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In nations where state law is in conflict with traditional or customary law, significant issues can arise regarding the implementation of and adherence to national laws. By focusing on the issue of female circumcision, Brian Gibson explores the role that legal pluralism plays in understanding the differences between national law and traditional law. Gibson seeks to understand why certain African states are unable to prevent female circumcision (despite it being prohibited) and the role that custom and community play in female circumcision. He also throws light on how lawmakers and researchers can best understand the conflict between national law and traditional law and how issues of legal pluralism can be tackled best.

Event details of Legal pluralism and the issue of female circumcision
Date 20 November 2014
Time 12:00 -13:00
Location Agnietenkapel

B.N. Gibson, The Pursuit of the Rule of Law within a Pluri-Legal Environment: Female Circumcision – A Case Study.


Prof. A.J. Hoekema


Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam


This event is open to the public.