Customary Law

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Customary Law

A practice in a group or society that has never been codified but has been so common for so long that it is considered legally enforceable. English common law is largely derived from customary law. Likewise, most international law is customary.
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The little communities, still haunted by ten thousand memories of a greater state, gathered and developed almost tacitly a customary law and fell under the guidance of a medicine man or a priest.
25 cows is the maximum charge for paying the bride price in Nuer traditional customary laws if one fell in love with someone's daughter, he must comply with customary procedure," said Dak.
Most customary laws do not have a concept of joint property in a marriage.
Peter Mathor Gai, a local chief in Unity state, told Sudan Tribune that traditional customary laws apply to both South Sudanese and expatriates.
3) Customary Laws Customary laws in the South also have influenced the role of women in public life, in particular political participation.
Most of the countries if not all because lakes is now on reservation, customary laws are deeply rooted in societal norms and values traced under natural laws and stretches to conjugal principles which the mentor cannot even other wised.
Bedouin society is generally ruled by customary laws, applied by an advisory council of wise men and tribal elders, but the case is getting out of hand, says Yehya el-Ghol, a member of one such council in Sinai.
The power of evidence of such customary laws is not infrequently denied by the courts for the mere reason that they are not written.
The issue of customary law and its impact on women's business is well presented in articled Shana Hofsteffer discusses how microfinance programmes act as catalysts of change affecting customary laws and women's status in their homes and communities.
More common are systems of law which incorporate customary law within another system, such as through the recognition of locally based tribal or community courts or through recognition of customary laws as binding in official courts.
The local Monpa tribe in western Arunachal Pradesh has strong customary laws that prohibit hunting and treefelling.
This article takes the reader to the islands of the South Pacific and examines the regulation of adoption in countries where Common Law was introduced under colonial influence alongside existing and surviving customary laws, and where international laws directed at safeguarding children have yet to make an impact.