In recent years, several scholars with interests and expertise on various aspects of law in South Asia have joined UW-Madison. They join long-time UW-Madison Professor Marc Galanter whose extensive work on law in South Asia has been extremely influential in both American scholarship and in South Asia.
In 2006, an informal working group was established to coordinate and promote events pertaining to South Asian legal studies and to facilitate intellectual exchange between faculty and students at the University with shared interests in the field. The disciplinary interests of the working group include political science, history, religious studies, and, within law itself, environmental law, human rights, Islamic law, constitutional law, discrimination, women’s studies, and legal profession. More complete descriptions of faculty interests are given on the respective websites for individual faculty listed below. Students or faculty interested in joining the occasional discussions of the working group are encouraged to contact any of the faculty listed below.
Scholars affiliated with the Working Group
Atapattu, Sumudu – UW Law
Galanter, Marc – John and Rylla Bosshard Professor of Law and South Asian Studies, UW-Madison
James Jaffe - Professor, College of Letters and Sciences, UW-Whitewater
Quraishi, Asifa – UW Law School
Sharafi, Mitra – UW Law School, Legal Studies & Department of History, UW-Madison
Sidel, Mark - Professor, UW Law School and La Follette School of Public Affairs, Director, Center for South Asia
Shubha Ghosh - Professor, UW Law School
The group has initiated several activities including the pre-conference workshop on South Asia Legal Studies which is organized to coincide with the annual South Asia Conference:
- Annual South Asia Legal Studies Pre-conference workshop
- Exchange program with National Law School of India University, Bangalore
- Internship program in South Asia