This article considers factors that have effected and influenced the
continuity of the customary law named the Kanun of Lek Dukagjini in
some areas of Albanian and Kosovo. It draws on ethnographic data on the
border area villages between Albania and Kosovo to discuss the dynamics
and tensions that are created between state and non-state law vis-à-vis
justice in highly complex and problematic social, economic, and political
contexts. Customary law and state law seem to be two conflicting legal
ideologies. However, the article considers everyday settings where people
make use of both legal systems in order to regulate matters especially
related to property issues. The new legal realities create around property
ownership imply new type of relations vis-à-vis family and kinship
structures which oscillate between the two systems.
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