Bridewealth Project

This page is destined to provide resources concerning the legal status of bridewealth within a particular region. The payment of bridewealth is a customary practice necessary inmany communities to officialize an union. Legal systems in countries where bridewealth ispracticed however regard and respond to this marital practice in a variety of ways. Customary marriages where bridewealth is paid, and their regulations, may, in some countries, be recognized and enshrined in law. Without considering marriages with bridewealth payment as legal, other systems may take into account the payment ofbridewealth in their interventions and judgments concerning important questions such asdivorce, child custody, spousal abuse, etc. Still others legal systems may consider marriages by bridewealth payment and its implications as contrary to religion ortocontemporary state of law. This pageis designed to provide resources on this important question of the articulation of customary marriage law and state law andof its implications.

-Lexadin: The World Law Guide Online Legal Database

  • The website provides links to national legal information as well as access to legislation worldwide.Laws are accessible in full texts in the original language or in English translations. Further links on worldwide legal resources are provided.

-World Legal Information Institute 

  • World Legal Information Institute provides free access online to legal information from countries around the world, in cooperation with other Legal Information Institutes (LIIs).

-The Law Library of the Congress of the United States of America

-The Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law

  • The Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law (JLP) has a long history of publishing leading scholarship in the area of legal anthropology and legal pluralism and is the only international journal dedicated to the analysis of legal pluralism. It is a refereed scholarly journal with a genuinely global reach, publishing both empirical and theoretical contributions from a variety of disciplines, including (but not restricted to) Anthropology, Legal Studies, Development Studies and interdisciplinary studies. The JLP is devoted to scholarly writing and works that further current debates in the field of legal pluralism and to disseminating new and emerging findings from fieldwork.