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Author Fenrich, Jeanmarie.

Title The Future of African Customary Law.

Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

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Description 1 online resource (564 pages)
Contents Cover; THE FUTURE OF AFRICAN CUSTOMARY LAW; Title; Copyright; Contents; Notes on Contributors; Acknowledgments; THE FUTURE OF AFRICAN CUSTOMARY LAW; Introduction; PART ONE The Nature and Future of Customary Law; 1 A Survey of Customary Laws in Africa in Search of Lessons for the Future; 1.1. INTRODUCTION; 1.2. IDENTIFICATION OF THE SUBJECT MATTER; 1.3. CHARACTERISTICS OF CUSTOMARY LAWS; 1.3.1. Customary Laws Reflect and Tend to Sustain Inequalities in the Social Order of Their Communities; 1.3.2. Customary Laws Are Complex Bodies of Norms That Have Different Degrees of Mandatory Force.
1.3.3. Customary Laws Constantly Change1.3.4. Parts of a Customary Law Are Often Uncertain and Objects of Controversy; 1.4. THE LEGAL CONTEXT OF THE ROLE OF CUSTOMARY LAWS TODAY; 1.5. CONCLUSIONS FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY; 1.5.1. Policies of State Agents; 1.5.2. A Final Note: Policies of Civil Society; 2 The Future of Living Customary Law in African Legal Systems in the Twenty-First Century and Beyond, with Special Reference to South Africa; 2.1. INTRODUCTION; 2.2. THE CONCEPTS OF OFFICIAL CUSTOMARY LAW AND LIVING CUSTOMARY LAW; 2.3. "INDICATORS" OF LIVING CUSTOMARY LAW'S STATUS AND FUTURE.
2.3.1. The Toning Down of the Legal Theoretical Debates about the Idea of Living Customary Law2.3.2. The Recognition of Living Customary Law; The Manifestation of Living Customary Law in Constitutional Law; Manifestation of Living Customary Law in South African Court Decisions; 2.3.3. Living Customary Law's Potential to Protect Human Rights; 2.4. JUDICIAL ENGAGEMENT WITH THE ASCERTAINMENT AND PROOF OF LIVING CUSTOMARY LAW; 2.4.1. The Traditions and Past Practices of the Community Concerned; 2.4.2. Respect for the Right of "Customary" Communities to Develop Their Law.
2.4.3. Balancing Community Rights with Legal Certainty and Protection of Rights2.5. CONCLUSION: THE CHALLENGES ARISING FROM THE PROMINENCE OF LIVING CUSTOMARY LAW; 3 The Future of Customary Law in Africa; 3.1. INTRODUCTION; 3.2. THE NATURE OF CUSTOMARY LAW; 3.3. CUSTOMARY LAW IN THE COLONIAL ERA; 3.3.1. Arbitrary Nature of Legal Jurisdictions; 3.3.2. Displacement and Relegation of Customary Law; 3.3.3. Relegation of Traditional Adjudicating Bodies; 3.3.4. Transformation or Invention of Customary Law; 3.3.5. Avenues for Opting Out of the Customary Law System.
3.4. CUSTOMARY LAW IN THE POST-COLONIAL ERA3.4.1. Legal Pluralism; 3.4.2. State Control over Customary Courts; 3.4.3. Attitude of Lawyers/Legal Education; 3.4.4. Emergence of Written Constitutions in Most African Countries; 3.5. FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES IN AFRICAN SOCIETY AND WORLDVIEWS; 3.5.1. Loss of Supremacy of the African Traditional Institutions; 3.5.2. Social, Economic, and Political Changes; 3.5.3. Changes in the Magico-Religious Belief; 3.5.4. The Rise of New African Elites; 3.5.5. External Socio-Cultural Influences; 3.6. PROSPECTS OF CUSTOMARY LAW.
Note 3.6.1. Survival of Some Customary Law Norms as Unofficial Law.
Summary 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.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Subject Customary law -- Africa.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Galizzi, Paolo.
Higgins, Tracy.
Other Form: Print version: Fenrich, Jeanmarie. Future of African Customary Law. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, ©2011 9780521118538
ISBN 9781139100724
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