Customary and Indigenous Law - Conference


The aims / objectives of the conference are thus to:

  • gather a selected group of international, national and indigenous community-experts and researchers on indigenous law to revisit the critical issue of ascertainment of indigenous law in Africa with special reference to the recording of the indigenous law of indigenous communities in South Africa, Canada and New Caledonia;
  • analyse new methodologies for the recording and ascertainment of indigenous law emerging in international scholarship; and
  • consider the value of international research collaboration with scholars who are grappling with similar issues in their jurisdictions and learn from best practice in the field.  

The conference will contribute to the intensification of research in indigenous law. The methodologies for recording/ascertaining indigenous law discussed and developed at the conference will guide the ongoing empirical research into indigenous law.

Furthermore, the outcomes of this conference will have wide-ranging impact on approaches to the management of challenges related to the application of oral systems of indigenous law in countries on the African continent sharing the British legacy of dual legal systems consisting of received law and indigenous law.

The conference will be hosted by the DST / NRF Chair in Customary Law, Indigenous Values and Human Rights at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa on the 2nd and 3rd of May 2018.

Papers presented at the conference will be published in a special, peer reviewed publication dedicated to the theme of the conference and all presenters are expected to submit their papers for publication.

Any queries may be directed to:

Wed, 02 May 2018 - 08:00 to Thu, 03 May 2018 - 18:00

University of Cape Town | Kramer Law Building | Oliver Tambo Moot Court | 5th Floor

Contact Information: 

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