oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Customary law in Botswana: substitution or adaptation?

Volume 3, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



There has been a great deal of talk lately about the inadequacy of African customary law to deal with modern legal problems arising from the complex situation created by industrialization, trade, and development in the newly independent countries. The changes taking place in African society as a result of its closer contact with the advanced economics and technology of the post-war world are plain to any observer. In the administration of justice in particular, this tide of change has brought many new problems in its wake problems which had no counterpart in the rustic tribal life of a few decades ago.

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