24 June | 16.00 | Van Vollenhoven Lecture on Justice in the Himalayas by Dr Fernanda Pirie (Oxford)

The Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance, and Development organized the Van Vollenhoven Lecture 2014 on Tuesday 24 June 16.00 hrs.

Justice in the Himalayas: local expectations and legal interventions


Dr Fernanda Pirie 

Consensus and harmony or balance and reciprocity? Two case studies from the Tibetan region indicate that these may be distinct ideals, associated with different forms of social organisation. Reactions to government interventions, laws, and objective standards bring local expectations into focus, here illustrated by tensions arising from the introduction of representative democracy in the Tibetan areas of India and by attempts to control conflict amongst Tibetan nomads in China through criminal laws and punishments. This lecture asked about the broader implications for legal interventions and the formulation of different models of law and governance.

Dr Fernanda Pirie
is director of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford. Having previously worked as a barrister, she is an anthropologist now, specialising in the study of legal processes in the Tibetan region. She has carried out fieldwork on the Tibetan plateau for over a decade, both in Ladakh (in northern India) and among the nomadic people of Amdo (in China’s Qinghai and Gansu provinces). Her studies have centered on conflict resolution, social order, constructions of community and tribe-state relations and have lead to publications on violence, conflict, order and disorder.

Van Vollenhoven Lectures
The Van Vollenhoven lectures are organized in honour of Cornelis van Vollenhoven, the Leiden law professor who acquired fame between 1901 and 1933 for his elaborate and detailed description and analysis of the laws of the Netherlands-Indies as well as for his impressive contributions to public international law.

Previous lectures were delivered by Irene Khan (Director-General of the International Development Law Organization, ) in 2013, Prof. Andrew Harding (Director of the Centre for Asian Legal Studies, National University of Singapore) in 2012, Dr Ben Knapen (then Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation) in 2011, Prof. Veronica Taylor (then Director Asian Law Centre, University of Washington, Seattle) in 2010, Profs. Franz and Keebet von Benda-Beckmann (Directors of the Legal Pluralism Group of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle) in 2008 and Bert Koenders (then Minister for Development Cooperation) in 2007.

Programme 24 June
16.00 Lecture
17.15 Drinks

Venue: Oranjerie, Hortus Botanicus Leiden, Rapenburg 73, 2311 GJ Leiden 

Last Modified: 15-07-2014