Collaborative Research Networks

CRN13  African Law and Society


Sindiso Mnisi Weeks, Olanike Adelakun

The research focus of this CRN is on African law and society.  Open to all, this CRN aims to investigate the variety of levels and methods through which African law and society are constituted and change.  Recent annual meetings of the LSA have demonstrated that the Law and Society Association’s full potential for scholarship by Africans or about African law and society has not been achieved.  Likewise, African scholarship falling broadly within the law and society or socio-legal studies intellectual tradition has not been as prominent as could be the case.  Working both within the LSA and Africa, this CRN aims to organize panels for LSA annual meetings in Chicago and beyond.  The CRN also aims to promote and facilitate participation in African-located law and society scholarship initiatives.  The CRN is also pursuing funding and holding an African Institute, based loosely on the model of the LSA’s Summer Institutes.  While the CRN is African rather than South African, this CRN will (at least initially) both recognize and critique the role that South Africa plays in African law and society and in its scholarship.

We are pleased to announce the launch of a list-serve for the African Law and Society Collaborative Research Network (CRN-13).   The list is hosted by Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) in The Netherlands. Jeff Handmaker (ISS-EUR) is the list manager. The CRN will use the list-serve to organise and promote socio-legal related events and activities in Africa.

To subscribe please send an individual message to: with subject stating only: “Subscribe African CRN”.  Leave the body blank.


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