International Reports

Informal Justice in the Palestinian Legal System

by Jamil Salem, Ilona-Margarita Stettner

Conflict or Coexistence between Legal Orders?

The Palestinian Legal System consists of different layers of colonial codes and rules: Ottoman, British, Jordanian, and Egyptian laws, Israeli military orders and Palestinian legislation. Complicating matters further, there are at least two segments of legal and judicial life that coexist in Palestine: Codified laws and regulations, which include the religious laws, and an informal system of conflict resolution based on customs.