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Bates, Karine

Associate Professor


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Bates, Karine


Karine Bates specializes in legal anthropology. Her research centres on access to justice in India, through the study of legal and social reforms, and focuses mainly on Hindu property rights, in particular questions of inheritance, dowry and alimony. The goal of her work is to analyze legal pluralism in India, with the objective of understanding, on one hand, the diversity of discourses and practices in relation to the process of access to justice and, on the other hand, the interaction between formal and informal conflict resolution mechanisms.

In the context of her doctoral and postdoctoral degrees (McGill and UdeM), she lived for more than two years in India, in both rural and urban settings, including in Marahastra and in Karala. She directs the Research Pole on India and South Asis (PRIAS), which she created in 2008, a unit of the Université de Montréal's Montréal Centre for International Studies.

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