South Asia Legal Studies Workshops

(For other events organized by the South Asia Legal Studies Working Group, see here)

The first workshop was held in 2007 and since then the workshop has attracted a large group of scholars from across the US representing a number of disciplines and still enjoys its status as the only workshop on South Asian legal issues in the US. Panels are selected pursuant to a call for panel proposals circulated earlier in the year by a sub-committee of the working group comprising: Professor Mitra Sharafi (Law/History/Legal Studies), and Dr Sumudu Atapattu (Law) both of whom are also affiliated with the Center for South Asia and GLS.

The objective of the workshop is to overcome a number of divides between scholars, particularly between those working on colonial versus post-colonial subjects; inside and outside of law schools; and inside and outside of institutions in South Asia. There are many young scholars working in this field, and the workshop has facilitated interaction between them, between junior and senior scholars, between students and faculty, and between academics and non-academics.

Fall 2018

  • October 11, 2018: 12th Annual South Asia Legal Studies Workshop
    Lubar Commons (Room 7200) UW Law School
    8:30am - 5:00pm
    Call for proposals

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9:00am-12:00pm Project Incubator Sessions
12:00pm-1:30pm Keynote Speaker Justice Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud, Supreme Court of India
1:45pm-5:00pm Short Paper Sessions

Preliminary Program

Please register on Eventbrite. Registration is not required but will assist with planning. 

Participant Access to Papers


Past Workshops

Fall 2017

        To facilitate planning please register by October 20, 2017 by emailing Laurel Belman

Workshop highlights

9:00-10:30          Panel 1: Constitutionalism 1: Living with Difference in Divided Societies

10:45-12:15        Panel 2 - Constitutionalism 2: The State and its People in India and Sri Lanka

12:15-1:30          Lunch & Keynote Address

                        “Building the Field of Buddhism and Law”
                         REBECCA REDWOOD FRENCH
                         Professor, University of Buffalo School of Law

1:30-1:45            Launch of the Indian Law Review
                         TARUNABH KHAITAN
                         Board of Editors

1:45-3:15           Panel 3: Examining the Development of Legal Regulation in the Indian City

3:30-5:00           Panel 4: Law, Violence, and State Power in India

Workshops 2007-2016

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