|Title / Titel||Legal Pluralism and the limits of state sovereignity: Ethnography of the local state in Papua New Guinea.|
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|Original title / Originaltitel||Lokaler Staat: Was wird aus staatlichen Intentionen? Überlegungen zu staatlicher Effektivität anhand ethnographischer empirischer Daten aus Papua-Neuguinea.|
|Summary / Zusammenfassung||My PhD project is situated at the intersection of debates on issues of legal pluralism, anthropology of the state and women’s access to justice. I try to broadly understand the various relationships of fora of dispute resolution existing in my research area, the Markham Valley in PNG. In particular I focus on one of them, the Nazab Village Court among the Wampar. In the course of case collection I concentrated on gender-related disputes rather than quarrels about destroyed gardens, stolen pigs, debts or land rights. Women’s utilisation of village courts can be interpreted as their perception that these courts are fora that acknowledge their rights other than traditional institutions of dispute resolution. This is a positive yet unintended consequence following the installation of village courts in Papua New Guinea.
Fieldwork in Markham Valley has been conducted twice, in 2002 and 2009. The project has been started at Hamburg University, and has for the first part been funded by the German Research Council. The second part is running at Zurich University and has been funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) through its Marie-Heim-Vögtlin programme.
|Publications / Publikationen||NEUHAUS, J. (2010a) “The State in its margins - legal pluralism and the state in Papua New Guinea (PNG)“, paper presented at the Conference of the Commission on legal pluralism, Legal Pluralist Perspectives on Development and Cultural Diversity, Zurich, August 31 – September 3, 2009. Papers published on CD.
NEUHAUS J. (2010b) Der wilde Weisse. Rezension von Renatus Zürcher (2009). In Tsantsa 15:126-129.
NEUHAUS J. et al. (2010) Entwurf einer Stellungnahme der Schweizerischen Ethnologischen Gesellschaft (SEG) zu ethischen Fragen. In Tsantsa 15:148-165.
NEUHAUS, J. (2009) Women in Village Courts in Papua New Guinea. Transformations of gender roles. In Tsantsa (14): 152-157.
NEUHAUS, J. (2003) Legal Pluralism, Village Courts and International Law in Papua New Guinea: Contradictions and New Opportunities for Women (Work in Progress). Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law in Social, Economic and Political Development , Vol. III (Papers of the XIIIth International Congress April 7-10, 2002, Chiang Mai, Thailand). Pradhan, Rajendra (ed.): 329-334. Kathmandu, Nepal.
|Keywords / Suchbegriffe||legal pluralism, village courts, women's rights, Markham Valley, Papua New Guinea|
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Projektleitung und Kontakte
|Other links to external web pages||http://www.ethno.uzh.ch/aboutus/people.html|
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|SNF (Personen- und Projektförderung)
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In Zusammenarbeit mit
|Duration of Project / Projektdauer||Jan 2008 to Dec 2010|