Priya Thangarajah

Priya Thangarajah is currently a Law student at the National Law School of India University. She is Sri Lankan and has worked on a range of Human Rights issues related to conflict for the past three years and continues to do so intermittently from India and when she visits Sri Lanka. In India, she works consistently with a number of independent collectives with a focus on issues of gender and sexuality. More recently she has been involved in research and writing around issues of queer women and the law in India. Her primary areas of focus are gender, sexuality and conflict related issues.

Rajendra Pradhan

Rajendra Pradhan is currently the Chair of Social Science Baha, an NGO dedicated to promoting social sciences in Nepal. He received his doctorate in sociology from the University of Delhi but prefers to call himself an anthropologist. A researcher with varied research interests, he has studied religion among the Hindu Newars of Kathmandu, the care of the elderly in a Dutch village, food beliefs and practices in the Nepal Tarai, (irrigation) water rights and history and culture of water in Nepal, traditional dispute resolution processes, social exclusion and inclusion and more recently an ethnography of the state.

Over the past 12 odd years, he has developed an interest in and used legal anthropological and especially legal pluralism perspectives for his research search on water rights, dispute process and ethnography of the state.

He has published numerous articles and edited several books including Water Rights, Conflict and Policy (1997), Water, Land and Law: Changing Rights to Land and Water in Nepal (2000), Law, History and Culture of Water in Nepal (2003), Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law in Social, Economic and Political Development (2003). He is currently working on several books, including on Legal Anthropology and Traditional Disputing Processes in Nepal and on an ethnography of the state-citizen interaction at the local level.

Email address rpradhan@soscbaha.org

May 29 South Asia Lunch at Montreal LSA Meeting

Please join us
for the annual
South Asia CRN Lunch
at this year's Law and Society Meeting
in Montreal, Canada.

The lunch will take place on
Thursday, May 29, from 12.30-2pm
the Brasserie Brunoise,
1012 de la Montagne:

Please RSVP Mitra Sharafi (mitrasharafi@ yahoo.com)
by Tuesday, May 27
if you plan to attend (partners welcome).

Directions from conference area: walk west from the Place Bonaventure approximately five blocks along boulevard Rene Levesque Ouest, rue de la Gauchetiere, or boulevard St. Antoine Ouest. Early on, you will pass Marie Reine du Monde cathedral. The restaurant is on a cross-street,
rue de la Montagne, between Rene Levesque and de la Gauchetiere. If you reach the campus of Concordia University, you have gone 1-2 blocks too far.

Map: http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF-8&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&q=brasserie+brunoise&near=Montreal,+QC,+Canada&fb=1&cid=0,0,1368105787806840336&sa=X&oi=local_result&resnum=1&ct=image)

We look forward to seeing you there.

-Mitra Sharafi & Marc Galanter
(University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Meeting at Law and Society, Montreal

Dear All,

As this fascinating network grows …and plans get into place for the first inaugural conference at JNU – there is much to talk and engage about. I imagine there are some of us here who are heading to the L&S meeting in Montreal? With that round the corner – I thought it would be a great idea (possibly highly ambitious given diaries?!) to try and convene a meeting there – nothing more serious that food and drinks. Though, with plans to scheme something for LASS/JNU?

Any takers – please drop me a line at dwijenr@gmail.com



Dr Dwijen Rangnekar


University of Warwick, UK

Email: d.rangnekar@warwick.ac.uk

Ph: +44 +24 7652 8906

Fax: +44 + 24 7657 2548


ESRC Project on Geographical Indications http://www.warwick.ac.uk/go/feni