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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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Forum on Atikamekw Governance and Law - 26th and 27th of October 2018
03 October at 12:00PM
The Forum on Atikamekw Governance and Law will take place at the OTAPI School in Manawan, Friday the 26th of October and Saturday the 27th of Octobe...
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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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Dr. Teleiai Lalotoa Mulitalo Seumanutafa performs a traditional dance
08 September at 08:25AM
Dr. Teleiai Lalotoa Mulitalo Seumanutafa undertook a short-term visiting fellowship at the University of Queensland funded mainly by the Legitimus Pro...
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The Research Chair part of a team organising an international conference at Ottawa University
05 August at 10:25PM
In collaboration with the Commission on Legal Pluralism and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, the Canada Research Chair on Legal Diver...
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