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Title:'Tu hai venuto la giustizia in colonia': avvocati, giudici e coloni nell'Eritrea di Giuseppe Salvago Raggi 1907-1915
Author:Zaccaria, MassimoISNI
Periodical:Africa: rivista trimestrale di studi e documentazione
Geographic terms:Eritrea
judicial system
legal reform
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40761866
Abstract:This article analyses the reactions of the Italian colonial establishment in Eritrea to the reforms of the judicial system introduced by the judicial ordinance (ordinamento giudiziario) known as RD 2 July 1908, n. 325. The judicial ordinance was passed thanks to the efforts of Governor Giuseppe Salvago Raggi and it remained in force until 1926. The content of the bill provoked strong reactions that are still little known to the public and that deserve closer scrutiny. The reactions also show how a legal text, besides its juridical effects, can have a great political impact in a colonial society. The debates surrounding this piece of legislation give a better understanding of the Italian colonial spirit at the time, the objectives of Italian colonialism in Eritrea, the practices of its administration and the existence of competing economic interests in the colony within the actual Italian community. The analysis shows how lawyers and settlers persistently tried to influence colonial policies. Notes, ref., sum. in French and English, text in Italian. [Journal abstract]