The South Asian Law Discussion Group (SALDG) aims to meet twice a term in order to discuss topics of socio-legal relevance in the jurisdictions that constitute South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Maldives.
Many of these countries are postcolonial republics grappling with similar systemic issues. The SALDG provides a platform for the cross-fertilisation of ideas for academics seeking to study and analyse these themes. Thus, the Discussion Group serves primarily as a supportive forum for scholars to present research situated in South Asia, and to receive constructive feedback on their methods and findings. Secondly, SALDG meetings highlight legal developments in the region that are likely to be of great interest to the legal community at Oxford more generally. While many legal systems in the subcontinent are in a state of flux- as the transition in Afghanistan and more recently, Nepal attest- these developments often lie marginalised in legal scholarship at Oxford. We believe that foregrounding these debates is beneficial not just for academics interested in South Asia, but also broadens the scholastic perspectives of all others who attend these meetings.
If you are interested in presenting your research in this forum, please send us an abstract of approximately 300 words. This Discussion Group is supplemented by a Blog wherein we publish short, incisive analyses that focus on South Asia. If you are interested in publishing your piece (500-700 words) send it to us, along with a photo and a bio (1-2 lines). We remain open to any informal queries, feedback and suggestions. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Book launch: Rehan Abeyratne and Ngoc Son Bui eds., The Law and Politics of Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendments in Asia (Routledge 2021)
Event time10:00 - 11:00
Speaker(s)Rehan Abeyratne (CUHK) and Ngoc Son Bui (Oxford), with Rosalind Dixon (UNSW), Tarun Khaitan (Oxford) and Ewan Smith (Oxford) as discussants
Book Launch: Studies in the Contract Laws of Asia; Volume III: Contents of Contracts and Unfair Terms
Event time11:00 - 12:45
Speaker(s)Mindy Chen-Wishart (Dean of the Faculty of Law) and Stefan Vogenauer (Director at the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory)