Vacancy: Translator for English into Latin American legal Spanish

Wednesday 28 July 2021
We are looking for a PhD student or early career researcher who is fluent in Spanish and English and has knowledge of Latin American Law traditions to provide translation support on a research project database. The database is part of the British Academy/GCRF-funded project ‘ The Juridification of Resource Conflicts: Legal Cultures, Moralities and Environmental Politics in Central America’ , which examines legal and legal-like practices involved in resource conflicts in Central America and Mexico. Take a look at the database here .

Rachel Sieder gives seminar on Juridification of Indigenous struggles and the case of Marlin mine in Guatemala

Wednesday 17 February 2021
On 28 January 2021, Dr Rachel Sieder presented virtually “The juridification of Indigenous Struggles: The Case of Marlin Mine in Guatemala” as part of the CIESAS Seminar Series: “Ethnicity, Indigenous Peoples and Globalization”. The presentation, and commentary by Ana Isabel Braconnier, can be viewed  here . Her presentation is based on her research within the ILAS project The Juridification of Resource Conflicts .  

ILAS and the Centre for Latin American Studies

Tuesday 26 January 2021
The ‘consultation’ over the restructuring of the School of Advanced Study has concluded that the Institute should close. This is despite the overwhelming support we have received in letters from the FCDO, Latin American ambassadors, Canning House, members of the House of Commons and House of Lords, learned societies in the UK and overseas, NGOS and many former students and fellows, and against the advice of ILAS’s Advisory Council. Neither does it acknowledge the nearly 10,000 people who have signed our petition.

ILAS welcomes New Stipendiary Fellows

Thursday 21 January 2021
This month, we welcome Dr Manoela Carpenedo and Dr Eve Hayes de Kalaf as our new  ILAS Stipendiary Fellows . Manoela is a social scientist and ethnographer working on religious dynamics in Latin America and the anthropology of Christianity. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Eve’s socio-legal research examines questions of race, identity and belonging. This includes the ways in which states can use civil registries and state bureaucracies to block migrant-descended populations from accessing their citizenship documentation.

Call for papers for issue of FLACSO journal on extractivism edited by researchers of the Juridification of Resource Conflicts project

Thursday 17 December 2020
In December 2020, the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences in Ecuador (FLACSO Ecuador) issued  a call for articles on the juridification of mining extractivism in Latin America for the January 2022 edition of the ICONOS journal . Dr Ainhoa Montoya, Dr Rachel Sieder and Dr Yacotzin Bravo Espinoza of the Juridification of Resource Conflicts project will edit this 72nd edition of ICONOS. The issue will focus on the diverse uses of the law in the context of conflicts over subsoil resource extraction.

ILAS welcomes Dr Rupert Knox

Wednesday 4 March 2020
Dr Rupert Knox has joined ILAS as a research assistant in the British Academy-funded research project The Juridification of Resource Conflicts. Among other things, he will be working with Dr Ainhoa Montoya, Dr Rachel Sieder and Dr Yacotzin Bravo on the further development and updating of a repository of legal actions and documents for human rights lawyers and human rights defenders. For more details about this resource, visit

Publication on water epistemologies and ontologies co-authored by Dr Rachel Sieder

Sunday 28 July 2019
Rachel Sieder published an article with Lieselotte Vaiene in Prensa Comunitaria, about Maya q’eqchi’ epistemologies and ontologies of water in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, a region of the country severely affected by mining and hydroelectric projects

Rachel Sieder has published the Routledge Handbook of Law and Society in Latin America (coedited with Karina Ansolabehere and Tatiana Alfonso)

Sunday 28 July 2019
The Routledge Handbook of Law and Society in Latin America presents cutting-edge analysis of the central theoretical and applied areas of enquiry in socio-legal studies in the region by leading figures in the study of law and society from Latin America, North America and Europe. Contributors argue that scholarship about Latin America has made vital contributions to longstanding and emerging theoretical and methodological debates on the relationship between law and society. Key topics examined include: The gap between law-on-the-books and law in action

The Legal Cultures of the Subsoil - Database Launch

Monday 10 June 2019
ILAS lecturer, Ainhoa Montoya , has recently launched the 'Legal Cultures of the Subsoil' database , an online resource which compiles legal actions and documentation (artefacts) devised in the context of mining conflicts.

Dr Yacotzin Bravo joins research team

Monday 3 June 2019
Dr Yacotzin Bravo, who obtained her PhD in Social Anthropology and her BA in Law from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico, will conduct research in Tlapa de Comonfort and San Miguel El Progreso, Guerrero (Mexico). She will work with organisations of lawyers and local indigenous populations who oppose the mining project “Corazón de Tinieblas/Reducción norte de Corazón de Tinieblas”. To find out more about Dr Yacotzin Bravo’s research interests, you can check out her bio .