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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 Indigenous 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

Conference “ La pratique du droit autochtone ” – March 22, 2019 – FTX135
07 March at 09:56AM
Ghislain Otis, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Legal Diversity and Indigenous Peoples is pleased to welcome Me Charlotte Chicoine-Wilson w...
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International Conference “Conflict Resolution and Customary Law” at Babeş-Boylai University
07 March at 09:28AM
Professor Sergiu Mişcoiu will host Ghislain Otis, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Legal Diversity and Indigenous Peoples, during the inter...
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Book launch of Contributions à l'étude des systèmes juridiques autochtones et coutumiers
11 February at 10:50PM
The editor Presses de l'Université de Laval has published ''Contribution à l'étude des systèmes juridiques autochtones et co...
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Conference-debate and study day at the Université de Bordeaux
05 November at 08:25PM
Pauline Gervier, lecturer in public law at the Université de Bordeaux, CERCCLE and member of Legitimus, will host in Bordeaux, from 7 to 9 Novemb...
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