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African Law

This course compares African constitutional court decisions to explore the extent to which international and comparative influences impact outcomes. It will focus mostly on human rights cases and look particularly at areas where different sets of rights contained in African constitutions collide. The course considers human rights from different points of view (western, universal, "otherness", relative) and examines how culture and customary law come in to play in African jurisprudence. Finally, the course will discuss whether dialogue between African regional institutions and courts, African courts and other African courts, and African courts and people (particularly historically disadvantaged groups) can have an impact in building a pan-African jurisprudence, and what effect this will have on the continent and the world.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:
Letter grading only. Take-home exam.