fragment of fresco from Lorenzelli's il boun governo
‘KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!’, 1940s Soviet propaganda poster warning people not to gossip

ExLEGI is the Extra-legal Governance Institute, a unit within the University of Oxford's Social Sciences Division. ExLEGI was founded in 2006 by Professor Diego Gambetta, Dr Heather Hamill, and Professor Federico Varese.

The Extra-Legal Governance Institute promotes the study of ways in which economic and social activity may be governed by institutions and structures that are outside the state.

ExLEGI aims to provide an intellectual base and focal point for scholars across the social sciences who study extra-legal governance, both in Oxford and in the wider academic community. ExLEGI's activities include:

  • Teaching.  ExLEGI offers teaching through specialised papers within criminology and sociology, supervision for graduate students, and summer schools.
  • Discussion.  ExLEGI's seminar series hosts speakers on a range of extra-legal governance topics. In addition, special events provide an opportunity for scholars from different disciplines to focus on one topic of common interest.
  • Resources. Data and research on extra-legal practices tend to be scarce and difficult to obtain. ExLEGI gathers and organises relevant resources in an archive for scholars.


ExLegi News

2 December 2014: Per Gullestrup, Former CEO of the Clipper Group, will deliver the lecture 'Hijacked: The capture and release of the cargo vessel, CEC Future'. For details, please click here


ExLegi News

Federico Varese's new work on Somali Piracy appeared in the British Journal of Criminology. A full version of the paper is available here.


ExLegi News

27 November 2014: Book Launch! The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System by David Skarbek. For details, please click here