Members: Anthropology of Law, Rights and Governance (LAW NET)

This is the former member list of the Network of Anthropology of Law and Rights. The Network has merged with the Network for Anthropology of International Governance (AIG). If you want to add your profile to the list, please email

Name: Maybritt Jill Alpes
Email: m.j.alpes(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: VU University Amsterdam
Main fields of interest: migration and governance, migration and development, anthropology of the state, anthropology of development, anthropology of organisations, brokerage, legal consciousness, social and human security, migrant domestic workers, labour migration, trafficking
Research areas: Sub-Sahara Africa (Cameroon), France

Name: Gerhard Anders
Email: ganders(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
Main fields of interest: political anthropology, anthropology of the state, legal anthropology, development anthropology, Africa south of the Sahara

Name: Keebet von Benda-Beckmann
Email: kbenda(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, 06017 Halle/Saale
Main fields of interest: Legal pluralism, dispute management, property, social security, water rights, law and space, human rights, law and development, law and governance, decentralisation, transnational dimensions of law

Name: Jonas Bens
Email: jonas.bens(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: Freie Universität Berlin
Main fields of interest: legal anthropology, political anthropology, anthropology of colonialism, linguistic anthropology, indigeneity, transitional justice, property.
Research areas: Indigenous Americas, East Africa (Uganda, Tanzania)

Name: Judith Beyer
Email: judith.beyer(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: Head of Working Group "Social and Political Anthropology" Dept. of History and Sociology. University of Konstanz. Germany
Main fields of interest: legal and political anthropology, state and statelessness, ethno-religious minorities, activism, Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan), Southeast Asia (India/Myanmar/Thailand)

Name: Chiara Bortolotto
Email: cb806(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: Institut interdisciplinaire d’anthropologie du contemporain.
Main fields of interest: lobal heritage governance, multiscale and multipositioned ethnography

Name: Susanne Brandtstädter
Email: Susanne.Brandtstadter(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: Department of Anthropology, University of Oslo
Main fields of interest: China, justice, post-socialism, peasant rights, modernity

Name: Birgit Bräuchler
Email: birgit.braeuchler(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen
Main fields of interest: media and digital anthropology; conflict and peace studies; human and cultural rights; activism and brokerage; Southeast Asia, esp. Indonesia

Name: Dawid Bunikowski
Email: dawid.bunikowski(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship & Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education
Main fields of interest: legal philosophy, law and morality, axiology of law; legal anthropology, legal pluralism, customary law, indigenous rights in the Arctic, Sami people, philosophy of law in the Arctic; legal culture, legal history, Europe; constitutional law and political sciences; social, political and moral philosophy; the 2007 financial crisis as an axiological crisis; cross-disciplinary research

Name: Jane K. Cowan
Email: j.cowan(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: University of Sussex
Main fields of interest: culture and rights, international institutions, supervision, language petitions, documentary processes

Name: Jadranka Djordjevic
Email: jacarade(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: Ethnographical Institute of SASA, Belgrade, Serbia anthropology of law,
Main fields of interest: customary law, civil law, area of inheritance, patriarchal cultural models.

Name: Heike Drotbohm
Email: Heike.drotbohm(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Freiburg
Main fields of interest: International migration & forced return migration, kinship & law, transnational religions, West-Africa, Afro-Latin-America

Name: Julia Eckert
Email: eckert(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: Institute for Social Anthropology, University of Bern, CH
Main fields of interest: Citizenship: political participation and exclusion; Legal anthropology: changing norms of responsibility and liability; transnational legal norms; the juridification of protest; the anthropology of the modern state: bureaucracy, security, and borders
Research ares: India, Europe

Name: Wolfgang Gabbert
Email: w.gabbert(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hanover
Main fields of interest: Institute for Sociology Latin America, anthropology of violence, legal anthropology, ethnicity and nationalism, Christian missions

Name: Miia Halme-Tuomisaari
Institutional Affiliation: Associate Professor in Human Rights Studies, Lund University
Main fields of interest: Anthropology of human rights, bureaucracy, documents, international organisations, UN, ICCPR, Human Rights Committee, critical international law, human rights education, history of human rights

Name: Tobias Kelly
Email: toby.kelly(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: University of Edinburg
Main fields of interest: human rights, Middle East, UK, criminal justice

Name: Anne Lavanchy
Email: anne.lavanchy(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, Faculty of Social work
Main fields of interest: Legal Anthropology, anthropology of the state and state institutions, street-level bureaucrats, political anthropology, indigenous people, human mobility, Switzerland, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia

Name: Rosa Parisi
Email: r.parisi(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: University of Foggia
Main fields of interest:
Migration, state policies of social exclusion, in new form of family, transnational families, mixed families, biogenetics banks and assisted reproduction.

Name: Michaela Pelican
: mpelican(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: Institute of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Cologne
Main fields of interest: Transnational migration, labour policies, citizenship regimes, ethnicity, indigenous rights, West/Central Africa, Gulf States

Name: Annika Rabo
Email: annika.rabo(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: Department of social anthropology, Stockholm University
Main fields of interest: family law, migration, transnationality, Middle East & Europe

Name: Aranzazu Recalde
Email: RecaldeUdeMontreal(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: Département d'anthropologie, Université de Montréal
Main fields of interest: international migrations, migrants' rights, regional integration, Argentina, MERCOSUR

Name: Kristin Bergtora Sandvik
Email: bergtora(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: PRIO and Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo
Main fields of interest: legal anthropology, humanitarianism, refugee resettlement, UNHCR, military technology, gender, Colombia

Name: Thomas Scheffer
Email: scheffer(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: Humboldt University, Berlin
Main fields of interest: ethnography, political and legal anthropology, micro-sociology

Name: Francesca Scionti
Email: francesca.scionti(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: Department of Humanities, University of Foggia
Main fields of interest: legal anthropology, legal pluralism, conflict resolution, indigenous law, indigenous self determination, Latin America, Bolivia, guarani people

Name: Carla Jana Svaton
Email: Carla.svaton(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: Institute for Social Anthropology, University of Bern; University of Teacher’s Education, Bern
Main fields of interest: inclusion/exclusion, inclusive public schools, education, dynamic and mechanisms of stigmatization, policy, governance, organizations

Name: Reetta Toivanen
Email: reetta.toivanen(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: Erik Castren Institute for International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki
Main fields of interest: legal anthropology, indigenous peoples, minorities, language and cultural rights, Roma people

Name: Bertram Turner
Institutional Affiliation: Institutional Affiliation: Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology; Department 'Law & Anthropology'; Research Group Legal Pluralism; Halle/Saale, Germany
Main fields of interest: Anthropology of law, legal pluralism, conflict studies, anthropology of religion, Islam, resource management, extractivism, environment, 'law, science and technology studies', migration; research area(s): Mediterraneum, MENA (Middle East and North Africa (Morocco)), West Africa/Horn of Africa, Europe, Canada

Name: Olaf Zenker
Email: zenker(AT)
Institutional Affiliation: Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bern
Main fields of interest: Statehood; the rule of law; modernity; conflict and identity formations (esp. ethnicity, nationalism and autochthony); linguistic anthropology; anthropological theory; South Africa; Northern Ireland, Germany