For the detractors of Eritrea, the country has no “no laws or rules”. This is a refrain often parroted by the so-called mainstream media. Seen through their distorted prisms, Eritrea is plunged in a complete anarchy. But, really…? Actually, Eritrean society has a rich track record of customs and traditional justice systems used for centuries. Even the Italian and British colonial powers recognized the importance of preserving and upholding the customary laws during their respective colonial rule of the country.
As I went to buy the new codes at Awget Bookstore, I was wondering how the new revised codes took into account customary laws and what is the role of customary practices in resolving disputes or any other legal issues? That’s when I remembered this brochure called “Eritrea-EU: 20 Years of Partnership”. One part of the catalog looks at the role of the EU in supporting community courts in Eritrea. There it is! Community courts! Continue reading Combining Traditional and Modern Laws: The Strengths of Eritrean Community Courts