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The Routledge Handbook of African Law

ISBN 9780815350682
Published November 24, 2021 by Routledge
652 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of African Law provides a comprehensive, critical overview of the contemporary legal terrain in Africa. The international team of expert contributors adopt an analytical and comparative approach so that readers can see the nexus between different jurisdictions and different legal traditions across the continent.

The volume is divided into five parts covering:

  • Legal Pluralism and African Legal Systems
  • The State, Institutions, Constitutionalism, and Democratic Governance
  • Economic Development, Technology, Trade, and Investment
  • Human Rights, Gender-Based Violence, and Access to Justice
  • International Law, Institutions, and International Criminal Law

Providing important insights into both the specific contexts of African legal systems and the ways in which these legal traditions intersect with the wider world, this handbook will be an essential resource for academics, researchers, lawyers, and graduate and undergraduate students studying this ever-evolving field.

Table of Contents

Introduction  PART ONE: LEGAL PLURALISM AND AFRICAN LEGAL SYSTEMS  Chapter 1: Legal Pluralism in Africa: Three Levels and Seven Types of Law, Raymond A. Atuguba  Chapter 2: Customary Marriages and the South African Constitution: The Recent Developments, Sipho Nkosi  Chapter 3: Gods at War: Religion and Law-Making, Roseline K. Njogu  Chapter 4: Pluralism and the Tenor of Bankruptcy Legislation in West African Societies, Samuel Boadi Adarkwah  Chapter 5: Common Law in Kenya, Duncan M. Okubasu  Chapter 6: The Evolution of Property Rights to Land in Postcolonial Buganda, Olive Sabiiti  PART TWO: THE STATE, INSTITUTIONS, CONSTITUTIONALISM, AND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE  Chapter 7: One Nation, Multiple Identities: Ethnicity, Inclusivity, and Constitution- Making, Muna Ndulo  Chapter 8: Democratic Transitions in Africa: The Issue of Civil Resistance and Unconstitutional Change of Government, Lydia A. Nkansah  Chapter 9: Freedom of Expression in Zambia Revisited, Sangwani Patrick Ng’ambi  Chapter 10: Mapping the Legal Contours of Presidential Electoral Law in Kenya: A Case Review of Raila Odinga v. Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Presidential Election 1 of 2017Luis Franceschi and Emmah Wabuke  Chapter 11: The Unconstitutional Change of Government Normative Framework in Africa: Do Elections Matter?, O’Brien Kaaba  Chapter 12: Commissions of Inquiry and the Quest for a Greater Accountability in Health Care Delivery in Africa: A Ghanaian Perspective, Ernest Owusu-Dapaa  Chapter 13: The Effectiveness and Predictability of Social Security Law: Constitutional Perspectives from the Republic of South Africa, Letlhokwa George Mpedi  Chapter 14: Rule of Law with African Characteristics, Salvatore Mancuso  PART THREE: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, TECHNOLOGY, TRADE, AND INVESTMENT  Chapter 15: Law and the Regulation of New Technologies in Africa, Olufunmilayo B. Arewa and Ayodeji O. Fakolade  Chapter 16: The East African Community’s Used Clothing Policy and International Trade Law, Chantal Thomas  Chapter 17: Technology, Legal Information, and Access to Justice in Africa, Femi Cadmus  Chapter 18: Show Me the Money: Evaluating the Significance of Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expressions in the Context of Foreign Direct Investment Outflows, Anthony C. K. Kakooza  Chapter 19: Labor Law, Labor Market Regulation, and Social Protection in Sub-Saharan Africa: Emerging Trends in Comparative Perspective, Chanda Chungu and Evance Kalula  Chapter 20: The Pan-African Investment Code and Its Impact on Investments and Resource Extraction in Africa, Dunia P. Zongwe  PART FOUR: HUMAN RIGHTS, GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE, AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE  Chapter 21: The ECOWAS Citizen in a Dilemma: The Role of the ECOWAS Court of Justice in the Promotion of Human Rights in West Africa, George Asare-Afriyie  Chapter 22: When Criminal Law is Not Enough: Toward a Holistic Approach to Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response in Zambia and Beyond, Elizabeth Brundige and Tinenenji Banda  Chapter 23: African Law and the Rights of Sexual Minorities: Western Universalism and African Resistance, Nicholas Kahn-Fogel  Chapter 24: Developing Effective Money-Laundering Laws in Africa: Dealing with Corrupt, Politically Exposed Persons, John Hatchard  Chapter 25: Citizenship, Rights, and Political Subjectivity in Eritrea, Kibron Teweldebirhan and Luwam Dirar  PART FIVE: INTERNATIONAL LAW, INSTITUTIONS, AND INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW  Chapter 26: Addressing Serious Crimes of Global Concern in Africa: Dribbling Around the Problem, Chris Maina Peter  Chapter 27: South Africa’s Contribution to the International Criminal Justice, Ntombizozuko Dyani-Mhango  Chapter 28: Stateless and Rightless? An Appraisal of Standards and Practices on Prevention of Statelessness and Protection of Stateless Persons in Africa, Juliana Masabo  Chapter 29: Abducted, Inducted, and Indicted: The Case of Dominic Ongwen in the International Criminal Court, Simeon P. Sungi and George R. Kakoti  Chapter 30: From Brussels to Addis Ababa: A Contextual and Comparative Analysis of Access to Justice Under African Private International Law in Africa, Pontian Okoli  Chapter 31: An Assessment of the Right of Individuals to Access the Southern African Development Community Tribunal, Onkemetse Tshosa  Chapter 32: Beyond Formalism and uti possidetis: The International Court of Justice and Boundary Disputes in Africa, Cosmas Emeziem

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Muna Ndulo is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of International Law and the Elizabeth and Arthur Reich Director of the Leo and Arvilla Berger International Studies Program, Cornell Law School. He was formerly Professor of Law and Dean of the School of Law at the University of Zambia.

Cosmas Emeziem is an Adjunct Professor of Law (Fall 2019), Cornell University Law School. He is also a Barrister and Solicitor of the Nigerian Supreme Court.