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The Emergence of African Law as an Academic Discipline in Britain

John A. Harrington and Ambreena Manji
African Affairs
Vol. 102, No. 406 (Jan., 2003), pp. 109-134
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3518398
Page Count: 26
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The Emergence of African Law as an Academic Discipline in Britain
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Abstract

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 cnew' 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.

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