Unifying Babylon: Can Post-Colonial States Successfully Unify A Plural (Legal) Society?


Jansen, Y. O. 2006. “Unifying Babylon: Can Post-Colonial States Successfully Unify A Plural (Legal) Society?.” Widener Law Journal 16 (1): 71–109.

Author: Y. O Jansen


The article assesses to what extent the pending Domestic Relations Bill (DRB) improves women's access to economic resources in Uganda. The 1995 Uganda Constitution made the Uganda Law Reform Commission a constitutional body. The Acts replaced by the DRB which seeks to unify the diverse body of family law are cited. Opponents of the DRB contested polygamy, inheritance, bride price, and property rights upon divorce. President Yoweri Museveni sees the DRB as an instrument that tries to free women.

Topics: Governance Regions: Africa, East Africa Countries: Uganda

Year: 2006

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