21st of March outdoors event
21st of March is celebrated in many parts of the world, including in Central Asian countries. It marks the spring equinox, when the night and day are equal. In Central Asia, this holiday is celebrated with festivals, food, music and dancing.
For this occasion, the project team at Lund University invited guest researchers and staff of the Sociology of Law Department to an academic event on the 21st of March. The meeting comprised of a number of presentations from seconded researchers on their academic topics as well as a presentation about Navruz and its meaning for Central Asian nations.
Guests were welcomed by the Principal Investigator of the Central Asian Law project– Rustamjon Urinboyev at an informal gathering. Rustamjon talked about the progress of the project and upcoming activities. The event was held outdoors and followed social distancing and the COVID-19 guidelines.
Senior lecturer of the Sociology of Law Department – Patrik Olsson made a presentation on the topic “Law and Society in a comparative perspective”, where he talked about crime prevention and law enforcement, implications for understanding law and society and provided a comparative analysis of the law enforcement in Latin America and Central Asia.
Presentations from guest researchers included the following topics:
- “Inflows of foreign direct investments in Central Asian countries between 1991 and 2020” by Berdymyrat Ovezmyradov, visiting researcher from Turkmenistan;
- “Organizational and legal aspects of the introduction of innovative approaches to the execution of court decisions and documents of other bodies” by Azizbek Hamidov, visiting researcher from the Academy of the General Prosecutors Office of Uzbekistan;
- “Insights from the socio-legal research fieldwork in post-Soviet Uzbekistan during the pandemic: methodological considerations, ethics and challenges” by Tolibjon Mustafoyev, visiting researcher from the Academy of the General Prosecutors Office of Uzbekistan;
- “Uzbekistan in the Control of Corruption Indicator by World Bank: descriptive analyses of improving the position” by Muhammadbobur Abdullaev, visiting researcher from the Academy of the General Prosecutors Office of Uzbekistan.
The event ended with questions and answers about the presentations as well as discussions about Navruz festivities in Central Asia, their importance to culture and traditions of the nations of the region.