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The Transnational Politics of African Judiciaries

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The University of London Institute in Paris

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Transnational law flows from centres of power and prestige. The origins of changes to national legal orders are typically external even if local actors are able to shape their precise implementation. This is particularly true in sub-Saharan Africa's weaker and poorer states. Judges applying laws of transnational origin are therefore frequently confronted with apparently insurmountable mis-matches between the nature of disputes and the formal rules used to adjudicate them. In the long run this places a considerable premium on selecting judicial officers capable of managing these tensions in ways acceptable to political and economic power-holders. In this seminar Sara Dezalay (Cardiff) and Peter Brett (QMUL) examine the consequences of law's transnationalisation for African judicial careers on the highest courts. Lisa Damon, meanwhile, adopts a bottom-up perspective, analysing how migrant women labourers navigate transnational legal orders in the Great Lakes.



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16:00 - Reading Workshop (for more information and to receive the readings please click here)

18:00 - Lecture and Discussion

19:30 - Drinks Reception



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Sara Dezalay

Fatoumata Dembélé Diarra: Trajectory of a Malian magistrate and civil society advocate to the International Criminal Court


Peter Brett

Judicial appointments to constitutional courts in Southern Africa: political controls in transnational orders


Lisa Damon

Barundi women migrants to Buganda: the art of disappearing, for a time

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