Tripoli’s Family Court: The Judge in Post-Revolution 2013

  • Jessica Carlisle
Part of the Gender and Politics book series (GAP)


Muslim family law was codified relatively late in Libya by the Gaddafi regime in 1972. Despite Gaddafi’s self-pronounced commitment to gender equality, the subsequent reformed Law 10/1984 ‘Concerning the Regulation of Marriage and Divorce and Their Effects’ only allows wives to petition the court for divorce on the grounds of harm (ḍarar). This is difficult to prove and restricts the opportunity for debate about who is to blame for the failure of a marriage. In 2013, a female judge in a Tripoli family court, nevertheless, worked hard to allow spouses to talk about their difficulties. Reform under Law 14/2015 has undermined the limited state feminism in Libya’s family law and increased gender inequality in access to divorce.


Libyan family law Gender in Libya Gaddafi Arab Spring General National Congress 


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  • Jessica Carlisle
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  1. 1.Centre for Science, Knowledge and Belief in SocietyNewman UniversityBirminghamUK

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