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Roger Ballard

Vast experience of civil and criminal expert reports in addition to reports for immigration proceedings: frequently involved in cases where the internal dynamics of unfamiliar family structures are the central source of contention and/or confusion

Roger Ballard
Centre for Applied South Asian Studies


COUNTRY VISITS: Multiple visits over past 30 years to Indian and Pakistani Punjab

SPECIFIC 'AREAS' OF STUDY/EXPERTISE: Ethnicity and the law; especially cases where the internal dynamics of unfamiliar family structures are the central source of contention and/or confusion


FURTHER DETAILS: See the website of the 'Centre for Applied South Asian Studies'


Has produced more than 600 reports, and given oral evidence in well over 50 cases, no less in the Family, Civil and Criminal proceedings than in the Tribunal.


2011 “Honour Killing? Or just plain homicide?” in Holden, Livia (ed) Cultural Expertise and Litigation: Patterns, Conflicts, Narratives London: Routledge p. 124 - 147

2011 “The Re-establishment of Meaning and Purpose: Mādri and Padre Muzhub in the Punjabi Diaspora” in Olwig, Karen (ed) Mobile Bodies, Mobile Cosmologies: Family, religion, and migration in a global world Aarhus: University of Aarhus Press 27 - 53

2010 “Three Phases of Globalisation: the significance of Dubai’s emergence as a trading hub” in Pieterse, Jan (ed) 21stCentury Globalisation: Perspectives from the GulfDubai: Sheikh Zaidi University

2009 “The Dynamics of Translocal and Transjurisdictional Networks: A Diasporic Perspective” in South Asian Diaspora Vol1, (2) 141 -166

2009 “Human Rights in Contexts of Ethnic Plurality: Always a Vehicle for Liberation?* in Grillo, Ballard, Ferrari, J. Hoekema, and Shah (eds)Legal Practice and Cultural Diversity Aldgate

2008 “Inside and Outside: Contrasting perspectives on the dynamics of kinship and marriage in contemporary South Asian transnational networks“ in Grillo, R. (ed) The Family in Question:Immigrants and Minorities in Multicultural EuropeUniversity of Amsterdam Press

2008 “Minority professionals’ experience of marginalisation and exclusion: the rules of ethnic engagement” in Eade, John (ed) Advancing Multiculturalism, Post 7/7 Cambridge: The Scholar’s Press

2007 “Living with difference: a forgotten art in urgent need of revival?in Hinnells, J (ed) Religious Reconstruction in the South Asian Diasporas: From one generation to another London: Palgrave Macmillan

2007 “Common Law and Common Sense: Juries, Justice and the Challenge of Ethnic plurality” in Shah, P. (ed) Law and Ethnic Plurality:Socio-Legal Perspectives. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff.

2006. Forced Marriage: A Criminal Conspiracy? in N. Schlenzka (ed) Female Marriage Migrants: Awareness Raising and Violence Prevention. Berlin: Edition Parabolis

2006 “Popular Islam in Northern Pakistan and its Reconstruction in Urban Britain” in Malik, J and Hinnells, J (eds) Sufism in the West London: Routledge

2006 “Ethnic diversity and the delivery of justice: the challenge of plurality” in Shah, Prakash (ed) Migrations, Diasporas and legal Systems in Europe London: Cavendish

2005 “Coalitions of Reciprocity and the Maintenance of Financial Integrity within Informal Value Transmission Systems: the operational dynamics of contemporary hawala networks” in Journal of Banking Regulation Volume 6, no. 4

2003 "A case of capital-rich under-development: The paradoxical consequences of successful transnational entrepreneurship from Mirpur" in Contributions to Indian Sociology

2003 "The South Asian Presence in Britain and its Transnational Connections" in Singh, H. and Vertovec, S. (eds) Culture and Economy in the Indian Diaspora, London: Routledge

2002 "Race, Culture and Ethnicity" in Holborn, M. (ed) New Developments in Sociology, The Causeway Press.

2000 "Religious reconstruction in an alien environment: the Sikh tradition in Britain", in Coward, H. and Hinnells, J.R. (eds), The South Asian religious diaspora in Britain, Canada and the United States New York: SUNY Press

2000 "Panth, Kismet, Dharm te Qaum: Four dimensions in Punjabi Religion" in Singh, Pritam and Thandi, Shinder (eds.) Punjabi Identity in a Global Context Delhi, Oxford University Press, p 7-37

1999 "Communication" and "Ethnic Minority Families", in Equal Treatment Benchbook London, Judicial Studies Board, pp. 87 - 98, and 99 - 115.

1998 "Asking Ethnic Questions: Some Hows, Whys and Wherefores", in Patterns of Prejudice, Vol. 32, No.2, pp. 15 – 37

1997 "Negotiating Race and Ethnicity: exploring the implications of the 1991 Census", in Patterns of Prejudice, Vol. 30, No. 3, pp. 3 – 33

1996 "The Pakistanis: Stability and Introspection", in Peach, C. (ed.) The Ethnic Minority Populations of Great Britain: Ethnicity in the 1991 Census, Vol. 2 London: Central Statistical Office, pp. 121 – 149

1996 "Islam and the Construction of Europe", in Shadid, W.A.R. and van Koningsveld, P.S. (eds.), Muslims in the Margin: Political Responses to the Presence of Islam in Western Europe, Kampen: Kok Pharos Publishers, pp.15 – 51

1996 "The Construction of a conceptual vision: ethnic groups and the 1991 Census" in Racial and Ethnic Studies, Vol. 20, no 1, pp. 182 – 194

1994 Desh Pardesh: The South Asian Presence in Britain. London: C. Hurst and Co., and Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, pp. 297.

1994 The Ethnic Dimensions of the 1991 Census: a Preliminary Report. Manchester University: Manchester Census Group, pp. 57

1994 "The Evolution of the Sikh Community in Britain", (review article) International Journal of Punjab Studies, Vol. 1, pp. 297 – 302

1993 "The Politicisation of Religion in Punjab", in Rohit Barot (ed.), Religion and Ethnicity: Minorities and Social Change in the Metropolis, The Hague: Kok Pharos pp. 80 – 95

1992 "New Clothes for the Emperor? The Conceptual Nakedness of the British Race Relations Industry", in New Community, Vol. 18 481 – 492

1991 "Azad Kashmir: the View from Mirpur", in Economic and Political Weekly, Bombay pp. 513 – 517

1990 "Migration and Kinship: the differential effect of marriage rules on the process of Punjabi migration to Britain", in Clarke, C. Peach, C. and Vertovek, S. (eds.), South Asians Overseas: Contexts and Communities, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press pp. 219 – 249

Further details of publications on the CASAS  website

Spoken Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi
Ethnic groups expertise
Hindu and Sikh Jullunduris, Azad Kashmiris
Religious groups expertise
Muslim, Christians and Ahmadis in Pakistan; Hindus, Sikhs in India
Other social groups expertise
[Private to EIN members]
Contact email
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[Private to EIN members]
[Private to EIN members]