South Asia Legal Studies Working Group

Activities - 2008-2009


Fall 2008

  • October 18, 2008: Roundtable at the Annual South Asia Conference on Legal, Ethical and Historical Reflections on Veena Das’ Life and Words, including Professors Mitra Sharafi and Donald Davis, Jr. (chair), Saturday, October 18, 2008, 1:45-3:30pm, Conference Room 4, Concourse Hotel, Madison, sponsored by the Center for South Asia and co-sponsored by the South Asia Legal Studies Working Group and the Global Legal Studies Center.

  • November 5, 2008: “Women’s Rights and Legal Advocacy: Lessons from India” by Dr Flavia Agnes (women’s rights lawyer, writer and director, Majlis, a center for rights discourse in Bombay), hosted by Professor Marc Galanter, November 5, 2008, Noon-1:15pm, Lubar Commons (7200 Law) sponsored by Global Legal Studies Center, Center for South Asia, Human Rights Initiative of UW-Madison, South Asia Legal Studies Working Group, TARGET Research Circle and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. This lecture is part of the speaker series on “Role of Law in Developing and Transition Countries” sponsored by the Global Legal Studies Center with support from the Division of International Studies, the International Institute and Global Studies.

  • December 4, 2008: “Hari and Kumar go to HLS: The South Asian Graduate Experience at Harvard Law School” by Swethaa Ballakrishnen (Research Associate, UW Law School and Research Fellow, Program on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School), December 4, 2008, Noon – 1pm, 206 Ingraham Hall, sponsored by the Center for South Asia, Global Legal Studies Center and South Asia Legal Studies Working Group.

  • December 5-6, 2008: Workshop on Role of Law in Developing and Transition Countries" - Several scholars of the Working Group participated as resource persons at this workshop.

Spring 2009

  • March 5, 2009: "Equality and Freedom in the Culture of the Developing World," by Judge Christopher Weeramantry, former Vice President of the International Court of Justice, part of the speaker series on "Role of Law in Developing and Transition Countries," sponsored by the Global Legal Studies Center with support from the Division of International Studies, the International Institute and Global Studies and co-sponsored by the Center for South Asia and South Asia Legal Studies Working Group, 206 Ingraham Hall, Noon-1pm.  All are welcome.

  • April 14, 2009: "The Human Right to Identity: The Legal Regulation of Personal Names," by Professor Alison Renteln, Professor of Political Science and Anthropology, University of Southern California, sponsored by GLS and South Asia Legal Studies Working Group and hosted by Professor Mitra Sharafi, Noon - 1:15pm, Lubar Commons (7200 Law).

  • April 29, 2009: "Law and the Regulation of Magic in Colonial Cultures," by Professor Robert McQueen, University of Griffith, Australia, sponsored by GLS and South Asia Legal Studies Working Group and hosted by Professor Mitra Sharafi, noon-1:15pm, Lubar Commons (7200 Law).

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