Recent Submissions

  • Editorial Introduction 

    Crook, Richard (Institute of Development Studies, 01/01/2001)
  • ‘We Make the Law and the Law Makes Us’: 

    Houtzager, Peter P. (Institute of Development Studies, 01/01/2001)
    Summaries How much does law really matter in the lives of the poor? The article develops a relational theory of law as a politically determined resource that emerges from the interactions between agents of the state and ...
  • Customary Law in Common Law Systems 

    Woodman, Gordon R. (Institute of Development Studies, 01/01/2001)
    Summaries How can the idea of the ‘rule of law’ be made a reality for ordinary people in African countries where customary law still underpins popular experience of ‘law as practice’? It is argued that the idea of law ...
  • The Underside of Conflict Management — in Africa and Elsewhere 

    Nader, Laura (Institute of Development Studies, 01/01/2001)
    Summaries This article traces the evolution of thought on dispute resolution in recent decades and takes a critical look at its latest incarnation, the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) revolution. It argues that ADR ...
  • Cocoa Booms, the Legalisation of Land Relations and Politics in Cote D'Ivoire and Ghana: 

    Crook, Richard C (Institute of Development Studies, 01/01/2001)
    Summaries How does ‘law as practice’ affect the economic and political behaviour of ordinary people? It is argued that the degree of legalisation of land relations and the degree of competition between regulatory orders ...
  • Legal Pluralism and Social Justice in Economic and Political Development 

    Benda?Beckmann, Franz von (Institute of Development Studies, 01/01/2001)
    Summaries Legal pluralism is an approach which accepts the possibility that, within any given polity, there can be more than one ‘legal order’ and that the state is not the exclusive source of legal regulation. Nevertheless, ...
  • Land Administration Reforms and Social Differentiation: 

    Kasanga, Kasim (Institute of Development Studies, 01/01/2001)
    Summaries The Lands Commission, as constituted under 1994 legislation, currently manages all public and vested lands and gives consent and concurrence to transactions of land held under customary or community tenure and ...
  • Community Justice and Community Policing in Post?Apartheid South Africa 

    Schärf, Wilfried (Institute of Development Studies, 01/01/2001)
    Summaries Reform of policing in South Africa forms a critical part of the transition from white minority, authoritarian rule to a more democratic system that reflects the aspirations of the majority African communities. ...
  • The Public Prosecutor's Office and Legal Change in Brazil 

    Sadek, Maria Tereza (Institute of Development Studies, 01/01/2001)
    Summaries In Brazil there is a significant gap between legality and reality. Legal Brazil is a country of equality and extensive rights, while the real Brazil is amongst the most unequal in the world and rights are ...
  • Access to Environmental Justice? 

    Newell, Peter (Institute of Development Studies, 01/01/2001)
    Summaries This article assesses the role different forms of litigation can play in holding transnational companies to account for their social and environmental responsibilities. The incongruence between the increasingly ...
  • Globalisation: 

    Baxi, Upendra (Institute of Development Studies, 01/01/2001)
    Summaries This article shows the intimate links between human?rights discourses today and globalisation. It highlights how rights discourses have contributed greatly to the radical critique of developmentalism, reconfiguring ...