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Violence in politics and law in the South Pacific : tradition in collision with received law

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Pacific   South Pacific   received law   colonial law   colonialism   colonies in the Pacific


After the two bursts of decolonization, 1962–1970 and 1974–1980, political, as well as international legal situation of the Pacific states has dramatically changed. At last, they were in a position to form their own internal and external policy. The South Pacific island countries gained independence, though with the former colonial legal systems. This contested legal order is what has been termed ‘received law’ or ‘introduced law’. Such received law would have provided a background for the further development of an autonomous legal system for the Pacific countries, which were under the common law ruling. The adjusted common law should have been in turn adapted to meet local conditions and the Pacific legal culture itself. The most vital thing here was to left open the possibility of development of a ‘localised’ legal system integrating features of the local South Pacific tradition. Nevertheless, such dichotomy between customary and received law has in fact contributed to the contemporary form of the Pacific legal culture, grappling with a multitude of the social life pathologies

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Wydział Prawa, Administracji i Ekonomii Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego   Wydawnictwo Beta-Druk


Sadowski, Mirosław (1964- ). Red.   Spychalska, Aleksandra. Red.   Sadowa, Katarzyna. Red.



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ISSN 2080-332X   ISBN 978-83-65158-11-6


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