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Kalindi Kokal

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Areas

– Law and Society

– Legal Anthropology

– Personal Law Systems

– Dispute Processing

– Legal Pluralism

Academic Background

Martin Luther University, Halle-Saale, Germany. PhD (Law).
Thesis: Renditions of Balance: (Unspoken) Dialogues with state law in dispute processing in rural India

Positions Held

– Visiting Faculty, Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research, Pune.

– Doctoral Fellow, Department of Law and Anthropology, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany.

– Reseach Associate, Women’s Studies Centre, ILS Law College, Pune.

– Research Associate, National Centre for Advocacy Studies, Pune.

– Associate Advocate, Negandhi Shah and Himayatullah, Mumbai.

– Journalist, Indian Express, Pune.


2019 “State Law, Dispute Processing and Legal Pluralism: Unspoken Dialogues from Rural India”, Routledge.

2019 (together with Menski, Werner) “Hindu Law: Dynamics of Belonging and Status.” In Routledge Handbook of Religious Laws, edited by Rossella Bottoni and Silvio Ferrari, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp 195–206.

2018 ‘An All but Trivial Abortion: Scrutinizing Sex Selection Legislation in India through the Lens of Women’s Autonomy’, in: Foblets, Marie-Claire, Michele Graziadei and Alison Dundes Renteln (eds). Personal Autonomy in Plural Societies: A Principle and its Paradoxes. London: Routledge, pp 244 – 254.

2018 “Tamāshā: The Theatrics of Disputing and Non-State Dispute Processing.” In Normative Pluralism and Human Rights: Social Normativities in Conflict, edited by Kyriaki Topidi. Abingdon, Oxon [u.a.]: Routledge, 2018, pp 189 – 206

2016. (together with [in Alphabetical Order] Katayoun Alidadi, Jonathan Bernaerts, Petra Burai, Marie-Claire Foblets, Mareike Riedel, Elizabeth Steyn) “Which Law for which Religion? Ethnographic Enquiries into the Limits of State Law vis-à-vis Lived Religion”, Rechtsphilosophie: Zeitschrift für Grundlagen des Rechts, Vol. 3, pp. 237 – 282

2014. “To Lead or to Follow”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLIX No. 50, pp 19 – 21

2014. (together with Jayanth K. Krishnan, (Project Director), Shirish N. Kavadi (Co-Director), Co-Authors: (in Alphabetical Order) Azima Girach, Dhanaji Khupkar, Satyajeet Mazumdar, Nupur, Gyatri Panday, Aatreyee Sen, Aqseer Sodi, and Bharati Takale) “Grappling at the Grassroots: Access to Justice in India’s Lower Tier’”, Harvard Human Rights Journal, Vol. 27, Issue 1, pp. 151 – 189

2013. “Hope for Justice”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLVIII No. 45-46, pp. 22 – 23