The South Asian Legal Studies Annual Workshop is the only U.S. based annual workshop on South Asian legal issues. The first workshop was in 2007 and since then it has attracted scholars and practitioners from across North America, South Asia, and Europe representing multiple disciplines.

The workshop’s objective is to overcome a number of divides between scholars- particularly between researchers inside vs. outside of law schools; inside vs. outside of South Asian institutions; and working on colonial vs. post-colonial subjects. The workshop facilitates interaction among junior, and senior scholars; students and faculty; and academics and non-academics.

Fall 2023

17th Annual South Asia Legal Studies Workshop

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 (in person). This will feature a hybrid roundtable on special issue of the International Journal of Law in Context on law in South Asia.

Friday and Saturday, December 1-2, 2023 (Virtual)

Fall 2023 call for Proposals (PDF)


Workshop Committee: Alstair McClure, Cynthia Farid and Sumudu Atapattu

Fall 2022

16th Annual South Asia Legal Studies Workshop

Friday, December 9, 2022 (virtual event)

Fall 2022 Call for Proposals (PDF) - deadline, June 3, 2022 

Please note: Those who presented during the last two years (2020 and 2021) are not eligible to apply.

Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

A committee consisting of Sumudu Atapattu, Alastair McClure and Saumyashree Ghosh will evaluate the abstracts.

Please register on Eventbrite by December 5, 2022. The Zoom link and the link to draft papers will be sent to those who register. It is expected that those who are attending will read the papers and will come prepared to comment on the papers. 

Final Program (PDF)

Fall 2021

15th Annual South Asia Legal Studies Workshop

Friday, Oct 15 (8:00am-11:30am CST) & Saturday, Oct 16 (8:30am-12:10pm CST), 2021 (virtual event)

Prior registration is required. Registration deadline is October 8, 2021. Register at Eventbrite.

The links to the draft papers and Zoom will be sent to those who register by the deadline.

Fall 2020

14th Annual South Asia Legal Studies Workshop

Thursday, October 15, 2020 (Day 1) & Friday, October 16, 2020 (Day 2)
8:00am-11:15am (US Central time)

This event will be held virtually. Link to join the workshop will be sent to registered participants

There will be no formal presentations. Each session will feature a discussion of a short pre-circulated proposal or paper (max. 3,000 words plus notes and any bibliography), which attendees are expected to read in advance. Please register for the workshop using the link above so we can provide you with access to the papers. 

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