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The Future of African Customary Law

Edited by: Jeanmarie Fenrich, Paolo Galizzi, Tracy Tracy Higgins

ISBN13: 9781107625044
Published: May 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback om 2011)
Price: £44.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9780521118538



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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.

Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , Africa
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.