- 2017 Law and Development Conference
The Conference will jointly organised by the Law and Development Institute (LDI) and the Centre for Comparative Law in Africa (CCLA), scheduled to hold at the University of Cape Town on 7th and 8th September 2017. Please click here to download the full programme.
- UCT Law Graduate Elected PFA Chair
On Thursday, 25 April 2017, Dr Anthony Diala, a University Research Committee Fellow in the Centre for Comparative Law in Africa (CCLA) in the Faculty of Law, was elected chairperson of the UCT Postdoctoral Fellows Association. A Nigerian national, Diala is the first postdoctoral fellow in the CCLA. He is also the first PhD graduate of the South African Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation Chair in Customary Law, Indigenous Values and Human Rights. His research focuses on the interaction of laws in Sub-Saharan Africa, with his current emphasis on how indigenous commercial laws adapt to state law in Southern Nigeria. His PhD dissertation empirically probed the judicial recognition of living customary law in the context of matrimonial property rights in Southern Nigeria.
Diala was a Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellow from 2014 to 2016, the same period he chaired the Postgraduate Law Students’ Council. Before joining UCT, he taught at Madonna University, Nigeria, and had brief spells at the International Criminal Court and International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. He will lead the Postdoctoral Fellows Association for one year.
- Capacity Building
The pioneering activity of CCLA’s capacity-building engagement under the TY Danjuma Fund is the training of early career Law academics in research skills. The first of these training events is scheduled for 20 – 23 September 2016 and will cover ten Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) researchers. This initiative, which is located in UCT’s Afropolitan mission, is modelled after UCT’s Emerging Researchers’ Programme and is facilitated by UCT Law Faculty academics from various departments and research units. The objective is to equip participants with tools for initiating, undertaking and publishing Africa-focused research. For more information see the Programme for the research workshop.
- CCLA 2016 Newsletter
Please click here to download the December 2016 Newsletter
- Partnership Building
CCLA’s Africa partnership building has led to the institution of its academic visitors programme with the endowment of the distinguished Olu Akinkugbe Business Law in Africa Fellowship (OABLAF) commencing in 2014 with the inaugural visiting fellow expected from the Lagos Business School in October 2014. The Fellowship supports the conduct and publication of research to advance and improve business law and policy frameworks across Africa. For more information see Olu Akinkugbe Fellowship info document.
The CCLA is further pleased to announce the endowment in 2014 of the TY Danjuma Fund for Law and Policy Development in Africa to be applied towards research, capacity building and research dissemination events aimed at addressing African issues with African solutions in response to the ongoing changes in the economic, social and political landscape of the continent, including the growing global investment interest in the continent. For more information see the TYD Fund infosheet.
Both the Olu Akinkugbe Business Law in Africa Fellowship and the TY Danjuma Fund for Law and Policy Development in Africa were launched at a UCT-CCLA event held in Lagos on 6th May 2014 hosted by the Vice-Chancellor of UCT, Dr Max Price and attended by distinguished benefactors Chief Olu Akinkugbe CON and Gen TY Danjuma GCON, among other eminent guests.
- Journal of Comparative Law in Africa
The Centre for Comparative Law in Africa (CCLA) has produced the first edition of its Journal of Comparative Law in Africa (JCLA). The journal published by Juta Press Cape Town, launched in the first quarter of 2014. The journal has as Editor-in-chief Professor Salvatore Mancuso, Chair in Comparative Law in Africa at UCT, supported by an eminent scientific and editorial board. The inaugural edition features articles on various issues by contributors within and outside the African continent and aptly has as its debut article a keynote paper on Legal Education in an Era of Globalisation and the Challenge of Development by Professor Muna Ndulo professor of Law at Cornell Law School and Director of Institute for African Development at Cornell University. For more information see the Journal Poster document.
- Guest Lecture by Chief Richard Akinjide CON, SAN
The CCLA secured the visit of Chief Richard Akinjide, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) to deliver the first Faculty of Law guest lecture of the year on 25th February 2014, titled “Currency and Power are Synonymous.” At 83 and in his 58th year of legal practice, Chief Akinjide is Nigeria’s oldest practising lawyer and the leader of the Bar, a former member of parliament and Minister of Education in the 1960s and Attorney-General and Minister of Justice in the 1980s among many other accomplishments. Read speech
- NRF Rating and GFLJD Appointment
In 2013, CCLA Chair, Professor Salvatore Mancuso received the status of a rated researcher from the National Research Foundation (NRF). Subsequently in April 2014, Prof Mancuso was appointed one of two co-ordinators of the thematic working group on Justice and Rule of Law at the Global Forum on Law Justice and Development (GFLJD). For more on the GFLJD, see www.globalforumljd.org
A CCLA research project to map Somaliland customary law, funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) commenced with a trip led by the Principal Investigator, Professor Salvatore Mancuso, to Somaliland to carry out a technical analysis and determination of the project structure. The CCLA is collaborating on the project with the Faculty of Law at the University of Hargeisa, Somaliland with whom the UCT Faculty of Law has a co-operation agreement. This is the second grant to the CCLA from the NRF. In 2012, a grant made under the NRF Knowledge Fields Development category funded the inaugural Comparative Law in Africa Methodology Workshop which brought together comparative law experts from various institutions in Africa and beyond.
The CCLA is also host to the Mineral Law in Africa (MLiA) research project led by Professor Hanri Mostert, focusing on the mapping of the mineral law and policy framework in various African countries, with the objective of producing a library of books on mineral law and governance in Africa. This project is aimed at making the knowledge of different African mineral law systems more accessible while engaging critically with issues of governance in the extractive industries and their implications for host communities and countries. Seed funding for the project was provided through a grant from the UCT Programme for the Enhancement of Research Capacity (PERC).