African legal theory and contemporary problems: critical essays

Oche Onazi (Editor)

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    The book is a collection of essays, which aim to situate African legal theory in the context of the myriad of contemporary global challenges; from the prevalence of war to the misery of poverty and disease to the crises of the environment. Apart from being problems that have an indelible African mark on them, a common theme that runs throughout the essays in this book is that African legal theory has been excluded, under-explored or under-theorised in the search for solutions to such contemporary problems. The essays make a modest attempt to reverse this trend. The contributors investigate and introduce readers to the key issues, questions, concepts, impulses and problems that underpin the idea of African legal theory. They outline the potential offered by African legal theory and open up its key concepts and impulses for critical scrutiny. This is done in order to develop a better understanding of the extent to which African legal theory can contribute to discourses seeking to address some of the challenges that confront African and non-African societies alike.

    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationNetherlands
    PublisherSpringer Netherlands
    Number of pages293
    ISBN (Electronic)9789400775374
    ISBN (Print)9789400775367
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Publication series

    NameIus Gentium: comparative perspectives on law and justice


    • African Ethic of Citizenship - African Legal Theory - African Philosophy - Contemporary African Societies - Decolonizing Legal Theory - Indigenous African Criminology - Recolonizing Legal Theory - Relevance of African Legal Theory - War, Famine, Hunger, Disease, Poverty and Injustice in Africa


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