Daniela Berti, project coordinator

Social anthropologist at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), member of the Centre for South Asian and Himalayan Studies (CESAH). Over the last ten years, Daniela’s research has focused on the ethnographic study of judicial settings in India. She has conducted research on various district courts in Himachal Pradesh (Kullu, Mandi, Shimla) on criminal cases – cannabis cultivation, drug trafficking, caste-based and dowry-related issues – and, more recently, on cases related to environment and animal rights. She carries out fieldwork at the National Green Tribunal in Delhi on cases dealing with conservation and species survival, and at the Wildlife Institute of India in Dehradun (Uttarakhand) where she studies how wildlife biologists monitor animal populations, and how scientific expertise is used in court litigation.


Selected Publications

Edited books & special issues of journals

  • (forthcoming) Animal Sacrifice, Religion and Law in South Asia, Routledge (with Anthony Good, eds).

Articles & Chapters

  • 2015 « The Technicalities of Doubting: Temple Consultations and District Courts in India » in D. Berti, A. Good, G. Tarabout (eds), Of Doubt and Proof. Ritual and Legal Practices of Judgment. Farnham, Ashgate : 19–38.
  • 2011. « Courts of Law and Legal Practice ». In I. Clark-Deces (ed.) A Companion to the Anthropology of India. Oxford, Maiden. Blackwell Publishing: 355–370.
  • 2011. « Trials, Witnesses and Local Stakes in a District Court of Himachal Pradesh (North India) ». In J. Pfaff and G. Toffin (eds) Citizenship, Democracy, and Belonging in the Himalayas. New Delhi, Sage: 290–313.
  • 2010. « Hostile Witnesses, Judicial Interactions and Out-of-Court Narratives in a North Indian District Court », Contributions to Indian Sociology, vol. 44, 3: 235–263.