Emory International Law Review


This Symposium offers the first-of-its-kind comparative analysis of pluralistic family law developments in the West and in Africa. These essays are both theoretical and practical, viewing both the law on the books and the law in action in local communities. Most of the essays are focused on Nigeria and the United States'two countries that share a common law heritage and are wrestling with how to structure a legal system for an intensely pluralistic society constitutionally committed to human rights, religious freedom, and rule of law. The essays also offer compelling examples from other African countries, and provide detailed maps of the broader human rights, religious freedom, and cultural identity issues that are at stake in this new, contested terrain of law, religion, and the family.