Quick Links

Home Page

The Centaur Jurisprudence Project Conference: The Legalization of Culture and the Enculturation of Law

Friday, 21 February 2014 at the Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

This one-day conference will explore the potential of legal pluralism to account for the varied and dynamic roles of culture within legal discourse.

Can legal pluralism create a richer model of legal knowledge, one that reflects plural cultural narratives, while still offering a normative foundation for formal legal processes? Or does it entail abandoning a distinctively legal discourse in favour of an assemblage of anthropological and legal knowledge or “centaur discipline”?

In short, can legal pluralism bring culture within the domain of law?

Featuring four panels of distinguished speakers, the conference will explore these questions from a multidisciplinary perspective in the context of international law, aboriginal law, alternative dispute resolution, and the recognition/ accommodation of minority cultural practices.

Download a fuller description [.pdf] of the Centaur Jurisprudence Project.

Read the original call for papers for this conference.


The fee is $80 for general attendees and $20 for students; it can be paid by mailing in your cheque (preferred method) or by faxing your credit card information (information will be in email confirmation).

Continuing legal education 

This conference has received accreditation from the Barreau du Québec for 7 hours of Continuing Legal Education (activity no. 10078142).

Kindly note that those registering at the $20 student fee level will not receive a Quebec Bar CLE confirmation letter.