Politics & Rule of Law

Workshopping Innovation and Cooperative Research in Global Law and Policy

"As you travel across Africa, you observe one thing about how Africa is growing: graceless poverty, sitting beside unbelievable wealth. I think the idea of inclusive growth should be front and center in policy discussions in Africa and regulatory mechanisms to promote it must be enacted throughout the continent,” Nigerian native, Chilenye Nwapi, representing the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law in Canada, raised the issues around how to promote inclusive growth in Africa and the world during the pilot initiative of the Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP).

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ASW Conference 2014: Chiefship and the Customary in Contemporary Africa

The African Studies Workshop (ASW) culminates each year with a conference event in the spring.  The 2014, entitled Chiefship and the Customary in Contemporary Africa, was held on Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Knafel Center.  The scholarly objectives of the conference were to interrogate — to document, analyze, and theorize — changes in the politics, economics, and cultural practices surrounding the institution of chiefship, and of the so-called “customary,” under present-day conditions in Africa. We sought to explore the impact of the global economy, liberalization, state transformation,… Read more about ASW Conference 2014: Chiefship and the Customary in Contemporary Africa

Reimagining South Sudan

“Seventy percent of the richest quintile in South Sudan owns a pair of shoes. For the poor its only 30 percent.”
– Lant Pritchett, Professor of Economic Development at the Harvard Kennedy School

In a historic referendum on January 9, 2011, nearly 99% of voters in Southern Sudan cast their ballots in favor of secession from the North. With independence on the horizon, the Harvard Committee on African Studies and the Harvard Committee on Ethnic Studies invited the community to hear from Harvard and South Sudan’s top health, economic development, governance,… Read more about Reimagining South Sudan