Introduction to eritrean legal system and research by luwam dirar and kibrom tesfagabir luwam dirar received her law degree from asmara university in 2006 llm from cornell law school in 2009 and is currently a jsd candidate at cornell law school. Although customary law is not recognized as an official source of law in eritrea it plays a complementary role in the modern legal system through incorporation and enjoys a great deal of importance in practice. Thus the italians allowed the eritrean society to be governed by its own customary laws except in matters concerning municipal administration and those concerning italians living in eritrea the british kept up with the italian tradition and allowed customary law elders to continue amending their customary laws when necessary. The saho customary law covers cases of civil litigation such as family and property conflicts as well as verbal assaults but also criminal cases like injuries inflicted on somebody up to cases of murder. The interview took two hours and it covered a wide range of topics from eritrean history to ethiopian history to customary laws to the history of islam in eritrea etc memher tewoldebrhan is 89 years old
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