LLS Staff Seminar #10: Laws and Societies in Global Contexts: Contemporary Approaches

In the tenth La Trobe Law School Staff Seminar for 2015, Professor Eve Darian-Smith, University of California, Santa Barbara, will discuss legal pluralism, socio-legality and the concept of the global in dealing with legal issues in the 21st century.


In this talk, Eve Darian-Smith presents a global sociolegal theoretical framework that she argues is better able to deal with the pressing inter-related legal issues of the 21st century. A global sociolegal perspective envisions a new legal paradigm that takes seriously the concept of legal pluralism, and engages with multiple legal systems and epistemologies operating within and across national borders. Eve Darian-Smith argues that a global sociolegal perspective is relevant to legal issues that are more “global” in nature such as immigration and environmental degradation, as well as to local issues such as hate crime and domestic violence that are not generally thought of in such worldly terms.


Eve Darian-Smith is Professor and Chair in the Global Studies Department (University of California, Santa Barbara), a Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters), and an Adjunct Professor at Regulatory Institutions Network (Australian National University). Trained as a lawyer, historian and anthropologist, she is interested in issues of postcolonialism, legal pluralism, and sociolegal theory. Her work has been supported by five NSF grants and she has published widely including ten books and edited volumes. Her first book Bridging Divides: The Channel Tunnel and English Legal Identity in the New Europe (2009) won the USA Law & Society Association Herbert Jacob Book Prize. Other books include Laws of the Postcolonial (with Peter Fitzpatrick, 2009); New Capitalists: Law, Politics and Identity Surrounding Casino Gaming on Native American Land (2004); Religion, Race, Rights: Landmarks in the History of Modern Anglo-American Law (2010), and most recently Laws and Societies in Global Contexts: Contemporary Approaches (2013, UCP). Her new book project is titled New Indian Wars: Indigenous Sovereignty in Global Perspective. She is on various editorial boards including the Canadian Journal of Law and Society and Social & Legal Studies, and she is a former Associate Editor of American Ethnologist and Law & Society Review.


Date: Wednesday 9 September 2015

Time: 12.45am to 2.00pm

Venue: Martin Building, Room 362A

Cost: Free

RVSP: A light lunch will be provided. Please register on Eventbrite by Monday 7 September for catering purposes.


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