the state and indigenous legal cultures: law in search of legitimacy

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Why Legitimus?

This Latin word means both “according to law” and “in accordance with accepted rules”. We chose it as the official nickname for the project because to us, it reconciles state and indigenous perspectives on law in one powerful keyword.

Our mission

The legitimacy of the law is key to the sustainability to the social fabric because it fosters an active feeling of respect in social and legal relations instead of a feeling of constrained obedience. Maintaining social ties is at stake because consent to the law is consent to a social project. This partnership project will help to better understand the manifestations, causes and consequences of conflicts of normative legitimacy between Indigenous and state legal orders and to identify new processes to manage these conflicts.

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Professor Ghislain Otis describes the project:

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Anne-Lise Madinier receives the medal from Barreau de Paris for the school year 2017-2018
05 July at 08:05PM
Ms. Anne-Lise Madinier will receive the medal from Barreau de Paris for her research in law. Her doctoral thesis entitled: « Le droit positi...
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Ghislain Otis participates at an international symposium on territorial challenges facing the Pacific in New Caledonia
05 July at 03:49PM
  Mr. Ghislain Otis presented his conference: « L’enjeu territorial autochtone » at an international symposium at the ...
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Second integration report :  De l’invalidation à l’affirmation : manifestations et interactions entre les ordres juridiques étatiques et innu.
10 June at 11:04PM
Pierrot Ross-Tremblay and Geneviève Motard present the second integration report :  De l’invalidation à l’affirmation : man...
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