Libyan Law and Society

Libyan Law and Society

Monder Dow Qayeed
Monder Dow Qayeed •

Justice seeking and access to justice in Libya: Tawerghan IDPs who lost their documents

When you think about civil war, perhaps the loss of personal documentation is not the first thing that comes to mind. Yet such losses can have long-lasting negative impacts on the lives of people. Monder Daw Qayeed shows this based on case study research among internally displaced Tawerghans who now live in Tripoli. This study is part of Phase 1 of the Access to Justice-project.

Moneer Othman
Moneer Othman •

Justice seeking and access to justice in Libya: Former owners of land dispossessed via Law 123/1970 in al Marj

During the Gaddafi-regime, several laws expropriated and redistributed people's property on a massive scale. Since Gaddafi's fall, former owners and their offspring have been trying to reclaim their land. In Al-Marj, some of these disputes escalated violently and pitted entire families against one another.

Ali Abu Raas
Ali Abu Raas •

Justice seeking and access to justice in Libya: the families of victims of the Abu Salim massacre

The Abu Salim prison massacre of 1996 is arguably the most heinous act of state repression in Libya's living memory. Some 1270 prisoners were killed and the events were denied and obscured by state authorities. Supreme Court Judge Ali Abu Raas studied the justice journeys of three family members of the victims of the Abu Salim-prison massacre.

Bruno Braak
Bruno Braak •

What ordinary Libyans’ justice journeys teach us about access to justice

To learn about access to justice, it is essential to research empirically what ordinary people do with 'potentially legal problems': their justice journeys.

Mohamed Zahi Mogherbi
Mohamed Zahi Mogherbi •

Lessons from Libya’s Independence for the present

We can learn rich lessons from Adriaan Pelt’s narrative of the journey towards Libya’s independence. Lessons which have new salience amidst the armed conflicts, political disputes, social tensions, and regional differences which today put the existence and unity of Libya in real and imminent danger.

Marieke Wierda
Marieke Wierda •

Four Questions for Implementing Transitional justice in Libya

Transitional justice and reconciliation are hotly debated topics in Libya. In this piece, Marieke Wierda draws on her experiences in Libya and beyond to propose four key policy questions that may require further discussion in Libya.

Suliman Ibrahim
Suliman Ibrahim •

Constitutionalising Sharia: the challenge facing Libya’s Constitutional Drafting Assembly

The overthrow of Gaddafi in 2011 has sparked a debate about the position of Sharia in the new Libya. While there seems to be a consensus that it should play a role, opinions differ as to the details of this role. This division lies at the heart of the current political and military crises.

Suliman Ibrahim
Suliman Ibrahim •

Caught between law and politics: Judicial review of constitutional amendments in Libya

On 6 November 2014, Libya’s top judges issued a ruling suggesting that the country’s House of Representatives (HoR)—which had replaced transitional legislature, the General National Council (GNC) in June 2014 as the main legislative arm of government—may have been unconstitutionally constituted...

Marwan Ahmed Al Tashani
Jaziah Jebril
Marwan Ahmed Al Tashani and Jaziah Jebril •

Child Marriage in Libya: Ignored by Society, Unprotected by Legislation

Marwan Tashani and Jazia Gibril argue that child marriage in Libya constitutes a problem, even if it has been legalised. For the Legal Agenda, they explore the practice's prevalence, effects, and its status in the eyes of legislation and the judiciary.