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Politics, Law and Justice

This theme focuses on the legal regulation of social life, the politics of citizenship and belonging and the various modes of governing and transitional justice in contemporary sub-Saharan Africa. It addresses how the colonial and postcolonial experience, adapting to external influences over time, have shaped institutions, practices and imaginaries across Africa. It explores how assemblages of international and national organizations, businesses and other groups compete and collaborate in the exercise of sovereignty and power. It has a particular interest in identifying the impact of legal reforms on livelihoods, and the link to political marginalization due to a lack of mechanisms for redress and access to justice.