Prize for Junior Research Fellow’s paper on currency exchangers in Afghanistan

Friday 21 May 2021

Dr Nafay Choudhury (2021), Jeremy Haworth Research Fellow at St Catharine’s, has been awarded a prize by the Law and Society Association for his paper ‘Order in the Bazaar: The Transformation of Nonstate Law in Afghanistan's Premier Money Exchange Market’, which is due to be published by Law & Social Inquiry later this year.

The Law and Society Association’s Annual Awards recognise outstanding scholarly publications and contributions to the law and society community. This year’s awards go to 22 law and society scholars and will be officially conferred during a ceremony on 29 May.

Dr Choudhury receives the Graduate Student Paper award for his study of money currency exchangers in Kabul, Afghanistan, based on ethnographic fieldwork.

He commented, “I am deeply honoured to have received this award! The Law and Society Association stands at the forefront of the interdisciplinary study of law in various social contexts. Receiving this recognition from preeminent socio-legal scholars is immensely humbling and meaningful. 

“The paper, written as a PhD student at King’s College London’s Dickson Poon School of Law, is based on a 14-month ethnographic study of a currency exchange bazaar in Kabul, Afghanistan, and explores the interactions of state and nonstate legal systems. It demonstrates how the bazaar has been able to maintain an autonomous legal system by formalising its affairs, thereby casting its practices in the image of the state.

“My time at Catz has been tremendously beneficial in allowing me to finalise this article for publication.”

Steven Boutcher, Executive Officer at the Law and Society Association, said, “These awards reflect some of the best law and society scholarship each year, and I'm thrilled to see the diverse range of disciplines represented across our membership.”

Pictured: Dr Nafay Choudhury.  

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