Customary law in namibia development and perspective namibia customary land law and the implications for forests trees and plants final report series paper no 41 note windhoek october 1995 added tp technical cooperation programme tcp nam 4453 food and agriculture organization of the united nations added tp included work. This article builds on six years of research into customary land management in ghana 2002 08 including 15 months of fieldwork in peri urban kumasi a further two years of research into gender dimensions of customary law in northern namibia 2012 14 included five months of fieldwork in uukwambi traditional authority. The definition of customary law heirs must be worded in a broad and general manner to allow for differential application in different kinship systems if there is no customary law heir as in the case of families who do not follow customary law then this aspect of the scheme would simply fall away. Namibia has a hybrid or mixed legal system formed by the interweaving of a number of distinct legal traditions a civil law system inherited from the dutch a common law system inherited from the british and a customary law system inherited from indigenous africans often termed african customary law of which there are many variations depending on the tribal origin. Law governance and development vvi have undertaken a research project entitled towards customary legal empowerment in namibia the research project in namibia national authorities have made various interventions aimed at enhancing the functioning of customary law and traditional leadership
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