Journal of Law and Conflict Resolution
Using Cameroon as a case study, this research examines if a legal system built primarily upon indigenous laws can serve modern economic, political, and social realities. Indigenous laws have several attractive advantages (such as expediency in dispute resolution, and fostering community cohesiveness), and may fully thrive in a homogenous society. However, after examining the realities in Cameroon, the study concludes that since the society has dozens of tribes with values and traditions which are invariably different, and because the country relies on foreign aid, what is advocated is a system whereby indigenous and formal laws co-exist.
Original Publication Citation
Time, V. M. (2011). The function of indigenous law in a modern economic and political state: The Cameroon scenario. Journal of Law and Conflict Resolution, 3(9), 169-174. doi:10.5897/JLCR10.049
Time, Victoria M., "The Function of Indigenous Law in a Modern Economic and Political State: The Cameroon Scenario" (2011). Sociology & Criminal Justice Faculty Publications. 20.