This panel will reexamine anthropological studies of law around the world, and discuss the future potential of this subfield by focusing on the issues of law and culture such as natural resource management, gender, legal pluralism, and cultural heritage.
The papers in this panel examine the place of the anthropological study of law in relation to pressing legal issues of globalization. Anthropological studies of law have dealt with the pragmatic and procedural realities of legal practices and institutions, and have provided in-depth insights into contextual and socio-cultural factors. Legal specialists have recently begun to pay closer attention to such cultural factors to better understand how laws can function in different socio-cultural and intercultural contexts. They cite more anthropological literature to grapple with the relationship between law and culture, a core focus of legal anthropology since the emergence of this subfield. Such a shift in legal studies provides a good opportunity for legal anthropologists not only to disseminate their expertise to a wider audience outside of their discipline, but also to engage in applied legal fields by keeping more autonomy over their research findings. This panel represents collaboration between legal specialists and legal anthropologists in an effort to promote more active, transnational dialogue. Therefore, we will reexamine anthropological studies of law around the world, and discuss the future potential of this subfield by focusing on the issues of law and culture such as natural resource management, gender, legal pluralism, and cultural heritage. Agreed presenters: 1 Baba, Jun Tokyo (University of Foreign Studies, Japan) firstname.lastname@example.org 2 Irianto, Sulistyowati (University of Indonesia, Indonesia) email@example.com 3 Jyotishi, Amalendu (Amrita School of Business, Amrita University, India) firstname.lastname@example.org 4 Kato, Atsufumi University of Tokyo, Japan email@example.com 5 Metha, Shalina Panjab University, India firstname.lastname@example.org 6 Mori, Masami Tachibana Kyoto Bunkyo University, Japan email@example.com 7 Mukherjee, Pampa Panjab University, India firstname.lastname@example.org 8 Pigliasco, Guido Carlo University of Hawai'i, US email@example.com 9 Takano, Sayaka Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Japan firstname.lastname@example.org 10 Thomson, Kaleekal T. Cochin University of Science and Technology, India email@example.com 11 Yamada, Naomi Chuo University, Japan firstname.lastname@example.org 12 Yamada, Toru University of Tsukuba email@example.com