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Book Launch: The Struggle Over State Power Zimbabwe

Book Launch: The Struggle Over State Power Zimbabwe
Speaker: Dr George Hamandishe Karekwaivanane # Centre of African Studies
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Date and Time
22nd Nov 2017 16:00 - 22nd Nov 2017 17:30
Seminar Room 1 & 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square, EH8 9LD

Please join us on Wednesday 22nd November for the book launch and roundtable discussion on 'Law, Politics and Activism in Zimbabwe.'  

Roundtable - Law, Politics and Activism in Zimbabwe
Dr George Hamandishe Karekwaivanane - Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh
Dr Sara Rich Dorman - Politics, University of Edinburgh
Dr Alex Magaisa - Kent Law School 

We will conitune the discussion at the drinks reception in the main foyer following the event. 

Book - The Struggle Over State Power Zimbabwe

The establishment of legal institutions was a key part of the process of state construction in Africa, and these institutions have played a crucial role in the projection of state authority across space. This is especially the case in colonial and postcolonial Zimbabwe. George Karekwaivanane offers a unique long-term study of law and politics in Zimbabwe, which examines how the law was used in the constitution and contestation of state power across the late-colonial and postcolonial periods. Through this, he offers insight on recent debates about judicial independence, adherence to human rights, and the observation of the rule of law in contemporary Zimbabwean politics. The book sheds light on the prominent place that law has assumed in Zimbabwe's recent political struggles for those researching the history of the state and power in Southern Africa. It also carries forward important debates on the role of law in state-making, and will also appeal to those interested in African legal history.

Author Profile
George studied Economic History at the University of Zimbabwe before doing an M. Sc. in African Studies as well as a doctorate in History at Oxford University.  He has taught at universities in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the United Kingdom.  Before coming to Edinburgh George was a research fellow in the Centre of African Studies at the University of Cambridge.  He currently serves on the Journal of Southern African Studies Editorial Board, and the African Studies Association (UK) Council.

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