Hastings Women’s Law Journal


In countries where traditional law and national law coexist, the potential conflicts that may develop from this type of legal pluralism adversely affects women's rights. This Article examines the impact of legal pluralism with regard to the laws of marriage on the status of women in Egypt, South Africa, and the United States. Through this examination, the author finds that legal pluralism itself does not disadvantage women. Rather, certain forms of traditional law that do not reflect international human rights norms nor international standards of equity continue to discriminate against women. The author urges that these forms of traditional law be modified or abandoned.