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The Normalization of Saudi Family Law


Mallat, Chibli (2017). The Normalization of Saudi Family Law. Electronic Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (EJIMEL), 5:1-27.

Abstract

This article examines a large set of court decisions made public recently by the Saudi government in family matters. In 2007, the publication of law reporters finally allows lawyers and scholars to examine detailed decisions of disputes adjudicated in court. The full range of family law litigation is examined here in the light of court decisions: Marriage, divorce, maintenance, custody, filiation, and succession, including hereditary trusts. The overall picture is one of a functioning legal system, coherent and balanced, which begs the need for a comprehensive family code. Even in the absence of a code, it concludes, legal norms in the field of Saudi family law are established and fathomable.

Abstract

This article examines a large set of court decisions made public recently by the Saudi government in family matters. In 2007, the publication of law reporters finally allows lawyers and scholars to examine detailed decisions of disputes adjudicated in court. The full range of family law litigation is examined here in the light of court decisions: Marriage, divorce, maintenance, custody, filiation, and succession, including hereditary trusts. The overall picture is one of a functioning legal system, coherent and balanced, which begs the need for a comprehensive family code. Even in the absence of a code, it concludes, legal norms in the field of Saudi family law are established and fathomable.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:Journals > Electronic Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (EJIMEL) > Archive > 5/2017 > Articles
Dewey Decimal Classification:Unspecified
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:01 Mar 2017 09:38
Last Modified:19 Feb 2018 07:44
Publisher:Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Legal Studies (CIMELS), University of Zurich
ISSN:1664-5707
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.ejimel.uzh.ch

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