The Nature of African Customary Law

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INDEX
Abandonment of land, 165, 166, 167-8
Abraham, R. C., 23 n. 2
Accident, relevance of in African law, 136, 139, 140, 142, 178
Actions, methods of commencing, 218-22
Adat law, comparison with African law, 31
Adultery, Baganda treatment of, 179; as a civil offence, 102, 108; as a criminal offence, 123, 227; as a crime under French low, 122
Advocates, customary professional, 247
African democracy, 18-22, 98-9, 192-4, 197, 210
African Dilemma, by Melland, F. H., and Young, T. C., 27 n. 3
African empires and civilisations, 9, 14 n. 1
African laws, existing studies of, 6; in opposition to European laws, 34, 106, 110 ff., 130; reason and logic in, 28-34; self-contradiction among critics of, 36; similarities between several systems of, 2-4; those subject to, 6-7; various attitudes towards, 5, 25 ff.
Age, importance of, 102, 104-5, 249
Age-grades, 86, 103, 105, 198, 267
Age-sets, 74 n. 2, 103, 105
Agistment, contracts of, 150
Ajisafe, A. K., 153 n. 2, 171 n. 1, 263 n. 1
Akan chiefs, constitutionality of, 19
Akim Ahotaku, by M. J. Field, 261 n. 1
Aliens, incorporation of, 106
Allen, C. K., 77, 79, 126, 188 n. 1, 198 n. 2, 205 n. 1, 241 n. 1, 243 n. 1, 258, 265, 266
Allott, A. N., 213 n. 2
Amazons of Dahomey, 100
Ancestor, myth of the original, 14-15
Anglo-American legal system, 110, 114, 122, 158, 289 n. 2
Anthropologists and African law, 27-34, 48-55
Arbitration, African judicial process as, 212-15, 272
Arbitrator as judge, 272
Aristotle, idea of 'mutual service', 92 n. 1; on justice and equity, 272; on Greek law, 30 n. 3
Ashanti, distinction between murder and manslaughter, 142; kingdom of, 205, 216; matrilineal system of the, 101; treatment of crimes, 113
Ashton, H., 104 n. 3, 123 n. 3, 146 n. 1, 177 n. 1, 181 n. 4, 182 n. 1, 197 n. 1, 206 n. 4, 209 nn. 2 and 3
Assessors, use of in judicial proceedings, 275-6
Associations, law-making by, 197-8
Assyrians, ancient law codes of the, 188
Austin, J., similarity to Kelsen, 42 n. 1; theory of law, 54, 37 ff., 294; view on legislation, 189-190; on sanction, 56-7; on status, 76-7
Azande, Nebeli and Ngobo societies of the, 86; witchcraft among the, 231
Babylonians, ancient laws of the, 34, 188
Baganda, centralised kingdom of, 14, 216; Queen dowager among the, 101; treatment of adultery by, 179
Bailment, of chattels, 171-2
Bamenda, status of women of, 101 n. 4
Bantu, distinction between intentional and unintentional wrongs by the, 133; law, contrasted with British law, 128; treatment of homicide and similar crimes, 113; use of oath among the, 231
Banyoro, treatment of accidental homicide by, 136
Barton, R. F., 32 n. 8
Basopa, Central (Native) Court of the, 153; conquest of by the Baganda, 23; penalty for murder among, 135-6
Basutos, age of marriage among, 104 n. 3
Battuta, I., 9 n. 7
Batty, R. B., 228 n. 3
Bayankole kingdom, 11
Bekri, El, 9 n. 7
Belgium, adoption of Code Napoléon in, 44
Bemba, cultural homogeneity of, 11; no oath-swearing among the, 231 n. 5; status of being a, 95
Benin, art of, 10

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