Eve Darian-Smith


Contact Phone

(805) 893-4299

Office Location

SSMS 2101; 2117


  • human rights
  • global governance
  • international law
  • legal pluralism
  • postcolonialism
  • indigenous law & politics
  • ethnographic approaches
  • social and legal theory
  • LLB /BA (Hons History) Uni of Melbourne
  • MA Harvard (sociocultural anthropology)
  • PhD Uni of Chicago (sociocultural anthropology)


Professor, Global Studies Department

Adjunct Professor, School of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy (RegNet). Australian National University

Senior Fellow, Postgraduate Program, Faculty of Law. University of Melbourne

Academic Vita

  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Chicago 1995
  • M.A., Anthropology, Harvard University, 1991
  • L.L.B., Law School, University of Melbourne, Australia, 1988
  • B.A. (Hons.), History, University of Melbourne, Australia, 1988

Teaching Areas & Research Interests:

Legal theory, legal pluralism, law and globalization, colonialism and postcoloniality, human rights, race and ethnicity, and issues of sovereignty particularly in relation to indigenous peoples.

Global and Insurgent Legalities - Duke University Press. Book Series Editor (with Jon Goldberg-Hiller)

Editorial Positions:

I have been – or currently am – on the general editorial boards of a number of journals including Contemporary Social Science(Journal of the UK Academy of Social Sciences); Canadian Journal of Law and Society;  Studies in Law, Politics and Society; Law & Social Inquiry; Social & Legal Studies; Onati Proceedings; and PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review. I have also been an Associate Editor of Law & Society Review and American Ethnologist.



 Single Authored Books

Darian-Smith, Eve (forthcoming) New Indian Wars:  Indigenous Sovereignty in Global Perspective. Cambridge University Press.

Darian-Smith, Eve (2013) Laws and Societies in Global Contexts: Contemporary Approaches. Cambridge University Press.  Winner of International Book Award [Law] (2015). Winner of the Kevin Boyle Book Prize (2015)

                 Reviews of Laws and Societies:   Jothie Rajah (2014) Law & Society Review 48(2):479-480;  Desmond Manderson (2014) Law and Humanities Vol.8(1):77-87; Harvard Law Review Jan 2014 Recent Books; Tobias Kelly (2014) PoLAR Vol.37(2).

Darian-Smith, Eve (2010) Religion, Race, Rights: Landmarks in the History of Modern Anglo-American Law. Oxford: Hart.

                 Reviews of Religion, Race, Rights:   Nomi Stolzenberg (2011) Righting the Relationship Between Race and Religion in Law. Oxford J of Legal Studies; Roundtable Fem Legal Studies (2011)19:265            

Darian-Smith, Eve (2003) New Capitalists: Law, Politics and Identity Surrounding Casino Gaming on Native American LandWadsworth. (Case studies in Contemporary Social Issues).

Darian-Smith, Eve (1999) Bridging Divides: The Channel Tunnel and English Legal Identity in the New Europe.  University of California Press. Winner of the Herbert Jacob Book Prize, Law and Society Association

Edited Volumes

Buchanan, Nick and Eve Darian-Smith. 2011. “Law and Indigeneity: The Problematics of Origin and Authenticity”. Symposium in Law & Social Inquiry. Vol. 36(1)115-234.

Darian-Smith, Eve. 2009. “Regulation and Human Rights in Socio-Legal Scholarship”. Special journal issue of Law & Policy. Vol. 31 (3). Introduction by Eve Darian-Smith and Colin Scott pp. 271-281.

Darian-Smith, Eve. 2007. Ethnography and Law. The International Library of Essays in Law and Society. Ashgate.

Darian-Smith, Eve and Susan Gooding. 2001. “Putting Law in its Place in Native North America”. Special symposium in Political and Legal Anthropology Review. 24(2).

Darian-Smith, Eve and Peter Fitzpatrick. 1999. Laws of the Postcolonial.  University of Michigan Press.

