La Rasgioni - The Reason: A drought Court

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Traditionally, La Rasgioni was used in Sardinia as a public mediation process for reconciling two parties whenever a conflict, often regarding property or livestock, could not be solved in other ways. Five people were involved in the process of reconciliation: two alligadori (lawyers) who represented the interests of each party; three rasgiunanti (judges: two nominated by each side, and the omu di mezu, arbiter, chosen by both). Once the Alligadori had presented their speeches, the rasgiunanti examined relevant documents and afterwards were called to pronounce their final verdict. Two solutions were possible: dizisa if the request of one of the parties was accepted; or arrangiu when a compromise solution was suggested. Everyone could attend the debate, thus turning private conflicts into collective public events in order to create learning opportunities for the whole community.

"Our Land, Our Home, Our Future" is the 2017 World Day to Combat Desertification slogan, set up by the UN in 1994. Various events will be undertaken around the world to promote awareness of the interconnection about food security, pollution, water availability, land degradation, loss of biodiversity, poverty, migration and conflicts in the light of climate change. In Sassari - Sardinia, Italy - the day will be celebrated on Friday, June 16, 2017 in the courtyard of Palazzo Ducale in an event organized by the Desertification Research Centre of the University, the Municipality of Sassari and CinearenaLa Rasgioni: a drought’s court. We propose the Rasgioni model to promote a public debate on a topic issue and with the intent of sensitizing to lesser perceived issues such as climate change, consumption and degradation of the land, hidden connections about daily practices and the deterioration of resources. On one side the Institutions, on the other Entrepreneurs and Associations.

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