Members Meeting, January 2010

On January 7th, 8th & 9th, the members of the "Just-India" project held their first general meeting in Paris, at the EHESS and the FMSH. The reunion was supported by the FMSH, Paris.




Thursday January 7th , 2010

Daniela Berti & Gilles Tarabout: Introduction

Criminal Cases
  • Daniela Berti: Presentation.
  • Daniela Berti : Court Talk and Judiciary Writing. A Preliminary Fieldwork in Shimla Session Court.
  • Pratiksha Baxi : The Hostile Witness and Public Secrecy in Rape Trials in India.
  • Devika Bordia: Autopsies of the 'Tribal' Corpse: Custom, Police Practices and the Management of Death in Western India.
  • Nicolas Jaoul: Dalit Activism, Administrative Brokerage and the Making of Political Capital in Uttar Pradesh : Preliminary Notes Towards a Political Ethnography of Justice Courts, based on the author's film: "The Dalit Panthers' Administrative Know How" (20 minutes).
  • Karine Bates: Access to Justice in India. Between State Juridical Bureaucracy and the Informal Practices of Regulating Social Order.
  • Gérard Toffin:  Criminal and Civil cases Related to Women in Nepal : Abortion, Inheritance, Divorce. Presentation of the Project.


Friday, January 8th, 2010

Religion and the State
  • Gilles Tarabout : Presentation
  • Catherine Clémentin-Ojha: Father and Guru, Son and Disciple Before Justice. Discussing Secularization of Indian Religious Institutions.
  • Raphaël Voix : "Dancing with Skulls". The tandava Case or what should be a Hindu Tradition According to the Supreme Court of India.
  • Gilles Tarabout: Politically sensitive Religious Rights, and the Courts. The Case of the Sabarimala Pilgrimage.
  • Gérard Toffin & Chiara Letizia : Hinduism and Secularism in Nepal
    • Gérard Toffin: Religious Festivals Facing Secularization : the Case of the Indra Jatra in Kathmandu
    • Chiara Letizia: Hinduism and Secularism in Nepal : Notes from a Preliminary Fieldwork on Some Judicial Cases.
Natural Resources Management and Environment Policies, and Public Interest Litigations
  • Joëlle Smadja : Presentation
  • Atreyee Majumder : Laws of Land: Land Reform and Land Use Legislation in West Bengal.
  • Barbara Tadié : Civil Society Associations and the Use of Public Interest Litigation in Nepal.
  • Joëlle Smadja : Cases Related to Kaziranga National Park in Assam. Preliminary notes.
  • Sarah Benabou: The Forest Rights Act and the Judiciary: A Preliminary Approach.
Fundamental and Constitutional Rights

  • Jeff Redding : Presentation
  • Ranabir Samaddar: Is the Constitution a Living Document?[as Ranabir could not be present, his text was summarized by Jeff Redding]
  • Jeff Redding: Dar ul Qazas v. The Courts? An Examination of a Muslim Alternative Dispute Resolution System and Its Implications for the Future of Secular Legal Systems
Conflict of Laws in Transnational Cases

  • Véronique Bouillier:
    • Summary of the workshop “South Asian Culture à la barre: Words of Experts in Transnational Case-Law ” which was held in Paris on November 20th, 2009
    • Litigants of South Asian Origin in French Law Courts. A Preliminary Report


Saturday, January 9th, 2010