Cornelia Sorabji Scholarship in Law

Somerville College and Oxford’s Faculty of Law have launched a campaign to create a scholarship for an Indian trainee lawyer to study law at Oxford. The scholarship, which will require a £1.2 million endowment, will be named …

Sea of files

How do you convey to non-South Asianists what a High Court records room in India looks like? Photography isn’t allowed in the Bombay High Court, where I’ve done research over the past decade. And words alone never did …

IAS Fellowship opportunity

The Institute for Advanced Study (School of Social Science) in Princeton, NJ is featuring the theme of “Law and the Social Sciences” for its 2016-17 fellowships. The school takes a broad view of what constitutes social …

New Books in South Asian Studies

Do you have a new book out? You should consider sending a pitch to the organizers of the podcast interview series, “New Books in South Asian Studies.” To date, the series has featured many historical works. …

Medico-legal tales from the Raj

I’m working on a book project on medical jurisprudence (or forensic science) in colonial India. While doing this research, I’ve come across some truly bizarre phenomena. Three of the most striking are: soap corpses, giving birth after death, …

Truly South Asian

In the field of South Asian legal studies, “South Asia” is a euphemism. It usually means India. But there’s a growing trend among scholars to create a trans-regional conversation that brings Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, …

Legal Spankies in Colonial India

Who wins the prize for best name in colonial Indian legal history? For years, I had an easy answer. It was Mr. Justice Robert Spankie, a judge of the Allahabad High Court in the late 19th century. Of …

In-fighting in legal history

Recently I had the pleasure of reading some work on a topic near and dear to my heart: intra-group disputing within religious communities in legal history. Dylan Penningroth is working on a fascinating project in part on litigation …

Crash Course on Legal Pluralism

Interested in the field of legal pluralism? You may want to take a 3.5-day intensive course for junior scholars, practitioners, and senior scholars new to the field in Bombay/Mumbai (9-12 Dec. 2015), immediately preceding the Commission …