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Workshop in Ireland

On Grafton Street, Dublin (from left to right: Elke Kamm, Stéphane Voell, Iwona Kaliszewska, Lavrenti Janiashvili, Natia Jalabadze)

On Grafton Street, Dublin (from left to right: Elke Kamm, Stéphane Voell, Iwona Kaliszewska, Lavrenti Janiashvili, Natia Jalabadze)

The team members of the research project were in Maynooth (Irleland) for the 11th EASA Biennial Conference: Maynooth, Ireland 24-27th August 2010. Maybe it was the largest conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists ever, which took place in a very little town in Ireland. Lavrenti and me, we did organise a workshop called “Law in the Caucasus: anthropological perspectives on legal practice”. Unfortunately two researchers who wanted to present they work in the Northern Caucasus could not attend the conference. Following papers were presented: Traditional legal practice in socialist times in Georgia (Lavrenti Janiashvili), Legitimisation of religious law in local communities in Dagestan (Iwona Kaliszewska), Women and honour in the Republic of Georgia (Elke Kamm), Present-day customary law in urban Georgia and the response of the state, using the example of Tbilisi (Evgenia Zakharova), The custom of blood feud in Georgia: aggression and culture (Natia Jalabadze), Traditional law in Kvemo Kartli and the reaction of the state (Stephane Voell). There were not a lot of people attending our workshop. Still, we had short but interesting general discussion about law at the end of our meeting. A larger conference on law in the Caucasus is planned for 2012 in Georgia.

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St George church (Abelia) in the village of Abeliani in Tetritskaro (F: Voell)

St George church (Abelia) in the village of Abeliani in Tetritskaro (F: Voell)

The fieldwork period is coming to an end. In three weeks will be my flight back to Germany. I apologise for the little activity on this website for the last months, but the research period was quite intense. I continued to work in the two Svan villages near Tetritskaro. Especially in the last month I had additional meetings with lawyers, members of the court, state attorneys, and policemen etc. to get the view from outside on Svan traditional law. I did also consult court files. One state attorney, who worked in the region until 2005, described me a kind of ‘dual system’: On the one hand you have the official law, in which ‘tradition’ is rarely mentioned; on the other hand you have this traditional law. E.g. there was a car accident which was treated in court but which has also has to be mediated ‘traditionally’ beside the state legal procedure. I will speak more about it next time. Also my colleagues from our project will reappear in the time on this site.

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