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FCIL Newsletter Vol. 28 Issue 1 October 2013, pp.1-5


This article describes my experiences on the digitization project of customary court cases in South Western Nigeria. I made a presentation to the African Section of the FCIL-SIS at the 106th Annual Meeting of the AALL on July 15, 2013.

Customary law is based on the tradition, customs and values of the people, and it varies in different ways. The terminology “customary law”, according to Park, is just a blanket description, as there are so many ethnic groups. Customary law covers various legal systems depicting each tribe’s customs and values. These are the two forms of customary law that are in existence in Nigeria:

1. Ethnic or Non-Muslim customary law, and

2. Muslim customary law.