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Lawmaking in Traditional Romani Communities and International Human Rights Law and Norms: Case Study of the Real and Potential Role of the Romani Kris

Lawmaking in Traditional Romani Communities and International Human Rights Law and Norms: Case... Claude Cahn* Lawmaking in Traditional Romani Communities and International Human Rights Law and Norms: Case Study of the Real and Potential Role of the Romani Kris I. Introduction Th e study that follows examines the legal structure and community role of the Romani Kris, an autonomous legal system prevalent in some particular Romani communities. It explores possibilities to recognize Romani legal systems under the normative state law system, particularly in continental Europe, as well as human rights dilemmas aris- ing from possible recognition. In so doing, the study hopes to make contributions to the study of minority rights in Europe, as well as to the examination of the interface between human rights law and issues arising as a result of parallel or plural legal sys- tems. Th e study is structured as follows: the fi rst substantive section—Section II—pro- vides an account of Roma in European societies—focussing in particular on those aspects of Romani community organization of relevance to the research, namely the signifi cance of Romanian Romani communities in the wider European and global Romani diaspora. Section III off ers a cursory description of the Romani Kris tribunal system, based on a  account provided by Jan Yoors, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Lawmaking in Traditional Romani Communities and International Human Rights Law and Norms: Case Study of the Real and Potential Role of the Romani Kris

European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online , Volume 7 (1): 41 – Feb 9, 2010

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Claude Cahn* Lawmaking in Traditional Romani Communities and International Human Rights Law and Norms: Case Study of the Real and Potential Role of the Romani Kris I. Introduction Th e study that follows examines the legal structure and community role of the Romani Kris, an autonomous legal system prevalent in some particular Romani communities. It explores possibilities to recognize Romani legal systems under the normative state law system, particularly in continental Europe, as well as human rights dilemmas aris- ing from possible recognition. In so doing, the study hopes to make contributions to the study of minority rights in Europe, as well as to the examination of the interface between human rights law and issues arising as a result of parallel or plural legal sys- tems. Th e study is structured as follows: the fi rst substantive section—Section II—pro- vides an account of Roma in European societies—focussing in particular on those aspects of Romani community organization of relevance to the research, namely the signifi cance of Romanian Romani communities in the wider European and global Romani diaspora. Section III off ers a cursory description of the Romani Kris tribunal system, based on a  account provided by Jan Yoors,

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Feb 9, 2010

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