Challenging the Orthodoxy: Race, Racism and the Reconfiguration of Economics

ANALYSIS Prof. Dr. Stefan Ouma 31 May 2021 Books abound on what is wrong with economics (Chang 2014; Keen 2011; Nelson 2018, Mazzucato 2018, Raworth 2018, Stanford 2015), and what we would have to do to change it. Given the little change we have seen in economics training and policy-effective economic thinking since the global…

Pleading for White Responsibility in the Struggle Against Racism

OPINION Prof. Dr. Susan Arndt 28 May 2021 I wish to thank Thoko Kaime for his most powerful intervention. Indeed, the longevity of racism is in need of an allyship of intervention in the “very urgency of the now”, to cite Dr. Marin Luther King Jr. resistant wording. In the midst of the current Black…

Abolitionist and Anti-Racist Struggles in Muslim Africa: The Case of Mauritania

ANALYSIS David Malluche 28 May 2021 In the wake of the recent global rise of Anti-Racist movements, local activists and scholars have brought increasing attention to the racial legacies of slavery within the Arab-Muslim world.[1] Whereas the opening of a public debate on racism is a relatively new development in many North African and Middle…

Land Restitution as an Appropriate Instrument for Restoring Social and Economic Justice?

COMMENT Lena Scheibinger 21 May 2021 Former settler colonies in Southern Africa like Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa are characterized by former unlawful land seizure resulting in contemporary unequal distribution of land property and related economic power. In Zimbabwe, during British colonial rule about 6,000 large scale white farmers and a few foreign agro-industrial…

African Multiple Identity in Diaspora – A Critical Reflection on Anti-Racism from the Perspective of Literature

COMMENT Dyoniz Kindata 21 May 2021 “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr 1963[1] This statement, by Martin Luther King…

On the Demand to Make Peace with Mediocrity

COMMENT Dr. Serawit Debele 14 May 2021 Introducing this series, Prof. Kaime writes about the dangers of the pacifying tendencies from those  who “suggest a toning down of the rhetoric on account that it is too radical or too offensive or that it does not build bridges.” These tendencies are exactly what James Baldwin summarised…

Tackling the Problem of Plastic Pollution in Malawi through the Environmental Management Act (2017)?

ANALYSIS Lena Scheibinger 12 May 2021 Following some pioneering initiatives in the neighbouring East African Community,[i] the government of Malawi imposed a ban on thin plastic bags in March 2015.[ii] However, this progressive move of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining was overturned by the High Court after a number of plastic manufacturers…

Insights and Additional Information on the Socio-Legal Discourse around Anti-Racism

Intersectionality as a Key Concept for the Protection Against Multiple Discrimination The concept of intersectionality takes into account the interpenetration of various identity categories like race, gender, class, sexuality and disability as well as the structural interlocking of multiple forms of oppression like racism, sexism, classism and heterosexism by using an analogy to traffic: “Discrimination,…

Researching Key Issues in African Law

Recently, the Chair for African Legal Studies hosted a seminar on key issues in African law. The seminar focused on key emerging legal issues on the African continent, addressing topical questions ranging from human rights, sustainability governance, regional integration, constitutionalism to comparative law. Interesting guest lecturers presented their field of research, followed by vivid discussions.…

Struggling for an Anti-Racist World

COMMENT Prof. Dr. Thoko Kaime 01 May 2021 Throughout May 2021, the Chair of African Legal Studies focuses on anti-racism through its dedicated blog at africalegalstudies.blog. In this short comment which prefaces the series, I reflect on how I see the place of black people and people of colour in this most important of struggles…