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:

News and updates

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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Forum on Atikamekw Governance and Law - 26th and 27th of October 2018
03 October at 12:00PM
Searchers and experts from the Legitimus project will be present during this event. Amongst the participants are Christiane Guay from the Uni...
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Conference of the Commission on Legal Pluralism – Citizenship, Legal Pluralism and Governance in the age of Globalization
09 September at 01:00PM
The Canada Research Chair on Legal Diversity and Indigenous Nations and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre were pleased to partner with t...
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