This panel invites papers that deal with issues on human rights, gender rights and rights to natural resources in the Asian context The idea is to explore, understand and analyze various institutions and governance mechanisms within the legal pluralist framework.
In the last few decades, Asia as a region has experienced major economic, political and social transitions that have implications on its institutional and governance structures. The processes of democratization and global international engagements have resulted in redefinition of various legal aspects particularly those that are in conflict with the existing practices. Essentially, being a plural society, many Asian nations in recent times are also dealing with additional tensions some of which arises due to their contestations with existing statutory laws. Prevalence of these kinds of conflict, protests and negotiations can be particularly observed in institutions associated with the governance of human rights, gender and natural resources, both at the macro and micro level. In this context legal pluralism as a perspective assumes significance as it not only provides an interesting framework to understand and analyze complex issues associated with institutional governance at different levels but also provides meaningful alternatives to address such concerns. Such engagements are in fact necessary for need based and effective policy formulation in respective countries in the region