The creation and enforcement of law and the maintenance of social order have been key concerns for states, societies and individuals across Africa. The ways in which these terms have been defined, practiced and justified, however, has shifted across time and place. On Friday 9 March, 2012, a Workshop will be held to discuss these issues featuring Prof David Anderson, Prof Jocelyn Alexander, Dr David Pratten, Dr Nikki Palmer and Dr Shane Mac Giollabhui and many more. Here is a short note from the conference organizers, Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock and George Karekwaivanane.
Last year we launched the Law and Social Order in Africa Workshop at the Oxford Department for International Development to unpack the controversies that surround law and social order and explore the consequences such controversies.
The workshop proved to be a fantastic forum for the presentation and discussion of ideas in this diverse field. We pulled together people from across the country and from a range of approaches, including anthropology, history, politics, criminology, international development and area studies.
This year, we are lucky to have a broad range of fascinating panelists who will be exploring the relationship between law, social order, and the state. Our five different panel themes are:
* Legal Pluralism and Social Order
* Sovereignty Legitimacy and Law
* Protesting Law and Social Order
* Law, Expertise and the State
* Policing: Perceptions and Practice