Legal Pluralism in West Africa

The independent African states inherited from the colonial regimes the plurality of laws. The question of the abolition or maintenance of the dual system of law has been discussed. Object of this article is to discuss some of the alternatives open to an independent African State and to find out whether the legal traditions inherited from the French Civil Law and from the English Common Law have played any role in determining attitudes toward legal pluralism: The possible alternatives (maintenance of the dual system; abolition of either modern law or traditional law, creation of a new law) – The force of legal traditions – Conclusions. Footnotes, French summary.

Title: Legal Pluralism in West Africa
Author: Opoku, Kwame
Year: 1971
Periodical: Africana Marburgensia
Volume: 4
Issue: 1
Pages: 3-18
Language: English
Geographic term: West Africa
Abstract: The independent African states inherited from the colonial regimes the plurality of laws. The question of the abolition or maintenance of the dual system of law has been discussed. Object of this article is to discuss some of the alternatives open to an independent African State and to find out whether the legal traditions inherited from the French Civil Law and from the English Common Law have played any role in determining attitudes toward legal pluralism: The possible alternatives (maintenance of the dual system; abolition of either modern law or traditional law, creation of a new law) – The force of legal traditions – Conclusions. Footnotes, French summary.