Call for Papers

Workshop: Law in the Caucasus: anthropological perspectives on legal practice

EASA conference 2010: Crisis and imagination
Maynooth, 24/08/2010 – 27/08/2010

(http://www.easaonline.org/conferences/easa2010/index.htm)

Short Abstract
We invite researchers on law in the Caucasus into our workshop. The focus will be on empirical investigations on contemporary or historic legal practice, i.e. on state law, traditional law, transnational influences on local law, religious law or Soviet legal residues.

Long Abstract
One of the ideas discussed by Bruce Grant and Lale Yalçın-Heckman in Caucasus Paradigms (2007) is the cultural, linguistic, religious, political and economic pluralisms in the region. In these pluralisms one important aspect is missing, namely the multitude of legal conceptions that exist in the Caucasus.
In numerous mountainous regions, traditional law is practiced and sometimes even staged as an intrinsic part of local identity concepts. State law reacts differently to it and is itself often changing and at times used quite arbitrary. State law may also be confronted by legal residues of Soviet times. In some places, where the state is not present or weak, new informal legal structures may emerge and play an important role in daily life. Transnational actors or nongovernmental organisations may enforce with their financial of political power their own procedures (project law) and change local laws. In some regions of the Caucasus, religious groups impose their own conceptions of legal order or try to do so.
In the workshop a decidedly anthropological perspective on law will be presented. The focus will be on empirical research on contemporary or historic legal practice. Studying legal texts is only one side of the medal; the other is examining law in practice, e.g. the enumerated rules and processes provided in interviews have to be confronted with how law is used. The workshop is about law in practice in the Caucasus as it is affected by power relations, cliental networks, ethnicity, religion or transnational influences.

cf. http://www.nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2010/panels.php5?PanelID=693

Convenors
Stephane Voell (University of Marburg)
Lavrenti Janiashvili (Iv. Javakhishvili Institute of History and Ethnology)

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Stephane, do you need something on the history of legal practices fixed in legal codices in Medieval and/or 18th century Georgia? I could think on preparing some paper, I started collecting sources about this topic and would be interested to learn about concepts and methodologies. Best regards and merry X-mas, Oliver
Oliver, sorry for my late answer. I was in Christmas holidays. Your proposition sounds interesting. I think, that a discussion of historic legal practice is relevant for the workshop if it the latter still influences contemporary practice. Please note that contributors to any workshop of the EASA have to be members or apply for membership for 2010.
I will be in Georgia in March and I hope to meet you again then. All the best for 2010!

Oliver Reisner said:
Stephane, do you need something on the history of legal practices fixed in legal codices in Medieval and/or 18th century Georgia? I could think on preparing some paper, I started collecting sources about this topic and would be interested to learn about concepts and methodologies. Best regards and merry X-mas, Oliver
I would like to remind you that the deadline for his CfP closes on 1st March 2010. I invite you to present researches/projects on legal practice in the Causasus but also on topics related to legal practice, like for example network/clientelism, property relations etc.; Yours, Stéphane

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