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Sorcery Cases in Papua New Guineas Village Courts: Legal Innovation Part IV

Demian, Melissa


This In Brief argues that the repeal of Papua New Guinea's Sorcery Act 1971 has been functionally irrelevant for village courts, which face the issue of sorcery with far more frequency than higher courts ever did. The Sorcery Act, a piece of late colonial-era legislation that was a half-hearted attempt to reflect the social milieu of Papua New Guinea, criminalised the use of sorcery for 'evil purposes'. It was repealed in 2013 in the wake of several high-profile and gruesome killings related to...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program
Date published: 2015
Type: Working/Technical Paper
DOI: 10.25911/5f20051481c57
Access Rights: Open Access


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