Custom, Law and Tradition: Alternative Legal Systems and their Impact on Human Rights

Monday, February 15, 2010
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Room 603




This full-day conference will explore the intersection between customary law and human rights. Panelists will discuss: different perspectives on customary law in transitional societies and aboriginal societies; cultural codes of conduct that constitute customary law; the place of legal dualism in a modern constitutional state; intersections of customary law and gender, particularly with respect to land tenure rights; and the inclusion of customary law in national and regional courts. A keynote speech will be delivered on whether modern conceptions of democracy and human rights provide a role for customary law in advancing human rights or enriching the constitutional state.

Presented by the Student Advisory Board, Center for Human Rights and Human. Law

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