HDR/ECR Masterclass: Research methods in law, culture and identity

Date & time

2–4pm Monday 26 August 2019

Venue

Moot Court Teaching Rooms

Building 6A
ANU College of Law
Canberra ACT 2600

Speakers

Professor Alison Dundes Renteln

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Masterclass
Alison Renteln

This Masterclass will explore how to undertake ground-breaking research on the complex relationship between culture and law. The rule of law requires that like cases be treated alike. But what does this mean when it comes to cultural differences? How should cultural context be accounted for in law-making and judicial decision-making? When law refuses to consider cultural claims, is it repressive because it forces assimilation? The central normative question is whether the law ought to follow a policy of assimilation or one of accommodation. Since there are many pluralistic societies in the world, a pressing question is how dominant legal systems relate to the customary law of minority groups and indigenous peoples.

Speakers

  • Professor Alison Dundes Renteln »

    Professor Alison Dundes Renteln is an ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Visiting Fellow on Australian and the World. A Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern California, with joint appointments in Anthropology, Law, and Public Policy, she teaches Law and Public Policy with an emphasis on comparative and international law. For decades she has taught judges, lawyers, court interpreters, jury consultants, and police officers at meetings of the American Bar Association, National Association of Women Judges, North American South Asian Bar Association, and the American Society of Trial Consultants. Renteln has collaborated with the UN on the drafting and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, lectured on comparative legal ethics in Bangkok and Manila at ABA-sponsored conferences, and served on civil rights commissions and a California committee of Human Rights Watch. Herpublications include The Cultural Defense (Oxford, 2004), Folk Law (University of Wisconsin, 1995), Multicultural Jurisprudence (Hart, 2009), Cultural Law (Cambridge, 2010), Global Bioethics and Human Rights (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), Images and Human Rights (Cambridge Scholars 2018), Personal Autonomy in Plural Societies: A Principle and Its Paradoxes (Routledge, 2018), and numerous articles.

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