The main aim of the book project is to develop a resource that moves legal education away from conventional teaching and research methods which employ a near-exclusive focus on the black letter of the law, perpetuating a colonial, hierarchical, and decontextualized understanding of contemporary struggles on the continent. The book analyzes a number of key legal concepts through the twin lenses of Decolonization and Afro-Feminism. It tackles issues of legal pluralism and their significance to social justice, and also unpacks and critiques the Western origins of Human Rights, and its implications for contemporary social struggles. Pushing this critique further, the book offers a reconceptualization of the concept of rights through the framework of Ubuntu social justice. It provides several insights on decolonizing the African Academy and the teaching of Law, particularly those subjects which cover the family and sexuality.  In so doing, the book will unlock the out-of-sight connections between imperialism, neocolonialism and the patriarchal-capitalist system and the Law.  Finally, the book tackles the increasingly vexed issue of Pan-Africanism, examining its masculinist appeal and suggesting a nexus with Pan-African feminisms.

Professor Sylvia Tamale is a leading African feminist, multidisciplinary scholar and Coordinator of the Law, Gender and Sexuality Research Centre based at the School of Law, Makerere University in Uganda. Prof Tamale was the first female Dean of Law in Uganda and has been a visiting professor at several universities including Oxford, Pretoria and Zimbabwe. Prof Tamale combines her academic scholarship with activism and adopts a critical approach to the Law that aims at enhancing students’ transformative personal growth and agency. She has served on several national and international boards, including the Global Commission on HIV and the Law. She is the author of numerous publications.

 

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  • ISBN print: 78-1-988832-49-4
  • ISBN ebook: 978-1-988832-50-0
  • Publication date: February 2020
  • Page count: 200
  • Binding type: soft cover
  • Trim size: 6in x 9in
  • Language: English
  • Colour: B&W
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Author Sylvia Tamale

Professor Sylvia Tamale is a leading African feminist, multidisciplinary scholar and Coordinator of the Law, Gender and Sexuality Research Centre based at the School of Law, Makerere University in Uganda. Prof Tamale was the first female Dean of Law in Uganda and has been a visiting professor at several universities including Oxford, Pretoria and Zimbabwe. Prof Tamale combines her academic scholarship with activism and adopts a critical approach to the Law that aims at enhancing students’ transformative personal growth and agency. She has served on several national and international boards, including the Global Commission on HIV and the Law. She is the author of numerous publications.