Kent Law School) and the Centre de Recherches Critiques sur le Droit (CERCRID, UMR CNRS 5137, Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne).

La vérité judiciaire d’hier à aujourd’hui

Orient-Occident – Rencontres Kasra Vafadari 

Journée d’histoire et d’anthropologie du droit


Programme : La vérité judiciaire 20171208 Programme

La vérité judiciaire d’hier à aujourd’hui

Vendredi 8 décembre

Salles des Commissions F142

1er étage du bâtiment F – Université Paris Nanterre

« Si la connaissance se donne comme connaissance de la vérité, c’est qu’elle produit la vérité par le jeu d’une falsification première et toujours reconduite qui pose la distinction du vrai et du faux », disait Michel Foucault dans une de ses Leçons sur la volonté de savoir [1]. Les récents débats autour des fake news en témoignent, au-delà de la représentation même de la vérité, ce sont les enjeux de la production de la vérité et sa relation avec les instances capables de fonder son autorité qui sont en cause.

La relation du droit est, du moins dans notre système juridique, consubstantielle à celle de vérité, Res iudicata pro veritate habetur. C’est là une forme de vérité particulière propre aux juristes, qui s’inscrit dans le domaine des normes. Le jugement ne dit pas le vrai, il est réputé dire le vrai. Une fiction qui opère alors même que le caractère erroné de la décision serait reconnu (3e Ch. civ., 4 mars 1998, pourvoi n° 96 11-399 et Ch. soc. 19 mars 1998, Bull. n°158).

Les enjeux de la vérité judiciaire sont évidemment à chercher ailleurs que dans l’établissement d’une réalité factuelle et sont d’abord affaire de pouvoir. On a parfois tendance à oublier que l’office du juge n’a pas toujours été rapporté à la fonction de dire le vrai et que sa décision a pu être une sentence plutôt qu’un jugement au sens strict du terme. C’est lorsque le procès devient l’outil du pouvoir que la vérité sert d’autorité à la chose jugée, une vérité que le juge édicte en même temps que le justiciable doit la reconnaître. Si l’on veut comprendre et mesurer les implications politiques de la vérité judicaire, il faut partir à l’origine du concept, et retrouver le moment au cours duquel le jugement pénal s’est imposé comme discours de vérité.

Au-delà du souci d’érudition qui est celui de l’historien du droit, l’enquête déborde sur le présent car les représentations d’aujourd’hui empruntent à celles du passé. Pour comprendre le présent, Michel Foucault proposait de recourir à la méthode archéologique. Il s’agissait selon lui non pas tant de situer les origines d’une institution que de comprendre les transformations, le processus des évolutions qui l’ont produite. C’est cette chaîne que  l’on tentera ici de recomposer en revenant non seulement sur le contexte dans lequel le jugement est apparu comme discours de vérité, mais aussi sur les modalités qui ont permis sa pérennité, également sur les influences culturelles diverses qui lui ont donné sa physionomie particulière.

La journée d’études organisée par le Centre d’Histoire et d’Anthropologie du Droit interrogera la notion autour de plusieurs questions.

I – La vérité judicaire, Construction du concept et approche comparative

Le rapport entre jugement et vérité, Orient/Occident

La vérité judiciaire au regard d’autres vérités, vérité historique, vérité scientifique

Res iudicata pro veritate habetur. Archéologie du concept et construction du principe.

II – Dire le vrai

Jugement de Dieu, jugement des hommes (Jury),

La place de la fiction et le rapport à la réalité

Torture et vérité

III – La vérité judiciaire et ses applications contemporaines

Expertise, vérité scientifique, vérité vraisemblable

La pratique pénale, les gardes à vue et la culture de l’aveu, le droit au mensonge.

Les ADR en droit pénal. Le plaider coupable à la française, Les Commissions Vérité et Réconciliation

Soazick Kerneis :

Centre d’Histoire et d’Anthropologie du Droit

Journée organisée par le Centre d’Histoire et d’Anthropologie du Droit (CHAD)

membre de Fédération Interdisciplinaire de Nanterre en Droit (FIND)

 Université Paris Nanterre, 200 avenue de la République, 92000 Nanterre

Lecture : Living on the Other Side


WHAT’s NEW?! Fall Lecture Series

Living on the Other Side: A Legal-Anthropological Analysis of Migration and Family Law in Morocco

Nadia Sonneveld

16 november 2017

Time 17:00 – 18:15 hrs.
Explanation : Free to visit, drinks after
Series : WHAT’s NEW?! Fall Lecture Series
Address : Lipsius, Cleveringaplaats 1, 2311 BD Leiden, Room, 227

WHAT’s NEW?! is a lecture series organised by LUCIS and the department of Middle Eastern Studies. The lectures focus on current research on Islam and the Middle East.

