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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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