Brehon Law is a system of law from ancient Ireland.
The relevance for us is that in the wisdom of the ancient sages, Brehon Law is a system of restorative rather than punitive justice. People that did wrong needed to be reintegrated into society and be useful members of society again, and Brehon Law is organized in a way to offer a path back into society.
Brehon Law Project: http://ua_tuathal.tripod.com/brehonaid.html Brehon Aid is a campaign by The Brehon Law Project, a loose coalition of individuals and organizations who are interested in the study of Brehon Law, the indigenous common law of Ireland
Here are some of the resources to study Brehon Law on the internet: Library of Ireland: THE BREHON LAWSA LEGAL HANDBOOK BY LAURENCE GINNELL http://www.libraryireland.com/Brehon-Laws/Contents.php Fergus Kelly, A Guide to Early Irish Law. Neil McLeod, Early Irish Contract Law. Audacht Morann. Uriacecht na Riar.
Hospitality The Brehon laws were an immensely complex legal system that functioned in Ireland for a period of at least 1000 years until the middle of the 17th century. These laws respected individuals first and property second. They honoured the sanctity of contract. Women had equal rights to men and all citizens owed a duty of hospitality to strangers. Incredibly, this legal system needed no court to enforce the law since all citizens respected it. Among these are such rules as: · ''Whoever comes to yourdoor, you must feed him or care for him, with no questions asked.'' · ''All members of the tribe are required to offer hospitality to strangers. The only exceptions are minor children, madmen, and old people.''