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Dr David Zammit
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I am currently Head of the Civil Law Department of the University of Malta Law Faculty. After graduating (LL.D.) from the University of Malta in 1993, I pursued further studies leading to my Ph.D. in Legal Anthropology from the University of Durham, UK in 1998 and followed this by a specialisation course in Tort law at the “La Sapienza” University of Rome. I am currently Senior Lecturer in Law and Anthropology at the University of Malta and Executive Editor of the Mediterranean Journal of Human Rights.

My principal field of research interest focuses on the ethnography of legal practise. My Ph.D. research looked at how Maltese lawyers negotiate and reframe their narrative presentation of the “facts of a case” in the process of balancing between their relationships with their clients and their institutional role in civil litigation. It focused particularly on issues of voice, power and re-presentation and aimed to show how the boundaries between legal and non-legal domains were evoked, ignored and traversed by various actors involved in these cases. One practical outcome of this research is my interest in clinical law teaching. In fact in 2006 I was awarded a Fulbright research scholarship, to study clinical law teaching at the University of Villanova Law School in the United States and I am currently trying to promote a clinical law programme within the Law Faculty. Apart from this I am currently conducting ethnographic research into the legal and bureaucratic processing of boat-people in Malta and also research of a more “purely” legal character into Maltese tort law. Other research interests concern the relationship between colonialism and Maltese legal hybridity/pluralism, cultural rights and legal story-telling.

Anthroplogy Study-Exchanges in the EU
The Department of Anthropological Sciences has a number of active Erasmus links to various Anthropology Departments in the EU (see list below).  This results in a two-way exchange. We have hosted students from various universities who normally spend one term/semester with us. This enhances student-learning experiences.  University of Malta students of Anthropology can also take advantage of these exchange links to pursue their studies abroad.
Last Updated: 16 August 2010

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