“Europe wants migration agreements with North African governments. Yet, what are migrants’ legal rights in these countries, and how do receiving states and migrants deal with them in practice? Family law plays a crucial role in legal identity and in securing basic human rights. Using the lens of family law, my aim is to gain empirical and theoretical knowledge of migration and legal rights in Morocco and, by extension, North Africa. In particular, I look at various groups of West/Central African and Middle Eastern (regularly or irregularly residing) migrants and refugees in Morocco. In the presentation, I present preliminary findings related to the following two questions. First, how does this receiving state regulate major life events (marriage, birth, divorce, death) of the migrants and refugees on its territory, and, second, how do migrants and refugees deal with the legal aspects of major life events in this receiving state?

Ultimately, my aim is to obtain a legal-anthropological understanding of one of the least understood issues of our time: migrants and their legal rights as non-citizens on the other side of the Mediterranean.”

About Nadia Sonneveld :

Nadia Sonneveld works at the Centre for Migration Law, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands and has an academic background in anthropology, Arabic, and law. The common factor in all her research activities is the focus on gender and law in the Muslim world, particularly in Egypt and Morocco. Previously, she was a guest scholar at the School of Oriental Studies (SOAS) in London, and Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. She authored Khul‘ Divorce in Egypt: Public Debates, Judicial Practices, and Everyday Life (2012), and has co-authored Women Judges in the Muslim World: A Comparative Study of Discourse and Practice, with Monika

Book : Women Judges in the Muslim World

Women Judges in the Muslim World

A Comparative Study of Discourse and Practice

Edited by Nadia Sonneveld and Monika Lindbekk
ISBN13: 9789004306912
March 2017

Women Judges in the Muslim World: A Comparative Study of Discourse and Practice fills a gap in academic scholarship by examining public debates and judicial practices surrounding the performance of women as judges in eight Muslim-majority countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco). Gender, class, and ethnic biases are inscribed in laws, particularly in the domain of shariʿa-derived family law. Editors Nadia Sonneveld and Monika Lindbekk have carefully woven together the extensive fieldwork and expertise of each author. The result is a rich tapestry that brings out the various effects of women judges in the management of justice. In contrast to early scholarship, they convincingly prove that ‘the woman judge’ does not exist.

Contributors are: Monique C. Cardinal, Jessica Carlisle, Monika Lindbekk, Rubya Mehdi, Valentine M. Moghadam, Najibah Mohd Zin, Euis Nurlaelawati, Arskal Salim, Nadia Sonneveld, Ulrike Schultz and Maaike Voorhoeve.

Nadia Sonneveld (Ph.D., University of Amsterdam, 2009) is senior researcher on Gender and Law in the Muslim world at Radboud University, The Netherlands. Her publications include Khulʿ Divorce in Egypt: Public Debates, Judicial Practice, and Everyday Life(2012).

Monika Lindbekk (Ph.D., University of Oslo, 2016) has published several articles on adjudication of Muslim and Coptic Orthodox family law by Egyptian courts. The title of her Ph.D. dissertation is Inscribing Islamic Shariʿa in Egyptian Marriage and Divorce Law: Continuity and Rupture.


Table of Contents :

A Note on Transliteration
Foreword: Making the Case for Women Judges in the Muslim World: Valentine M. Moghadam

1. Introduction: A Historical Overview of Gender and Judicial Authority in the Muslim World: Nadia Sonneveld and Monika Lindbekk

Part One: Comparative Understandings of Women’s Appointment as Judges
2. Do Female Judges Judge Differently? Empirical Realities of a Theoretical Debate: Ulrike Schultz
3. Women’s Access to Legal Education and Their Appointment to the Judiciary: The Dutch, Egyptian, and Indonesian Cases Compared: Nadia Sonneveld

Part Two: Country Studies
4. Female Judges at Indonesian Religious Courtrooms: Opportunities and Challenges to Gender Equality: Euis Nurlaelawati and Arskal Salim
5. Seeking Portia and the Duke: Male and Female Judges Dispensing Justice in Paternity Cases in Morocco: Nadia Sonneveld
6. Female Judges in Malaysian Shari‘a Courts: A Problem of Gender or Legal Interpretation?: Najibah Mohd Zin
7. Tunisian Female Judges and ‘The Mobilization of the Emancipation of the Tunisian Family Law’: Maaike Voorhoeve
8. Lady Judges of Pakistan: Embodying the Changing Living Tradition of Islam: Rubya Mehdi
9. The Politics of Exclusion: Women Public Prosecutors and Criminal Court Judges in Syria (1975-2009): Monique C. Cardinal
10. The Best of times, the Worst of Times: State-Salaried, Female Legal Professionals and Foreign Donor Policy in Post-Qadhafi Libya: Jessica Carlisle
11. Women Judges in Egypt: Discourse and Practice: Monika Lindbekk

