Call for Panel Papers: Law and Society in Asia

Law and Society in Asia
Call for Panel Papers for the Asian Studies Association of Australia Conference (“Future Asias”), 6-9 July 2020, University of Melbourne

Panel Convenors: Melissa Crouch (UNSW), Petra Mahy (Monash), Jeff Redding (Melbourne) There is vast research potential for socio-legal studies in Asia, being home to a myriad of legal systems and cultures. Socio-legal (or law and society) studies address fundamental questions about the nature of law in society and its relationships to actual human thought and behaviour. Socio-legal scholars tend to investigate the dialectic relationships between law and morality and between law and other forms of regulation including social norms and cultural values. Research ranges from formal institutional settings to private domestic situations, and from major political upheavals to mundane everyday social interactions. By implication, research methodologies used in this area tend to be empirical and based on rich ethnographic approaches drawing on observational, interview and textual data sources.

We are calling for papers which generally fall within socio-legal studies in Asia, with potential themes as follows:

·       Law and politics of citizenship in Asia
·       Law, gender and religion
·       Constitutionalism in Asia
·       Law and authoritarianism in Asia
·       Transitional justice
·       Dispute resolution processes
To submit an abstract, please email the three convenors on: and by Friday18 October 2019 providing an abstract of maximum 200 words and a brief speaker biography of 50 words.