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Title:Land and legality in the Darfur conflict
Author:Unruh, Jon D.ISNI
Periodical:African security (ISSN 1939-2206)
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:legal pluralism
land rights
Darfur conflict
land law
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19392206.2012.682474
Abstract:Land rights in Darfur (Sudan) act as a principal protagonist in the cause and maintenance of the ongoing armed conflict. The internal functioning and interaction of statutory, customary, and Islamic legal regimes regarding land have facilitated significant aspects of the war, and their reform will be fundamental to any effective peace process. This article describes the role of these legalities in the conflict. Subsequent to a description of the legal environment, the article examines the legal crisis regarding land rights, focusing on six aspects: the repercussions of a single law, the exclusionary customary system, Islamic law, profound confusion over concepts and terms, institutional disarray, and the peace accords. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]