The Literature Gap in African Legal Academia

I have been silent. Have I? Today, I guest blog at Africa in Words on a subject, very close to my heart. Law and Literature. Go over there and read my take on how we train law students in East Africa today and how Literature can be useful in reforming our current methods. You will read more from me, about Law and Literature moving forward. Thanks for reading.

AiW Guest Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire

Writing for Africa in Words in May 2014, Dustin Zacks presented a case for the inclusion of African Literature in American legal academia. The case for the inclusion of African literature, or any other literature for that matter, in East African legal academia is however yet to be made. As Zacks noted, there is a lot of European and American Literature referenced in American legal academia. Kafka, Shakespeare, Hemingway and Dickens stand tall on many a syllabus of major American law schools offering Law and Literature modules and have been cited hundreds of times in American legal scholarship. One might therefore expect the works of p’Bitek, wa Thiong’o, Adichie, Achebe or Armah among other prominent African writers to be a staple in East African legal academia. And yet incredibly Law and Literature as a field of study in East Africa remains invisible. It is…

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