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AuthorMaung, Maung. author
TitleLaw and Custom in Burma and the Burmese Family [electronic resource] / by Maung Maung
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1963
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Descript 155 p. 2 illus. online resource


This book, conceived in Rangoon, nourished and delivered at the Yale Law School, attempts to study the customary laws of Burma in the context of the country's legal system. Customary laws govern the affairs of the family mainly while codes and precedents designed and developed on the imported British common law system enjoy exclusive control and authority over the remaining legal relationships in society. This volume looks at the legal system in outline and the customary law of the Burยญ mese family in some detail. The customary laws of other indigenous groups, such as the Shans, the Kachins, the Chins, the Kayah, the Mon and the Arakanese, also need to be studied, restated and appraised, for though the laws are similar there are shades of differences, and in buildยญ ing the Union of Burma it is important to build strongly on the simiยญ larities while giving due respect to the differences. It is, therefore, hoped, that this volume will launch a series of studies on the customary laws of the peoples of Burma in a large context and with high aim. There are many needs for continuing research in the field of customยญ ary law. One is to discover the customs of the people as they really are, not just what they are presumed to be in early legal treatises or in later judicial decisions


I. Burmese Customary Law -- 1. Origin and Growth -- 2. Hindu Influence and the Dhammathats -- 3. Mirrors of Society -- 4. Administration of Justice -- II. Impact of British Law -- 1. The Rule of Law -- 2. Codes and Courts -- 3. Limited Role for Customary Law -- 4. International Law and Municipal Law -- III. The Burmese Family -- 1. The Individual -- 2. Husband and Wife -- 3. Parents and Children -- IV. Marriage -- 1. Celebration and Proof -- 2. Conflicts of Law -- 3. Special Marriage Acts -- 4. Divorce -- 5. Restitution of Conjugal Rights -- V. Children of the Family -- 1. Natural Children -- 2. Adopted Children -- VI. Property of the Family -- 1. Community of Property -- 2. Partition on Divorce -- 3. Maintenance -- 4. Inheritance and Succession -- 5. The Rights of Children -- VII. Buddhism and the State -- 1. Tradition and Change -- 2. Religious Usage -- VIII. The Legal Profession -- 1. The Bench -- 2. The Bar -- 3. Legal Education -- Appendices -- A list of Dhammathats -- Table of Statutes and Cases

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