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The Future of African Customary Law

The Future of African Customary Law

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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521118538
  • Published In: October 2011
  • Format: Hardback
  • Jurisdiction: Africa ? Disclaimer:
    Countri(es) stated herein are used as reference only

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    Customary laws and traditional institutions in Africa constitute comprehensive legal systems that regulate the entire spectrum of activities from birth to death. Once the sole source of law, customary rules now exist in the context of pluralist legal systems with competing bodies of domestic constitutional law, statutory law, common law, and international human rights treaties.

    The Future of African Customary Law is intended to promote discussion and understanding of customary law and to explore its continued relevance in sub-Saharan Africa. This volume considers the characteristics of customary law and efforts to ascertain and codify customary law, and how this body of law differs in content, form, and status from legislation and common law.

    It also addresses a number of substantive areas of customary law including the role and power of traditional authorities; customary criminal law; customary land tenure, property rights, and intestate succession; and the relationship between customary law, human rights, and gender equality.

  • Contents:
    Part I. The Nature and Future of Customary Law
    1. A survey of customary laws in Africa in search of lessons for the future Gordon R. Woodman
    2. The living customary law in African legal systems: where to now? Chuma Himonga
    3. The future of customary law in Africa Abdulmumini Oba
    Part II. Ascertainment, Application and Codification of Customary Law
    4. The quest for customary law Janine Ubink
    5. The withering province of customary law in Kenya: a case of design or indifference George O. Otieno Ochich
    6. The 'code of Lerotholi': using custom as an instrument of social and political control in Lesotho Laurence Juma
    7. Traditional authorities: custodians of customary law development? Manfred O. Hinz
    8. Engaging legal dualism: paralegal organizations and customary law in Sierra Leone and Liberia Chi Mgbako and Kristina Scurry Baehr
    9. The future of customary law in Ghana Joseph B. Akamba and Isidore Tufuor
    Part III. The Role and Power of Traditional Authorities
    10. Traditional courts in the 21st century Digby Sqhelo Koyana
    11. Demise or resilience: customary law and chieftainship in Botswana in the 21st century Wazha G. Morapedi
    12. Traditional leadership and governance in modern Ghana: challenges, problems and opportunities Ernest Kofi Abotsi and Paolo Galizzi
    Part IV. Customary Land, Property Rights and Succession
    13. Entrapment or freedom: enforcing customary property rights regimes in common law Africa Sandra F. Joireman
    14. Romancing customary land tenure: the neo-liberal suitor wooing the shadow Janet Chikaya-Banda
    15. Reform of customary law of inheritance and succession: the final nail in the customary law of inheritance and succession coffin? Willemien du Plessis and Christa Rautenbach
    Part V. Customary Criminal Law
    16. State systems of criminal justice and customary law crimes Thomas Bennett
    17. Gacaca in Rwanda: customary law in case of genocide Roelof H. Haveman
    Part VI. Customary Law, Human Rights and Gender Equality
    18. Customary law, gender equality, and the family: the promise and limits of a choice paradigm Tracy E. Higgins and Jeanmarie Fenrich
    19. African customary law and women's human rights in Uganda Ben Kiromba Twinomugisha
    20. Women's rights, customary law and the promise of the protocol on the rights of women in Africa Johanna Bond
    21. From contemporary African customary laws to indigenous African law: identifying ancient African human rights and good governance sensitive principles as a tool to promote culturally meaningful socio-legal reforms Fatou Kine Camara.

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