We are no longer updating this website with respect to last-minute changes in the programme. Please consult the programme brochure for the latest version of the programme (current as of 4 January 2009). Further changes will be noted on the lassnet blog.(We will, however, be adding background readings and conference papers as they are sent to us).

Please note also that the conference is free and open to the public, and there is no registration required.

The inaugural conference of the Law and Social Sciences Research Network, will be held at Jawarharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, in January 2009. The conference has been organised by the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, JNU, with support from the Ford Foundation and the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle.

The conference will consist of over a hundred papers delivered in 35 panels spread over seven sessions; in addition to which there will be three plenary sessions and one closing session.

Consult this website for the programme, abstracts, logistical information, papers and background readings and information about conference participants. (All of this information is also available as a consolidated zip file containing printable pdf files).

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About the conference: call for papers

We begin by noting that law is conventionally taught and practiced, in South Asia (though not only there) by treating it as an autonomous and self-sufficient phenomenon. The doctrinal researchers regard law as autonomous and believe it is capable of giving an account of itself...more


Please note that the call for papers is now closed.

The idea of LASS

The Centre for the Study of Law and Governance (Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi) has initiated the establishment of the "Law and Social Sciences Research Network" in order to bring together scholars, lawyers and doctoral researchers engaged in research and teaching of issues of law in different social sciences in contemporary South Asian contexts...more


If you would like to be part of LASS, please send your contact details and short bio to lassnet [at] gmail [dot] com. A list of current members is available on the LASSNet blog.


earlier announcements