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Liberating the Law: Creating Popular Justice in Mozambique

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Prominent civil rights lawyer Albie sachs and Mozambican judge Gita Honwana Welch chronicle one of the most remarkable exercises in socio-political change in post colonial Africa- the transformation of Mozambique's inherited colonial system of justice. Heading a small team given the task of rewriting Portuguese law to produce a legal system and code compatible with evolving tradition and the principles of the Frelimo Party, this book tells the story of ten years of achievements and setbacks. each essay records a stage in the process and reveals how new laws on land and property, inheritance , access to the law, marriage and the family were forged through a process of grassroots consultation which produced a successful merging of elements of both customary and western law. In his comprehensive introduction, Albie Sachs reviews the successes and failures of the exercise showing how it was influenced by the consultative tribunals and hampered by the South African sponsored civil war.

Liberating the Law celebrates a unique attempt to create a legal system in Africa free from its colonial inheritance.

136 pages including index. Paperback. Covers are like new. Pages have slightly yellowed with age. Some underlining on pages 16 and 17. Apart from that pages are crisp and clean. The book is tightly bound.

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Author(s):
Sachs, Albie; Welch, Gita Honwana
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
8 x 5 inches
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0862329213
ISBN-13:
9780862329211
Number of pages:
136
Publisher:
Zed Books
Title:
Liberating the Law: Creating Popular Justice in Mozambique

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Prominent civil rights lawyer Albie sachs and Mozambican judge Gita Honwana Welch chronicle one of the most remarkable exercises in socio-political change in post colonial Africa- the transformation of Mozambique's inherited colonial system of justice. Heading a small team given the task of rewriting Portuguese law to produce a legal system and code compatible with evolving tradition and the principles of the Frelimo Party, this book tells the story of ten years of achievements and setbacks. each essay records a stage in the process and reveals how new laws on land and property, inheritance , access to the law, marriage and the family were forged through a process of grassroots consultation which produced a successful merging of elements of both customary and western law. In his comprehensive introduction, Albie Sachs reviews the successes and failures of the exercise showing how it was influenced by the consultative tribunals and hampered by the South African sponsored civil war.

Liberating the Law celebrates a unique attempt to create a legal system in Africa free from its colonial inheritance.

136 pages including index. Paperback. Covers are like new. Pages have slightly yellowed with age. Some underlining on pages 16 and 17. Apart from that pages are crisp and clean. The book is tightly bound.

Author(s):
Sachs, Albie; Welch, Gita Honwana
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
8 x 5 inches
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0862329213
ISBN-13:
9780862329211
Number of pages:
136
Publisher:
Zed Books
Title:
Liberating the Law: Creating Popular Justice in Mozambique

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