Book Launch: Legal Pluralism and Development

23 July 2012


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The Sydney Law School and The World Bank are pleased to invite you to the launch of Legal Pluralism and Development: Scholars and Practitioners in Dialogue (Cambridge University Press 2012) edited by Michael Woolcock and Caroline Sage (The World Bank) and Brian Z. Tamanaha (Washington University School of Law).


Previous efforts at legal development have focused almost exclusively on state legal systems, many of which have shown little improvement over time. Recently, organizations engaged in legal development activities have begun to pay greater attention to the implications of local, informal, indigenous, religious, and village courts or tribunals, which often are more efficacious than state legal institutions, especially in rural communities. Legal pluralism is the term applied to these situations because these institutions exist alongside official state legal systems, usually in a complex or uncertain relationship. Although academics, especially legal anthropologists and sociologists, have discussed legal pluralism for decades, their work has not been consulted in the development context. Similarly, academics have failed to benefit from the insights of development practitioners. This book brings together, in a single volume, contributions from academics and practitioners to explore the implications of legal pluralism for legal development. All of the practitioners have extensive experience in development projects, the academics come from a variety of backgrounds, and most have written extensively on legal pluralism and on development.

Copies of the book can bepurchased via Cambridge University Press.

Time: From 3pm

Location: Level 6 Bridge, Sydney Law School, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: FREE, registration essential

Contact: PLaCE Coordinator

Phone: (02) 93510323

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