KANUN OF LEKE DUKAGJINI CUSTOMARY LAW OF NORTHERN ALBANIA

  • Arben Cara Lecturer in the Faculty of Political-Juridical Sciences, “Aleksander Moisiu” University of Durres, Republic of Albania
  • Mimoza Margjeka Judge in the first instance of Durres’ Court, Republic of Albania

Abstract

The Kanun of Lek Dukagjini as the customary law of Northern Albania is the most unique aspect of this Albanian part of society. This Kanun sets up the rules, upon which the culture is based, focusing on the concepts of honor, like hospitality and besa, and the topmost of the society, is Family. This ancient legal code defines the Albanian character, even today. It prevented assimilation throughout history, and continues to do so. The Kanun of Leke Dukagjini is the most distinguishing feature of the Albanian culture. The preservation of customary law was one of the most important elements in helping the Albanian people to maintain their individuality under Ottoman domination. The Code of Lek Dukagjini is the body of “customary law" under which Albanians, particularly the northern clans, have conducted their lives. Not only did the Common Law provide enforceable legal mechanisms which ensured a relatively normal evolution of society and the normality of the economy, social and family relations, it also provided mechanisms for organizing local government and for the settlement of disputes. This therefore constitutes the main aim of this study.

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Published
2015-10-29
How to Cite
Cara, A., & Margjeka, M. (2015). KANUN OF LEKE DUKAGJINI CUSTOMARY LAW OF NORTHERN ALBANIA. European Scientific Journal, ESJ, 11(28). Retrieved from http://eujournal.org/index.php/esj/article/view/6383