NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR CONTRIBUTES TO “PATHBREAKING” VOLUME ON AFRICA AND INTERNATIONAL LAW

April 18, 2008

HARRISONBURG—Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, is a contributor to a new volume in Oxford-based Hart Publishing’s prestigious Studies in International Law series that has been hailed as “pathbreaking” by leading legal scholars.

The book, Africa: Mapping New Boundaries in International Law, is edited by Dr. Jeremy Levitt, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Program for Human Rights and Global Justice at Florida International University, and features a foreword by Adama Dieng, former Secretary-General of the International Commission of Jurists and Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Other contributors include Professor Maxwell Chibundu of the University of Maryland Law School; Francis M. Deng, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities; and Professor Adrien Katherine Wing, Associate Dean and Bessie Dutton Murray Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law.

The chapter by Dr. Pham, “African Constitutionalism: Forging New Models for Multi-ethnic Governance and Self-Determination,” examines the crisis of the colonial juridical state in Africa as well as the responses to that challenge by the constitutions of Ethiopia and Somaliland, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between North and South Sudan, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and Mechanism for Conflict Resolution, the African Union Peace and Security Protocol, and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

The volume has been described as “pathbreaking” by Professor Makau Mutua, Interim Dean and SUNY Distinguished Professor at the State University of New York Buffalo Law School, who called it “a defining contribution to the multiculturalization of international law.” Judge Akua Kuenyehia, First Vice President of the International Criminal Court, has praised the collection of essays for signaling “a major shift from the study of Africa as a basket case to a normative market place.”

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