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The 1963 Yirrkala Bark Petition.

Yunupingu’s Song; or, What we talk about when we talk about the constitution

In this special post for Borderlands, Professor Desmond Manderson (ANU) reflects upon the constitutional significance of the forthcoming Australian referendum on the Voice to Parliament.

A winding hedge maze seen from above.

What is Socio-Legal Studies Now?

In this Borderlands post, Professor Patrick Schmidt explores the history, development, and trajectories of the discipline of Socio-Legal Studies.

Entrance way to a building on Dutta Lane, Kolkata, India. The sign above the door reads the Directorate of State Archives, West Bengal.

Writing Indenture—The Petrichor of Diaspora

In this Borderlands post, Professor Eddie Bruce-Jones evocatively describes the system of indentureship and his current collaborative project, Towards an Integrated Colonial Archive.

A yellow Berlin train rushes past.

Access to Justice as a Human Right and the Responsiveness of Law

In this Borderlands post, Professor Michael Wrase explores the early findings from a major ongoing study on access to justice in Berlin.

Paris' Pont Alexandre III, over the River Seine, at sunset.

Terror on Trial: A French Ethnography

In this Borderlands post, Dr Sharon Weill explores some of the findings from her extensive ethnographic study of terror trials in France.

Small market stalls in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The New Scramble for Africa: Questioning the Nexus Between Transnational Law and Capitalism

In this post for Borderlands, Sara Dezalay explores the 'new scramble' for Africa from the perspective of the nexus between transnational law and capitalism.

The path of a road curves dramatically to avoid a small wooded area.

Governing Biodiversity and Nature: A False Distinction

In this piece for Borderlands, Professor Antonia Layard (Oxford) explores the difference between nature and biodiversity.

Book cover of The Asian Law and Society Reader

The Asian Law & Society Reader: Motivations and Features

Professors Chua, Engel and Liu introduce their upcoming volume, The Asian Law and Society Reader, its motivations, and the new agenda it sets for Asian Socio-Legal Studies and beyond.

woven cloth

In Memoriam: The Continuing Relevance of Bruno Latour to Socio-Legal Studies

In this post for Borderlands, Caoimhe Ring reflects on Bruno Latour's legacy for Socio-Legal studies.

Blue Spring by Jill Campbell

Contractual Relations: A Contribution to the Critique of the Classical Law of Contract

In this post for Borderlands, Professor David Campbell explains why we need to rethink the notion of contractual relations.


A Research Agenda for Social Welfare Law, Policy and Practice

In this post for Borderlands, Professor Michael Adler present the new research agenda on welfare law, policy, and practice in the UK.

Wooden arch near water

An Unfinished Project: Japan’s Long Struggle for ‘Westernisation’

In this post for Borderlands, Genki Kimura argues for a temporal view of Japan's process of domestication of western legal transplants.