Fall 2012 Course Schedule

African Law: Selected Topics (LAW-795J-001)

Meets: 06:00 PM - 07:50 PM (TH) - Room 313

Enrolled: 10 / Limit: 14

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The requirements for the paper in this class are included in the attached syllabus.


This two-credit seminar will explore topics related to the international, regional, and comparative law of Sub-Saharan Africa, with course modules exploring topics such as customary/Islamic law, South African law and legal system, constitutional law, human rights, elections and democracy, judicial independence, corruption and transparency, and the legal profession. The course will end in a twenty to twenty-five page paper on a topic of the student's choice, and students will also be graded on a single in-class presentation.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Jennifer A. Widner, Building the Rule of Law: Francis Nyalali and the Road to Judicial Independence in Africa (W.W. Norton, 2001).

First Class Readings

Sandra Fullerton Joireman, "Inherited Legal Systems and Effective Rule of Law: Africa and the Colonial Legacy," 39 Journal of Modern African Studies 571-593 (2001) (skim pages 581-588).


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