Lawmaking in Dutch Sri Lanka. Navigating pluralities in a colonial society. (Book, 2022) [WorldCat.org]
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Lawmaking in Dutch Sri Lanka. Navigating pluralities in a colonial society.

Author: Nadeera Rupesinghe
Publisher: Leiden : Leiden University Press 2022.
Series: Colonial and global history through Dutch sources.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
Summary:
Lawmaking in Dutch Sri Lanka. Navigating Pluralities' marks a break in understanding the history of Roman-Dutch law in Sri Lanka. Methodologically, it challenges socio-legal studies that concentrate on major jurisdictional conflicts alone, emphasizing the lived experience of everyday practices of judicial forums. It uncovers the navigation of plural practices in the Landraad, a judicial forum set up by the Dutch  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nadeera Rupesinghe
ISBN: 9789087283759 908728375X
OCLC Number: 1303219094
Description: 316 p.
Series Title: Colonial and global history through Dutch sources.
Responsibility: Nadeera Rupesinghe.

Abstract:

Lawmaking in Dutch Sri Lanka. Navigating Pluralities' marks a break in understanding the history of Roman-Dutch law in Sri Lanka. Methodologically, it challenges socio-legal studies that concentrate on major jurisdictional conflicts alone, emphasizing the lived experience of everyday practices of judicial forums. It uncovers the navigation of plural practices in the Landraad, a judicial forum set up by the Dutch East India Company in seventeenth-century Sri Lanka. A choice of laws came into play in that forum, that choice being significant at varying degrees for different areas of the law such as evidence, inheritance, land, and marriage law.00While there was inevitable conflict, the local normative order was as much a social fact for the early colonial rulers as Roman-Dutch law. This is contrary to the received wisdom of the ages that Roman-Dutch law was imposed on the Sinhalese of the maritime provinces under Dutch control. When translated into everyday lives, such adoption of plural practices could rebound on coloniser and colonised in unexpected ways, revealing the complexities of colonial law in practice.

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