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…

Regional Integration and State Sovereignty: Should State Sovereignty be Sacrificed to Safeguard Regional Integration?

COMMENT Gilbert Hagabimana 30 April 2021 Under regional integration process, sovereign states voluntarily combine their efforts in order to create common interests and objectives. At the same time, state sovereignty generally means a state has the capacity to do whatever it wishes or even settling its own rules without external interference. Now, looking at these…

Is Civil War Coming to Somalia?

COMMENT René Brosius 28 April 2021 The conflict over elections in Somalia[1] , which has been ongoing since last summer, has reached the next stage of escalation. Internationally mediated talks between the government, whose term has constitutionally expired[2] and the National Salvation Council (NSC), consisting of the presidential candidates, the prime ministers of Jubbaland and…

So Near Yet Too Far: Insights on Intrigues of Harmonization of Cybercrime Regulation in EAC

ANALYSIS Nelson Otieno 23 April 2021 Every regional integration arrangement has its ups and downs. One example being the East African Community (EAC). Yet, the prospects and challenges of integration in the EAC are not static themselves but are rather influenced by the changing circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic, for instance, has been both a redefining…

Reinventing Regional Mobility across Africa through the Single African Air Transport Market

COMMENT Louis Gitinywa 16 April 2021 After Asia, Africa is the world’s second fastest growing region. Yet across the different regional blocs[1] there are big challenges in driving sustainable growth, boosting employment and tackling poverty. One important factor and economic sector is the aviation transport, fostering tourism, export and connectivity. According to 2018 United Nation’s…

Somalia vs. Kenya – The maritime border dispute

COMMENT René Brosius 09 April 2021 Somalia and Kenya do not have a tension-free relationship. Many reasons for this lie in the conflict-ridden history. The border between the two countries is a disputed colonial legacy. Large ethnic Somali minorities still live on Kenya’s territory, especially in the so-called North Eastern Province. The majority of the…

Kenya’s Repatriation of Refugees in a Wake of Regional Integration

COMMENT Jan Maina 09 April 2021 Kenya has in the past week ordered closure of Daadab and Kakuma Refugee camps which are among the world largest refugee camps[1]. In light of this, begs the question, what is the essence of regional integration, if countries cannot stand by the very instruments they have vowed to implement…

Appraisal of Legal Challenges and Intra-Regional Trade Within EAC

ANALYSIS Otieno Kennedy Abuya 02 April 2021 The East African Community (EAC) is one of the many Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Africa. The bloc is made up of six States that have long-standing historical ties as trade partners. EAC citizens similarly share ancestral origins, cultural and social linkages as well as doing business with…

Delivering Energy and Climate Justice in Africa: Implications for Realizing the United Nations SDGs 7 and 13

COMMENT Godswill Agbaitoro 26 March 2021 What do energy and climate justice mean and why do they matter for Africa? According to Climate just, a simple way to understand climate justice is to ensure that collectively and individually we can prepare for, respond to and recover from climate change impacts. This conception includes understanding the…