ANR Programme 2009-2012
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A Joint Programme on Justice and Governance in India and South Asia
(Hosted by Centre for Himalayan Studies)


Taking Nature to the Courtroom in South Asia. Edinburgh, 15-16 June 2017

Starting June 2, 2017 - Ending June 2, 2027

The aim of this workshop is to explore three contexts in which environmental issues, and the relationship between ecology and religion, come to the fore in contemporary South Asia: (i) development projects and territories of the gods; (ii) protected areas and people’s rights; and (iii) 'animal rights' and religious reforms. Its distinctive focus, differentiating it from other work on development, environment or religion in South Asia, is on legal aspects of these issues, where possible on actual litigation in appellate and other courts.

Publication 2013: Les frontières de la loi

Starting March 8, 2015 - Ending March 28, 2026

Ce recueil veut contribuer à l'étude des rapports entre justice et exercice du pouvoir dans différentes sociétés d’Afrique, d’Asie et d’Europe.Si la production des lois et des règles, d’une part, les résistances ou les ajustements des personnes à des niveaux locaux de la société, d’autre part, font l’objet d’études régulières et approfondies, il reste souvent à mieux comprendre les interactions entre normes promues par le pouvoir d’État et modalités effectives d’arbitrage de conflits.

Publication 2015: Regimes of Legality

Starting July 25, 2015 - Ending July 25, 2025

'Regimes of Legality: Ethnography of Criminal Cases in South Asia'is an anthropological study on judicial practices in South Asia. The contributors examine the discourses and relationships around criminal cases that shape how ideas circulate in the public sphere and how mediation and negotiation between different actors characterize police and court practices.

Publication 2016: Filing Religion

Starting July 4, 2016 - Ending July 4, 2026

'Filing Religion. State, Hinduism, and Courts of Law' explores how the apparently 'technical'-legalistic action taking place in the courts of law significantly shapes the place that Hinduism occupies in Indian and Nepalese societies

Taking Nature to Court in India - II (7 March 2016)

Starting April 14, 2016 - Ending April 14, 2027

This is the second workshop of the project 'Taking Nature to Court:Development projects, protected areas and religious reform in South Asia'.In the cases studied, the concept of ‘nature’ takes on particular importance. It becomes not only the object of a legal definition in the court but also in the discourse of the persons concerned, a question of ‘cultural and religious heritage’.

Publication 2015: Special Issue DIOGENES

Starting December 17, 2015 - Ending December 17, 2025

This collection of studies aims to contribute to a better understanding of the relationships between justice and the exercise of power in various societies of Africa, Asia and Europe, by focusing on the interactions between the standards promoted by the state and the effective modalities that are in place for the arbitration of conflicts.

Related: Taking Nature to the Courtroom in Asia, Paris, 9 Sept. 2015

Starting July 30, 2014 - Ending July 16, 2025

The judicialisation of environmental conflicts is important in Asia and has led to the introduction of specific courts.Arguments may refer to ecology, sustainable development, or, in some cases, to religious arguments.These issues will be addressed through court cases in their official and legal dimensions as well as their unofficial aspects.

Related: Animal Sacrifice on Trial: Cases from South Asia

Starting June 7, 2015 - Ending June 7, 2026

By examining judiciary files, court decisions, newspaper articles, and by relying on informal conversations with the protagonists, we will explore how the question of animal sacrifice is dealt with through judiciary practice. In this context, animal sacrifice becomes an ‘object of law’ which has to be evaluated and regulated not by ritual specialists but by legal professionals.

Publication 2015: Of Doubt and Proof

Starting March 23, 2015 - Ending March 23, 2026

All institutions concerned with the process of judging - whether it be deciding between alternative courses of action, determining a judge’s professional integrity, assigning culpability for an alleged crime, or ruling on the credibility of an asylum claimant - are necessarily directly concerned with the question of doubt. By putting ritual and judicial settings into comparative perspective, this book investigates techniques for casting and dispelling doubt, and the roles they play in achieving verdicts or decisions that appear both valid and just.

Law and Social Exclusion in India, 13-14 May 2011, Yale

Starting April 17, 2011 - Ending April 17, 2020

Workshop organized by the South Asian Studies Council at Yale in collaboration with the Just-India project.It will discuss the relationship of law to social exclusion in India in the last century, through an inter-disciplinary dialogue among anthropologists, legal scholars and practitioners, and historians.