Legal Dissonance: The Interaction Of Criminal Law And Customary Law In Papua New Guinea by Shaun LarcomLegal Dissonance: The Interaction Of Criminal Law And Customary Law In Papua New Guinea by Shaun Larcom

Legal Dissonance: The Interaction Of Criminal Law And Customary Law In Papua New Guinea

byShaun Larcom

Hardcover | July 1, 2015

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Papua New Guinea's two most powerful legal orders - customary law and state law -undermine one another in criminal matters. This phenomenon, called legal dissonance, partly explains the low level of personal security found in many parts of the country. This book demonstrates that a lack of coordination in the punishing of wrong behavior is both problematic for legal orders themselves and for those who are subject to such legal phenomena Legal dissonance can lead to behavior being simultaneously promoted by one legal order and punished by the other, leading to injustice, and, perhaps more importantly, undermining the ability of both legal orders to deter wrongdoing.

Shaun Larcom is Lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a departmental fellow at the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge.  He is also a research associate at the Von Hügel Institute at St Edmund's College Cambridge. He has published a number of book chapters and journal article...
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Title:Legal Dissonance: The Interaction Of Criminal Law And Customary Law In Papua New GuineaFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:188 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:July 1, 2015Publisher:BERGHAHN BOOKSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1782386483

ISBN - 13:9781782386483

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Table of Contents

List of Illiustrations
Acknowledgments

Introduction: Papua New Guinea, Legal Pluralism, and Law and Economics

Chapter 1. Customary Law and the State Criminal Law
Chapter 2. Historical Overview of the State, Criminal Law and Customary Law
Chapter 3. Empirical Study of the Sanction of Wrongs in the New Guinea Islands
Chapter 4. Legal Dissonance in Papua New Guinea
Chapter 5. Past Reforms that Failed

Conclusion: Reforming the Prosecution Process

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"This is a valuable, original contribution to the issue of the development of state policy on criminal law in a society in which there is a strong unofficial customary law for the remedying of wrongs."  ·  Gordon R. Woodman, University of Birmingham