Daniela Berti, project coordinator

Social anthropologist at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), member of PALOC (Patrimoines locaux, environnement et globalisation) and associate member of CESAH (Centre d’Études Sud Asiatiques et Himalayennes). 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

Articles & Chapters

  • 2017 Berti, D. & G. Tarabout. « Questioning the Truth. Ideals of justice and trial techniques in India » in Yazid Ben Hounet and Deborah Puccio-Den (eds.), Truth, Intentionality and Evidence: Anthropological Approaches to Crime. Abingdon, Routledge: 10–27. (Preprint: hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-01612781/document)
  • 2016 Berti, D. « Plaintiff Deities. Ritual Honours as Fundamental Rights in India » in D. Berti, G. Tarabout and R. Voix (eds), Filing Religion. State, Hinduism and Courts of Law. Delhi, OUP: 71–100. (Preprint: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-02181508/document)
  • 2015 Berti, D. « 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. (Preprint: https://hal.science/hal-02321024/document)
  • 2015 Berti, D. “Binding Fictions. Contradictory Facts and Judicial Constraints in a Narcotics Case in Himachal Pradesh”, in Daniela Berti and Devika Bordia (eds), Regimes of Legality. Ethnography of Criminal Cases in South Asia. Delhi, OUP: 91–128. (Preprint: https://hal.science/hal-02321020/document)