Who We Are
The Transnational Justice Project (TJP) is a research cluster engaged in the study of law in society. By conducting research projects aimed to understand justice and its connection to law, culture, power and the state, TJP aims to explore the complexities of cultural change in our world.
TJP is led by Project Director, Kamari Maxine Clarke, Professor of Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies and Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto. Over her career she has taught at Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California Los Angeles. She was the former chair of the Council on African Studies and the Co-Director of the Center for Transnational Cultural Analysis. For more than 20 years, Professor Clarke has conducted research on issues related to legal institutions, human rights and international law, religious nationalism and the politics of globalization. Her research explores theoretical questions of culture and power and in the field of law and anthropology detailing the relationship between new social formations and contemporary problems. One of her key contributions to the various disciplines that she inhabits has been to demonstrate ethnographically the ways that religious, legal and scientific knowledge regimes produce practices that are transmitted globally. By mapping the way that particular cultural forms travel, and by highlighting why and how some travel more than others, she has quickly established herself as a leader in this area and a central interlocutor into new ways of managing power and regulating social practices.