Workshop on Role of Law in Developing and Transition Countries

December 2008

     Times: 2-6pm, December 5 (reception 5-6pm)

                 8am-5:30pm, December 6

     Venue: Lubar Commons (7200 Law)

This workshop formed part of the Research Circle on "Role of Law in Developing and Transition Countries." 

Roundtables were held on:

(a) Mobilization of law in Developing and Transition Countries;

(b) Legal continuity and change;

(c) Legal pluralism, indigenous groups, legal cultures, colonialism and empires;

(d) International law and norms; and

(e) Participation. 

Participants: Jackie Dugard (South Africa), Xin He (Hong Kong), Javier Couso (Chile), Margaret Woo (Boston), Rachel Ellett (Beloit College), Diana Kapiszewski (Berkeley), Chadidscha Schuhmann (Giessen), Mark Massoud (Stanford), Druscilla Scribner (UW- Oshkosh),  Kathie Hendley (UW), Heinz Klug (UW), Alex Huneeus (UW), Mara Loveman (UW) and Sumudu Atapattu (UW). 

Sponsors: Global Legal Studies Center with support from the Division of International Studies, the International Institute and Global Studies.   

Workshop proposal

Draft Agenda

Core readings:

Lauren Benton, Law and Colonial Cultures: Legal Regimes in World History, 1400-1900 (2002), chapter 1

Lauren Benton, Law and Colonial Cultures: Legal Regimes in World History, 1400-1900 (2002), Conclusion

Sally Engle Merry, Human Rights and Gender Violence: Translating International Law into Local Justice, Introduction

Sally Engle Merry, Human Rights and Gender Violence: Translating International Law into Local Justice, Chapter 4

Robert Sharlet, Stalinism and Soviet Legal Culture in Stalinism: Essays in Historical Interpretation, 155 (Robert C. Tucker ed., 1977).

Frank Munger, Constitutional Reform, Legal Consciousness, and Citizen Participation in Thailand, 40 Cornell Int'l L.J. 455 (2007)

Additional readings:

Antony Anghie, Finding the Peripheries: Sovereignty and Colonialism in Nineteenth-Century International Law, 40 Harv. Int'l L.J. 1 (1999)

Scott Cummings & Louise Trubek, Globalizing Public Interest Law (forthcoming)

Jackie Dugard, Court of First Instance? Towards a Pro-poor Jurisdiction for the South African Constitutional Court, 22 SAJHR (2006)

Jackie Dugard, Courts and the Poor in South Africa: A Critique of Systemic Judicial Failures to Advance Transformative Justice, submitted to SAJHR special edition on South African judiciary (2008)

Jackie Dugard, Rights, Regulation and Resistence: The Phiri Water Campaign, submitted to SAJHR special issue on Rights and Regulation (2008)

Yash Ghai, Human Rights and Social Development: Toward Democratization and Social Justice, Democracy, Governance and Human Rights, Program Paper No 5 (2001)

John Gillespie, Localizing Global Rules: Public Participation in Lawmaking in Vietnam, 33 Law & Soc. Inquiry 673 (2008)

Francine Hirsch, Soviets at Nuremberg: International Law, Propaganda and the Making of the Postwar Order, American Historical Review (June 2008)

Heinz Klug, Hybrid(ity) Rules: Creating Local Law in a Globalized World in Global Prescriptions: The Production, Exportation, and Importation of a New Legal Orthodoxy, 276 (Yves Dezalay & Bryant G. Garth eds.)

Mark Massoud, Myth Making and the Collision of Rights: Law and Development in Sudan (draft)

Jona Razzaque, Linking Human Rights, Development, and Environment: Experiences from Litigation in South Asia, 18 Fordham Envtl. Law. Rev. 587 (2007)

Margaret Woo & Mary Gallagher eds., Introduction, Civil Dispute Resolution in Contemporary China (forthcoming)

Margaret Woo, Shaping Citizenship: Chinese Family Law and Women, Yale J. Law and Feminism (2003)

Margaret Woo & Yaxin Wang, Civil Justice in China: An Empirical Study of Courts in Three Provinces


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