This course will explore the anthropological study of law through analysis and discussion of the following themes: 1) law and custom, law and social organization, law and social order, law and religion, law as a process, 2) legal pluralism and plurality of laws, state law and organized
crime, lawyers and professional ethics, 3) human rights and local identities, local and transnational praxis, alternative dispute resolution.
We will examine the principal debates within the discipline of anthropology of law: native v. universal categories, face-to-face justice v. face-to faceless justice, law and belonging, and legal anthropology as method. Case law and ethnographic films will be analyzed in relation to the concepts of marriage and matrimonial remedies, bigamy, polygamy, polyandry, dowry, homicide, personal laws and religious laws. We will reflect and experiment on the ways theoretical approaches can concretize in the field with a “learning by doing” approach.