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Title:Working with customary justice systems: post-conflict and fragile states
Editor:Harper, Erica
Year:2011
Pages:203
Language:English
City:Rome
Publisher:International Development Law Organization
ISBN:8896155053; 9788896155059
Geographic terms:Africa
Liberia
Mozambique
Namibia
Rwanda
Somalia
Tanzania
Uganda
Subjects:access to justice
customary law
traditional rulers
land rights
Abstract:Customary justice systems have much to offer in terms of enabling access to justice, which is considered the foundation of legal empowerment. However, the role they should play in legal empowerment initiatives remains poorly understood. This volume presents eight research projects evaluating the impact effectiveness of empowerment-based initiatives involving customary justice. Priority was given to interventions that tested innovative ideas of how to advance legal empowerment at the customary level and to solicit a mix of State, international and locally-driven reforms. Contents: Introduction (Erica Harper) - Bush justice in Bougainville: mediating change by challenging the custodianship of custom (Naomi Johnstone) - Unlikely allies: working with traditional leaders to reform customary law in Somalia (Maria Vargas Simojoki) - Gender equality on the horizon: the case of Uukwambi traditional authority, northern Namibia (Janine Ubink) - Two faces of change: the need for a bi-directional approach to improve women's land rights in plural legal systems (Mozambique, Tanzania) (Amrita Kapur) - Engaging with customary law to create scope for realizing women's formally protected land rights in Rwanda (Marco Lankhorst and Muriel Veldman) - Rights or remedies? Shopping for justice in Liberia's dualistic legal system (Justin Sandefur and Bilal Siddiqi) - Land justice in Uganda: preserving peace, promoting integration (Maggie Carfield) - The community land titling initiative: an investigation into best practices for the protection of customary land claims (Liberia, Mozambique, Uganda) (Rachael Knight) - Conclusion: Enhancing legal empowerment through engagement with customary justice systems (Erica Harper, Ewa Wojkowska and Johanna Cunningham). [ASC Leiden abstract]
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