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The Challenges of Village Courts and Operation Mekim Save among the Enga of Papua New Guinea Today: A View from the Inside

Pupu, Nitze; Wiessner, Polly


This paper addresses the question of how customary law courts maintain justice and restore community relations through decades of rapid change including: (1) how the Enga navigate the legal pluralism of customary and formal justice systems, (2) the problems of adapting customary laws to changing circumstances and (3) the problems that arise with young untrained magistrates who are not fully conversant in custom. Data will be drawn from some 1000 customary court cases observed from 2008 - 2016...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program
Date published: 2018
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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