Customary justice for children in Egypt: An overview of the situation in the Governorate of Assyut

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Title
Customary justice for children in Egypt: An overview of the situation in the Governorate of Assyut
Journal
Restorative Justice
Author(s)
Campistol Claudia, Hope Kristen, Colliou Yann, Aebi Marcelo F.
ISSN
2050-4721
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2017
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
5
Number
1
Pages
29-52
Language
english
Abstract
This article analyses the profile of the criminal cases that are handled by the customary justice system for children in one governorate of Egypt. Data were collected during seventeen months through monthly semi-directive interviews with fourteen arbitrators. This provided information on 244 customary justice proceedings involving 296 children. The study is focused on 197 children, involved in 168 criminal cases. The analysis allows a description of the kind of offences treated, the distribution of presumed offenders and victims by gender, age and offence, the duration of the proceedings and the final outcome. The research shows that, in spite of decades of colonisation, old customary justice practices play a major role in Egypt today. Thus, customary justice, which has been elsewhere the source of many modern approaches to restorative justice, coexists in Egypt alongside Western-imported retributive criminal justice and a juvenile justice system that attempts to adhere to international standards.
Keywords
Customary justice, juvenile delinquency, arbitration, Sharia Law, Egypt
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28/04/2017 20:12
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20/08/2019 15:22
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