Living Law and African Women’s Rights in a Digital Era

ANALYSIS Linda Besigiroha 10 September 2021 For many women in Africa,[1] ‘everyday’ living represents not ‘ordinary’, but a literal daily struggle to exist on one’s own terms. My home country Uganda, for instance, is lauded for making significant strides in educating girls and broadening women’s access to the public sphere, but ‘the personal’ is yet…

Decolonizing Law and its Practitioner’s Minds on the Example of LGBTQI+ Rights

COMMENT Isabelle Zundel 30 July 2021 Inspired by the contributors on the series “Decolonizing Law and Legal Studies” so far, I would like to stress the point Prof. Hamoudi made on the inevitable need to decolonize one’s mind in a world of deadlocked power relations between Global North and Global South. I will elaborate this…

Decolonisation, Law and Legal Education: A Multimodal View

COMMENT Prof. Dr. Luke Mason 30 July 2021 It is hardly a radical proposition to suggest that decolonisation is an essentially contested concept. Indeed, it is partly the pluralistic nature of the very idea which makes it an intrinsically valuable one, allowing a creative playfulness around the ideas of canonical and threshold knowledge, and providing…

Why did Democracy Fail in Somalia?

ANALYSIS René Brosius 23 July 2021 If you ask older Somalis about the time shortly after the country’s independence, they often advise you very politely: Firstly, that Somalia was never really colonised. Secondly, that it was one of the most peaceful periods in Somalia’s recent history. Yes, sometimes you hear that Somalia was the Switzerland…

Decolonizing the Rule of Law

COMMENT Prof. Dr. Haider Hamoudi 16 July 2021 A few years ago, in a book on the crisis of legitimacy facing the international rule of law movement,  I wrote a chapter on the importance of decolonizing the mind when approaching heavily loaded phraseology such as the “rule of law.”  Then and now, I have been…

Collective Human Rights in the Context of Decolonisation

ANALYSIS Prof. Dr. Bernd Kannowski 09 July 2021 What is decolonisation? By decolonisation we mean the processes of replacement that lead to the end of colonial rule, but above all the social, cultural, legal and economic developments that follow state independence. The process of decolonisation can be divided into five phases, with many considering the…

Celebrating Africa Day

OPINION Prof. Dr Thoko Kaime, 25 May 2020 Today, on May 25th, is Africa Day. It is a special day to reflect on Africanness, African brotherhood and sisterhood. It is also a difficult day as it brings into sharp relief the failure of our independence projects. Most of our nations are still under the cosh…