South Asia Legal Studies Working Group

Affiliated with the Global Legal Studies Center and Center for South Asia

3x3 box of 12 colorful stained glass windows In 2006, an informal working group was established to coordinate and promote events pertaining to South Asian legal studies and to facilitate intellectual exchange between faculty and students at the University with shared interests in the field.

The disciplinary interests of the working group include political science, history, religious studies, and, within law itself, environmental law, human rights, Islamic law, constitutional law, discrimination, women’s studies, and legal profession. More complete descriptions of faculty interests are given on the respective websites for individual faculty listed below. Students or faculty interested in joining the occasional discussions of the working group are encouraged to contact any of the faculty listed below.

Scholars and Graduate Students affiliated with the Working Group

Members of the Working Group have interests and expertise on various aspects of law in South Asia and join long-time UW-Madison Professor Marc Galanter whose extensive work on law in South Asia has been extremely influential in American and in South Asian scholarship.

Atapattu, Sumudu – UW Law School
Farid, Cynthia - UW Law School
Galanter, Marc – John and Rylla Bosshard Professor of Law and South Asian Studies, UW-Madison
James Jaffe - UW-Whitewater (retired)
Khan, Maryam - UW Law School
Lhost, Elizabeth - UW-Madison
Rao, Sunil - UW Law School
Sharafi, Mitra – UW Law School, Legal Studies & Department of History, UW-Madison
Sidel, Mark - UW Law School and La Follette School of Public Affairs


The group has initiated several activities including a workshop on South Asia Legal Studies which is organized to coincide with the annual South Asia Conference:


Marc Galanter Digital Archives on Bhopal

Don Davis' Cooperative Annotated Bibliography of Hindu Law and Dharmasastra

Marc Galanter's Documents on South Asian Law

Marc Galanter, Introduction to the Civilization of India: Legal Materials for the Study of Modern India

Mitra Sharafi's South Asian Legal History Resources

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