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Law in Publications

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Whose Land Is It Anyway? The failure of land law reform in Kenya By Ambreenja Manji

Land is a “key fault line” in Kenya. Throughout East Africa land law reform has been pursued at the expense of substantive land reform. New laws have not been redistributive or transformative in a positive way.
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After Borama: Consensus, representation and parliament in Somaliland

On the eve of the 2012 local elections, prominent Somalilanders reflect on their country’s political stability, the role of institutions and national development priorities.
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Duty of Care: Constitutional and law reform, in Malawi By Dr Janet Chikaya-Banda

The chief law reform at the Malawi Law Commission explains the importance of continuous, systematic law reform in young democracies and the role that it can play in upholding the credibility and effectiveness of the judiciary.
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How Rwanda judged its genocide by Phil Clark

While the full impact of the process will not be apparent for many years, gacaca community courts have delivered benefits to Rwandans in the spheres of justice, truth and reconciliation.
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Talking gender to Africa By Henrietta Miers

The donor-driven gender strategy is failing. Its jargon is ambiguous and easily misunderstood and it fosters inaction on the part of patriarchal African governments.
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Going Public: How Africa’s integration can work for the poor By Jeggan C. Senghor et al.

In the heyday of African nationalism, the continent’s founding fathers plotted their vision of pan-African unity. The twin paths of closer political and economic integration appeared to them as the only means to achieve dignity prosperity and security. Today, closer...
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Bunge Lenye Meno: A parliament with teeth for Tanzania By Samuel Sitta, Willbrod Slaa and John Cheyo

East Africa’s most populous nation has been a beacon of political stability in a troubled region. Yet for most of Tanzania’s post-independence history, ethnic and religious tolerance has been underpinned by the dominant governing party Chama Cha Mapinduzi. An...
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Kenya: A nation fragmented

Kenya is effectively partitioned by criminal and ethnic violence, triggered by the December 27th presidential ballot. The unrest threatens Kenya’s cohesion as a nation state, with sever consequences for its landlocked neighbours and the East African region. Evidence of...
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The Day After Mugabe: Prospects for Change in Zimbabwe By Gugulethu Moyo and Mark Ashurst

Life expectancy in Zimbabwe is the lowest in the world, but Zimbabweans across the political spectrum insist the country can recover from its crisis. The Day After Mugabe collects the views of key actors, commentators and policy experts. The contributors unravel what has gone...