Courtrooms of conflict. Criminal law, local elites and legal pluralities in colonial Java

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Courtrooms of conflict. Criminal law, local elites and legal pluralities in colonial Java

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Courtrooms of conflict. Criminal law, local elites and legal pluralities in colonial Java
Author: Ravensbergen, S.
Issue Date: 2018-02-27
Keywords: Netherlands Indies
Java
Indonesia
Colonialism
State formation
Criminal law
Legal history
Empire
Legal pluralism
Colonial liberalism
Abstract: This dissertation points out the stark inequalities of segregated criminal justice in nineteenth-century Java and analyses this unequal system in practice, shown by an actor-focused approach and through a framework of legal pluralities. Ravensbergen searched for the conflicts occurring around the green table of the 'pluralistic courts'(landraden and ommegaande rechtbanken) where the non-European population was tried by Javanese and Dutch court members, and Islamic and Chinese legal advisors. The pluralistic courts, the only places in Java where all regional power structures met and actively worked together, were courtrooms of many conflicts. The courts were also in interaction, and conflict, with other state institutions, together all furthering the project of colonial state formation. By taking this approach, Ravensbergen shows how it was not only inequality, but also uncertainty and injustice, that were central to colonial criminal justice imposed on the local population.
Promotor: Supervisor: Bedner A.W., Doel H.W. van den Co-Supervisor: Schrikker A.F.
Faculty: Humanities
University: Leiden
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/61039
 

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