Welcome! My name is Mitra Sharafi and I am a legal historian of colonial South Asia at the University of Wisconsin Law School and UW Legal Studies program. I’m also affiliated with UW’s History Department and Center for South Asia. For my bio and CV, please see my faculty webpage. For online interviews, see my XQs with Chapati Mystery and my AHA Member Spotlight.
I started this website in 2010 to share resources for the historical study of law in South Asia.
Many of these tools focus on the later colonial period of South Asian legal history, when British India was under the Raj (1858-1947). Interested in the early colonial period? I recommend Mitch Fraas’ Anglo-Indian Legal History blog and his short piece here. For general guides to doing research on Indian law, there is Theodore A. Mahr’s “An Introduction to Indian Legal Research and Indian Law” (Delhi: Indian Law Institute, 1986) and Sunil Rao’s “India: A Legal Research Guide” (a UW Law Library online guide).
With colleague Sumudu Atapattu, I organize the Annual South Asia Legal Studies Workshop in Madison, Wisconsin, every October. This event happens on the first day of the Annual Conference on South Asia in Madison. The programs for upcoming and past workshops are available here.
Since 2005, I have also organized the Law and Society Association’s South Asia Collaborative Research Network (CRN 22), a group that meets once a year and presents panels on South Asia at the Annual Law and Society Association meeting. Here is the CRN’s home page. To sign up, send me an e-mail.
Please send me any comments and suggestions about this website at firstname.lastname@example.org. Unfortunately, I don’t have any further information on the individuals listed on my “South Asians at the Inns” tab.
Many thanks to Karen Koethe for her help in developing this site.
[updated on 17 Feb. 2020]