Divon: Negotiating justice - Legal pluralism and gender-based violence in Liberia

Article in Third World Quarterly (an NSD 'level 2' journal) by Shai Divon and NUPI's Morten Bøås

Divon: Negotiating justice - Legal pluralism and gender-based violence in Liberia

Abstract
The plural legal system in post-conflict Liberia expresses tensions between modern and customary institutions. This article seeks to understand how Liberians navigate choices in the plural legal system to address gender-based violence cases. By asking how and why people make the choices they do, we highlight how Liberians solve tensions between institutions, by creating flexible categories that allow them to pursue a course of action that does not compromise their ability to access social networks and resources.

Keywords
Liberia; gender-based violence; legal pluralism; post-conflict reconstruction; West Africa

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Published 9. January 2017 - 14:16 - Updated 14. February 2017 - 21:56

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

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