Legal Pluralism

Seminar Series

GLS received a grant from the International Division to conduct a seminar series on Legal Pluralism.  This seminar series will look at various aspects of legal pluralism around the world.  It recognizes that law emanates from various sources and not solely from the state. We will invite scholars working on legal pluralism from various parts of the world to give lectures or conduct seminars.


Fall 2011

  • September 26, 2011:"The Legislative Dismantling of a Colonial and an Apartheid State," by Professor Sally Moore, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Anthropology Emerita, Harvard University, Noon-1:15, Lubar Commons, UW Law School, sponsored by Department of Anthropology with support from the Brittingham Visiting Scholar Program, Global Legal Studies Center and African Studies Program. (Paper published in the Annual Review of Law and Social Science Vol. 7, 2011;pp 1-15)
  • October 20, 2011: The 5th Annual South Asia Legal Studies Pre-conference workshop will feature several speakers on legal pluralism. 

Spring 2012

  • April 26, 2012: "In the Name of Spirits: The Mao Priest as a Lawmaker-Lawfinder, by Professor Jiang Yongling, part of the speaker series on Legal Pluralism, sponsored by the International Division, GLS and part of the Mellon Workshop on Comparative Religious Law, Center for Humanities, and co-sponsored by the Center for South East Asia, East Asian Legal Studies Center and the UW-Madison China Initiative, Noon-1:15, Lubar Commons.

    Abstract: Religious values and practices have played a significant role in shaping legal culture in China’s long history. Even under the contemporary secular Communist government, religion and law are still closely interrelated and interact with each other in ethnic minority communities. In the “Miao Territory” at Fenghuang County, Hunan Province, the Miao (or “Hmong” as addressed outside China) society retains rich religious tradition. This talk focuses on its ritual specialist—the Miao priest, examining how he formulates, articulates, and applies community rules. Operating under Miao customary law, the Miao priest serves as one of the centerpieces in his society and bridges the ethnic and state laws.

  • May 5, 2012: "Innovative Approaches of Pakistan Judiciary," presentation made by Professor Martin Lau, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, part of the workshop on Legal Innovation towards Social Change, sponsored by GLS, EU Center of Excellence and the International Division.

Spring 2013

  • February 28, 2013: "Sex, Legal Pluralism and the Codex Iuris Canonici" by Patrick J. Wall in the speaker series on Legal Pluralism, 12:30-1:30pm, Lubar Commons, sponsored by GLS.
  • April 4, 2013: "The Dysfunctional Legal Effects of Secularization: South Asians and Muslim Law in England" by Dr Prakash Shah, Senior Lecturer and Director of GLOCUL: Centre for Culture and Law, Department of Law, Queen Mary, University of London, part of the speaker series on Legal Pluralism, sponsored by GLS, Center for South Asia and South Asia Legal Studies Working Group, Noon-1:00pm, 206 Ingraham Hall.

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