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Colonial Legacies and the Rule of Law in Africa
Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe




ISBN 9780367370336
Published December 31, 2021 by Routledge
258 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book focuses on the continued impact of British colonial legacy on the rule of law in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

The legal system is intended to protect regular citizens, but within the majority of Africa the rule of law remains infused with Eurocentric cultural and linguistic tropes, which can leave its supposed beneficiaries feeling alienated from the structures intended to protect them. This book traces the impact, effect, opportunities, and challenges that the colonial legacy poses for the rule of law across Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. The book examines the similarities and differences of the colonial legacy on the current legal landscape of each nation and the intersection with the rule of law.

This important comparative study will be of interest to scholars of Political Science, International Studies, Law, African Politics, and British Colonial History.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction  Chapter 2: Rule of Law and Africa  Chapter 3: Ghana: History, Colonial Legacy, and the Rule of Law  Chapter 4: Kenya: History, Colonial Legacy, and the Rule of Law  Chapter 5: Nigeria: History, Colonial Legacy, and the Rule of Law  Chapter 6: South Africa: History, Colonial Legacy, and the Rule of Law  Chapter 7: Zimbabwe: History, Colonial Legacy, and the Rule of Law  Chapter 8: Comparisons and Contrasts of Select African Nations’ Experiences  Chapter 9: The Way Forward…

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Biography

Salmon A. Shomade is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Emory University’s Oxford College, USA. Having earned a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and a PhD from the University of Arizona, Shomade specializes in U.S. Public Law and African Politics. He is the author of Decision Making and Controversies in State Supreme Courts.