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Moreover, whose account of a culture is the court to accept? Culture constitutes, among other things, a moral order indicating sets of rights and duties, but it is a contested moral order. There is always a multiplicity of actors and of internal cultural debates. So who speaks authoritatively for whom? This is a question which becomes significant ifthere are demands for recognition of alternative (informal, extra-legal) modes of arbitration and settlement, and has considerable pertinence to a proposal made by the Archbishop, concerning what he called ' supplementary jurisdictions', and the role of shari' a councils or institutions such as the Jewish Beth Din in respect of the courts.
London: GlassHouse. ) 2007. Law and Ethnic Plurality: Socio-Legal Perspectives. Leiden: Brill/ Martinus Nijhoff. Shah, P. F. Menski (eds) 2006. Migration, Diasporas and Legal Systems in Europe. London: RoutledgeCavendish. L. 2000. Globalisation and Legal Theory. London/Edinburgh: Butterworths. van Rossum, W. 2008. Legal Professionals Working in the Shadow of Distinct Legal Cultures. MISCOE workshop on 'Legal and Normative Accommodation in Multicultural Europe', Brussels, 1 4- 1 5 July 2008. Vertovec, S.
Now that Europe is increasingly religiously and ethnically diverse there is something to learn from a country such as India with a long tradition of plurality, not least within its legal system. As Menski argues (this volume) Indian multiculturalism has ' consistently allowed cultivation ofa plurality-conscious legal culture' . Despite the difficulties, discussed here, which should not be underestimated, it would seem that a similar plurality consciousness must eventually permeate legal systems in Europe.