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 Aboriginal and state legal orders and to identify new processes to manage these conflicts.

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Professor Ghislain Otis describes the project:

News and updates

International Conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism
05 January at 04:00PM
From 14th to 16th of December, prof. Ghislain Otis and prof. Jennifer Corrin attended the International Conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralis...
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Legal Pluralism in Romania: An Interview with Sergiu Miscoiu
25 November at 06:00AM
Dr. Sergiu Miscoiu was a special guest during the Second Team Meeting, which was held in Montreal last October. He is a lecturer in political science ...
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News from Bordeaux: An interview with Daniel Lopes
23 November at 07:00AM
We have been publishing interviews conducted during the Second Team Meeting (held in Montreal last October) for a few weeks now. Today, we are introdu...
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News from South Africa: An Interview with Chuma Himonga
18 November at 12:00AM
During last month’s Second Team Meeting, we had the chance to interview several collaborators to the Legitimus Project. Last week, we published ...
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