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Book Presentation (video): “A justiça popular em Cabo Verde” [Popular justice in Cape Verde] by Boaventura de Sousa Santos

(video in Portuguese)


April 10, 2015, 19h00, Livraria Almedina Estádio Cidade de Coimbra

With: Boaventura de Sousa Santos; Kátia Cardoso; Paula Valente; Bruno Mileo

Synopsis: «With this book I publish the sociological research I conducted between 1983-84 on local courts or people’s courts of Cape Verde, requested by the government of the young independent country presided by Commander Pedro Pires. The request came specifically by the Minister of Justice at the time, Dr. David Hopffer de Almada.

In the post-independence context, the establishment of people’s courts or local courts in Cape Verde emerged as a priority. The negative connotations sometimes attributed to popular justice led to a more neutral term, local courts. Their rapid spread was due not only to the ease of implementation, since they waived the technical, material and human requirements of formal justice, but also due to a strong focus on the potential of these bodies to promote social peace and act as a political, cultural and social school for the development of the people».