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III Regions, I Africa and Arabia, 17 Africa

James Thuo Gathii

From: The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law

Edited By: Bardo Fassbender, Anne Peters

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 02 June 2023

History of international law — State practice — Sovereignty
In this chapter, I trace the two major trends in thinking about Africa's engagement with international law from a historical perspective—‘contributionists’ who emphasize Africa's contributions to international law on the one hand, and critical theorists who examine Africa's subordination in its international relations as a legacy that is traceable to international law, on the other.1 For contributionists such as Taslim Elias Olawale (hereinafter Elias), one time Judge of the International Court of Justice, ‘inter-civilizational participation in the process of...
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