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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)uva.nl
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)exseed.ed.ac.uk
Institutional Affiliation: Department of Social & Cultural Anthropology University of Zurich
Main fields of interest: Research areas: political anthropology, anthropology of the state, legal anthropology, development anthropology, sub-Sahara Africa

Name: Keebet von Benda-Beckmann
Email: kbenda(AT)eth.mpg.de
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: Judith Beyer
Email: beyer(AT)eth.mpg.de
Institutional Affiliation: Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology; Project Group Legal Pluralism
Main fields of interest: legal and political anthropology, legal pluralism, transnational religious networks, Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan), Indian Ocean (Myanmar/India)

Name: Kristin Bergtora Sandvik
Email: bergtora(AT)prio.no
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: Chiara Bortolotto
Email: cb806(AT)cam.ac.uk
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) sai.uio.no
Institutional Affiliation: Department of Anthropology, University of Oslo
Main fields of interest: China, justice, post-socialism, peasant rights, modernity

Name: Dawid Bunikowski
Email: dawid.bunikowski(AT)ronininstitute.org
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)sussex.ac.uk
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)eunet.rs
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)ethno.uni-freiburg.de
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: Wolfgang Gabbert
Email: w.gabbert(AT)ish.uni-hannover.de
Institutional Affiliation: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hanover Institute for Sociology Latin America, anthropology of violence, legal anthropology, ethnicity and nationalism, Christian missions

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

Name: Rosa Parisi
Email: r.parisi(AT)mail.unifg.it
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
Email
: mpelican(AT)uni-koeln.de
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)socant.su.se
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)gmail.com
Institutional Affiliation: Département d'anthropologie, Université de Montréal
Main fields of interest: international migrations, migrants' rights, regional integration, Argentina, MERCOSUR

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

Name: Carla Jana Svaton
Email: Carla.svaton(AT)phbern.ch
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)helsinki.fi
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: Olaf Zenker
Email: zenker(AT)anthro.unibe.ch
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