Governance Human Rights

Book Review Customary Justice and the Rule of Law

A book review from a very interesting volume on customary justice and the rule of law written by me was published last year in  Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law. Vol. 64/2011. You can read it here.

The book consists of case studies that go beyond traditional legal analysis to include historical perspective as well as the complexities of actors and institutions in Mozambique, Guatemala, East Timor, Afghanistan, Liberia and Sudan.

It is worth reading for any scholars working in the field of access to justice and conflict studies.

Governance Human Rights Indigenous Peoples

Legal Complexity and the Right to Food

For the Critical Legal Theory Conference, organized by Utrecht University this year, I presented a paper on ‘Legal Complexity and the Right to Food’ in the Methodology Panel.

The paper is set out to analyse what it means to study state obligations to progressive realisation of the right to food from the perspective legal complexity. This perspective studies law not in isolation, rather in the existence of multiple legal systems at socio-political space of states. The paper highlights that employing legal complexity, particularly with its understanding on interlegality and space, may enable one to gain insights in the ways that states measure their commitment to carry their obligations to respect, protect and fulfil the right to food.

If interested you can download the paper on my SSRN page.

I am planning to develop this idea into a publication in an article peer-reviewed journal.