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State Law or Folk Law? The Dissolution of Customary Tenure Regimes among Fulani of Niger Delta in Mali

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Vedeld, Trond
Conference: Reinventing the Commons, the Fifth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Bodoe, Norway
Conf. Date: May 24-28, 1995
Date: 1995
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1976
Sector: Land Tenure & Use
Region: Africa
Subject(s): IASC
common pool resources
land tenure and use
indigenous institutions
customary law
Abstract: "The property rights regimes governing the access and allocation of Sahelian rangelnad resources show great diversity and complexity in patterns of governance, governments and institutions. This complexity is difficult to catch in statutory (written) law. So far national law in most African countries has generally disregarded this complexity. Property reforms have often implied simple nationalisation of common pool resources or introduction of modern forms of private property with little regard for customary institutional arrangements."

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