(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.
- October 26, 2017: Eleventh annual South Asia Legal Studies workshop
Call for panel proposals: Deadline, April 14, 2017. Please submit your proposals to Sumudu Atapattu and Mitra Sharafi by the deadline.
Draft program (as of August 11, 2017)
Keynote speaker: Rebecca Redwood French, University of Buffalo School of Law
- October 20, 2016: 10th anniversary celebration
Call for panel proposals - deadline: April 15, 2016, please send your proposals to Sumudu Atapattu and Mitra Sharafi
10:00-11:00am - Keynote 1: “Selecting Judges for a Democratic India” by Justice Chelameswar Jasti, Supreme Court of India
- 12:30-2:00pm - Keynote 2: "Reform through the Lowest Bidder: Lessons from Rule-of-Law Programs in Pakistan” by Osama Siddique, Law and Policy Research Network, Pakistan and Harvard Law School
11:00-12:30pm - Panel 1 : “Markets, States, Theft and Nature: Natural Resource Use and Regulation in South Asia”
2:15-3:45 - Roundtable: "Free Speech and Public Space: Exploring Modes of Speech Regulation and Resistance in South Asia"
4:00-5:30pm - Panel 2: Accounting for Abuse in South Asia
Registration: To facilitate planning, please register by October 18, 2016 HERE.
- October 22, 2015: 9th Annual South Asia Legal Studies workshop
Call for panel proposals - Deadline: March 1, 2015
To facilitate planning, please register by October 10, 2015 by using the link below:
- October 16, 2014: 8th Annual South Asia Legal Studies workshop
Keynote address: Professor Marc Galanter, "Bhopal: 30 years on"
- October 17, 2013: 7th Annual South Asia Legal Studies Workshop,
Keynote address by Judge Roshan Dalvi, High Court Judge, India
Registration: In order to facilitate planning prior registration is requested. Please contact
Sumudu Atapattu or Mitra Sharafi with your institutional affiliation and contact details by October
1, 2013. Registration is free.
- October 11, 2012: 6th Annual South Asia Legal Studies Workshop
Lubar Commons (7200 Law), UW Law School, 2-6pm (followed by dinner for speakers and participants)
Call for panel proposals
Registration: Registration is free but prior registration is requested. Please contact Sumudu Atapattu or Mitra Sharafi with your institutional affiliation and contact details by October 1, 2012
- October 20, 2011: 5th Annual South Asia Legal Studies Workshop, 8:30am - 6:00pm, Lubar Commons (7200 Law), UW Law School
October 14, 2010: 4th Annual South Asia Legal Studies Workshop
October 22, 2009: 3rd Annual South Asian Legal Studies Workshop,
2-6pm, Lubar Commons (7200 Law).
Those interested in attending please register by contacting Don Davis Jr. (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Sumudu Atapattu (email@example.com) by October 19, 2009 to facilitate planning although we welcome walk-ins too.
Sponsors: Global Legal Studies Center, UW Law School, Center
for South Asia, South Asia Legal
Studies Pre-conference Workshop, Research Circle on Role of Law in Developing and Transition
Countries and Legal Studies
October 16, 2008: 2nd Annual South Asia Legal Studies workshop, 2:00 -6:00 pm Lubar Commons (7200 Law), University of Wisconsin Law School
Sponsors: Global Legal Studies Center, UW Law School, Center for South Asia, South Asia Legal Studies Working Group, Research Circle on Role of Law in Developing and Transition Countries and Legal Studies
11, 2007: Inaugural South Asia Legal Studies workshop ("Categories of Legal
Identity"), hosted by Professors Mitra
Sharafi and Marc Galanter of the UW Law School.
In October 2007, the first South Asian Legal Studies workshop coincided with a Madison meeting of contributors to Law and Hinduism: An Introduction, bringing together over 50 scholars based in the US and Asia. The workshop aimed to build a sense of community among scholars working on law—past and present—in the context of South Asia and its diasporas. In particular, the meeting aimed to facilitate contact between those working in law schools and those in the social sciences and humanities.