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Ethnic diversity-challenges for courts

Fenton, Florence
June 4, 2015

Source: (1998) Address presented at the Third National Family Court Conference, in Melbourne, Australia, 20-24 October

Florence Fenton, Director of the Fiji Law Reform Commission, begins this address by providing a summary of the historical, social, geographical, and political background to the current situation in Fiji. This involves in particular discussion of traditional customary approaches to conflict and wrongdoing and approaches structured in terms of European colonial culture. In general, Fenton examines issues and problems arising out of Fiji’s ethnic diversity as that diversity affects the interaction between culture and traditions on the one hand and the formal legal system on the other hand.


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