A Theory on Africanizing International Law
Author: Micha Wiebusch
ISBN: 978-1-7764485-7-9
EISBN: 978-1-0672371-2-7
Print version: Available
Electronic version: Free PDF: Available


About the publication 

  • Key reference work for diplomats and legal experts participating in international legal negotiations and transnational policy debates on governing the African continent.
  • Highly recommended for developing courses, reading lists and other teaching materials on African International Law and African International Relations.
  • Instrumental for developing innovative and impact-oriented research and policy strategies on the politics of making and implementing African International Law.

What is African about African international law? The main aim of this book is to answer this question by developing a theory to explain how and why international law is Africanized. This includes explaining how Africanization relates both to the extent of continental norm setting by the Organization of African Unity and later the African Union, as the principal agent responsible for ‘African solutions to African problems’, and to the degree to which this African International Organization enforces these norms through varied continental accountability mechanisms. In this specific context, the book considers the different modalities through which the idea of Africa shapes, is shaped by and is embedded in international law making and implementation.


Table of Contents

Prologue – Identifying the audience 
Who is the imagined audience?

2 Theorizing African international legal knowledge  production
How to make sense of African international law?

3 A geography of African international law 
Why does African international law matter?

4 African international legal governance laboratories             
How does African international law work?

5 The frontiers of African international law                 
What is the future of African international law?


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