1st Edition

Customary Law in the Modern World
The Crossfire of Sudan's War of Identities

ISBN 9780415846905
Published March 11, 2013 by Routledge
328 Pages

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Book Description

Customary Law in the Modern World is the study of a coherent and well-established legal system, which is now operating in the context of a modern nation-state and therefore poised between remaining relevant and the threat of marginalization.

Focusing on Sudan, the author places customary law in its historical and cultural context, analyzing the fundamental and traditional values that underlie customary law and the impact of the war between the North and the South that lasted intermittently for half a century. He deals with the substance of customary law, covering a wide variety of areas: family law, property law, torts and criminal liability. Drawing on interviews conducted with judges, legislators and practicing lawyers on customary law and its future in the modern context, the book challenges the development of customary law to build on the positives of tradition and the reform of its shortcomings, particularly in the areas of human rights, gender equality and the protection of children. This book fills a gap in the literature on customary law, and will be of great interest to anyone interested in law, anthropology and politics.

Table of Contents

Part I: Customary Law in Context  1. Introduction  2. Historical background: Law, war and identity  3. Customary law in its cultural context  4. Customary law and legal pluralism  5. Customary law, war and social transformation  6. The challenges of reform  Part II: Substansive Examples of Customary Law  7. Introduction  8. Family law  9. Law of defamation  10. Law of property  11. Homicide and bodily injuries  Part III: Voices for Customary Law  12. Introduction  13. Dr Peter Nyot Kok  14. Paul Myem Akec and John Luk  15. Attorney General Michael Makuei  16. Deputy Chief Justice, Bullen Pancol Awal  17. Tilar Deng  18. A group of Southern Sudanese judges and lawyers  19. Ambrose Riiny Thiik and Chan Reec Madut  20. Ali Osman Yassin  21. Dr Amin Mekki Medani and Omar El Farouk Shoumena

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Francis M. Deng is the UN secretary-general’s special adviser on the prevention of genocide. He served as Sudan’s minister for state foreign affairs and Ambassador to the United States, Nordic countries and Canada. He holds a doctorate from Yale Law School and is the author or editor of more than thirty books.