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Sorcery and the Criminal Law in Vanuatu

Forsyth, Miranda


This paper examines the problems of incorporating norms of customary law into the substantive criminal laws of a Melanesian state system. It focuses on the particular crime of sorcery in Vanuatu. It explores the historical and sociological contexts to the belief in sorcery in society today, and also how behaviour generated by the belief (allegations of sorcery and sorcerer-related attacks) is dealt with by the non-state customary legal system. It then investigates how the state has treated...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: LAWASIA Journal
Access Rights: Open Access


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