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The emergence of African law as an academic discipline in Britain

Harrington, John ORCID: and Manji, Ambreena ORCID: 2003. The emergence of African law as an academic discipline in Britain. African Affairs 102 (406) , pp. 109-134. 10.1093/oxfordjournals.afraf.a138813

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This article examines the role of British legal scholars and institutions in the development of African law in the period from the end of the Second World War to the 1960s. In particular, it considers the extent to which the new legal scholars broke with the methods and priorities of anthropologists who had studied and developed African law in the colonial period. In editing journals and law reports, as well as founding law faculties, these scholars sought to translate the interests of significant groups in the early years of independence into questions of African law. The network of African law which they established linked the diverse ‘new’ nations of Africa with each other and with the former colonial power. In the period since the late 1960s this network has disintegrated to a significant extent.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0001-9909
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 10:30

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