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Legal education and the end of empire: renewing cosmopolitan kinship

Harrington, John ORCID: and Manji, Ambreena ORCID: 2017. Legal education and the end of empire: renewing cosmopolitan kinship. UCD Working Papers in Law, Criminology & Socio-Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17/17, vol. 17/201. SSRN Platform: Elsevier. Available at:

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Addressing an audience in Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel in 1960, Kwame Nkrumah, first President of the recently independent Ghana, spoke of the connections between Ireland and Africa and his admiration for the Irish people's campaign for freedom. Inspired by the humanitarian and anti-colonial career of Roger Casement, Nkrumah remarked on “those Irish leaders of the last century who realised that the struggle of Ireland for independence was not the struggle of one country alone, but part of a world movement for freedom”. The speech coincided with the high point of the so-called ‘golden age’ of Irish diplomacy when the country played a leading role in promoting decolonization and a rule-based international system through the United Nations. It also highlights the place of Ireland in the imagination of African and Indian independence movements; and suggests furthermore that this affinity is built on law as much as politics: from the question of whether sovereignty is conceded or won on the departure of the imperial power, to the priority of international law, and the urgency of humanitarian and human rights principles. Such affinities are constituted by more than abstract principles. They involve real, human connections over time. The term we are using for these affinities, which we will argue offers an orientation and inspiration for our own work in legal education today, is ‘cosmopolitan kinship’. We will give three brief examples, before explaining that term a little more.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Law & Politics
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1556-5068
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 27 November 2023
Date of Acceptance: 3 January 2018
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2024 15:00

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