Book : Legalism. Property and Ownership

Edited by Georgy Kantor, Tom Lambert, and Hannah Skoda
Oxford University Press
Published: 30 November 2017 (Estimated)
ISBN: 9780198813415
Cover for Legalism


In this volume, ownership is defined as the simple fact of being able to describe something as ‘mine’ or ‘yours’, and property is distinguished as the discursive field which allows the articulation of attendant rights, relationships, and obligations. Property is often articulated through legalism as a way of thinking that appeals to rules and to generalizing concepts as a way of understanding, responding to, and managing the world around one. An Aristotelian perspective suggests that ownership is the natural state of things and a prerequisite of a true sense of self. An alternative perspective from legal theory puts law at the heart of the origins of property. However, both these points of view are problematic in a wider context, the latter because it rests heavily on Roman law. Anthropological and historical studies enable us to interrogate these assumptions.

The articles here, ranging from Roman provinces to modern-day piracy in Somalia, address questions such as: How are legal property regimes intertwined with economic, moral-ethical, and political prerogatives? How far do the assumptions of the western philosophical tradition explain property and ownership in other societies? Is the ‘bundle of rights’ a useful way to think about property? How does legalism negotiate property relationships and interests between communities and individuals? How does the legalism of property respond to the temporalities and materialities of the objects owned? How are property regimes managed by states, and what kinds of conflicts are thus generated?

Property and ownership cannot be reduced to natural rights, nor do they straightforwardly reflect power relations: the rules through which property is articulated tend to be conceptually subtle. As the fourth volume in the Legalism series, this collection draws on common themes that run throughout the first three volumes: Legalism: Anthropology and History, Legalism: Community and Justice, and Legalism: Rules and Categories consolidating them in a framework that suggests a new approach to legal concepts

Author information :

Edited by Georgy Kantor, Official Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History, St John’s College, Oxford, Tom Lambert, Osborn Fellow in Early Medieval History, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and Hannah Skoda, Fellow and Tutor in History, St John’s College, Oxford

Georgy Kantor is a Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at St John’s College, Oxford. He works on Roman legal and institutional history, particularly on the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire, and on Greek and Latin inscriptions of the Roman period. He is also an associate editor of the Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum.

Tom Lambert is a Fellow in History at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. His publications include Law and Order in Anglo-Saxon England (2017), and he co-edited (with David Rollason), Peace and Protection in the Middle Ages (2009). His other publications range across early English legal topics, engaging with such themes as hospitality, sanctuary, legal privilege, theft, and violence.

Hannah Skoda is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St John’s College. She is author of Medieval Violence: Physical Brutality in Northern France, c.1270- c. 1330 (2012), and co-editor (with Patrick Lantschner and Robert Shaw) of Contact and Exchange in Later Medieval Europe (2012) and (with Paul Dresch) of Legalism: Anthropology and History (2012). She has published on diverse themes of later medieval social and cultural history, and is currently working on expressions of nostalgia in the long fourteenth century.


T.M. Charles-Edwards, Emeritus Fellow, formerly Professor of Celtic Studies at Jesus College, Oxford
Jatin Dua, Assistant Professor in Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Matthew Erie, Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Studies, University of Oxford
Walter Rech, postdoctoral researcher, Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki
Judith Scheele, social anthropologist and post-doctoral research fellow, All Souls College, Oxford
William Wheeler, PhD in Anthropology, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Table of Contents :

Introduction – Property and Ownership: an Overview, Georgy Kantor, Tom Lambert , and Hannah Skoda
1: Cows and the Shariah in the Abéché Customary Court (eastern Chad), Judith Scheele
2: Property in Land in Roman Provinces, Georgy Kantor
3: Property and Possession in Medieval Celtic Societies, T.M. Charles-Edwards
4: The Afterlife of Property: Affect, Time, Value, Matthew Erie
5: Jurisdiction as Property in England, 900-1100, Tom Lambert
6: ‘Everything Belongs to God’: Sayyid Qutb’s Theory of Property and Social Justice, Walter Rech
7: A Sea of Profit: Making Property in the Western Indian Ocean, Jatin Dua
8: Fish as Property on the Small Aral Sea, Kazakhstan, William Wheeler
9: People as Property in Medieval Dubrovnik, Hannah Skoda