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

About us

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 Aboriginal 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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FIRST INTEGRATION REPORT: SECWEPMEC LAWS GOVERNING LAND AND RESSOURCES
16 January at 12:00PM
Professor Val Napoleon and her team prepared the first Integration report that presents the Secwepmec Laws Governing Land and Resources.
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FIRST INTEGRATION REPORT: COAST SALISH LAW GOVERNING ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE (CIVIL PROCEDURE)
13 January at 04:35PM
Professor Val Napoleon and her team prepared the first Integration report that presents the Civil Procedure of Coast Salish Laws Governing Administrat...
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FIRST INTEGRATION REPORT ON LEGAL PLURALISM ON LAND IN WEST AFRICA: THE CASE OF CÔTE D'IVOIRE
12 January at 04:00PM
The Bordeaux team has prepared the first Integration Report that presents legal pluralism regarding Land in Côte d'Ivoire.
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FIRST INTEGRATION REPORT ON BASHIGANTAHE OF BURUNDI
10 January at 03:20PM
The Bordeaux team prepared the first integration report presenting the traditional justice process in Burundi by the Bashigantahe.
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