Kenyan Politics and the Politics of Summer Programs
J. Patrick Kelly
Widener University - Widener University School of Law
October 21, 2009
Proceedings of the 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, p.461, 2009
This brief article for the Proceedings of the American Society of International Law’s annual symposium discusses the interrelationship of Legal education partnerships in Africa and domestic politics using Kenya as an example. The practicalities and cultural benefits of living and studying in a foreign country are inevitably intertwined with the political tensions and aspirations embedded in that society. This article first discusses the special rewards and practicalities of a summer program in Africa; and then attempts to provide a richer, more complex picture of the recent political struggle and ethnic conflict in Kenya after the December, 2007 Presidential election. It draws on several narratives including Neo-colonialism, demographic determinism, British divide and rule, and Democratic Legitimacy to help explain events.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 7
Keywords: legal education, Africa, Kenya, neo-colonialism, ethnic clashes, summer abroad programs
JEL Classification: K33
Date posted: October 24, 2009
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