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 AsiaFor my bio and CV, please see my faculty profile. For online interviews, see my Borderlines interview, XQs with Chapati Mystery, my AHA Member Spotlight, and this podcast with The Swaddle.

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).

I’m a member of the UW South Asia Legal Studies Working Group. I am also listed in the UW Experts’ Guide.

With colleague Sumudu Atapattu, I organized the Annual South Asia Legal Studies Workshop in Madison, Wisconsin, every October from 2007 until 2021. Dr. Atapattu is now organizing this event, 2022+. It precedes the Annual Conference on South Asia in Madison. The programs for upcoming and past workshops are available here

From 2005 until 2022, I was the lead organizer of the Law and Society Association’s South Asia Collaborative Research Network (CRN 22). This group meets once a year and presents panels on South Asia at the Annual Law and Society Association meeting.

Comments and suggestions about this website are welcome: mitra.sharafi@wisc.edu. 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 24 Sept. 2022]