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Centre for Legal Integration in Africa

Cape Town, South Africa
Joined February 2021

"CLIA pioneers interdisciplinary research, policy engagement, and social outreach on legal pluralism in Africa"

Presence in: South Africa
Focus: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Family, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights

CLIA pioneers interdisciplinary research, policy engagement and social outreach on legal pluralism in Africa. It targets development practitioners and policy makers such as judges, ministry of justice officials, traditional leaders and law reform commissions. Its thematic focus includes:

Research and publication

  • Research on the interaction of state laws and indigenous African laws, including religious laws such as Hindu and Islamic laws, with the aim of legal integration in South Africa.
  • Convene biennial conferences on themes related to the interaction of laws in Africa.
  • Publications in scholarly outlets.

Intellectual capacity-building

  • Coordinate quarterly seminars on African customary law by staff and postgraduate students from neighbouring universities.
  • Convene regular guest lectures by local and international experts in legal pluralism.
  • Initiate research visits and exchanges.
  • Organise biannual empirical methodology workshops for academic staff and students.
  • Offer internships to postgraduate and undergraduate students in the Faculty of Law.

Teaching and supervision

  • Implement a niche postgraduate programme, Legal Pluralism and Family Law in Africa.
  • Supervise masters and doctoral students on themes related to legal pluralism, African customary law and religious legal systems.
  • Mentor doctoral and postdoctoral fellows.

Outreach and advocacy

  • Engage with law reform efforts.
  • Provide a resource hub for government, civil society, scholars, and international organisations interested in legal integration in Africa.
  • Advise development agents, business entities, and research organisations, in recognition that legal regulation is crucial to development.
  • Engage with organs of the African Union such as the Economic, Social and Cultural Council and the Specialised Technical Committees.
  • Partner with organisations that work on legal pluralism.

People Associated With This Organization

Anthony Diala

South Africa  
Centre for Legal Integration in Africa
Joined February 2021
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Family, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
I am an associate professor of law and director of the Centre for Legal Integration in Africa at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. I specialise in the interplay of African customary laws and state laws, and their effect on legal emancipation. I have researched and advocated in organisations in seventeen countries, notably the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, Uganda, the Justice and Peace Commission, Nigeria, and institutions in Sweden, South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda, and Somaliland. I was admitted as an advocate of Nigeria's Supreme Court in 2004, and received a C2 rating from the National Research Foundation of South Africa in 2020. I consult for bodies such as the Social Science Research Council of New York, Canada’s International Development Research Centre, and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa. Among others, I have held fellowships and won grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Nordic Africa Institute, the Social Science Research Council of New York, the Institute of International Education, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the South African National Research Foundation.
Anthony Diala is the network champion (main point of contact) for Centre for Legal Integration in Africa.

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