Darian-Smith, Eve and Peter Fitzpatrick.1995. “Law and Postcolonialism”. Special issue of Law and Critique 6(1).

Select Recent Articles

Darian-Smith, Eve. 2015 "Mismeasuring Humanity: Examining indicators through a critical global studies perspective”. New Global Studies Published Online ahead of print. 

Darian-Smith, Eve. 2015. “The Crisis in Legal Education: Embracing Ethnographic Approaches to Law”.Think! Transnational Law Institute, King's College London. Research Paper Series. To be published in Transnational Legal Theory (in press, May 2016)

Darian-Smith, Eve. 2015. Postcolonial Law.  International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 18. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 647–651

Darian-Smith, Eve. 2015. Global Law Firms in Real-World Contexts: Practical limitations and ethical implications. Beijing Law Review Vol.6:92-101.

Darian-Smith, Eve. 2015. The Constitution of Identity: new modalities of nationality, citizenship, belonging and being. In Austin Sarat and Patricia Ewick (eds) Wiley Handbook of Law and Society (in press)

Darian-Smith, Eve. 2014, Global Studies – Handmaiden of Neoliberalism? Globalizations 12(2)

Darian--Smith, Eve. 2014. “Locating a Global Perspective”. Symposium: Legal Scholarship and Globalization: Engagements with William Twining. Transnational Legal Theory

Darian-Smith, Eve. 2013. “Postcolonial Theories of Law”. In Reza Banakar and Max Travers (eds) An Introduction to Law and Social Theory. 2nd edition. Oxford: Hart

Darian-Smith, Eve. 2013. “Re-Reading W.E.B. Du Bois: the global dimensions of the US civil rights struggle”. Journal of Global History. Vol.7(3):485-505

Darian-Smith, Eve. 2012. Response to four commentators on my book  Religion, Race, Rights. Feminist Legal Studies Vol.19:265-288.

Darian-Smith, Eve. 2010. “Environmental Law and Native American Law”. Annual Review of Law and Social Science. Vol. 6. 359-386.

Darian-Smith, Eve. 2007. “Precedents of Injustice: Thinking about History in Law and Society Scholarship”. (Special issue: Law and Society Reconsidered). Studies in Law, Politics, and Society. Vol. 41:61-81.

Darian-Smith, Eve. 2004. “Ethnographies of Law”; Blackwell Companion to Law and Society, edited by Austin Sarat. Pp. 545-568.

Darian-Smith, Eve. 2002. “Savage Capitalists: Law and Politics Surrounding Indian Casino Operations in California”; Studies in Law, Politics, and Society.  Vol. 26:109-140.

Darian-Smith, Eve. 2002. “Beating the Bounds: Law, Identity and Territory in the New Europe”. (long version).  In Carol Greenhouse, Kay Warren and Elizabeth Merz (eds.) Ethnography in Unstable Places. Duke University Press. Pp. 249-275.

Darian-Smith, Eve. 2002. “Myths of ‘East’ and ‘West’: Intellectual Property Law in Postcolonial Hong Kong”.  In David Theo. Goldberg and Ato Quayson (eds) Relocating Postcolonialism.  Oxford: Blackwell. Pp. 294-319.

Darian-Smith, Eve. 2002. “Rabies Rides the Fast Train: Transnational Interactions in Post-Colonial Times”. (reprint) In The Legal Geographies Reader: Law, Power and Space. Edited by Nicholas Blomley, David Delaney and Richard T. Ford (eds). Oxford: Blackwell.

Darian-Smith, Eve 2000. “Structural Inequalities in the Global Legal System”. Review essay.  Law & Society Review.  2000: 34(3): 809-828.

Darian-Smith, Eve. 1998. "Power in Paradise: The political implications of Santos' Utopia". Law & Social Inquiry 23(1):81-120. Followed by response from Boaventura de Sousa Santos.