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Supporting Local Peace Building and Access to Justice: Traditional Leaders as Drivers for Change?

Since 1991, and particularly during the last decade, state institutions in Somaliland have increasingly consolidated. However, in terms of providing security and justice for local people the formal state institutions are still weak and under-capacitated. Everyday security, peace and justice are primarily provided by local modes of conflict resolution, and in particular the Somali customary law. Customary law coexists with both the state law and Sharia law. This multi-layered security and justice sector is in constant transformation, where different interests and notions of peace, security and justice intersect, merge and compete.

Louise W. Moe & Maria Vargas