LSA International Research Collaborative program

The Law and Society Association is launching another cycle of International Research Collaboratives (IRCs) for the LSA meeting in Mexico City in 2017. Unlike Collaborative Research Networks (CRNs), IRCs aim to produce a particular scholarly product …

History of Forensics conference in London

An important conference on the history of forensics is happening in London next month. “Locating Forensic Science and Medicine” (24-25 July 2015) will be held at University of Notre Dame Global Gateway in Trafalgar Square. The workshop is …

Like a dream

As the summer research season starts up, a thrilling new experience awaits those who have not yet been to the British Library since its policy change earlier this year. BL users are now permitted to photograph …

South Asia Roundup at the LSA 2015

This past weekend was a good one for South Asian legal studies at the Law and Society Association meeting in Seattle. The South Asia Collaborative Research Network (CRN 22) celebrated its 10th anniversary–we started in 2005. …

New Books on South Asian Legal History

Legal historians of South Asia have been busy!  I can think of 13 books that have appeared since 2009, namely: Ritu Birla’s study of law and late colonial market governance (2009) Mithi Mukherjee’s book on the intellectual …

South Asia & British Colonial Legalities at LSA

  The Law and Society Association meeting in Seattle is almost upon us. Given the size of the LSA program, we at the Collaborative Research Networks for South Asia (CRN22) and British Colonial Legalities (CRN 15) have …

“Ocean of Law” Call for Papers

 An exciting conference is coming up at the end of the year. Here is the Call for Papers for “Ocean of Law: Intermixed Legal Systems across the Indian Ocean World, 1550-1950” (Leiden University, 7-9 December 2015). The …

Commission on Legal Pluralism deadline extended

The Commission on Legal Pluralism has extended its deadline for proposal submissions until May 31, 2015. Don’t miss this chance to attend a conference in Bombay/Mumbai! Conference theme: Normative Interfaces of Globalization and High-Tech Capitalism: Legal Pluralism …

Bombay High Court Virtual Museum

The Bombay High Court has launched an incredible new collection of online resources for legal historians. This virtual museum offers us a glimpse of artifacts like Sir Dinshah Davar’s famous horsehair wig and furniture from the colonial courtroom, as well as court …

Ruttie & Bella

I was recently struck by the strangely inverted but parallel lives of two young women, both tragic figures in early 20th-century Parsi history. Ratanbai Petit and Bella Captain were born in 1900. Ratanbai or “Ruttie” lived …