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Postcolonial Legal Transformation and the Emerging Politics of the Legal Profession in Zmbabwe, 1980-1995

Title
Postcolonial Legal Transformation and the Emerging Politics of the Legal Profession in Zmbabwe, 1980-1995
Speaker(s)
Speaker: George Karekwaivanane # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
16th Nov 2016 16:00 - 16th Nov 2016 17:30
Location
Seminar rooms 1 & 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building
URL
http://www.cas.ed.ac.uk/events/seminar_series/2016_2017/postcolonial_legal_transformation_and_the_emerging_politics_of_the_legal_profession_in_zmbabwe,_1980-1995

This paper examines the transformation of the legal system in Zimbabwe during the first 15 years of independence.  It pays particular attention to the internal changes experienced by the legal profession due to the government’s policy of ‘Africanisation’, as well as the implications this policy had on the relationship between the profession and the state.  Whereas the legal profession had taken an apolitical stance prior to independence, the postcolonial efforts at transformation triggered an effort within the profession to define its core values and find its voice within the body politic.  By tracing these processes, the paper contributes to a growing literature that examines the experiences and contributions of legal professionals during political transitions.

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