Africa’s societies are shaped by high degrees of legal pluralism. State law, customary law, and religious law all have their own sources of normative ordering, and their own history of being and becoming in Africa. People consciously or unconsciously navigate between these different normative orders on a daily basis. In addition to state and sub-state normative orders, in today’s globalizing world people are increasingly confronted with supranational and transnational normative orders, for instance through trade agreements, migration, or the privatization of security. What can our globalizing world learn from ways in which people in Africa navigate situations of legal pluralism? This panel invites papers that provide insights into ways in which in African societies different sources of normative ordering (co)exist or interact and how people navigate this plurality, showing how the law works and is experienced from the bottom-up. The panel also invites papers that deal with the ways African universities integrate these different legal perspectives in teaching and research [coordination: VVI Leiden, and others TBC].
This Panel has so far received 10 paper proposal(s).